Prince Harry and Meghan welcome their daughter Lilibet Diana

Prince Harry and Meghan welcome their daughter Lilibet Diana

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet Diana.

The couple released a statement on Sunday announcing the arrival of their daughter, born Friday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California. She and Meghan are healthy and are moving home.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their second child.Misan Harriman

“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet,” the statement said. “Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, the Princess of Wales. “

The couple thanked all of her supporters, saying Lili “is more than we could have imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we have felt across the world.”

Buckingham Palace issued a statement from Harry’s family saying Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate are ‘delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “.

Harry and Meghan already have a son, Archie, who just turned two last month. They announced that Meghan was pregnant with Lili in February, months after the Duchess opened up about a miscarriage in July in a New York Times op-ed.

Meghan explained in the November essay that “Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but which few people talk about.”

Lili shares her middle name with her cousin, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, daughter of Prince William. She is expected to be eighth to the throne, after her older brother in succession.

Unlike her brother, born while Harry and Meghan still resided at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, England, Lili was born on American soil.

She is not, however, the first royal family child to be born in America. Maud Windsor, daughter of Lord Frederick and Sophie Winkelman, was born in Los Angeles in 2013, according to royal commentator Victoria Arbiter. Lord Frederick is the son of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

The couple announced the gender of their second child in a revealing interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired in March. Meghan told Winfrey they had no plans to have more children and Harry described feeling gratitude seeing their daughter’s ultrasounds.

“To have any child, any one or two, would be amazing, but to have a boy and then a girl, what more could you ask for?” Harry said. “Now we have our family. We have the four of us and our two dogs, and that’s great.”