Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced the birth of their daughter, Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, in June 2021. If the kid's names ring a bell, it's because it comes from her late great-grandmother and grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana, respectively.
Born on June 4, 2021, Lilibet is about to turn two years old this year. And though she rarely makes a public appearance, just like her big brother, Archie, there is little general information about her, like the meaning of her names.
The Announcement of Lilibet's Birth
The Sussexes shared the news about Lilibet's birth by releasing an official statement.
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"It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world. Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA," they said in an announcement via Harper's Bazaar. "She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well and settling in at home."
The Meaning Behind Lilibet's Name
Prince Harry and Meghan chose meaningful names to give their secondborn.
The first name, Lilibet, is a tribute to the Duke of Sussex's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.
"Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet," the announcement explained.
The second name Diana comes from his mother, Princess Diana.
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"Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales," the statement added.
"This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor," it concluded. "The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family."
Why Lilibet and Not Elizabeth?
Lilibet is said to be Queen Elizabeth's nickname. As a child, Her Majesty reportedly had difficulty pronouncing her name, Elizabeth, making it sound like "Lilibet."
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So, his grandfather, King George V, interpreted her attempt to say her name as Lilibet, and from there, the family used it as her nickname, calling her Lilibet.
Even the late Prince Philip's name for his wife was Lilibet, writing, "Lilibet is the only 'thing' in the world which is absolutely real to me," in a letter he wrote to his mother-in-law, The Queen Mother when he married her daughter.
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