Royal baby joy! Harry and Meghan’s second child is here

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are officially parents of two! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced the arrival of their second baby, a girl.

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In an official announcement, a spokesperson for the couple announced the happy news.

“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.

“She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz (3.48kg). Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.”

While names like Diana and Allegra were the bookies’ favourites for the name, Harry and Meghan settled on Lili – a significant choice as it pays tribute to Her Majesty The Queen. The Sussexes, however, did choose Diana as the bub’s middle name to honour Harry’s late mother, The Princess of Wales. 

Harry and Meghan also shared a personal message of thanks on their Archewell website, writing, “On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili. She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family”.

Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared their delight at the news via their Instagram, writing, “We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili. Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie”.

Harry and Meghan’s baby news was announced to the world via their representatives back in February after the couple released a black and white photo of the pair in their back yard, smiling as Meghan lies in Harry’s lap with her baby bump visible beneath a flowing Carolina Herrera dress.

“We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child,” a spokesperson told PEOPLE, adding that the couple are “overjoyed” to be parents again.

The photo was taken remotely via an iPad by a close friend and photographer, Misan Harriman.

Harry and Meghan warmed hearts with their pregnancy announcement. (Credit: Misan Harriman)

The royal couple, who are based in Santa Barbara, California, also shared the exciting news in March that they were having a daughter during their famous interview with Oprah Winfrey.

“Grateful, having any child, any one or a two would have been amazing, but to have a boy and then a girl… now we’ve got our family and we’ve got four of us,” proud dad Harry stated.

However, the new arrival is the Duke and Duchess’ final child.

“Two is it,” Prince Harry stated at the time.

The couple revealed that they were having a girl in their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey. (Credit: CBS)

Shortly after the interview, photographer Misan shared another photo from Harry and Meghan’s pregnancy photoshoot of Meghan holding son Archie while Harry stands behind her, tenderly hugging his wife. 

“What wonderful news to celebrate on International Women’s Day!” Misan captioned the photo.

“Congratulations my friends, and welcome to the #girldad club H.”

Our hearts are bursting! (Credit: Misan Harriman)

Since the Sussexes are based in the US, it’s unknown when Harry’s royal relatives will be able to meet the new family member.

Due to COVID19 travel restrictions, it’s unlikely that Harry and Meghan and their young children will fly to the UK or that the British royals will travel to California.

Harry was recently reunited, albeit briefly, with his family when he attended the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip in April, though he quickly rushed back to be with his wife.

Though Meghan did not attend as she was advised not to fly so late in her pregnancy, the Duchess of Sussex watched the service from California and sent a special wreath accompanied by a handwritten note to be laid during the service.

The wreath, designed by Harry and Meghan’s wedding florist Willow Crossley, featured bear’s breeches (the national flower of Greece) as a nod to Philip’s heritage, sea holly to mark his service in the Royal Marines and roses to represent his birth month. 

Meghan and Harry on their 2018 wedding day. (Credit: Getty)

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