Many precedents accompanied the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s child, although the name itself stole the spotlight and occupied the press, fans and public opinion. Hello magazine has dedicated space on its pages and website to talk about Lilybeth “Lily” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the child of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle.
Contrary to the custom, when royal births are announced on the same day, Prince Harry and Meghan chose to wait two days before confirming the news to the world. They announced on their Arquel website that they are on “parental leave” and that they will continue to “do important work and spread stories on the site.”
The duo shared the happy news by saying: On the fourth of June, God blessed us with the arrival of our daughter (Layla). It’s more beautiful than we could have imagined, and we will always be grateful for the prayers and love we felt from all over the world. We thank you for your continued kindness and support during these special times for the family.
The newborn was named after her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth, whom the family fondly calls “Lily”, and she was named after her late grandmother, Princess Diana. It marks the first time that a royal child has had the honor of sharing a name with Her Majesty.
Lillibeth is the Queen’s first grandchildren to be born outside the United Kingdom. A spokesperson for Prince Harry and Meghan said in a statement: “It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcomed their daughter, Lillipet ‘Lily’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor into the world. Lily was born on Friday 4th of June at 11:40 am and is in the safe care of doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.