“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet,” a statement from the press secretary for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed on Sunday, June 6. “Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.”
Needless to say, the royal couple, who wed in May 2018, are over the moon about their new addition. They also share 2-year-old son Archie Harrison. Prince Harry, 36, gushed over feeling so “grateful” and “amazing” to have a second child after they revealed they were having a girl during their tell-all CBS interview in March.
“Like to have any child, any one or any two would have been amazing. But to have a boy and then a girl, what more could you ask for?” he said at the time. “We got our family — the four of us and our two dogs, it’s great.”
An insider told Life & Style Archie couldn’t “wait to meet his baby sister” during Meghan’s pregnancy. “[He] loves putting his hand on his mummy’s tummy and feeling the baby move … He’s such a caring, bright, loving little boy and is super advanced for his age,” divulged the insider about the toddler in April.
The newly minted family of four had a lot of changes happen within the past year. In January 2020, the philanthropist and former Suits actress announced they were stepping back as senior royals. The two promptly left their U.K. home at Frogmore Cottage and relocated to Canada. They eventually made a permanent move to their current home in Montecito, California.
In February 2021, the palace released a statement confirming the Duke and Duchess Sussex’s royal exit was permanent. Harry noted stepping down was a “desperate” move after having gone to “the institution” for help and not receiving any during their CBS interview.
“We never left the family,” Meghan added, explaining they only stepped back from their professional roles. “We were saying, ‘OK, if this isn’t working for everyone, we’re in a lot of pain, you can’t provide us with the help that we need, we can just take a step back. We can do it in a commonwealth country.’ We suggested New Zealand, South Africa.”
Harry also pointed out they “never blindsided” his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. “It was like, ‘I need to do this for my family.’ This is not a surprise to anybody,” he acknowledged. “It’s really sad that it’s gotten to this point, but I’ve got to do something for my own mental health, my wife’s, and for Archie’s, as well, because I could see where this was headed.”
It looks like Harry and Meghan are happier than ever with their adorable children!