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Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Welcome Baby Girl

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Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Welcome Baby Girl

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have welcomed a baby girl, who they have named Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor as a nod to the Queen and Harry's late mother.

Their daughter - who is the couple's second child - was born at 11.40am on Friday 4 June at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, weighing 7lb 11oz.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said they named their child Lilibet after the family nickname for the Queen, the baby's great-grandmother, while her middle name was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, the Princess of Wales.

Princess Diana. Credit: PA
Princess Diana. Credit: PA
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The couple's press secretary said both mother and child are doing well, saying in a statement: "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 11.40am in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.

"She weighed 7lbs 11oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.

"Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet.

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"Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.

"This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

"The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family."

They announced the pregnancy back in February, with a spokesperson saying in a statement: "We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother.

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"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child."

Harry, Meghan and Archie in 2019. Credit: PA
Harry, Meghan and Archie in 2019. Credit: PA

The happy news follows Meghan's devastating admission about having previously suffered a miscarriage.

In a first-person piece for the New York Times, published last November, she explained she had been looking after son Archie, who is now two, when she realised what was happening.

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She wrote: "It was a July morning that began as ordinarily as any other day: Make breakfast. Feed the dogs. Take vitamins. Find that missing sock. Pick up the rogue crayon that rolled under the table. Throw my hair in a ponytail before getting my son from his crib.

"After changing his diaper, I felt a sharp cramp. I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right.

"I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.

"Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband's hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears. Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we'd heal."

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She continued: "Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few.

"In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning."

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Topics: World News, UK News, News, Royal Family, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle

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