Meghan Markle’s Daughter Named in Honor of the Queen

Meghan Markle, 39, former actress and Duchess of Sussex, welcomed a daughter named Lili with her husband, Prince Harry, 36, Duke of Sussex.

On Friday, the royal couple welcomed their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor into their family in private. ‘Lili’ was born in Santa Barbara, California, on June 4, 2021.

The royal couple announced their daughter’s birth in a statement to their Archewell charity on Sunday, June 6.

“On June 4, 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,” the message from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex reads. “Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”

Lili was born at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital at 11:40 a.m. on Friday, according to the Archewell website. The baby weighed seven pounds, eleven ounces, and is said to be “healthy” and “settling in at home” with her mother.

Her given name, Elizabeth, was reportedly chosen to honor her 95-year-old great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, who goes by the same moniker.

According to The Bump’s name dictionary, the name Lilibet is the Hebrew equivalent of Elizabeth and means “God’s promise.”

Lili’s middle name, Diana, is a tribute to Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, who died in 1997. According to The Bump, Diana’s name has Latin origins dating back to ancient Rome and means “divine.”

The Royal Family expressed their best wishes for Harry and Meghan in an Instagram and Twitter statement.

“Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana! The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news,” the statement reads. “Lilibet is Her Majesty’s 11th great-grandchild.”