Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor to be born ~ above Friday morning in a hospital in Santa Barbara, California.

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Buckingham palace said: "The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess that Cornwall, and also the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and also are delighted v the news."

Prince Harry and Meghan stated they called their second child Lilibet ~ the royal Family's nickname for the Queen, the baby's great-grandmother.

Her center name, Diana, was preferred to honour her "beloved so late grandmother", the Princess that Wales, the explain said.

She is the Queen's 11th great-grandchild and also is eighth in line to the throne. It way Prince Andrew, who was born as 2nd in line in 1960, moves under to 9th place.

In a message of many thanks on the couple's Archewell website, lock said: "On June 4, we were blessed v the come of ours daughter, Lili.

"She is much more than we could have ever before imagined, and we continue to be grateful for the love and also prayers we've feeling from throughout the globe.

The post adds that anyone wishing come send gifts is asked come "support or learn an ext about" organisations working for women and girls.

The Prince the Wales, Prince Harry's father, and also the Duchess the Cornwall tweeted: "Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and also Archie ~ above the arrival of infant Lilibet Diana. Wishing them all well in ~ this special time."

And the battle each other of Duchess and Cambridge said: "We room all happy by the happy news that the arrival of infant Lili."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent his "many congratulations" to the pair and labour leader teacher Keir Starmer welcomed the "wonderful news".

Prince Harry, 36, and also Meghan, 39, met ~ above a blind date and also married in may 2018 in a ceremony in ~ Windsor Castle. They welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, a year later.

Meghan's friend, Misan Harriman, that took black-and-white photographs that the pair for their pregnant announcement, tweeted his congratulations: "Lilibet has arrived! Congratulations to mine brave friend and also her lover family!"

Image source, Misan Harriman/The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Image caption, The couple, pictured below with their boy Archie, announced on Valentine's day in February they to be expecting their second child

Prince Harry has publicly reflected on his approach to parenthood recently, speak he want to "break the cycle" the the "pain and also suffering" that his upbringing v his own children.

He and Meghan stop their roles as an elderly working royals in march 2020. Speaking last month, the duke said moving to the US had not been component of the plan, but he feel he had actually to placed his family and also mental health and wellness first.

As a an outcome of the move, Lilibet is the most senior royal in the existing line of succession to be born overseas and she would be eligible to end up being president of the joined States.

But like her older brother Archie, that was no entitled come a imperial title as soon as he to be born, Lilibet would certainly not be enabled to it is in a princess nor an HRH until the Queen dies and Prince Charles becomes king, under rules set down more than 100 year ago.

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Image caption, The Queen, pictured right here with she grandparents in 1932, was referred to as Lilibet by her grand King George V

Lilibet - the Queen's household nickname - to be coined when then-Princess Elizabeth was just a toddler and couldn't pronounce her surname properly.

Her grandfather, King George V, would certainly affectionately contact her Lilibet, imitating her own attempts come say her name. It quickly stuck and she became Lilibet to her household from then on.

The Queen's late husband, the duke of Edinburgh, also called her by the nickname, and also wrote come his mother-in-law after their wedding: "Lilibet is the just 'thing' in the human being which is absolutely real to me."

Baby Lili's center name, Diana, is in tribute to Prince Harry's later mother Diana, who died in a automobile crash in 1997 as soon as he was 12 year old.

Lili's cousin, Princess Charlotte, the daughter the Prince William and also Catherine, additionally has Diana as among her center names, and Elizabeth.

Duncan Larcombe, previous royal editor in ~ the Sun, claimed he believed the name was "the many royal surname you could give".

"There's no doubt the the selection of surname for Harry and also Meghan's an initial daughter is the first significant - perhaps the only - olive branch that the Sussexes together a couple have readily available to the brothers Royal family since... Castle walked away from the family," the told the

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In November, Meghan revealed she had a miscarriage number of months earlier, writing around her "almost unbearable grief" in a deeply personal article because that the new York Times.

In the piece, she said "despite the staggering commonality the , the conversation remains taboo, riddled v (unwarranted) shame" and went on come commend those that "bravely mutual their stories", saying: "When one human speaks truth, it offers license for every one of us to do the same."