Meghan Markle latest news – Duchess and Harry WON'T share photo of baby Lilibet Diana and are now on parental leave

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have welcomed their second child into the world.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had their second child at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on Friday at 11.40am – a daughter named Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

Baby Lilibet is a nod to a nickname for the Queen when she was young, while her middle name is an ode to Princes Diana – Harry's mother.

The new arrival is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild, joining big brother Archie and Prince William's kids George, Charlotte and Louis.

The couple said 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 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA. She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz (3.5kg). Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home."

Read our Meghan and Harry live blog below for the very latest updates...

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    LILIBET SET TO HAVE A-LIST PLAYMATES

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s newborn baby daughter Lilibet Diana is set to enjoy a host of A-list play dates with the likes of Katy Perry and Serena Williams’ kids.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced today that the baby girl was born on Friday, the first of Queens’s great-grandchildren to be born outside of the UK.

    After Meghan and Harry’s permanent relocation to their $14millon mansion in Montecito, California, Lilibet is set to spend more time with the children of A-list celebrities than a circle of cousins in the UK.

    Among them are Orlando Bloom, 44, and Katy Perry, 36, who welcomed their daughter Daisy Dove in August 2020.

    Harry claims that he and Bloom became close after the actor tipped him off to a photographer in the area.

    He says the pair “keep in touch” over text.

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    IS LILIBET DIANA A PRINCESS?

    Lilibet Diana shares the name of two royal icons and is eight in line to the throne.

    But despite all that it does not mean she automatically gets a title, just like brother Archie, two.

    King George V established in 1917 that great grandchildren of the monarch will not automatically be a prince or a princess.

    It means both of Harry and Meghan’s kids do not have their titles yet.

    But when Prince Charles becomes King, and they move from being the monarch’s great grandchildren to the monarch’s grandchildren, they can claim their titles.

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    GRAN GESTURE

    Prince Harry and Meghan’s choice to name their daughter Lilibet was last night seen as an attempt to repair relations with the Royal Family.

    Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor shares the nickname Prince Philip called his wife the Queen for more than 70 years — while the middle name is a tribute to Harry’s mum.

    Royal author Phil Dampier said: “Lilibet is such a personal name to the Queen you would hope they gave the palace the heads-up.

    “I suspect Harry and Meghan have realised they’ve overdone their criticism in recent months and the penny has dropped that they’ve caused deep hurt to Harry’s gran and other family members.”

    Mr Dampier — who wrote Royally Suited: Harry and Meghan in their own words — added: “They might be trying to undo some of the damage.”

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    'ALL MY LOVE'

    Meghan Markle’s estranged dad Thomas Markle has said he is “very pleased” about the birth of his granddaughter.

    After the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the birth of daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor he wished them “all my love”.

    The 76-year-old retired Hollywood lighting engineer and his daughter have been estranged over claims that he staged photos in return for cash.

    Meghan Markle had her second child at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on Friday at 11.40am.

    “I’m very pleased that my daughter and my new granddaughter had a successful delivery," Thomas told The Sun Online.

    "I wish them all my love and the best of luck.”

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    MEGHAN MARKLE GIVES BIRTH TO BABY GIRL AT SANTA BARBARA COTTAGE HOSPITAL IN LA AFTER ‘HOME BIRTH PLANS’

    Meghan Markle has given birth to a baby girl at a hospital in Los Angeles – after sources previously said there were plans for a home birth.

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had their second child at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on Friday at 11.40am, it was announced today.

    This comes after it was previously reported Meghan was planning a home birth at her luxury LA mansion.

    The Duchess of Sussex was initially said to be planning to deliver her daughter at home in the early summer.

    But their daughter was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital instead – as Meghan seemed to ditch the idea to have a home birth. Lilibet Diana, named in tribute to the Queen and Princess Diana, is the first royal to be born in the US.

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    HOW DID MEGHAN AND HARRY ANNOUNCE PREGNANCY?

    The announcement came almost a year after Meghan revealed the “unbearable grief” she and Harry had suffered when she had a miscarriage last July. 

    The Duchess of Sussex said she had decided to speak out about her loss because miscarriage was still a taboo subject which led to a “cycle of solitary mourning”.

    And the couple, who currently live with two-year-old son Archie in Santa Barbara, California, later announced on Valentines Day that they were expecting their second child.

    They shared a black and white picture of themselves under a tree, with a shoeless Harry resting his hand on Meghan’s head as she cradled her bump.

    Delivering the news, the proud parents said: “We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother.”

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    WATCH: PIERS MORGAN BLASTS 'IRONIC' BABY NAME CHOICE

    Piers Morgan blasts Meghan Markle and Harry’s ‘ironic’ choice calling daughter Lilibet for Queen after ‘trashing Royals’

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    MEGHAN MARKLE HAS A £4,800 CARTIER WATCH SHE PLANS TO GIVE TO HER BABY GIRL

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed the arrival of their baby girl, named Lilibet “Lili” Diana, in a statement two days after her birth on 4 June.

    Meghan bought the pricey Cartier Tank Française after learning Suits – the television programme she starred in – had been commissioned for a third season.

    And back in 2015, Meghan said she hopes to one day pass down her £4,800 Cartier watch to her daughter.

    The Duchess previously told Hello: “When I found out Suits had been picked up for our third season – which, at the time, felt like such a milestone – I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version [of the watch].”

    She continued: “I had it engraved on the back, ‘To M.M. From M.M.’

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    WHEN WAS LILIBET DIANA BORN?

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had their second child at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on Friday at 11.40am.

    A statement confirmed the baby girl weighed 7lbs 11oz and “both mother and child are health and well and settling in at home”.

    A statement published on their Archewell website said: “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.

    “Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”

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    WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:

    • Meghan and Harry have given birth to a baby girl called Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in a touching nod to the Queen
    • She was born at hospital in Santa Barbara on Friday morning weighing 7lbs 11oz
    • Lili and Meghan are "healthy and well" and "settling in at home"
    • Meghan and Harry have asked people to support organisations working for women and girls instead of giving a present
    • Lili is now eighth in line to the throne, behind her older brother Archie
    • Meghan and Harry kept birth a secret for two DAYS before announcing baby joy to the world
    • Queen, William and Kate Middleton say they are 'delighted' after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome baby Lilibet
    • The clues Meghan Markle and Prince Harry chose their baby girl’s name Lili years earlier

    WHY WAS QUEEN ELIZABETH CALLED LILIBET?

    Queen Elizabeth is known as Her Majesty to the public and as Lilibet to her close family.

    She was nicknamed Lilibet as a child because she could not pronounce her own name, according to Business Insider.

    Her late husband Prince Philip would also refer to her as such, and when he passed, Queen Elizabeth left him a handwritten note on his coffin signed Lilibet.

    He was thought to be the last person to call her Lilibet.

    ARCHIE "ADORES" NEW BABY SISTER

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's son Archie "adores" his new baby sister and has been giving her "lots of hugs and kisses", it has been reported.

    A statement yesterday confirmed the Duchess of Sussex has returned home from hospital since giving birth – and it's understood two-year-old Archie has already had a hold.

    Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who shares Her Majesty’s family nickname, arrived at 11.40am at a Santa Barbara hospital on Friday.

    Her proud parents announced the news on Sunday, saying in a statement: “She is more than we could have ever imagined.”

    A source later told US Weekly: “They are already back home in Montecito with their baby girl.

    “Archie absolutely adores his little sister and gives her lots of kisses. He’s held her with the help of his parents.”

    WHERE IS PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE’S DAUGHTER LILIBET DIANA IN THE ROYAL LINE OF SUCCESSION?

    With a new Royal grandchild to add into the mix, things have moved around when it comes to the Royal Line of Succession, with Lilibet currently eighth in line to the throne.

    She is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild, joining her big brother Archie, two, and Prince William and Kate Middleton’s brood George, Charlotte and Louis.

    As it stands, Lilibet is eighth in line to the throne and sits behind her father Prince Harry, who is sixth in line, and her sibling Archie, who falls just behind Harry in seventh.

    Also ahead of Lilibet is Prince William, who is second in line after Prince Charles, and his kids George, Charlotte and Louis, who are third, fourth and fifth in line to the throne respectively.

    ROYAL REVEAL

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have welcomed their first daughter into the world – Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

    However, the adorable name may not come as much of a surprise to numerous royal fans who predicted the sweet moniker back in APRIL.

    Following the loss of her husband of 73 years, royal fans were convinced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were going to pay tribute to The Queen with their baby daughter's name.

    And now we know they were correct.

    Although we all know her as Queen Elizabeth, Her Majesty's parents and late husband lovingly referred to her as "Lilibet".

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      DUKE AND DUCHESS STATEMENT ON BIRTH OF LILIBET DIANA

      The couple said 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 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA.

      “She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz (3.5kg). 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.

      “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.”

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      GAYLE KING, SERENA WILLIAMS AND BEYONCE COULD ALSO MAKE CUT AS LILIBET’S GODMOTHER

      Oprah is not the only “strong” woman in Meghan’s life who could make the cut.

      Other A-list pals the couple have grown close to since their move to the US include morning TV host Gayle King. The presenter has become a mouthpiece for the couple – revealing in April it was “no secret” Harry and William’s relationship was “strained”.

      Tennis ace Serena Williams, who was a guest at the couple’s wedding in 2018, could be picked after a seven-year friendship with Meghan.

      The pair have been pals since meeting at a glitzy event and Meghan has been pictured supporting the champ at a string of tennis matches. Gushing Serena recently heaped praise on the former actress’ “strength and poise” – claiming she was the “strongest person I know”.

      Megastar Beyonce could also be in the picture after she also praised Meghan for speaking out in her Oprah interview.

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      ROYAL FAMILY TWEETS CONGRATULATIONS TO MEGHAN & HARRY

      Following the Buckingham Palace statement, the Royal Family Twitter account posted a message of congratulations to Harry and Meghan, alongside a picture of them on their wedding day.

      It said: “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. Lilibet is Her Majesty’s 11th great-grandchild.”

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      MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY’S BABY DAUGHTER WILL BE ‘FRIENDLY’, ‘SMART’ & ‘A HANDFUL’ ACCORDING TO HOROSCOPE EXPERT

      MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have welcomed baby number two, with their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor arriving on Friday 4 June.

      Now we know the exact date of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new arrival, Tarot queen Kerry King reveals what kind of energy the new baby will bring to their happy home.

      Lilibet’s birthday falls within the Gemini dates (May 22 – June 21) and Geminis are the tricksters of the zodiac, the most playful, youthful and curious sign. 

      Ruled by the planet Mercury, which influences commerce, communication and speed. 

      A Gemini child is a handful, for sure (in fact, the same goes for Gemini adults). They would be into everything, asking all sort of questions all day long, and full of nervous, sparkly, friendly energy. Geminis do everything quickly, and smartly too. 

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      WATCH: LILIBET'S NAME CHOICE IS 'RUDE' TOWARDS QUEEN

      Meg and Harry’s choice of ‘private’ name is ‘rude’ towards Queen, expert says

       

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      MEGHAN AND HARRY CONGRATULATED BY WILLIAM SHATNER

      Star Trek legend and American actor William Shatner has also given his best wishes to the proud parents.

       

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      LILIBET SET TO HAVE A-LIST PLAYMATES

      Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's newborn baby daughter Lilibet Diana is set to enjoy a host of A-list play dates with the likes of Katy Perry and Serena Williams' kids.

      The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced today that the baby girl was born on Friday, the first of Queens's great-grandchildren to be born outside of the UK.

      After Meghan and Harry's permanent relocation to their $14millon mansion in Montecito, California, Lilibet is set to spend more time with the children of A-list celebrities than a circle of cousins in the UK.

      Among them are Orlando Bloom, 44, and Katy Perry, 36, who welcomed their daughter Daisy Dove in August 2020.

      Harry claims that he and Bloom became close after the actor tipped him off to a photographer in the area.

      He says the pair "keep in touch" over text.

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      WHY DID MEGHAN AND HARRY CHOSE THE NAMES LILIBET AND DIANA FOR THEIR SECOND BORN CHILD?

      Lili is named after her great-grandmother the Queen – who was affectionately nicknamed Lilibet by her family .

      And her middle name is Diana, after Prince Harry and Prince William’s later mother Diana, the Princess of Wales.

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      MEGHAN’S HOME WOULD HAVE BEEN ‘BEAUTIFUL SETTING’ TO GIVE BIRTH – BUT THEY WENT TO HOSPITAL

      A source told Page Six earlier this year that Meghan was determined to give birth to her second child without the need to go to hospital.

      “Meghan’s plan was to have a home birth with Archie, but you know what they say about the best-laid plans,” a source said.

      “In the end, her doctors advised her to go to hospital and all she was interested in was about delivering Archie safely.

      “But she has a beautiful home in California. It’s a beautiful setting to give birth to her baby girl.”

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      MEGHAN MARKLE GIVES BIRTH TO BABY GIRL AT SANTA BARBARA COTTAGE HOSPITAL IN LA AFTER ‘HOME BIRTH PLANS’

      MEGHAN Markle has given birth to a baby girl at a hospital in Los Angeles – after sources previously said there were plans for a home birth.

      The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had their second child at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on Friday at 11.40am, it was announced today.

      This comes after it was previously reported Meghan was planning a home birth at her luxury LA mansion.

      The Duchess of Sussex was initially said to be planning to deliver her daughter at home in the early summer.

      But their daughter was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital instead – as Meghan seemed to ditch the idea to have a home birth. Lilibet Diana, named in tribute to the Queen and Princess Diana, is the first royal to be born in the US.

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