The Queen and the royal family react to Harry and Meghan's big baby news
London, UK - Lili Diana is here! Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have announced the birth of their daughter and are enjoying congratulations from royal relatives. They are receiving warm wishes from near and far and from prominent world leaders as well.
Born last Friday, the new baby's full name is Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. She will be called "Lili" for short. Her first names come from her late grandmother Princess Diana (†36) and her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II (95).
The name is rich in meaning, especially during a difficult time in the relationship between Harry (36) and Meghan (39) and the rest of the royals.
It seems that everyone is choosing to put their differences aside for the moment to celebrate the new addition to the family, which is wonderful news.
Harry's brother Prince William (38) and his wife Kate (39) wrote on their official Twitter channel, "We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili. Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie."
According to a spokesman for Buckingham Palace, the Queen herself as well as Prince Charles (72) and his wife Camilla (73) were also informed on Sunday evening about the new baby, and they were all delighted. A matching statement was also posted on the Royal Family's Instagram page.
And British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also sent congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex via Twitter.
Prince William, Duchess Kate, the Queen, and Boris Johnson congratulate Harry and Meghan on their new arrival
Lili Diana and mum Meghan are "healthy and well"
Will Harry and Meghan's relationship with the rest of their family change at all with Lilibet's birth and their special tribute to Queen Elizabeth through her name?
Lilibet is the nickname the family has for the Queen that goes all the way back to when she was a little girl and couldn't pronounce her own name. Her father, King George VI, decided that is what he would call her from then on.
After Harry and Meghan's sensational interview with Oprah Winfrey, tensions have been running high. There were accusations of blatant racism and an unwillingness on the part of the Palace to provide help when royal expectations became unreasonable.
Maybe the good news of the new addition to the family will provide a little more peace.
Little Lili was born at 11:40 AM on June 4, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, Meghan and Harry's official Archewell Foundation website said.
The baby weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces at birth and both baby and mom are "healthy and doing well, and settling in at home."
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