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Prince Harry (Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex) and his wife Meghan (Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex) announced that their second child—a girl—has been born, named Lili Beit “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor (Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor).
The Duke of Sussex and his wife issued a statement on Sunday (June 6) stating that their daughter was in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, California) at 11:40 (18:40 GMT) on June 4, U.S. Pacific Time. , California), weighing 7 pounds and 11 ounces (3.487 kg), mother and daughter are safe, and are currently “adapting at home”.
Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall (Prince Charles and Mrs. Camilla), and the Duke and Couple of Cambridge (Prince William and Mrs. Catherine) have learned of this news and are very happy about it.”
The Duke of Sussex and his wife said that their daughter’s name “Li Libert” is the royal family’s nickname for the queen, the great-grandmother. The middle name “Diana” is a tribute to “Dear Grandmother” Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana, Princess of Wales). The Duke of Sussex and his wife did not release photos of their daughters.
BBC reporter Dulcie Lee reported that Lilith is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild and the eighth heir to the British throne. This means that the queen’s third child born in 1960, Prince Andrew, Duke of York (Prince Andrew, Duke of York), will drop as the ninth heir.
Why is it named Li Libert?
The Queen was nicknamed Lilibet at home, which originated from the fact that Princess Elizabeth at the time couldn’t tell her name when she was learning to speak. Her grandfather, King George V (King George V) ——I also learned to call her Li Libert, and she has since become the queen’s nickname.
The Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, also called the Queen the same way. After the two married, Prince Philip wrote to his mother-in-law, the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, saying: ” Lilith is the only’thing’ in the world that makes me feel real.”
Lili’s middle name, Diana, is a tribute to Prince Harry’s first mother, Princess Diana. In the early morning of August 31, 1997, Diana was killed in a car accident in Paris, France, at the age of 36. Prince Harry was only 12 years old at the time.
Lili’s cousin—the second child of Prince William and Catherine, and the eldest daughter, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge—also used both Elizabeth and Diana in the middle name.
Duncan Larcombe, the former royal news editor of the British “Sun”, commented to the BBC that Harry and Meghan gave their eldest daughter the “most royal name”, even since the two faded out of the British royal family. After the post, “the first branch to the British royal family is the most obvious-and perhaps the only-olive branch.”
Congratulations from all parties online
After Buckingham Palace issued a joint statement on behalf of the various palaces of the royal family, several major royal family members sent further congratulations via Twitter.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (Charles, Prince of Wales) and his wife congratulate their son Harry, daughter-in-law Meghan, and grandson Archie Mountbatten-Windsor (Archie Mountbatten-Windsor), the elder brother’s grandson. Prince William and Princess Kate also said, I am happy with the good news of the birth of “Baby Lili”.
The congratulatory post on the official Twitter of the British royal family used a photo taken on the day of Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the opposition Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer also congratulated separately.
Meghan’s friend, photographer Misan Harriman (Misan Harriman) once took the official black and white photos of the two announcing pregnancy. He said on Twitter: “Li Libert is here! Congratulations to my brave friends and their lovely family!”
“Support feminist groups”
Harry and Meghan said in a statement that the birth of Li Libert brought great joy to them. The couple thanked friends from all over the world for their love and prayers. At the same time, they appealed to anyone who wants to send gifts to congratulate them, and ask them to learn about and support women’s rights groups.
The Archewell Foundation, established by the two in Beverly Hills, California, also named four international women’s rights charities and called on all parties to support them. These organizations provide enlightenment support for American girls between the ages of five and 18, assist homeless pregnant women, improve the schooling of African girls, and assist Indian women in employment.
In November 2020, Megan wrote an article in The New York Times, revealing that he had a miscarriage a few months ago. The article described the “almost unbearable grief” caused by abortion, and pointed out that female abortion is still regarded as a taboo topic, difficult to discuss publicly, and even more unreasonable humiliation.
Megan also paid tribute to women who dared to tell about their personal miscarriage experiences. She wrote: “When one dares to tell the truth, he empowers all of us to do the same.”
The special meaning of being born in the U.S.
36-year-old Prince Harry and 39-year-old Meghan reunited in Windsor Castle (Windsor Castle) in May 2018, and gave birth to their eldest son Archie a year later.
Prince Harry recently talked about his parenting style, emphasizing the need to “interrupt” the “cycle” of his childhood suffering.
As a result, Li Libert became the most senior member of the British royal family’s succession, and as a citizen born in the United States, Li Libert was also eligible to be the President of the United States.
However, in accordance with the rules laid down by King George V more than 100 years ago, Li Libert, like his older brother Archie, will not immediately receive the title of “His / Her Royal Highness” or be called a princess until The Queen died and the Prince of Wales succeeded to the throne. During this period, she may be canonized as Lady.