Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their daughter, Lillipet Diana. With these words, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (95) congratulates Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Prince William and his wife Kate on the birth of Lillipet Diana on her official Instagram account.
The first daughter of her grandson Prince Harry, 36, and his wife Meghan was born in Santa Barbara on Friday. The royal family is ‘delighted with the news’, the Queen continues to write about the birth of her eleventh grandson. William and Kate also sent a message on their Instagram channel wishing William’s brother, wife and first son Archie (2) “all the best at this special time”. Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla congratulated almost the same.
Meanwhile, mother Megan, 39, and her 3,500-gram-old daughter have come home from the hospital in Santa Barbara, California, where the couple lives. “It’s more than we could ever imagine, and we are grateful for the love and prayers we have felt from all over the world,” Harry and Meghan wrote in a personal statement on their homepage.
Lillipet is eighth in the current line of succession, according to the BBC. The girl – like her big brother Archie – will not receive an official title. The parents deliberately chose the code name: “Lily was named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, whose family surname was Lillibit,” write Meghan and Harry. The middle name, Diana, was chosen in memory of her beloved grandmother, the late Princess Diana.
Choosing a name is an important sign for London and can provide an opportunity for rapprochement. When little Lily meets her name for the first time, and whether she will bring the family closer together is in the stars – for now, the pandemic will also pose major travel hurdles.