Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have just welcomed their beloved daughter, Lilibet Diana. Greetings and congratulations have come from all over the world, including from the British Royal Family.
Harry and Meghan are enjoying their time together, and their son Archie has become a big brother.
Now, reports of Meghan Markle’s health just days after the birth are emerging. According to a friend of hers, as reported by the Daily Star, she’s been up and walking the dogs already – while Harry is doing his best to help his wife.
On Sunday, June 6, Harry and Meghan announced the wonderful news that their daughter had arrived.
Meghan Markle & Harry – Lilibet
A spokesperson for the couple said: “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, California. She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. 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 honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.”
The spokesperson added: “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.”
Following the birth of Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet, congratulations poured in from all corners of the world.
Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor
Even though their relationship with the Royal Family isn’t at its best, the Firm also took the time to congratulate the proud parents of two.
“Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana!” a message on the Royal Family’s official Twitter account Sunday read.
“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.”
Meghan and Harry’s firstborn son was named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The name Archie doesn’t really have any connection to the British Royal Family. It means “genuine” or “brave”, and in the UK, it’s a pretty common name.
But for Harry and Meghan’s daughter, it’s a whole different story. When the couple first announced that they were expecting their second child, speculation surrounding her potential name started to flow.
Early on, a source told Page Six that they were “highly unlikely” to name their daughter Diana.
“Their biggest concern is that it would make her a bigger target for the media. And considerably increase public interest in the child’s life,” the source said.
Queen Elizabeth was called Lilibet
Furthermore, Harry and Meghan were said to fear that the name Diana would “place too much pressure on the child”, thus making everything in life more difficult. However, the source did indicate that she might have Diana as a middle name.
And it turned out, Harry and Meghan decided to pay tribute to their daughter’s late grandmother after all.
The name Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor is beautiful – and there are more tributes than just the one to Diana.
Lilibet is actually a reference to Queen Elizabeth, whom was called “Lilibet” as a toddler. In fact, it was first used by then-Princess Elizabeth, because she couldn’t pronounce her name correctly.
The Queen’s grandfather, King George V, used to call her “Lilibet”. Since then, the name stuck, as reported by The Guardian. She was called Lilibet by the innermost circle of her family, with her late husband Prince Philip also referring to her by that moniker.
When Philip wrote to his mother-in-law following their wedding, he said: “Lilibet is the only ‘thing’ in the world which is absolutely real to me.”
Even though Harry and Meghan’s newborn daughter is named Lilibet, she will be known as “Lili”.
Harry and Meghan faces criticism
To honor both the Queen and Princess Diana by naming their daughter after them seems like a very nice thing to do. However, things go deeper than they first appear, if certain rumours are to be believed.
In fact, Harry and Meghan are already facing heavy criticism over the names they chose for their beloved daughter. One critic, royal commentator Richard Kay, wrote in a column for the Daily Mail that Meghan and Harry might have taken things too far by naming their daughter Lilibet.
“By giving the baby the name Lilibet, the Queen’s private family nickname – even though they intend to use the diminutive ‘Lili’ for their daughter – there is a risk,” Kay wrote, as quoted by Express.
“Will it be seen as a presumptuous choice for a royal baby who is eighth in line to the throne, but who will grow up on the other side of the world speaking with an American accent?”
Kay added: “And how might Prince Charles feel about his fifth grandchild carrying such an intimate family pet name that he has never used himself? It is tempting to wonder if Harry would have been so emboldened in his choice if his grandfather Prince Philip – the only close family member permitted to call the Queen ‘Lilibet’ – had still been alive.”
When asked about what the Queen will think of the girl’s name, royal expert Angela Levin told Good Morning Britain that she might even be offended.
“It was a special name”
“I think she’s desperately unhappy because they were desperately rude about her, I don’t think it’s a good idea. I think it’s quite rude to her Majesty the Queen,” Levin said, according to the Daily Mail.
She added: “It was a very private nickname from her husband who hasn’t been dead for very long. Prince Charles would never dream of referring to his mother as Lilibet.
“He’s never used it – it was a special name, especially for the the Duke of Edinburgh’. She added she believes it was ‘demeaning’ for the Sussexes to have used it”.
The birth of Lilibet has given Harry and Meghan some time away from the media frenzy that has surrounded them for the last number of months. The chaos actually started last year when the couple announced that they were leaving the Royal Family. Then, following the mind blowing Oprah Winfrey interview earlier this year, things took a whole new turn.
Harry and Meghan’s relationship with the Firm went down the drain, and everyone from Prince William and Kate Middleton to Prince Charles – Harry’s father – were left outraged.
Harry got to reunite with his family back in April at Prince Philip’s funeral, but things didn’t get better despite the family meeting. Instead, Harry was said to have been furious with his father and brother after they reportedly “ambushed” him with a surprise meeting.
New reports of Meghan’s health
Harry flew back to the US and reunited with Meghan following the funeral, and now, the two have started their civilian careers. Harry and Oprah Winfrey, meanwhile, recently dropped a documentary series about mental health, and Meghan – quite surprisingly – has become the author of a children’s book. And what could’ve been more fitting, since the two now have two small children to read to?
Almost two weeks have now gone by since the birth of Lilibet Diana. The world is still waiting for a first glimpse of the little girl, but news about Meghan’s health has come to light.
Harry and Meghan have taken some well-deserved family time together at their home in Montecito, California. And while Meghan has been resting, she seems to have recovered very quickly from the birth of their daughter.
According to the Daily Star, Meghan is already up on her feet.
“The couple has been relaxing at home since becoming proud parents of Lilibet,” the source said.
“[Meghan] is already back on her feet and walking the dogs.”
Harry takes on responsibilities
Since Meghan needs and deserves her rest, Harry has stepped up and is taking care of everything.
“Harry is a devoted family man and has been helping out around the house,” the source added.
“He picks vegetables from the garden to make fresh juices for Meghan and entertains Archie when she needs to rest up. He loves taking Archie to see the chickens or for a swim in the pool.”
The birth of Lilibet is bringing a lot of joy to people all over the world. However, one family member didn’t even know that she had been born.
Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, spoke in a brand new 60 Minutes Australia interview about her newborn granddaughter. However, he says he found out of her birth through the media.
“No phone calls, I just heard it on the radio,” he explained. “I’ll be very disappointed that I don’t get to hold my granddaughter.”
Thomas went on to slam Oprah for doing the interview with Harry and Meghan Markle. He claimed she ‘exploited’ both of them in order to make money.
Thomas Markle warns of new ‘dirty laundry’
Meghan’s father also asked to be forgiven for his one ‘dumb mistake’. It’s currently been three years since he and his daughter last spoke.
“I haven’t spoken to [Meghan] since two days before they got married,” Thomas said.
Thomas and Meghan’s relationship over the last number of years has been at rock bottom. He’s now warned that he’s prepared to air more ‘dirty laundry’ about Meghan and her relationship with Harry. As mentioned earlier, he hasn’t exactly been a paragon of confidentiality when it comes to holding back on things he know.
“You want dirty laundry? This is the first time I’ve discussed these things,” Thomas Markle said.
We wish Meghan, Harry, Lilibet and Archie all the best and a great summer. They sure look a really happy family!
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