Royal family congratulates Prince Harry, Meghan Markle on birth of daughter

LONDON — The British royal family took to social media Sunday to celebrate the birth of Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the second child of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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“Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana!” read a post from the Queen Elizabeth II’s official Twitter account. “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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Prince Charles and wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as Prince William and wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, also shared well-wishes in separate tweets.

According to The Associated Press, Lili, who joins older brother Archie Harrison, 2, was born at 11:40 a.m. Friday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. In a statement released Sunday, Harry and the former Meghan Markle said their daughter’s name is a tribute to the queen and Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana.

“On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili,” Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, said on the website for their nonprofit organization, the Archewell Foundation. “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.”

The couple, who moved to Southern California last year after stepping down as senior members of the royal family, added that Meghan and the baby are healthy and “settling in at home.”

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