The amazing news that Meghan Markle has given birth to a healthy baby girl has been announced, however, the name of the new baby has caused a little controversy amongst royalists...
The birth of Meghan and Harry's new baby girl has been highly anticipated...
Since leaving the royal family last year, the couple have been living in Los Angeles, raising their first son, Archie.
Although the arrival of a healthy baby girl is amazing news for Meghan and Harry...
There's no doubt that the last couple of years have been extremely difficult for the couple.
Harry married the former Suits actress in 2018...
And although the couple radiated with happiness and joy, it didn't take long for things to take an ugly turn.
Any move she made, Meghan was relentlessly attacked by the British press...
Which eventually resulted in the couple announcing they would be stepping down from their senior roles in the royal family due to this unbearable harassment.
They simply wanted a quieter life for their 2-year-old son, Archie...
And it didn't take long for them to fully relocate to Los Angeles for a fresh start.
Quite predictably, the news of their departure didn't go down well with royalists all around the world...
And alongside rumors of bitter feuds between Harry, Prince Charles, and Prince William, the explosive Oprah Winfrey interview poured even more fuel on the fire.
Harry and Meghan's tell-all interview with the famous TV host aired on March 7th...
And an unbelievable amount of dirt was dished out on the royal family and their treatment of the couple over the last few years.
Meghan made some shocking accusations of racism against the monarchy...
Including concerns that were expressed by an unnamed senior member of the family over Archie's skin color - something that Meghan insisted contributed to her son not being given a royal title.
She also tearfully described the lack of support she received when she was feeling suicidal during her pregnancy due to the pressure and isolation that comes with being a member of the royal family.
"Look, I was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry especially, because I know how much loss he has suffered, but I knew that if I didn't say it, then I would do it... I just didn't want to be alive anymore."
Harry then spoke of how he's been "financially cut off" by his father...
And that he's now pretty much an outcast in his family.
Of course, while many sympathized with the couple following the eye-opening interview...
Many weren't at all impressed by their attempt to break their silence in such a publicized way... because let's face it, you don't get more famous and "A-lister" than Oprah Winfrey!
Harry and Meghan were also accused of being "attention seekers" and "liars."
Harry returned to the U.K shortly after the interview to attend the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip...
And it was reported that there was a "great deal of frostiness" between Harry, his father, and other senior royals.
So, as you can see, it's been a very tense few months for Harry and Meghan...
But this hasn't stopped Harry from speaking out yet again about the hardships he and Meghan faced from being a part of the royal family.
Harry appeared as a guest on Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast early on in May...
And he made many personal revelations during the interview.
In perhaps the most talked-about moment of the podcast, Harry said he was caught in a cycle of "pain and suffering" in the British royal family...
And hinted heavily that he is critical of the way his father, Prince Charles, raised him.
"When it comes to parenting, if I've experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I'm going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don't pass it on."
He added that "a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway..."
"So we as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say 'you know what, that happened to me, I'm going to make sure that doesn't happen to you.'"
Harry also noted that as he grew older, he realized that Charles raised him in the way that he had previously been raised.
"I never saw it, I never knew about it, and then suddenly I started to piece it together and go 'OK, so this is where he went to school, this is what happened, I know this about his life, I also know that is connected to his parents so that means he's treated me the way he was treated, so how can I change that for my own kids?'"
It's clear that Harry is desperate to not pass on this "genetic pain" to his own children...
Especially as his and Meghan's little family is rapidly expanding!
Back in February of this year, Harry and Meghan announced they were expecting their second child...
And Meghan excitedly revealed they were expecting a little girl to Oprah in their exclusive interview.
The happy news came just months after Meghan suffered a miscarriage, however...
Which she opened up about in an opinion piece for the New York Times that ran in November.
"Losing a child means carrying almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few. In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, ten to twenty of them will have suffered from a miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning," she wrote in her emotional article.
Quite understandably, the couple remained very quiet during their second pregnancy...
Because after recovering from the shock and grief of a miscarriage, privacy and calm are what are needed the most.
Well, now the baby girl has arrived...
Meghan gave birth on Friday in a hospital in Santa Barbara, California - weighing 7lbs 11oz.
A spokesperson for the Sussexes confirmed the news.
Harry and Meghan announce birth of baby daughter - with name to honour Queen and Diana https://t.co/JNnFRyCuZN— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 6, 2021
In a statement, they confirmed: "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."
BREAKING: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle have welcomed baby no. 2, who is named after both her great-grandmother the Queen, and her late grandmother Princess Diana. ❤️ https://t.co/iQtas3FrV1 pic.twitter.com/fvVFogueYy— E! News (@enews) June 6, 2021
"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."
NEW: Meghan Markle has given birth to a baby girl named Lilibet “Lili” Diana, after her great-grandmother the Queen and grandmother Princess Diana 👶👑 https://t.co/kWZRibm8y1— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) June 6, 2021
Baby Lili will be little Archie's first sister and the cousin of the royal children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis of Cambridge.
It's a truly beautiful name.
Exciting news from the Sussexes, who have announced the birth of their baby girl, Lillibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor🐣 pic.twitter.com/lfGPyRGX3w— Omid Scobie (@scobie) June 6, 2021
And a fantastic tribute to both Diana and Queen Elizabeth II.
Even though the name is a symbol of goodwill towards the grandmother and great grandmother of the baby girl...
There has been a little controversy brewing around the name...
A royal spokesperson for the Queen has spoken up surrounding the controversy...
Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter, a senior aide to the Queen from 1988 until 2000, said calling their daughter Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was 'quite controversial'.
I'm not so sure the queen with be excited about the choice of name.........haha. What is Meghan trying to do, capture the affection of the queen......hahah— MayChinery (@LyndasArt1) June 6, 2021
I really think that no matter what this couple did people will attack them. They named their child after beloved grandparents and are being criticised for it because they chose to put their own lives before the firm, not the family.— Stevie Ann (@stevieanntas) June 6, 2021
I hope their baby is happy and healthy, but it can't feel good for the Queen. You can't attack the RF multiple times in front of the entire world, dumping every last truckload of trash on them & then turn around and name your kid after the Queen's sentimental nickname.— Michelle Jones (@Michell49685689) June 6, 2021
Elizabeth would have been a beautiful tribute. Lilibet is NOT. Its so intimate and personal to our Queen. A pet name used by her father and husband. The name is so controversial, they knew that, so now I believe they must enjoy the controversy .— Emilyrar (@Emilyrosedriver) June 6, 2021
Beautiful names! Our Queen will be thrilled with the Lilibet I’m sure.— Mrs Lisa Shaw (@shahin_lisa) June 6, 2021
Princess Charlotte is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Lilibet is an alternative to Elizabeth and the affectionate name Prince Phillip had for the Queen so in essence has given her the same names as his brothers daughter.— HellRazor (@Heldon68) June 6, 2021
Good news, congratulations to the parents, no more interviews though please guys.— Andrew Manzi (@mrjoesmoke) June 6, 2021
Lilibet already criticism over the name of Harry and Meghan‘s new arrival, the knives are out once again, no kindness, no happiness shown by some to the couple, in what is joyful event, what is wrong with society today….#MeghanAndHarry #LilibetDiana pic.twitter.com/1Fy9WbT2Ey— Anthony (@Anthony41806183) June 6, 2021
Though the use of Diana was to be expected from the couple, it is the use of 'Lilibet' which has people confused...
Lilibet is the Queen's childhood pet name and one which was used by her devoted husband Prince Philip before he passed in April.
"I'm surprised by Harry and Meghan's choice of names for their daughter. It's not unusual for families to name babies after a parent or grandparent," he wrote for The Mirror.
Mr. Arbiter said given the recent revelations, he was 'taken about' by their decision to honor the Queen in their new daughter's name - and added it was controversial to christen a baby with a nickname.
"But given everything that's gone on over the past few months, such as the interview with Oprah in March and Harry's appearance on a mental health program for Apple TV, I'm taken aback."
"In those interviews, Harry was very critical of his father and his upbringing so by default was also critical of the Queen."
"The Queen gave herself the nickname Lilibet because she couldn't say Elizabeth as a child, and it stuck. I think it's rather cute."
"It could be seen as quite controversial to christen a baby with a nickname, and I doubt the little girl will grow up with any other Lilibets in her classes (although people in California call their children all sorts). So maybe that's Harry and Meghan showing their independence again - just like Archie, another non-royal name."
"Choosing Diana's name for their baby isn't a surprise, as we all know Harry's closeness to his mother was such that her loss has caused him mental issues even 24 years on."
"He moved to California to distance himself, but choosing this name is a complete about-face. So I wonder if taking the Queen's nickname for his baby is an olive branch? Only Harry can answer that."
"But I wonder what Diana would have made of their daughter having her name as a middle, and not a principal name? Charlotte also has Diana as a middle name so they could have chosen it for her first name."
"Again, that's only for Harry and Meghan to know. And if the names are indeed olive branches, only time will tell if they work."
Here's what the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had to say about the exciting news:
We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili.— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) June 6, 2021
Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie.
The Queen, The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall have also been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
What do you think of the baby's name?
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