The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have become parents again, following the birth of their second child, a daughter, who was born on Friday at 11:40 in a hospital in Santa Barbara, California. The couple announced that they have named their daughter Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, in a nod to both Her Majesty the Queen (whose family nickname is Lilibet) and Prince Harry’s late mother. She is the younger sister to the couple’s eldest child, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, who turned two in May. They recently celebrated their third wedding anniversary, after getting married on 19 May 2018 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor.
The couple revealed the news of their second pregnancy on Valentine’s Day, with a sweet black and white Instagram picture. The timing was considered to be poignant, reflecting the date that Princess Diana’s pregnancy with Prince Harry was revealed, some 37 year prior. The couple revealed the baby’s gender exclusively to Oprah Winfrey the next month, during their tell-all interview with the US chat show host.
The baby girl has already made history by being the first member of the Royal Family to be born outside of the UK. She will likely be a dual British and American citizen, just like her elder brother.
She is eighth in line to the throne, behind Archie, her father Prince Harry, her cousins, Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte, her uncle Prince William and grandfather Prince Charles. Her birth pushes Prince Andrew down the line of succession, to ninth.
Due to the Letters Patent issued by King George V in 1917, the baby girl will not be styled as a Princess, being the child of the second son of the Prince of Wales. Only the Monarch’s children, their children, and the Prince of Wales’ eldest grandchild (Prince George) are automatically styled as Prince or Princess. The Queen issued a new Letters Patent in 2012, in order to make all of Prince William’s children Princes or Princesses, which is why Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have the title.
This does not extend to the children of Prince Harry, an issue that the Duchess of Sussex discussed during the couple’s bombshell interview with Oprah. For this reason, the new baby girl will not be a Princess.
The happy news comes over six months after the Duchess revealed in an essay for the New York Times that she had suffered a miscarriage in July, writing of ‘an almost unbearable grief experienced by many but talked about by few’.
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