The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have been congratulated by Prince William and Kate Middleton, have chosen a very special name for their little girl who is eighth in line to the throne after her two year old brother Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The couple welcomed their second child on Friday 4 June at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California, at 11.40am, weighing 7lb 11oz.
But what is the adorable meaning behind the name? Let’s take a look…
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Meghan and Harry have named their second daughter Lilibet after her great-grandmother Her Majesty The Queen.
A statement from their press secretary read: “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.”
Her Majesty named herself Lilibet after she was unable to pronounce her full name Elizabeth as a child. It soon became an affectionate family nickname with her late husband Prince Philip often using the moniker.
Lilibet is also a blend of Lily, meaning innocence, purity and beauty after the white flower, and Elizabeth, which has a Hebrew origin denoting, “God is my oath” or “God of plenty”.
Meanwhile Meghan also chose a plant called Lily of the Valley for her bridesmaids’ flower crowns for her wedding to Prince Harry in May 2018.
It comes after a royal expert told OK! that Lily was in the running be the surprise name of choice after the bookies backed Phillipa.
“It would be a lovely nod to The Queen who was known as ‘Lillibet’ during her childhood but it’s also always been one of Harry’s favourite names,” the expert explained.
“Back in 2019 when the Duchess was pregnant with Archie, she and Harry took part in a walkabout in Merseyside and someone in the crowd later revealed he’d asked her how she spells her daughter’s name – Lily. He took great interest in it.”
The adorable middle name is in honour of Prince Harry’s late mother and Lili’s beloved grandmother Princess Diana who died in 1997.
Diana is believed to have an Indo-European root which means “heavenly, divine” and it is also the Latin name for the Roman goddess of the moon, hunting, forests and childbirth.
Meanwhile Princess Charlotte, six, also has the middle name Diana in honour of her late grandmother as well as Elizabeth to pay tribute to her great-grandmother Her Majesty The Queen.