Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are now parents to a little girl, making Archie Harrison a big brother! Ever since the couple's pregnancy announcement, royal enthusiasts have been scrambling to figure out what Meghan and Harry might name their little bundle of joy. After months of waiting, we finally have an answer! Guess what? It was worth the wait.
"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," read a statement from the couple released on Sunday.
Read the rest of the statement below.
"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, CA. She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home," the statement continued. "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.
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."
A lot of people were hoping Harry and Meghan would name their girl after Harry's late mother Princess Diana. A source told Page Six in March it was "highly unlikely." "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," because the couple "values their privacy and want to shield their children from the intense media pressure they have endured."
Since the death of Prince Philip, People reported that the UK gambling site Ladbrokes saw a huge increase in odds of people speculating Meghan and Harry would name their daughter Philippa. "The support for baby Philippa is showing no signs of slowing down, and we've been forced to trim the odds again that it's the name for Harry and Meghan’s daughter," said Jessica O'Reilly of Ladbrokes.
Some of the other names people guessed:
- Elizabeth (10/1)
- Allegra (10/1)
- Alexandria (12/1)
- Grace (16/1)
- Emma (16/1)
- Rose (16/1)
- Alice (16/1)
- Victoria (16/1)
Meghan and Harry surprised everyone by choosing a nickname for Queen Elizabeth II and including Diana as the middle name. Lilibet Diana is a perfect choice!
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.