On Sunday 6 June, it was revealed Prince Harry and Meghan had welcomed their baby girl. Their second child, named Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, was born on Friday 4 June at 11.40am. She was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and weighed 7 lbs 11 oz.
Prince Harry and Meghan made the touching decision to name their daughter after the Queen and the late Princess Diana. Lilibet is the royal family’s nickname for Her Majesty from when she was a child and couldn’t pronounce Elizabeth properly. Her grandfather, King George V, would call her Lilibet as an imitation of her attempts to say her name.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex thanked everyone for their warm wishes in an official statement on the Archewell website. But, instead of accepting gifts, Harry and Meghan asked for a very special present to be given to little Lilibet.
Royal fans and well wishers were asked to support charities and organisations close to the couple’s hearts, rather than send gifts.
The statement read: ‘For those inquiring on sending gifts, we would ask that you support or learn more about these organizations working for women and girls: Girls Inc., Harvest Home, CAMFED or Myna Mahila Foundation.’
The special gift request is a sweet nod to their second baby being the couple’s first daughter. Girls Inc ‘inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, through direct service and advocacy’, while Harvest Home ‘transforms the lives of homeless pregnant women and their children by providing housing, support, and programs that equip women to become great mothers.’
CAMFED is a pan-African movement with the aim of revolutionising how girls’ education is delivered. The Myna Mahila Foundation works to empower women in India to speak about the issues they are most afraid to discuss aloud due to cultural stigma, such as menstruation.
Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie on the arrival of baby Lilibet!