All About Meghan Markle's Second Pregnancy
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby girl was born on June 4. From the baby's name to all about the lead-up to the birth, here's what we know so far.
From the bombshells that dropped on Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special to the follow-up responses from the royal family, there's no end in sight to royal news right now. But one of the most heartwarming headlines is undoubtedly the fact that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have welcomed their second baby. Here are the details we know so far.
Meghan Markle Gave Birth to a Baby Girl on June 4
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released an official statement on June 6 in which a spokesperson confirmed that the baby girl was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. weighing 7 lbs. 11 oz. They also announced the meaningful baby name Meghan and Harry chose.
"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," the statement 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."
The spokesperson confirmed that "both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home," adding, "The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family."
How the Couple Announced the Pregnancy
On February 14, aka Valentine's Day, Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, released a statement confirming that they're expecting their second child and shared a heartwarming image. The photo of the Santa Barbara, California-based couple was shot remotely on an iPad by their longtime friend Misan Harriman who's based in London. In the shot, the Duchess is wearing a Carolina Herrera dress by Wes Gordon, which was designed for her while she was pregnant with the couple's first child Archie, who was born in May 2019.
The timing of the announcement was especially heartwarming and significant, as Valentine's Day 1984 was when Princess Diana announced she was expecting Harry.
Meghan Markle's Due Date
Ever since Harry and Meghan's February 14 announcement, the world has wondered when we might expect to welcome the new addition. Meghan Markle revealed her due date to Oprah: summer 2021.
Boy or Girl? What Meghan Is Having
Oprah also asked the California native whether she and Prince Harry are expecting a boy or a girl this time, and Meghan confirmed that a baby girl was on the way. Fans and followers had previously suspected as much after spying a pink sapphire ring on the Duchess' finger in late February.
Meghan expressed her joy to Oprah noting, "To have a boy then a girl—what more can you ask for?" Then, Harry added, "Grateful, having any child, any one or a two would have been amazing, but to have a boy and then a girl."
The Sussexes' Daughter Is a Rainbow Baby
In the article, the Duchess pointed out how common pregnancy loss is—and yet stigma prevails. "Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few," wrote the Duchess. "In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning."
What Meghan and Harry Think About Having More Kids
Although there's plenty to celebrate as the couple welcomes baby #2, Meghan and Harry have had to field questions about their ultimate family plans. Will they try for a third or is their family complete?
Harry set the record straight to Oprah, noting, "Now we've got our family, and we've got four of us." He also noted that they plan to stop having children after they welcome baby #2, noting, "Two is it."