The couple "always imagined their family of four and are so happy to finally be one."
With the birth of their newborn baby, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are overjoyed because a family of four was always what they imagined for themselves. "To have any child, anyone or any two would have been amazing, but to have a boy and then a girl, what more can you ask for?" said an ecstatic Prince Harry as he spoke to Oprah in March, as quoted by Town & Country.
"Now we've got our family. We've got the four of us and our two dogs and it's great," added the proud father.
On June 4, the couple welcomed their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, which is a name that has a very special meaning. It is a touching tribute to two very important women in Prince Harry's life—his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and his mother, Princess Diana. Honoring two women that have had great impacts on the world, baby Lili's name carries "Lilibet," which is the family nickname that the Queen is known to have.
The Queen was lovingly called Lilibet by her father, and the last person to call her Lilibet was her late husband, Prince Philip, according to PEOPLE.
Markle and Prince Harry also made sure to honor the memory of his mother, Princess Diana, who passed away when the young prince was only 12 years old. The couple chose "Diana" as the middle name "to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales," according to the statement that announced the baby girl's birth on the Archewell Foundation website.
Over the years, Prince Harry has found many ways to honor the memory of his mother and he said a few years ago, as quoted by ABC News, "We will do everything we can to make sure that she's never forgotten..."
Right before Lilibet Diana's birth, a royal expert told OK! that the couple was likely to choose the name "Lily" because "it would be a lovely nod to The Queen, who was known as 'Lilibet' during her childhood." The royal expert also claimed that "Lily" was "one of Harry's favorite names" and that he has been eyeing it for a couple of years. "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 royal expert added.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 6, 2021
The baby's name is derived from Queen Elizabeth's family's name. Lili's middle name honors Princess Diana.https://t.co/Lf4GP4REsN
The name is also special to the Sussex couple because Markle had chosen a plant called Lily of the Valley for the flower crowns, worn by bridesmaids on the day she and Prince Harry tied the knot. In addition to this, Markle is also known to have a special name that her mother, Doria Ragland, calls her by, according to The Sun. Her mother, Ragland, lovingly calls the Duchess of Sussex "Flower."
When Ragland found out about Markle dating Prince Harry a few years back, she said, "My little Flower! My Flower’s going to be a princess! Wooh-wooh!" according to Meghan’s uncle, Joseph Johnson.
With their daughter's arrival, the Sussex family is hopefully feeling a sense of completeness because they always hoped to be parents of two. A friend of the couple's earlier told PEOPLE, "They've always imagined their family of four and are so happy to finally be one."
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