The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new baby was born at 11.40am on Friday, June 4, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, weighing 7lb 11oz. She was named after the Queen’s family nickname and also Harry’s mother Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997.
The Queen issued a statement of Lilibet’s birth and said the Firm is “delighted” with the news.
The Royal Family tweeted: “Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana!
“The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news.
“Lilibet is Her Majesty’s 11th great-grandchild.”
However, royal expert Daniela Elser has claimed the Queen was “blindsided” by Harry and Meghan amid an ongoing feud between the Firm and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Ms Elser told the NZ Herald: “Lending further weight to the possibility that the Queen et al were blindsided by Harry and Meghan’s reveal was that even after news of Lili’s birth had already broken and was being carried by TV stations, Her Majesty’s official Twitter account was still posting about a recent engagement carried out by Princess Anne.
“After all, leaving the other side looking red-faced has never been known to help tamp down inflamed tempers and or improve highly-strung intra-family politics.”
The Royal Family took at least 94 minutes to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their daughter.
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At his funeral, the Queen reportedly left a handwritten note on his coffin and signed it “Lilibet”.
The new baby is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild, and the first to be born since Philip’s death.
It is not known if or when the Queen will get to meet her latest great-grandchild.
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