Despite family tensions and allegations of racism
, Meghan Markle
and Prince Harry
announced the birth of their baby girl, Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on Sunday, and members of the royal family
are "delighted" for the couple.
Messages of congratulations were sent on social media
by Queen Elizabeth
, Prince Charles
and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William
, Kate Middleton
, and Princess Eugenie, just hours after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
announced their happy news
“We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili. Congratulations to Harry, Meghan, and Archie
,” William and Kate said on their social media accounts.
They also included a black-and-white photograph of the couple taken by photographer Misan Harriman, which was originally used to announce the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's second child's pregnancy.
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Princess Eugenie also posted a sweet photo of the couple on her Instagram account, which was also taken by Harriman, along with a touching message.
“Congratulations, dear cousins... We couldn't be happier for you all,” she wrote, alongside six heart emojis.
The Royal Family's Twitter
and Instagram accounts expressed their congratulations on behalf of Her Majesty (after whom Lili is named), Prince Charles, and Camilla.
“Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana!” the note said, alongside a photo of Harry and Meghan on their wedding day. “The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are overjoyed with the news; Lilibet is Her Majesty’s 11th great-grandchild.”
The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are all over the birth of Lilibet Diana, Her Majesty's 11th great-grandchild. pic.twitter.com/dGVeRpd3pK — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 6, 2021
Despite being included in the Queen's message of congratulations, the Prince of Wales and Camilla sent their own message to Harry, Meghan, and Archie.
“Wishing them all the best at this special time,” the two wrote on Clarence House
’s social media accounts, alongside a photo of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and baby Archie taken in South Africa
Congratulations to Harry, Meghan, and Archie on the birth of their daughter, Lilibet Diana. We wish them all the best during this joyous occasion. pic.twitter.com/ucJZIm2kqH — The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) June 6, 2021
The messages of congratulations are significant because Meghan and Harry have been open about their strained relationships with members of the royal family since their departure as senior working royals
During the couple's recent interview
with Oprah Winfrey
in March, the Duchess of Sussex corrected a false media story, claiming that it was Kate who made her cry at her wedding to Prince Harry, not the other way around, as previously reported.
Meghan also told Winfrey that a member of the royal family expressed racist
“concerns” about the color of Archie’s skin before he was born. Neither Harry nor Meghan named the family member in question, but clarified that it was not the queen or the late Prince Philip.
Harry also spoke with the media mogul about his changing relationship with his brother and father, whom he described as "letting him down" after Charles stopped taking his calls at one point.
“He knows what pain feels like, and Archie is his grandson,” Harry said at the time, adding, “But at the same time, of course I will always love him, but there has been a lot of hurt, and I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship.”
Harry stated that he loves William "to bits," but that the two are "on different paths."
“At the moment, the relationship is space
, and you know, time heals all wounds, hopefully,” said the Duke of Sussex.
Later, Harry talked about the "genetic pain and suffering" he'd experienced as a member of the royal family and how he doesn't want to pass it on to his children
“I don’t think we should be pointing fingers or blaming anyone, but certainly when it comes to parenting
, if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering as a result of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents experienced, I’m going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on,” the Duke said in a candid interview with Dax Shepard