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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are on Parental Leave, Royal Reporter Omid Scobie Claims

Busayo Ogunjimi
Jun 08, 2021
03:40 A.M.
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Following the birth of their second child, daughter Lilibet Diana, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now on parental leave, according to a royal reporter.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex expanded their family to four over the weekend following the birth of their second child together, who was named after Harry's mother, Princess Diana.

Their daughter Lilibet' Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 am at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and the couple is more than thrilled to be parents for the second time.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pictured departing Canada House in London, England, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images

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Shortly after announcing their daughter's name, the couple went on parental leave, according to Omid Scobie, a royal reporter. Scobie shared a tweet where he revealed that the couple would not be sharing pictures of their newborn as they have embarked on parental leave.

He encouraged their fans and well-wishers who would love to send gifts to the family to support organizations that work for women and girls. Harry's new girl is the 8th in line to the British throne.

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Buckingham Palace spokesperson reacted to the news of the newborn an hour after it was shared, and close sources revealed that the timing of the announcement caught them off guard.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose to honor close family members with their daughter's name. Her middle name "Diana" is a tribute to Harry's mom, the late Princess of Wales Princess Diana.

Harry slammed his grandparents for their parenting skills and claimed his father and brother were trapped in the royal family.

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"Lilibet" was a nickname of the Queen, which her parents called her as a toddler. Some close sources remarked that it is yet to be known how the monarch feels about such a special name being given out.

Shortly after the news of the birth was announced, many members of the royal family paid tribute to the Sussex's, with the 95-year-old Queen Elizabeth leading the tribute.

British Prime Minister shared a tweet in honor of Harry's newborn while Markle's estranged father Thomas also wished his granddaughter well and said he was excited about the news.

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Lili joins Archie as the couple's second child and is the 11th great-grandchild of the British monarch and the first to be born outside of the United Kingdom.

Following royal traditions, Harry and Markle's children are entitled to bear royal titles after the Queen dies and Prince Charles takes the throne. Followers of the royal family hope the birth of Harry's baby will be a bridge for all in the royal family.

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Harry and Markle have seen their relationship with the royal family reach an all-time low in recent months, especially after Harry slammed his grandparents for their parenting skills and claimed his father and brother were trapped in the royal family.

The California hospital where Markle and her 36-year-old husband welcomed their daughter is reportedly a large not-for-profit foundation established in 1888 by a group of 50 women. More than 2,400 births a year take place in the hospital.

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