Princess Charlotte and Lilibet Diana's Names Have a Lot in Common

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's daughter, Lilibet Diana, was named in honor of Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana, just like her cousin Princess Charlotte.

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  • On Sunday, news broke that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) have officially welcomed their second child.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussexes' (opens in new tab) daughter, Lilibet "Lili" Diana, was born on Friday, June 4, and named in honor of her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and her late grandmother, Princess Diana.
  • Lilibet's cousin, Princess Charlotte—whose full name is Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Mountbatten-Windsor—was also named in honor of the Queen and Princess Diana.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) have officially welcomed their second child.

On Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (opens in new tab) announced that their daughter, Lilibet "Lili" Diana, was born on Friday, June 4. The youngest royal's name is a tribute to two of the most iconic women in the royal family, Queen Elizabeth II (opens in new tab) and Princess Diana (opens in new tab). Harry and Meghan explained the inspiration behind their daughter's name in her birth announcement.

"Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet," the Sussexes' announcement explained. "Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales."

Lili's name also happens to have a lot in common with another important female member of the royal family—her cousin, Princess Charlotte (opens in new tab).

Prince William and Kate Middleton's (opens in new tab) six-year-old daughter's full name is Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. While her first name is an homage to her grandfather, Prince Charles, Charlotte's middle names—Elizabeth and Diana—pay tribute to the same women who are Lilibet's namesakes.

On Sunday afternoon, Charlotte's parents sent their congratulations to the Sussex family (opens in new tab) on Instagram.

"We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili," the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrote, along with a black and white photo of the Sussex family. "Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie."

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Kayleigh Roberts
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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.