Prince William, Kate Middleton Release Message After Meghan, Harry Baby News
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced the birth of their little girl Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Sunday, and members of the royal family are "delighted" for the couple despite family tensions and allegations of racism.
Queen Elizabeth; Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince William; Kate Middleton and Princess Eugenie all sent congratulations on social media just hours after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared their exciting news.
William and Kate wrote on their social media accounts: “We are all delighted to hear the good news of the arrival of Baby Lili. Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie. "
They also included a black and white photo of the couple, captured by photographer Misan Harriman, which was originally used to share the news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their second child.
Princess Eugenie also shared a cute photo of the couple on her Instagram account, also taken by Harriman, with a touching message.
"Congratulations, dear cousins .. We couldn't be happier for all of you," she wrote alongside six heart emojis.
(Photo: Princess Eugenie)
The royal family's Twitter and Instagram accounts made a statement of congratulations on behalf of Her Majesty (whom Lili is named after), as well as Prince Charles and Camilla.
"Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana!" The note had 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 delighted to hear the news. Lilibet is Her Majesty's eleventh great-grandchild. "
Although included in the Queen's congratulatory message, the Prince of Wales and Camilla issued a separate message for Harry, Meghan and Archie.
"I wish you all the best on this special time," the two said on Clarence House's social media accounts along with a photo taken in South Africa of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and baby Archie.
The congratulatory messages are significant as Meghan and Harry have been open about the strained relationships with members of the royal family since stepping down as senior working royals in 2020.
During the couple's most recent interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, the Duchess of Sussex corrected a false media story, saying that it was actually 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 raised racial "concerns" about Archie's skin color before he was born. Neither Harry nor Meghan named the family member in question, but made it clear that it was not the Queen or the late Prince Philip. Buckingham Palace later said in a statement that "memories may vary," while Prince William told the media that the royals were "very much not a racist family".
Harry also opened up to the media mogul about his changed relationship with his brother and father, who he said felt "abandoned" after Charles stopped answering his calls at some point.
A recording from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's bombshell interview with Oprah earlier this year. (Photo: Harpo)
"He knows what pain feels like and Archie is his grandson," Harry said at the time. “But at the same time, of course, I'll always love him. But a lot of suffering has happened and I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try to heal this relationship. "
About his relationship with William, Harry said that he loved him "to the smallest detail", but the two were "on different paths".
“At the moment the relationship is space. And you know, time hopefully heals all things, ”said the Duke of Sussex.
Harry later opened up more about the "genetic pain and suffering" he had experienced in his life as a member of the royal family and how he wants to make sure he doesn't pass it on to his children.
“I don't think we should point the finger at anyone or blame anyone, but when it comes to parenting, when I experience some form of pain or suffering due to the pain or suffering my father or parents may have endured I've learned I'll make sure I break this cycle so I don't pass it on, ”the Duke said in an open interview with Dax Shepard last month.
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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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