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Prince Charles says birth of Harry and Meghan’s daughter is ‘happy news’

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Prince Charles has described the birth of granddaughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor as “happy news”.

Prince Harry and Meghan announced the arrival of their daughter, who was born on 4 June, on Sunday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex said it was a “very special time” and described the baby girl as “more than we could have ever imagined”.

File photo dated 25/09/2019 of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex holding their son Archie during a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs Tutu at their legacy foundation in cape Town, on day three of their tour of Africa. Meghan and Harry will celebrate the second birthday of their son, who helped inspire his mother???s new picture book. Issue date: Thursday May 6, 2021.
Image: The arrival of Archie’s sister was announced at the weekend

The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s social media accounts shared their congratulations on the arrival at the weekend.

But Charles’ comments on Tuesday were the first time a royal has spoken publicly about the baby.

The royal described the birth of his fifth grandchild – a first sibling for baby Archie – as “happy news” during a visit to a production plant for the Mini at Cowley near Oxford.

The new baby is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild.

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But with the Sussexes living in California and amid troubled relationships with Harry’s family, it is not known when or if the new addition will meet the Queen and the rest of the royals.

The duke previously accused his family of “total neglect” when the couple were attacked on social media and in some newspapers – comments which followed an controversial interview he and Meghan gave to Oprah Winfrey about their life as senior royals.