Meghan Markle ‘chose female-founded’ hospital to give birth to Lilibet in

Meghan Markle "loves" that the hospital she gave birth to daughter Lilibet Diana in is female-founded, it has been reported.

Last Friday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their little girl into the world at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on Friday, June 4 at 11.40am, announcing the sweet news on Sunday.

The new arrival, who weighed a healthy 7lb 11oz following the birth, has been named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in a sweet nod to Harry’s relatives.

Lilibet is the Queen's favourite nickname while the baby's middle name was chosen to honour Harry's beloved late mother, Princess Diana, who died in 1997.

And according to a report in People magazine, the couple chose the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital out of "several" options.

"They looked at several hospitals before they settled on the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital," a source told People.

"Meghan loves that it's female-founded."

They added: "Security and privacy were also priorities. They had a big security team that the hospital needed to accommodate."

Everything is also said to have gone smoothly for the couple on the big day, with the Sussexes free to "enjoy the birth in peace".

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"Meghan and Harry are both very thankful for how smoothly things went," the source adds. "They could enjoy the birth in peace."

Following the birth, Harry and Meghan thanked the public for their warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this "special time as a family".

The couple's statement read: "On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili.

"She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe.

"Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family."

A statement on Harry and Meghan's Archewell Foundation website read: "It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world.

"Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11.40am in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA.

"She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well and settling in at home.

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"Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet.

"Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.

"This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family."

Harry has previously suggested their daughter will be their last child in the sit-down with US television legend Oprah.

He said: "A girl, you know, what more can you ask for? But now, you know, now we’ve got our family."

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