The Prince of Wales has described the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter as “happy news” during a visit to Oxford.
Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday morning in a hospital in Santa Barbara, California.
Prince Charles made the comment about his granddaughter during a tour of a production plant in Cowley.
He also toured Somerville College and Oxford Botanic Garden during his visit to the city.
The prince was highlighting the importance of leaving a sustainable legacy for future generations when referring to Prince Harry and Meghan’s second child.
Lili is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild and is eighth in line to the throne.
The prince’s visit to the plant was to celebrate innovations in the production of electric vehicles in the UK.
Charles also celebrated the contribution female students have made to Oxford University with his visit to Somerville College, one of the first in Oxford to admit women.
The college is celebrating its 140th anniversary and marking 100 years of degrees for women.
It was established as a place for women to study during the late Victorian era, and began admitting men in 1994.
When the prince was introduced to a man amongst a group of students there, he joked: “They do allow men in.”
The botanic garden, where Charles helped plant a black pine during his tour, is also celebrating an anniversary – its 400th.
Prince Harry and Meghan said they named their second child Lilibet after the Royal Family’s nickname for the Queen, the baby’s great-grandmother.
Lili’s middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her “beloved late grandmother”, the Princess of Wales, the couple said in a statement.
Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, had their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in 2019.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall previously tweeted: “Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie on the arrival of baby Lilibet Diana. Wishing them all well at this special time.”