Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis officially have a new little cousin! People has reported that Kate Middleton’s little sister Pippa Middleton gave birth to her second child, a daughter named Grace Elizabeth Jane.
Middleton and her husband, James Matthews, reportedly welcomed a baby girl weighing 6 pounds, 7 ounces, early Monday morning. “She’s perfect, everyone is overjoyed at such a happy arrival,” a source told People.
The little girl’s name is not only beautiful, but it also has a special connection to her famous family members. Grace Elizabeth Jane shares a middle name with her aunt Kate, whose full name is Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, and her cousin Princess Charlotte, whose full name is Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Little Grace’s name also includes a nod to the most famous Elizabeth — Queen Elizabeth II.
News of baby Grace’s arrival comes just days after Carole Middleton confirmed that her daughter Pippa was pregnant and expecting her second child. “I hope to see more of my family than I could last year, including, of course, my new grandchild,” Carole, a businesswoman and grandmother of four said in a new interview with Good Housekeeping UK. Page Six was the first to report that the Duchess of Cambridge's sister is expecting her second child in December 2020.
Pippa and Matthews, whom she married in May 2017, welcomed their first child, a son named Arthur, on Oct. 15, 2018. "Pippa and James are thrilled, it's fantastic news amid a difficult year," a source close to the family told Page Six in December. "The entire family is delighted." And in recent weeks after the news was reported, Pippa had been spotted walking around London with a “hint of a baby bump,” according to the Daily Mail.
While various outlets have reported on the news, including People and Page Six, Pippa did not make a statement throughout her pregnancy, which is not entirely surprising as she does not have a public Instagram account. Additionally, a source told People in 2016 that Middleton was looking forward to settling down with Matthews, "having children and leading a quiet life."
Pippa rarely gives updates about Arthur, though she has shared a few. In a 2019 column penned for Waitrose Magazine, a publication for the grocery store chain in the United Kingdom, Middleton revealed that their son was "more mobile" and filled with energy. And throughout her first pregnancy in 2018, Pippa documented her exercise routine for each trimester in Waitrose Weekend. Who knows, perhaps a column about life as a mom of two is in the works!
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