Harry spoke movingly about his niece from Australia where he has been working with the country’s armed forces and said he could not “wait to meet her”.
The Cambridges also thanked well-wishers for their support following the birth of their daughter who was born on Saturday at 8.34am, weighing 8lbs 3oz.
William and Kate have kept the world guessing as to the name of their second child but are likely to have told the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and Michael and Carole Middleton when they visited Kensington Palace to see their granddaughter.
In the coming days, the Cambridges will return to their Norfolk home, close to the Queen’s Sandringham estate, and may be waiting until they have told the monarch personally before announcing the name.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “The duke and duchess are hugely grateful for the messages of congratulations they have received from people all over the world.
“It means a great deal to them that so many people have celebrated the arrival of their new daughter.
“Additionally Prince Harry has said about his new niece: ‘She is absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to meet her.’ ”
Harry will probably not see his niece for around a fortnight as after his attachment with the Australian Defence Force ends later this week he will tour New Zealand for eight days.
Charles made no secret of the fact he wanted his second grandchild to be a girl.
And the heir to the throne wasted no time in meeting his granddaughter, arriving at Kensington Palace behind the wheel of an Audi estate car with Camilla in the passenger seat beside him.
The royal couple joined Carole Middleton and her daughter Pippa, and were soon followed by Michael Middleton.
The Cambridges’ daughter is fourth in line to the throne.
The favourite name among bookies has changed repeatedly in recent days, with Alice and Charlotte among those fancied but Elizabeth and Olivia also proving popular.
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