Meghan Markle gave birth at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital (Image: Getty Images)

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Meghan Markle's birth plan saw her flanked by a massive security team to allow her and Harry to enjoy Lilibet's arrival "in peace", a source has said.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their second child, Lilibet 'Lili' Diana, on June 4 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

They are reportedly "very thankful for how smoothly everything went" after managing to keep the plan under wraps and ensure privacy.

A source told People magazine that the couple had carefully considered everything from the choice of hospital to the level of security needed.

They looked at several hospitals before they picked Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, according to the source.

"Meghan loves that it's female-founded," they said.

Meghan's care was managed by Dr Melissa Drake with remote support from Dr Gowri Motha in the UK, who helped oversee Archie's birth at Portland Hospital in London.

The Duchess of Sussex gave birth on June 4
(Image: Getty Images)

The duchess had wanted to have a home birth for Archie but due to complications was taken to hospital – but this time luckily it went to plan.

The state-of-the-art California facility allows mum-to-bes to tailor their birthing plans to their own individual needs.

Each room comes with a sofa, a rocking chair and a recliner to compliment the birthing bed – with lots of extra pillows for cofort.

Mums are offered a menu to order room service as well as snacks from their pantry.

Crucially the hospital was also able to accommodate the major security presence needed to guarantee the Sussexes had privacy and safety, the source says.

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

The insider said the couple were delighted with how the plan went, adding: "They could enjoy the birth in peace."

They also claimed the Sussexes now want to have a "long summer break" spending time with their new family.