The name of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s little daughter could have a hidden meaning, it has been suggested.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the birth of their second child Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Friday 4th June.
They revealed that the name refers to the Queen’s nickname and a touching nod to Harry’s grandmother and mother.
However, journalist Afua Adom told Good Morning Britain that the name was also in honor of Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, reports Mirror online.
She said, “Lilibet is such a lovely name, it’s such a cute name. It’s not just about being named after the queen.
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“It’s also a small allusion to Meghan’s mother Doria, because Meghan’s mother’s nickname for her is flower, that’s why we have Lili with us for Lilibet.”
But hostess Susanna Reid wasn’t convinced and indicated that it was “a bit of a drag”.
“But it’s also a bit of a stretch to say that the queen is now in bed with her egg and her soldiers, blind and disappointed and angry that her great-grandson is named after her,” she added
This came after royal biographer Angela Levin called Meghan and Harry “rude” for naming their daughter Lilibet and calling her “humiliating.”
“I don’t think it’s right, it’s rude,” she said, leaving the stunned hostess Susanna, who repeated in disbelief what she had said. “It was a very private nickname from her husband, who is not long dead.”
When Susanna pointed out that it wasn’t exactly private as everyone knew the Queen’s nickname, Angela said, “It was his name, it was his special name. I find it quite humiliating.”
Richard Madeley interjected and asked if the Queen, “when she has her egg and her soldiers this morning,” was not happy with the news.
“Not after what happened, she is desperately unhappy,” Angela insisted. “Harry mentioned to his grandma that he would name his daughter after her, but I bet she didn’t know it would be Lilibet.”
She also insisted that the Queen was likely “blind” to the announcement.
The couple posted the news on their Archewell website and said, “On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter Lili.
“It is more than we could ever have imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we have felt from around the world.
“Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
Lilibet was the queen’s childhood nickname and one used by her late husband Prince Philip during their decades of devoted marriage.
The Queen even left Prince Philip a handwritten note on his coffin that was supposedly signed “Lillibet”.
The nickname was originally given to her by her sister Princess Margaret and her father King George VI because she could not pronounce her own name as a child.
It then got stuck and from then on she became Lilibet for her family.
After the Duke of Edinburgh married Queen Elizabeth, he wrote to his mother-in-law saying, “Lilibet is the only ‘thing’ in the world that is absolutely real to me.”
The royal couple also chose Diana’s middle name in a clear reference to Prince Harry’s late mother, the Princess of Wales.
In addition to Elizabeth, Lili’s cousin Princess Charlotte also has Diana as one of her middle names. She is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
On his Apple TV series on mental health, PrinceHarry criticized the Prince of Wales’ parenting skills and criticized his father for expecting his sons to endure the pressures of royal life, just as Charles did instead of protecting them.
Just as Archie was not allowed to be a prince or HRH when he was born in 2018, the Sussexes daughter is not allowed to be a princess or HRH due to rules laid down by George V more than 100 years ago.
Meghan controversially claimed during her Oprah show that Archie was stripped of his right to be a prince because of his race.
In fact, he was too far from the Crown, for although he is a great-grandson of a sovereign he is not the “eldest living son of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales” as the rules of George V required.
The new baby will be eligible to be a princess and Archie a prince – both with HRH styles – after the queen’s death and when Charles becomes king.
This is because they rose in succession to become the children of a monarch’s son.