PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle paid tribute to both the Queen and Princess Diana with their daughter’s name, but it appears there’s a secret nod to Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland too.
Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 11.40am on Friday in California, and the new bub shares Her Majesty’s family nickname.
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Meghan’s daughter’s name could be a sweet tribute to her mum Doria Ragland, an expert suggestsCredit: Getty – Pool
The Queen was given her nickname, Lilibet, by her grandad King George V, who joked that she couldn’t pronounce her name Elizabeth as a child.
Speaking on this Good Morning Britain today, and joined by royal biographer Angela Levin, Afua said: “Lilibet is such a pretty name, it’s such a cute name. It is not just about being named after the Queen.
Meghan and Harry welcomed their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Friday
She was named after the Queen, with her middle name an obvious nod to Harry’s mum Diana
“It is a bit of a nod to Meghan’s mother Doria as well, because Meghan’s mother’s nickname for her is flower, hence why we’ve got Lili in there for Lilibet.”
But host Susanna Reid didn’t seem convinced, instead saying it was “a bit of a stretch.”
Angela, however, blasted the choice of name, calling the it “rude” and “demeaning” towards the Queen.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently living in Santa Barbara with son Archie, who was born in London in 2019Credit: PA
Journalist Afua Adom appeared on Good Morning Britain today with royal expert Angela LevinCredit: ITV
Harry and Meghan’s daughter shares the same name as the late Princess DianaCredit: Getty
She told Good Morning Britain: “I don’t think it’s a good idea – I think it’s quite rude to Her Majesty Her Queen.
“It was a very private nickname from her husband who hasn’t been dead for very long.
“Prince Charles would never dream of calling his mother Lilibet.”
What’s more, avid royal fans predicted the sweet moniker back in APRIL, following the loss of Prince Philip.
Meghan and Harry announced the baby news on Sunday in a statement on the Archwell website
It was revealed that Lily was born at the Santa Barbara Hospital at 11:40am
Harry and Meghan announced the news on Sunday in a statement published on their Archewell website after the now mum-of-two gave birth at the Santa Barbara hospital.
It said: “On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili.
“She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe.
“Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
The Queen, Prince William, and Kate Middleton have since congratulated Meghan and Harry on the birth of their daughter.
Lilibet is now 8th in line to the throne after big brother Archie and dad Harry
Her Majesty and the royals said they were “delighted” at the news and made a touching tribute to the couple and their baby girl.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tweeted: “We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili.
“Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie.”
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