Lilibet Diana: Angela Levin discusses name of royal baby
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Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, announced the birth of their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana on Sunday, The younger sister for the Sussexes’ two-year-old son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, was born at 11.40am on Friday June 4 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California weighing in at 7lb 11oz. Royal biographer Angela Levin has since said criticised the Duke of Sussex for using the Queen’s private nickname.
Speaking to Sky News, Ms Levin said: “Although Lilibet was originally used by George V, the Queen’s grandfather because she had difficulty saying her name when she was very small.
“Prince Philip took it for his own and that was his way of saying darling or sweetie pie.
“He’s hardly been dead for any amount of time and to use this, to take it away from her private world and use it for their own daughter is just terrible.
“Lili for what they might call their daughter most of the time is perfect, it’s lovely, it’s not making a snide comment.
“Elizabeth would have been fine but to tear this intimate, private word from her.
“They’re the people who look after their own privacy, they complain when they don’t have it but they don’t seem to feel the same way about the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.”
The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s social media accounts shared their congratulations on the happy news.
Lilibet is the Queen’s family nickname and the choice pays tribute to the monarch at a challenging time for the Windsors, who are mourning the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh.
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They have also faced heartbreak and division after the Sussexes, who quit as senior working royals last year, plunged the monarchy into crisis with their bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.
Harry made further controversial comments about his family in the following weeks, and has also experienced a long-running rift with his brother William.
William and Kate’s official Twitter account posted a message saying: “We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili. Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie.”
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall’s account also welcomed “baby Lilibet Diana”, adding: “Wishing them all well at this special time.”
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The monarchy’s official Twitter account shared an image from Harry and Meghan’s wedding day, celebrated the arrival, and noted that the baby was the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild.
It also echoed an earlier statement from a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman, saying: “The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news.”
In a message of thanks on their Archewell website, Harry and Meghan 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.”
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