Meghan Markle and Harry criticised over podcast by expert
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The couple announced they were expecting their second child earlier this year and revealed to Oprah Winfrey they are having a girl. While the due date is not publicly known, the baby is due sometime in the “summertime”.
Following Prince Philip’s death in April, many royal watchers are anticipating the baby will be named in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh, with Phillipa being top of the list.
However, Harry’s cousins Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall have both given their newborn sons the middle name Philip.
But now, a royal insider has gathered clues pointing to a different name, which is reportedly Harry’s favourite.
The expert claimed the new baby Sussex could be named Lily, which could be a “lovely nod” to the Queen who was known as “Lillibet” during her childhood.
Secondly, the Lily of the Valley flowers were woven into the headdresses of Meghan’s bridesmaids during their 2018 wedding.
The expert continued: “Back in 2019, when the Duchess was pregnant with Archie, she and Harry took part in a walkabout in Merseyside and someone in the crowd later revealed he’d asked her how she spells her daughter’s name, Lily.
“He took great interest in it.”
Next month, Prince Harry is expected to return to the UK for the unveiling of a statue of his mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 60th birthday.
However, Meghan’s baby due date could be an “excuse” for Prince Harry to miss a reunion with his brother, Prince William.
Royal commentator Kinsey Schofield said Harry would avoid a reunion with his family to be with his wife.
Ms Schofield said: “I imagine that Prince Harry is relieved that Meghan’s due date is so close to the event because it is the perfect excuse for the prince to sit this one out and stay at home in the States.
“I suspect that the child will be born around the time of the unveiling and that they will name the baby girl Diana.
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“We’ve learned since Prince Philip’s funeral that there was little to no reconciliation between the princes.
“It would be catastrophically unfair for Prince Harry to return to the UK for Princess Diana’s statue unveiling and to fight behind closed doors with Prince William about Meghan Markle.
“This event needs to be about their mother and it needs to honour their mother.”
She continued: “If Prince Harry is ready to eat crow then I encourage him to pack his bags and return to the UK to celebrate his mother’s legacy.
“If he’s unable to do that, then perhaps he should stay home.”
Ms Scholfield added how if Harry misses the event, he may do something “to try to match Kensington Palace’s Diana event”.
She said: “I think releasing a photo of Prince Harry and his mother is appropriate, or releasing a pre-recorded speech or video that he collaborates with the Palace on, but the constant attempt to divert attention from the royals is getting exhausting and seems quite petty for two people who told Oprah Winfrey that they just wanted to ‘move on’.”
Russell Myers, the Mirror’s Royal Editor, said both Harry and Meghan “really want to be there” for the unveiling of the statue.
He told ITV’s Lorraine this week: “The things I’m being told is they still really want to be there, both of them.
“Certainly, William and Kate will be there.
“But whether Harry can fly over there because the baby is imminently due this summer.
“It will certainly be in the next couple of weeks.”
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