Lilibet Diana: Queen 'taken aback' by name says expert
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle placed the Queen in a “very difficult position” by choosing to name their newborn daughter Lilibet. The couple followed royal protocol and asked for the Queen’s blessing, but the personal nature of the name would have meant Her Majesty “couldn’t very well have said no”. The name of the newborn comes from the nickname Her Majesty picked for herself as she struggled to pronounce Elizabeth when she was a child.
The royal editor of Vanity Fair, Katie Nicholl, told Entertainment Tonight “We do understand that Harry did ask his grandmother for her blessing.
“That is protocol, that is traditional and certainly when it comes to the name Lilibet, I think absolutely right that Harry asked.”
“Of course, the Queen would have been in a very difficult position, she couldn’t very well have said no.”
As for the Queen’s reaction, Katie Nicholl said: “I think the general feeling is that she was quite surprised and quite taken aback.”
Lilibet is the Queen’s childhood nickname. As an infant, she had difficulty pronouncing her name, which led to her parents King George VI and the Queen Mother affectionately calling her Lilibet.
The nickname was later adopted by the Queen’s late husband Prince Philip. Letters addressed to the Queen Mother show Prince Philip addressing his wife as ‘dear Lilibet’ during their honeymoon.
Meghan Markle gave birth to the couple’s daughter on Friday at 11:40am at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced on Sunday evening that she had been named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Windsor-Mountbatten.
Prince Harry’s mother Princess Diana is also being commemorated with the choice of second name.
In recent months, Prince Harry has spoken in interviews about the impact of his mother’s death on his mental health and has always stressed the importance of preserving her legacy.
He is due to return to London on July 1 to attend the unveiling of a new statue dedicated to Princess Diana. The statue will be unveiled at Kensington Palace on what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday.
It will be the first time the Queen will be reunited with her grandson since the funeral of Prince Philip in April.
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Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor is the Queen’s eleventh great-grandchild and is eighth in line to the throne.
Buckingham Palace released a statement after her birth to say “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.”
She weighed 7lbs 11oz and a spokesperson for the couple said both mother and baby are “healthy and well”.
On Sunday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle thanked the public for their kind wishes and said that their daughter was “more than we could have ever imagined”.
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