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Did the Queen Approve ‘Lilibet’ name for Harry and Meghan’s daughter?


Did the Queen Approve ‘Lilibet’ name for Harry and Meghan’s daughter?


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced the birth of their second child, Lilibet.

Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11.40 a.m. in California, where the couple lives with their two-year-old son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The newborn girl weighed 7lbs 11oz at birth, according to a statement, and “both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home”

‘Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.’

The name is said to have originated with the Queen’s father, King George VI, and was frequently used by her late husband, Prince Philip.

In honor of her 73-year-old husband, who died in April, the Queen put a handwritten letter on top of his coffin. Her Majesty signed the note with ‘Lilibet’.



When it comes to naming kids, the British monarchy likes to keep to tradition, as seen by the royal family tree.


Albert is the most popular royal baby boy name, while Victoria is the most popular royal baby girl name.


Because they are further from the throne than the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Sussexes can opt to deviate from precedent.


According to Carolyn Harris, professor of history at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and author of Raising Royalty: 1,000 Years of Royal Parenting, “the further down the line of succession, the more likely you are to have a more unique or un-traditional name.”



Princess Eugenie’s boy with husband Jack Brooksbank was the last royal baby, and though his first name, August, was possibly more modern than past royal baby names, his middle name stayed traditional and honored the late Prince Philip.


Are all baby names in the Royal Family traditional because they must be approved by Her Majesty first?


Although it is thought that the Queen is not required to approve royal baby names, her opinion and blessings are frequently sought, with her being notified of the suggested name before anybody else.


According to royal pundit Kate Williams in an interview with CNN, royal parents’ names must first be cleared with the queen, however the final choice lies with the parents.


When discussing the impending birth of Prince Louis in April 2018, Williams stated, “The Queen has the power to say what their title is. But in the case of names, it is more of an informal conversation




‘Of course they have such respect for the Queen that if she says “I really don’t like that name”, they’d definitely take that into account,’ she explains.


Lili will be eighth in line, behind her elder brother and cousins.


She is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild, and her birth comes at a difficult time for the royal family, after Meghan and Harry revealed their difficulties while living in the UK and working for the family.


Following news of a miscarriage in July of last year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle revealed they were expecting a girl on Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2021.


According to royal analyst Robert Jobson, the baby’s arrival might help the family mend fences after months of strife.


He said: “Any baby’s birth is a blessing. I am delighted for them both.


“Let’s hope little Lilibet will help heal some of the pressing issues that have been at the heart of the Royal Family in recent months.”

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