Prince Harry informed friends that he and Meghan Markle sought the approval of his grandmother, the Queen, before naming their infant daughter Lilibet Diana.
Despite leaving the royal family in 2020 amid the “Megxit” scandal and giving recent interviews loaded with criticisms, including charges of racism against Buckingham Palace, Harry, 36, remains close to his grandmother.
Regardless of the fact that one royal pundit termed the name “rude” and “demeaning” and said that only the late Prince Philip called Her Majesty Lilibet, we’re informed that Harry obtained permission before the birth of his child.
Meanwhile, People reports that, though the public was not told of Lilibet’s birth until Sunday, June 6, the queen was told ahead of time. Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor is the monarch’s 11th great-grandchild, according to the royal family’s message congratulating Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
“It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world,” the pair said in a statement issued on June 6.
However, other reports vary a little bit: “Sources have confirmed that Harry and Meghan did not seek formal permission from the Queen to use the nickname, but they did inform her in private prior to announcing her arrival to the world,” Russel Myers wrote in the Daily Mirror.
It’s a rather intimate name to use, and it takes on even more emotive significance when combined with Diana, Harry’s late mother’s name. “He loves and respects his grandmother. For Harry these are two very important and meaningful names,” according to a friend of the Duke.
Pundit Angelia Levin said Monday on “Good Morning Britain” that “I think she’s [The Queen] desperately unhappy because they were desperately rude about her. I don’t think it’s a good idea. I think it’s quite rude to Her Majesty the Queen,”
The Queen’s biographer Sally Bedell Smith has described the name as an acceptable compromise.
“Asking the Queen’s permission for the name would be in keeping with royal tradition,” Ms Bedell Smith added.
“I know when the Duke and Duchess of York, later George VI and Queen Elizabeth, proposed to name their second daughter Ann Margaret, King George V and Queen Mary objected to ‘Ann’.
“This then led to the couple settling on Margaret Rose.”
But Smith thinks the name “Elizabeth” would have been more fitting.
When the queen will be able to meet the newest member of her family is unknown. Although Prince Harry planned to visit the United Kingdom next month, his wife and two children are not expected to accompany him. Fortunately, throughout the epidemic, everyone improved their virtual call skills. “Both my grandparents do Zoom. They’ve seen Archie running around,” Prince Harry informed James Corden.
The Sussexes have stated that they do not desire titles for their children, and having given up their own HRH titles in order to start a new life in California, they are unlikely to request titles for Archie and Lili if Charles becomes king. Lilibet Diana, on the other hand, has two enormous names to live up to.
But “For the rest of her life, Lilibet is going to be compared to the two most influential and loved royal women of the 20th and 21st century. She will never escape their lengthy shadows,” royal biographer Andrew Morton stated.
Both Harry and Markle are on parental leave and are staying with their new baby and their 2-year-old son, Archie, in Montecito, California.