Tuesday, 15 Jun 2021

‘In spotlight every week’ Meghan and Harry blasted for public digs despite privacy concern

Lilibet Diana's name branded 'awkward' by Fox News guest

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Royal commentators Charlie Lankston and David Asman discussed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to name their daughter Lilibet in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. Ms Lankston labelled the gesture “awkward” in light of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex publicly blasting the Royal Family in recent months.

Ms Lankston said: “Lilibet is a very private nickname, it is not really a name that was used very widely.

“I find it slightly awkward for Harry and Meghan to have given their daughter the name Lilibet shortly after publicly blasting the Royal Family for all to hear.

“I think that is a bit of a touchy subject.”

Mr Asman replied: “I am just kind of confused as to why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry want to stay away from the media yet every single week they keep doing something that puts them back in the spotlight.”

The Fox News host Neil Cavuto added: “There is a lot of money in being a celebrity.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have chosen “the most royal name” possible for their daughter according to a former Royal Editor of The Sun.

Duncan Larcombe told BBC News Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have extended an olive branch to the Royal Family by choosing Lilibet as the name of their second child.

However, the royal commentator added that some critics will point to the choice of name as the Sussexes strengthening their brand’s link to royalty.

Meghan Markle baby has 'the most royal name' says expert

Mr Larcombe said: “This is very significant, there is no doubt that the choice of name for Harry and Meghan’s first daughter is the first significant, possibly the only olive branch that the Sussexes as a couple have offered to the British Royal Family since they left the country and walked away.

“So it is very significant in that respect.

“It is the most royal name that you could give.

“That was the name that Queen Elizabeth II’s father used for his daughter as a sign of affection.

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“We saw the handwritten note that the Queen left on Prince Philip’s coffin, signed off Lilibet.

“This was a name she has always had since childhood, it is a very royal name.”

He continued: “Critics might say that this is ensuring that the hugely lucrative link for brand Harry and Meghan, to have that link to the Royal family, will be continued with the most royal name.

“Personally, I do think that is a cynical view to take, I do think this is a genuine potential major step forward in the thawing of this dreadful rift that has plagued the family for a year and a half.”

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