‘It’s the most royal name!’ Meghan and Harry ‘olive branch’ to royals has ‘lucrative link’
Meghan Markle baby has 'the most royal name' says expert
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Duncan Larcombe told BBC News Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have extended an olive branch to the Royal Family that 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.
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.
“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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The Sussexes wrote in a statement announcing the birth of their second child: “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.
“Lili was born on Friday June 4 at 11.40am in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California.
“She weighed 7lbs 11oz (3.5kg). 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.
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“Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.
“This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
“The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.”
Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor is eighth in line to the throne.
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