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Lilibet Diana row: Lovely Queen tribute will not cancel out Oprah attack, expert warns

Prince Harry and Meghan announce birth of Lilibet Diana

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to name their baby daughter Lilibet Diana is a “nice tribute” to the Queen, but will not erase the events of the last year for members of the Royal Family. A royal expert says it is going to be “so hard” for the Royal Family to forget the Oprah Winfrey interview, in which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attacked the monarchy. 

Royal commentator Joe Drake told Us Weekly: “Obviously, watching that explosive interview with Harry and Meghan – I think it’s a nice tribute but I think it’s going to be so hard for people to forget.

“I think the pomp and circumstance of naming her Lilibet will go away in the coming days but the interview cloud will linger for a little bit longer.” 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their baby daughter on Friday, June 4 at 11:40am at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital near their home in California.

The baby weighed 7lbs 11oz at birth and a spokesperson for the couple said both mother and baby are “healthy and well”. 

The couple have decided to name their daughter Lilibet Diana, as a tribute to both her great-grandmother the Queen and paternal grandmother, Princess Diana. 

Lilibet is a name with a huge amount of personal history for the Queen. As an infant, she was unable to pronounce the name Elizabeth, which led to her father King George VI and her grandfather King George V affectionately nicknaming her Lilibet. 

This sweet moniker was adopted by her late husband Prince Philip, who frequently addressed her as Lilibet in private. 

The choice of Diana as a second name would have been an important tribute for Prince Harry to his own mother. 

In recent interviews, he has spoken about the traumatic experience of losing his mother at such a young age and its effect on his mental health. 

Princess Diana died at the age of 36 in a car crash in Paris. Prince Harry was only 12 years old. 

Whilst the name of their daughter holds strong connections to the Royal Family, the couple’s relationship with several members of the monarchy remains strained since their recent media interviews. 

In March, the couple participated in a 2-hour tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, which saw them criticise the monarchy and several senior members of the Royal Family. 

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The Royal Family were accused of neglecting the couple’s mental health which led to Meghan Markle feeling suicidal whilst pregnant with their first child.

Other revelations included the couple being denied security, being financially cut adrift and their son Archie being denied a title. 

The most damaging accusation was that an unnamed member of the Royal Family had expressed concern over the skin colour of their unborn child. 

In a later interview with Dax Shephard, Prince Harry compared life within the Royal Family to being in the Truman Show and being in a zoo. 

His comments are said to have ‘deeply upset’ the Queen and caused a PR crisis for Buckingham Palace and senior members of the family. 

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