Thursday, 17 Jun 2021

Prince Harry wanted the name Lilibet before he met Meghan Markle, says Royal insider

Prince Harry 'told Queen he'd name child after her' says expert

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Friday at 11.40am at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. But a royal insider has said Harry has considered naming his daughter after Her Majesty for years.

Insiders said he considered naming his daughter after Princess Diana but feared backlash.

One source said: ”Harry has always enjoyed a wonderful bond with his grandmother.

“They have been incredibly close and as you would imagine have shared some very deep and personal conversations as Harry was growing up, which carried on really until very recently.

“Harry has never made a secret of his wish to have a family of his own, often talking about how it would be great to have a boy and a girl, that he could name after the two most important women in his life, the Queen and his mother.

“In the end, he mentioned Lilibet to Meghan, when discussing potential names for their children and she loved the idea.”

Speaking to the Mirror, the source added the name was a “fitting tribute” to Her Majesty, and said it is “something many people will hope brings the family closer together”.

According to the Daily Mail, sources confirmed the Sussex royals did not seek formal permission from the Queen to use the nickname but did inform her prior to the official announcement.

Her Majesty coined the nickname ‘Lilibet’ when she was too young to pronounce her own name.

It was first used by her grandfather George V and also by her husband, Prince Philip, who died this year.

A source told BestLife Her Majesty has “great affection” for Harry, but was also “disappointed with aspects of Harry and Meghan’s interview” with Oprah Winfrey in March.

Another source told Us Weekly that Her Majesty made clear Harry is still loved.

They added: “The last thing Elizabeth wants is for Harry to feel estranged from his family and she made her feelings clear about this in the meeting.”

In a statement posted to their Archewell website, Meghan and Harry said they were “blessed” by their new arrival.

They added: “She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe.

“Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”

Buckingham Palace also welcomed the news, saying: “The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”

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