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Lilibet Diana: Angela Levin discusses name of royal baby
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Meghan Markle gave birth to a healthy baby girl last Friday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, the first royal baby to be born in the US. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to name their daughter after the Queen and the late Princess of Wales, calling the girl Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The tribute to Her Majesty, after the couple’s continued criticism of the Royal Family, has been heavily questioned by royal commentators and one observer suggests the olive branch comes far too late.
Journalist and commentator Petronella Wyatt has written a damning opinion piece on Meghan and Harry’s choice of name.
She said the choice of Diana as a middle name was “a natural choice”, but opting to use the Queen’s “initiate family nickname” as the first name is more bizarre.
Writing in the Sun, she said: “No doubt, however, there will be many who will see in Harry and Meghan’s choice of names for their newborn a tribute to a beloved grandmother, even a touching, tentative attempt at reconciliation.
“To which one would counter, isn’t it a little late?
“I mean, that poor olive branch must be a dried up, barren twig by now?
“The gulf between Harry and his family is so wide that even if the child has been called Lilibet Catherine Charlie Wilhemina (the feminine for William) it could not be bridged.”
Moreover, Ms Wyatt questioned why Meghan and Harry didn’t simply choose the name Elizabeth – rather than take the nickname fondly used by the late Prince Philip.
The commentator also questioned whether the choice of name was meant to mock the Queen, after the couple’s recent public criticism of the Royal Family.
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She said: “Moreover, it should be duly remarked by historians that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have spent much of the last years traducing and hectoring the Royal Family, including the Queen, who was accused of ‘bad parenting’.
“Is Lilibet then, some sort of subtle insult or mean little jibe?
“It may not be intended as one, but in the present circumstances, it is a little clumsy.”
Royal biographer Angela Levin suggests the name choice was distasteful, and is likely to have upset the Queen.
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Speaking to ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Ms Levin said: “I think she’s 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.
“It was a very private nickname from her husband who hasn’t been dead for very long.”
The royal expert also branded the name as “distasteful” and a “terrible invasion of the Queen’s privacy”.
She added: “I absolutely think it is terrible!”
But not everyone is opposed to the name, with Linda Robson from Loose Women, saying: “I think it’s lovely, so good luck to her!”
Baby Lilibet was born on 4th June, 2021 at 11.40am, weighing 7lbs 11oz.
Lili is the second baby of the pair and will be the younger sister to older brother Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
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