Meghan Markle and Harry may have ‘cursed’ Lilibet Diana with name choice, expert warns

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

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Meghan and Prince Harry named their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor to pay tribute to the Queen and Princess Diana. However, bestowing upon their newborn names with such importance for the Royal Family may result in a “heightened interest” in Lili from the public and the press, according to columnist Sean O’Grady.

He wrote in the Independent: “Little Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor is certainly charming and her name seems well chosen, both on historical and sentimental grounds, with her famous gran and great-gran memorialised.

“However, her name will always remind people who she is.

“Less trouble booking a table at a fashionable restaurant, getting a ticket for the must-see musical, or – you never know – a job.

“The downside, of course, as with all celeb stuff, is that giving her such a name will merely heighten interest in her as she grows up; and, though it seems unkind to remark on it now, will inevitably attract the kind of media intrusion with which Lilibet Diana’s wider family are only too familiar.

“Her name may turn out to be more of a curse than a blessing, if the poignant experience of the past is anything to go by.

“The papers will be doubly interested in who she resembles as she grows up; whether she inherits Diana’s sense of style or the Queen’s sense of duty; and, of course, who she’ll be dating.”

Lili was born on Friday, June 4 but her arrival was announced two days later by a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The statement published on informed the public both mother and daughter were doing well.

It read: “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 11.40 am in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA.

“She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.”

Explaining the meaning behind her names, the statement continued: “Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet.

“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.”

The Queen reportedly came up with the nickname Lilibet herself as a toddler, when she was struggling to pronounce her full name.

It was quickly adopted by her grandfather King George V, her parents and her sister Margaret.

Later in her life, Prince Philip also used this moniker for the Queen.

Prince Harry, who said to have remained in touch with his grandmother throughout 2020 during his interview with Oprah Winfrey, informed the Queen of his and Meghan’s intention to name the baby after her, sources have confirmed.

Writing in the Daily Mirror, royal commentator Russell Myers said: “Sources have confirmed that Harry and Meghan did not seek formal permission from the Queen to use the nickname, but they did inform her in private prior to announcing her arrival to the world.” 

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Naming the Sussexes’ newborn Lilibet will allow the moniker, the use of which has been restricted only to the Queen’s closest circle, to be carried on within the family.

In defence of the use of the moniker, Professor Kate Williams told the Daily Mail: “Just two months ago, [the Queen] lost her husband of 73 years and, with his death, it seemed as if that endearing nickname he had used all her life was likely to pass into extinction.

“No longer. Instead, it has been given a new life.” 

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