Queen ‘desperately unhappy’ at Meghan and Harry for naming newborn daughter Lilibet
Lilibet Diana: Name choice 'demeaning to Queen' says expert
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are settling into life as a family of four after the birth of their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana. Lilibet is the Queen’s family nickname and the choice pays tribute to the monarch at a challenging time for the Windsors, who are mourning the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh. But royal biographer Angela Levin has claimed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were “rude” to the Queen and she will be “unhappy” that their daughter was named Lilibet.
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.
“Prince Charles would never dream of referring to his mother as Lilibet.
“He’s never used it – it was a special name, especially for the Duke of Edinburgh.”
Lili, a younger sister for the Sussexes’ two-year-old son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, was born at 11.40am on Friday June 4 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California weighing in at 7lb 11oz.
Royal correspondent Peter Ford questioned whether the royal couple asked the Queen if they could use her private nickname beforehand.
Speaking on the Australian morning show Sunrise, presenter Kylie Gillies said: “I do like the headline, did they ask her. Really interesting if they did ask the Queen.”
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Mr Ford added: “I think it’s questionable to be taking someone’s private nickname and the origins of the nickname are disputed.
“Some say it’s what Margaret called her sister, others said it’s what Philip called his wife.”
Ms Gillies continued: “They are a couple of contradictions, that’s Meghan and Harry.
“They want to be distanced from the Royal Family but then they choose to do this. If they wanted to honour their grandmother I think they should have just shut up and stop giving interviews. But if they did ask her and she thought it was lovely then more power to them.”
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“The Sussexes’ press secretary confirmed the baby had been named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
She added: “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.
“Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, the Princess of Wales.”
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