Queen informed of Prince Harry’s baby name plans years before welcoming daughter Lilibet
Prince Harry 'told Queen he'd name child after her' says expert
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Prince Harry once informed the Queen of his intention to name a daughter after the monarch, Russell Myers has revealed on ITV’s Lorraine. Meghan Markle and Harry announced the birth of a baby girl on Sunday evening, with their new child given the name Lilibet Diana, in homage to her great grandmother and grandmother respectively. Royal watchers have responded to the name by questioning how much the Queen was privy to the decision.
Mr Myers told ITV’s Lorriane: “I am told that Harry had said to the Queen that he may name a daughter after her.
“He didn’t really ask for permission as such.
“But it was a nice surprise I think for the Queen”
It comes as royal expert Roya Nikkhah said the Queen recognised the “effort” Meghan and Harry were putting in to heal Royal Family rift.
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Ms Nikkhah told BBC Breakfast: “I think that by giving their daughter this name it feels like a sort of strong simple and an olive branch to the Royal Family.
“That over the last year every time we have heard something from the Sussexes saying that they perhaps didn’t agree with something in the Royal Family.
“The Queen has always come out and said much loved members of my family and always will be.
“I think this name is very personal sign that Harry and Meghan feel the same and want to publically show that.”
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BBC presenter Louse Minchin added: “That is very interesting I suppose will that olive branch make the difference?”
“It is so much to put on a three-day-old baby’s head isn’t it?” replied the royal expert.
“This expectation of this name healing a rift.
“But I think you know there is no doubt that the Queen I think would have been delighted with this news.”
“We heard that yesterday and I think she will see that for what it is.
“It is a real effort at on their side which so I think there are still close family ties and there is love and respect there.”
Meanwhile, another royal commentator argued the Sussexes may have overstepped with their choice of baby name.
Richard Kay wrote in a column for the Daily Mail: “By giving the baby the name Lilibet, the Queen’s private family nickname – even though they intend to use the diminutive ‘Lili’ for their daughter – there is a risk.
“Will it be seen as a presumptuous choice for a royal baby who is eighth in line to the throne, but who will grow up on the other side of the world speaking with an American accent?
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