Meghan and Harry name baby after Queen to show 'family still matters' after public row

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Meghan Markle baby has ‘the most royal name’ says expert

The name chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took many royal fans by surprise due to the very public row the couple have endured with the Firm in recent months. The arrival of the Lilibet “Lili” Diana came just three months after the Sussexes’ bombshell TV interview with Oprah Winfrey hit screens.

Sky News’ royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills said Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, chose to give their child names “with the most royal connections”.

She said: “In previous years that wouldn’t necessarily be surprising, but now they do stand out after Harry and Meghan’s decision to step away from royal life, and their very public disagreements with other members of the Royal Family.

“The choice of Lilibet, the Queen’s nickname, is in some ways an unexpected choice but a sign that family still matters despite everything that has been said.”

In Oprah’s special documentary Harry and Meghan accused an unnamed member of the Royal Family of racism.


Meghan and Harry named their daughter Lilibet after the Queen (Image: ITV)

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Harry and Meghan named their daughter after the Queen (Image: GETTY)

And Harry told the world the Queen had refused to meet with him and Meghan after they announced they were stepping down as senior royals.

He explained to the host how the monarch cancelled a planned meeting in January 2020 after the couple released their Megxit statement.

He said she had initially invited the pair to come to her Sandringham estate in Norfolk to chat over dinner – but then changed her mind.

Harry said: “The moment we landed in the UK I got a message from my private secretary Fiona at the time cutting and pasting a message from the Queen’s private secretary basically saying, ‘please pass on to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that you cannot come to Norfolk, the Queen is busy, she’s busy all week.'”

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Meghan gave birth on Friday morning (Image: GETTY)

After receiving the text, Harry said he called his grandmother who told him her schedule for the entire week was full.

He told Oprah: “I didn’t want to push because I kind of knew what was going on.”

Oprah then pressed the prince on who he thought was making the decisions – the Queen or her advisers.

He told her he believed some staff members had given his grandmother “really bad” advice on how to handle the post-Megxit situation.

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Lili is the monarch’s 11th great-grandchild (Image: GETTY)

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The birth of Lili comes a year on from Megxit (Image: GETTY)

He said: “When you’re head of the Firm there is people around you that give you advice.

“And what has also made me really sad is some of that advice has been really bad.”

In a lengthy statement released on Sunday, Harry and Meghan announced the birth of their daughter and explained the meaning behind her names.

The Sussexes’ statement 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.

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Royal Family tree (Image: EXPRESS)

“Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA.

“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.”

Weeks after the Oprah interview, Harry flew into the UK for a dramatic reunion with the Queen, 95, and other members of the Royal Family for Prince Philip’s funeral.

After the sombre ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, the duke was pictured chatting cordially to Prince William and Kate.

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Harry and Meghan’s daughter is named Lili Diana (Image: GETTY)

Royal commentators suggested this showed there had been a thawing in the frosty relations between the brothers.

It is not known when the Queen will be introduced to her newest great-grandchild.

Harry is due to fly back to Britain in the coming weeks for the unveiling of a statue in honour of Princess Diana.

A year on from his final royal engagement, Harry is tipped to attend the unveiling of the monument at Kensington Palace alongside the Duke of Cambridge.

The event is scheduled to take place on what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday, July 1.

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