Queen 'confused' by Meghan and Harry's decision to name daughter after her -'How strange'

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced last night that they had welcomed a baby daughter on Friday, weighing 7lbs and 11oz. The couple decided to name the baby after two senior royals, the Queen and the late Princess of Wales, and called the youngster Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. But royal expert Ingrid Seward said Her Majesty will likely be “confused” by the name choice, after Meghan and Harry’s recent condemnation of the Royal Family.

The royal author said: “How charming that Harry and Meghan have decided to call their daughter Lilibet or Lily as a compliment to the Queen.

“But how strange as they profess to want to remove themselves from royal life that they have chosen to use such an intimate royal nickname for their daughter.

“It was affectionately used by only her parents and her husband.

“But I am certain she will be pleased and perhaps a little confused that Prince Harry has decided to use this name.”

Ms Ingrid also questioned whether the Queen would approve of the use of her family pet name, as she has not been in favour of informal nicknames before.

Writing in The Sun, she said: “The Queen has a healthy disregard for nicknames.

“When her son Prince Andrew’s affair with Koo Stark was all over the press the only thing she said is, ‘why can’t they all be Katherine?’.”

The royal expert also said it was inevitable that Harry would want to honour his late mother in their name choice, but questioned why the pair made no mention of Meghan’s family in the choice of name.

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She said: “Of course Harry wants to remember his mother so the name Diana had to be in there somewhere.

“But where is Meghan’s parentage in all of this?”

Elizabeth came up with the nickname Lilibet herself when she was a youngster, as she struggled to pronounce her actual name.

The pet name stuck throughout much of her life with her father, the late King George VI fondly calling his eldest daughter by the nickname.

Prince Philip also picked up on the nickname and frequently referred to his wife as Lilibet, rather than Elizabeth.

Meghan and Harry’s PR team announced the happy news of the birth at 5pm yesterday.

Their press secretary said the child was born at 11.40am on Friday “in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California”.

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

Providing a brief explanation behind the choice of her names, the statement also said: “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.”

Meghan and Harry also included a personal message of thanks in the statement.

It read: “On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili.

“She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe.

“Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”

Members of the Royal Family have congratulated the couple on their new arrival, including the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.



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