Lilibet Diana: Royal expert discusses titles
Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter has set the record straight on issues surrounding royal babies’ names after it was revealed Meghan and Harry have welcomed their second child, who they called Lilibet Diana. Both these names have clear links to prominent members of the Royal Family – the Queen and Princess Diana.
The child’s first name has been famously used by Prince Philip as a pet name for the Queen during their seven-decade-long union.
However, the Duke of Edinburgh did not come up with it himself, Ms Arbiter pointed out.
The royal commentator also touched upon whether royal parents have a set list of names they must choose from whenever a child is born and how much power the Queen has when it comes to naming a baby.
Ms Arbiter wrote on Twitter: “So much rubbish being put out this afternoon:
“- No, there is not a ‘roster’ of names from which royals are expected to pick.
The Queen came up with the moniker Lilibet herself, according to a royal biographer
The Queen does not give her ‘permission’ to royal parents when they choose a name, according to a commentator
“- The Queen gives her blessing, not ‘permission’. She’s not a dictator.
“- No, ‘Lilibet’ was not coined by Prince Philip. The Queen came up with it herself.”
Another royal watcher, Marilyn Braun, also touched upon the origin of the nickname Lilibet.
She shared an extract of British historian Ben Pimlott’s biography of the Queen, which read: “Normality required a pet-name and this, the press was delighted to discover, Princess Elizabeth herself provided early on.
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“At two and a half, she was reported to be calling herself ‘Tillabet’.
“Later, this became ‘Lisabet’ or ‘Lilliebeth’, before settling down as ‘Lilibet’, the name her close family have continued to call her all her life.”
Royal fans also commented on the existence of a “roster” of names members of the Firm have to choose from.
Replying to Ms Arbiter, one said: “If there was the roster who it apply to anyway? The direct heir?
Meghan Markle gave birth to her daughter at a hospital in Santa Barbara
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their first child Archie in 2019
“Because Savannah, Isla, Mia, Lena, August, Lucas, and Archie definitely wouldn’t be on that roster.”
Another said: “Yes! We have so many different royal names! Zara, Lena, Savannah, Isla, Archie etc.
“It depends on the parents and whether they want to go traditional or a bit more out there or modern.”
And a third said: “I mean if there was a roster Archie wouldn’t be on there. Such idiocy.”
Meghan Markel and Prince Harry have two children
Meghan and Harry announced the birth of Lilibet Diana yesterday at 5pm.
The child, a statement read, 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.”
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 alslo said: “Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet.
“Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.”
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry now live in California
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.”