On June 4, 2021, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex welcomed their first child. The name of their baby girl, Lilibet Diana, was revealed two days after the duchess gave birth. Her first name was given to her by Queen Elizabeth II’s family and her late husband, Prince Philip. Her middle name, Diana, is a tribute to Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.
Some people thought it was sweet that the prince named his daughter after his mother and grandmother. Others, however, criticised it as disrespectful, given the ongoing feud between the Sussexes and the royals over Harry’s remarks about his upbringing. Observers are now wondering if Meghan and Harry approached the monarch about naming their child after her.
On the occasion of Lilibet Diana, Meghan and Harry have received congratulatory messages from royals.
Despite the tensions between the Sussexes and other members of Harry’s family, senior royals congratulated the couple on social media shortly after Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born.
“We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili,” Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge tweeted. “Wishing Harry, Meghan, and Archie all the best.”
Lili was also mentioned in a tweet by Prince Charles. “The development of technology like electric vehicles is vital for maintaining the health of our world for future generations,” he said when he visited the Mini car factory in Oxford shortly after the announcement, according to Express. Having recently become a grandfather for the fifth time, I am acutely aware of this. Such good news emphasises the importance of continued innovation in this field.”
The birth was also mentioned in a message on Queen Elizabeth’s royal family account, along with the fact that Lilibet is her 11th grandchild.
Did the queen give Prince Harry and Meghan Markle permission to use Lilibet?
Was the queen aware that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were planning to name their daughter after her?
The queen was informed of the Sussexes’ name choice, according to a spokesperson for the Sussexes. “Prior to the announcement, the Duke spoke with his family. In fact, his grandmother was the first relative he contacted, according to the spokesperson. “During that conversat
ion, he mentioned that they wanted to name their daughter Lilibet after her. They would not have used the names if she had not been supportive.”
This statement came after a BBC report claimed that Harry and Meghan did not consult the queen about their name choice, according to an unnamed palace source.
The other royal named after Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana.
Another member of the queen’s family has a name that contains references to both her and Diana. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana is the daughter of Prince William and Kate.
Charlotte is the feminine version of her grandfather’s name, Prince Charles. The Cambridges’ daughter has the same middle name as Kate’s sister, Pippa, who has Charlotte as her middle name. Of course, the princess’s middle names are homages to her great-grandmother and late grandmother.