Royal biographer Angela Levin has faulted Meghan Markle and Prince Harry decision to name their newborn baby Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, calling it rude towards Queen Elizabeth II.
Angela opined that the decision was a bad idea because the name was a private nickname that was bestowed on the Queen by her late husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Speaking recently on Good Morning Britain, Angela said, “I don’t think it’s a good idea, I think it’s quite rude to Her Majesty Her Queen. It was a very private nickname from her husband, who hasn’t been dead for very long,” while adding that, “Prince Charles would never dream of calling his mother Lilibet.”
The name Lilibet dates back to when the Queen was too young … unable to pronounce her own name, calling herself “Lilibet” instead of Elizabeth.
Her parents and grandparents later took up the nickname, which the Queen’s father, King George VI, was once quoted as using when he said, “Lilibet is my pride. Margaret is my joy.”
Angela added, “We knew what it was but it was his name — the Duke of Edinburgh wanted that name for her, it was a special name, I think it’s quite demeaning, I really believe that.”
The biographer agreed that Prince Harry “did mention to his grandmother” that he was going to name his daughter after her, “but I bet you he didn’t say, ‘I’m going choose Lilibet.’”
Harry and Meghan also honored the Duke’s late mother Princess Diana by calling the newborn middle name Diana.
While Angela Levin faults the name, many others believed that the choice was a strong move towards a royal reconciliation after the row that has existed following their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Some thoughts also said naming the baby Lilibet simply means that the Queen’s nickname will live on even after her. “Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet,” the statement announcing her birth read.
Meghan Markle gave birth to Lilibet Diana on Friday, June 4, in Santa Barbara, California.