Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their second child on Friday and were profoundly criticized for the name of their baby girl. The couple named her in the honor of two of the most important women in Prince Harry’s life: his mother, Princess Diana, and his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. Some royal experts claimed that this name is “rude” to Queen Elizabeth.
On Sunday, the royal couple announced the birth of the daughter revealing that the little girl had arrived two days earlier on June 4. They broke the news via their Archwell Foundation Instagram account and comprised a personal message from Harry and Meghan.
The post said, “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.” The post went on to explain the origin of the somewhat unusual first name, “Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet.” The latest addition to the British royal family’s middle name is an homage to her late grandmother, Princess Diana of Wales.
“Lilibet” is a derivative of Queen Elizabeth’s name and is what the monarch called herself when she was too young to properly pronounce her name. The mispronunciation soon became a family nickname, with Queen Elizabeth’s father, King George VI being quoted as saying, “Lilibet is my pride. Margaret is my joy,” about his two daughters. A lot of people criticized Harry and Meghan Markle for their name choice. They wonder if they had so many issues with the royals then why this type of name?
Not only on Twitter but other social media users also spread negativity about the name. Angela Levin, a royal biographer, made an appearance on Good Morning Britain and insisted that the royal duo was “rude” to use a private, family nickname for their daughter, especially so soon after Prince Philip’s death. “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,” Levin said, erroneously attributing the nickname to Prince Philip.
Strangely, Levin added, “Prince Charles would never dream of calling his mother Lilibet.” We say “bizarre” because of course, Prince Charles wouldn’t call his mother by a nickname, she’s his mom, not his peer. Prince Harry likely doesn’t use the nickname either for his grandmother, which makes the royal biographer’s comment all the more strange said gossipcop.com.
Don’t forget that Harry and Meghan have not accused the royal family of racism, but merely noted that comments but also accused them of their child’s skin color. The two have been more than clear that their troubles have come more from the press. It seems like no royal family member has any issues with the newborn baby’s name as it shows the love for two ladies.