The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the birth of their second daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Friday 4 June in Santa Barbara, California (via BBC). In a statement, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle explained the meaning of their daughter’s names, noting that the middle name Diana was chosen in HER honor.
1. Lilibet has a history in the Royal Family
The royal biographer continued on the British morning show, “We knew what it was, but it was her name – [the Duke of Edinburgh] wanted her to have that name, it was a special name, and I think it’s quite derogatory, really.” According to Page Six, Levin went on to explain that Prince Harry informed his grandmother the Queen that he was going to name his daughter after her, “but I bet she didn’t say she was going to choose Lilibet,” he added.
According to The Guardian, the Queen’s nickname in the royal family came about when Her Royal Highness was just a child and could not pronounce her own name properly. This is why her grandfather, King George V, affectionately called her ‘Lilibet’, mimicking her attempts to say ‘Elizabeth’.
2. The name has a special connection to Princess Charlotte.
While Prince Harry and Meghan announced that their daughter was named Lilibet, the couple also confirmed that the newborn would briefly be called Lily, a variant spelling of the fleur-de-lis, meant to symbolize purity, commitment, rebirth, and fertility.
The name Lili has also been associated with other members of the royal family, including her cousin Princess Charlotte. According to Marie Claire, the full name of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s six-year-old daughter is Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, and although her first name is in honor of her grandfather, Prince Charles, Charlotte’s middle names are also a tribute to the same women as Lili: Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana.
3. The Royal Family celebrated Lili’s arrival.
Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor has become the Queen’s 11th great-granddaughter and eighth heir to the throne, displacing Prince Andrew from ninth place.
Following the announcement of little Lili’s arrival, members of the royal family were quick to congratulate the couple online. “Congratulations to Harry, Meghan, and Archie on the arrival of baby Lilibet Diana. We wish them all the best at this special time,” tweeted the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said about their excitement.
4. An ulterior motive in the name according to 3rd parties.
Journalist Dan Wooton saw it as an attempt by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to have it both ways and tweeted, “Am I the only one who thinks it’s a bit odd that they’re naming their child with a name so closely associated with the royal family they’re desperately trying to distance themselves from?” He wasn’t the only one; another user tweeted, “Just a week ago Harry was mocking HMTQ’s parenting skills. Now they’re going to name a child after him. I don’t know what’s going on with these two.”
5. No photos of Lili have been released yet.
No photos of baby Lilibet have been shared yet, and it is likely to be on the couple’s own terms. As they officially retired from royal life last year, it’s a safe bet that no actual portraits will be taken. Instead, we can probably expect Meghan and Harry to share photos on their official website.
The former Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced Markle’s pregnancy in February 2021 via a sweet black and white photoshoot. It was during their surprise interview with Oprah Winfrey in March that the couple revealed they were expecting a baby girl – and that it would be their last child.
6. A new baby could appease the royal family’s ire
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted that their second child, a girl, is due soon. The little girl will be a little sister to big brother Archie, who has just turned two and will also be a ‘rainbow baby’, the term for a child born through miscarriage. Meghan revealed in a heartbreaking essay that she lost a pregnancy in the summer of 2020. Nick Bullen, editor, and co-founder of True Royalty TV told Us Weekly that the new arrival could be what eases tensions between the Sussex couple and the rest of the royal family.