Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have welcomed a baby girl and named her Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, an obvious move to strengthen family ties between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the British royal family.
Though the couple who currently live in the United States have been vocal about their treatment while living in the Palace … being the reason why they quit acting as senior royals early last year, they called the Queen and other senior members of the royal family including Prince Charles to inform them of the arrival of baby Lilibet.
Notwithstanding claims of ill-treatment made by Harry and Meghan against the royal family, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have maintained that they have nothing but love and respect for the Queen.
The name Lilibet was the Queen’s childhood nickname. The name dated as far back as when the Queen was too young to pronounce her own name, calling herself “Lilibet” as she could then.
The Queen’s parents and grandparents then took up the nickname, with the Queen’s father, George VI, once quoted as saying, “Lilibet is my pride. Margaret is my joy.”‘
As a young royal then, she would sign letters using the shortened form of Elizabeth.
“Darling Granny. Thank you very much for the lovely doll’s house. I do love it, and I have unpacked the dining room and the hall. Love from Lilibet xxx,” the Queen wrote in one thank-you note to her grandmother, Queen Mary.
The name continued after the Queen grew up and got married as her late husband Prince Philip always calls her Lilibet, as did her mom, the Queen mother and sister Princess Margaret, according to Legendary royal photographer Arthur Edwards.
Edwards who wrote after Prince Philip’s death in April said, “Later, seeing those haunting TV pictures of the Queen in black sitting all on her own in Chapel Quire, it dawned on me there is no longer anyone left in the world to call her ‘Lilibet.’”
Naming Prince Harry’s daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor shows that the Queen’s nickname will continue to live even after her, as the statement announcing her birth read, “Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet.”
During their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, the couple discussed the state of their relationship with Her Majesty.
After Markle recalled their “lovely” first meeting, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex insisted they did not blindside the Queen when they announced their royal exit in January 2020. “I never blindsided my grandmother. I have too much respect for her,” Harry said.
At another point in the same interview, Harry said, “I’ve spoken more to my grandmother in the last year than I have done for many, many years. My grandmother and I have a really good relationship and understanding. I have a deep respect for her. She’s my commander-in-chief, right?”
Harry revealed that they’ve done a couple of Zoom calls with their 2-year-old son Archie, and Meghan also said that she personally called the Queen after learning that Prince Philip was hospitalized.
“This morning, I woke up earlier than H, and saw a note from someone on our team in the UK saying that the Duke of Edinburgh had gone to the hospital, but I just picked up the phone and I called the queen just to check-in. That’s what we do,” Meghan told Oprah Winfrey then.
Baby Lilibet’s middle name, Diana, is, of course, a tribute to Princess Diana, Prince Harry’s mom who died at age 36 in August 1997 in a tragic car crash in Paris, France.
Prince Harry has been very clear about the effect of his mother’s death on him, and how he has relied on some sort of therapy to get better. Speaking to Oprah about what he went through, Harry said, “I was willing to drink, I was willing to take drugs, I was willing to try and do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling.”
The Duke of Sussex also recently revealed that grandma was one of Archie’s first words. “I’ve got a photo of her in his nursery, and it was one of the first words that he said — apart from ‘mama,’ ‘papa,’ it was then ‘grandma.’ Grandma Diana,” Harry said.