Recent reports suggest that Queen Elizabeth II is anything but pleased with the fact that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle picked the name Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor for their newborn daughter. And it seems that Meghan Markle is doing all she can to reach out to the royal family after the naming scandal.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who welcomed their second child on June 4 in California, chose the controversial name so they could honor both the monarch and Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.
Many claimed that the Queen was not happy about the baby getting her name because Prince Harry never asked her for permission to use it.
It has been revealed that Meghan Markle pulled at the Queen, Prince William, and Kate Middleton‘s heartstrings by sending them a sweet photo of baby Lili Diana.
A reliable source close to the Sussexes spoke to ET and revealed that via Royal Family’s WhatsApp they sent the first photo of their daughter. The cute picture was texted to the royals amid tension, drama, and scandals.
When the child was born, the former senior royals put out a statement on their official website, Archewell, that read: “She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe.”
Royal biographer Angela Levin, who appeared on a recent episode of Good Morning Britain, said the decision to name the newborn with the Queen’s private nickname was “quite rude” to the 95-year-old monarch.
Apparently, “Lilibet” was an extremely private nickname for the Queen and was used only by her late grandfather, King George V, sister, Margaret, and late husband, Prince Philip.
Levin explained: “I don’t think it’s a good idea. I think it’s quite rude to her Majesty the Queen. It was a very private nickname from her husband, who hasn’t been dead for very long. Prince Charles would never dream of referring to his mother as Lilibet. He’s never used it – it was a special name, especially for the Duke of Edinburgh.”
It seems that Angela Levin was not the only one who was disturbed by the name of the newborn as royal expert Peter Ford also expressed displeasure about the choice of the Sussexes, as he reportedly stated: “I think it is questionable to be taking someone’s private nickname and the origins of the nickname are disputed.”
Others claimed that there was nothing wrong with the name if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had the decency to ask the Queen for permission first.
TV host Kylie Gillies added: “They are a couple of contradictions, that’s Meghan and Harry. They want to be distanced from the Royal Family, but then they choose to do this. If they wanted to honor their grandmother, I think they should have just shut up and stop giving interviews. But if they did ask her and she thought it was lovely, then more power to them.”
However, Buckingham Palace kept it classy and shared the following statement after the child was born: “The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news.”
It seems that the PR battle between the two camps will go on for a while.