Prince Harry knew baby Lilibets name was disrespectful, says royal author03/07/2023
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle named their second child Lilibet after welcoming their daughter together on June 4, 2021.
As a touching nod to the late Queen Elizabeth II, Harry, 38, and Meghan, 41, decided to go with the beautiful name and the Queen was said to be supportive of their decision.
But royal author Tom Quinn now claims Harry would have known that this would be perceived as "disrespectful and instructive" to the Queen.
When Queen Elizabeth was just a toddler, she was nicknamed Lilibet because she had difficulty pronouncing her own name.
In his new book, Gilded Youth An Intimate History of Growing Up in the Royal Family, Tom wrote: "Even naming this child sparked a diplomatic scuffle.
Tom continued: "Hating even to think about the admittedly labyrinthine rules of protocol that surrounded the British royal family, Meghan and Harry called her Lilibet, apparently in the belief that it would be a wonderful surprise for her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.
He surely would have known that appropriating the monarch's beloved childhood nickname would be perceived by many as disrespectful and intrusive in a way that naming their daughter Elizabeth would have not been."
While the Queen was said to be supportive of their decision, many of the Royal family are believed to not have been on the same page with the Duke and Duchess's name choice, according to Gyles Brandreth's biography Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait.
"According to the Sussexes, Harry sought his grandmother’s permission to use her family nickname as the Christian name for her 11th great-grandchild," he wrote.
He went on to say: "Others in the family found the choice ‘bewildering’ and ‘rather presumptuous’, given that ‘Lilibet’ as a name had always been intimately and exclusively the Queen’s.
"Later, the Queen said: ‘I hear they’re calling her 'Lili', which is very pretty and seems just right.’”
Lilibet's middle name is Diana – a tribute to Harry's late mother – and Princess Charlotte, seven, also has Diana as one of her middle names, as well as Elizabeth.
Harry and Meghan are also parents to Archie Harrison, now three years old, who they welcomed into the world in May 2019.
This comes following reports that Archie and Lilibet are unlikely to receive royal titles after King Charles III decided to evict the Sussexes from their UK base of Frogmore Cottage.
The King made the decision following the publication of Harry's memoir Spare, in which he accused his step-mother Queen Consort Camilla of leaking stories to the press.
A spokesperson said: "We can confirm The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been requested to vacate their residence at Frogmore Cottage."
Following the news, royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told the Express that "Harry and Meghan’s children Archie and Lili are highly unlikely to be granted titles", adding that it will likely mean that the family's visits to the UK will be "few."
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