Lilibet Diana: Experts discuss fan prediction of baby name
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Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie who are hosts of the Royally Obsessed podcast revealed they withheld publishing a name prediction for Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor as the guess was so “genius” it could have been true. Several commentators predicted Diana, Elizabeth, Philippa could be frontrunners for the royal name in honour of family members. But the podcast hosts revealed one name they kept “under lock and key” after a fan sent in the convincing suggestion before Lilibet’s name was finally revealed.
Speaking on the podcast, Ms Bowie said: “So we had a nod to all the baby due day predictions we received which were so many.
“But also the many name predictions, I’m excited about this email because Roberta, how long has this been under lock and key?”
Ms Fiorito replied: “Yeah, so for three weeks we were supposed to zip our lips and not say anything about this email from Lauren.
“She said that we had to keep it to ourselves, she had a genius theory about the name being Maya.
“Due to Meghan wanting to gift her Cartier watch which is engraved ‘To MM from MM’ to her future daughter.
“So, with the last name Mountbatten-Windsor, the last name could work.
“And if she had just chosen an M name for the baby she would have been able to give that watch and say to Maya Mountbatten-Windsor from Meghan Markle.
“Which is a really sweet idea, you know, genius.”
Lilibet Diana: Experts on Meghan's nickname connection
An excited Ms Bowie said the pair wanted to keep the prediction a secret when they were first sent it as they believed it was so clever it could have been true.
They were also told by the fan to keep the prediction quiet as she did not want to fuel any unnecessary speculation on the name.
Instead, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle opted with the name Lilibet Diana with the former name being a nod to Queen Elizabeth II.
When the monarch was younger, she struggled to say her name correctly and so was affectionately nicknamed Lilibet from her father, George VI.
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Lilibet was born on June 4 at 11:40am local US time but her birth was not publicly announced until June 6.
Royal commentators believe the decision to name Lilibet as such may have been hinted at back in 2019.
Experts recall an interaction between Prince Harry and a schoolchild in Birkenhead where he spoke to a girl also named Lili.
He spoke at length with the girl and her mother and even asked how she was spelling her name.
At the time, Meghan Markle was pregnant with Archie but the sex was unknown.
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