Harry and Meghan chose informal name ‘Lilibet’ as tribute to Prince Philip – not Queen

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Prince Harry, 36 and Meghan Markle, 39, welcomed their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor to the world on June 4. While the name was taken to be a touching nod to both the Queen – whose childhood nickname was Lilibet- and Harry’s late mother Princess Diana, a royal insider has now claimed it was meant to honour Prince Philip following his death in April.

Lilibet was the nickname the Duke of Edinburgh used for the Queen and the Sussexes may have hoped to pay tribute to his legacy with their daughter.

Princess Diana’s former vocal coach and confidante Stewart Pearce told “Harry adored his grandfather, who became a particular line of security for the young prince post-Diana’s death.

“There is no doubt that the influence Prince Philip had over his grandson will live on in the heart of Harry, in the sense of the complete allegiance Prince Philip’s life created in alliance with the Queen, after the sudden death of her father the King, and her own accession to the throne.”

He added: “After all Philip gave up a highly promising Naval career to be by the side of the woman he loved.”

Mr Pearce whose 2020 book “Diana: The Voice of Change” is about the late Princess of Wales, claimed Meghan and Harry’s baby name choice is a clear nod to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Touching on how Harry and Prince William, are more “liberated” than older members of the monarchy, the vocal coach said: “Both young men are extremely easy with their station in life, and if you were with them you could easily use their first names, rather than the preferred titling for the senior members of the family, ‘Your Royal Highness’ which also creates an understanding about the way their mother brought them up to live liberated as joyously as possible.”

Harry’s decision to give his daughter the Queen’s nickname is as much a nod to Diana as it is to Philip, according to Mr Pearce.

The author explained: “I write in my book that Diana gave permission for the formal behaviour that stultifies love to be reinvented, for emotional aloofness to be made transparent, for starched stuffiness to be given a human face, for feeling expression to be given its rightful place, and for dismissive criticism to be turned into discerning care.”

He added: “Diana would be thrilled at the choice of name for the little one.

“Lilibet is a very special pet name owned by Queen Elizabeth II, who when very young couldn’t sound the four syllables of her first name, and so Lillibet was created by her.’

“Diana was the personification of love and the exemplar of unconditional love.”


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He added: “She would have been so excited by the babe and her beautiful names.”

Mr Pearce also claimed the Queen was overjoyed with the Sussexes choice of name for their daughter despite conflicting reports at the time.

He added: “I hear from my sources that Queen Elizabeth II is overjoyed at the naming of the babe.

“Her family is crucial to her, her love inordinate, and yet at the same time she is an anointed Monarch with public reserve.”

Following the announcement of Baby Lili’s birth, there were conflicting reports as to whether or not Meghan and Harry sought the Queen’s permission before naming their daughter.

This prompted the Sussexes to issue a legal warning in reaction to stories that they blindsided the Queen with their daughter’s name choice.

A Sussex spokesperson said at the time: “During that conversation, he (Harry) shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honour.

“Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.”

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