Lilibet Diana 'will help bring family back together' says expert
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The Queen, 95, who was affectionately nicknamed Lilibet as a child, has congratulated Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the arrival fof their new daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana. Lili, a younger sister for the Sussexes’ two-year-old son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, was born at 11.40am on Friday June 4 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California weighing in at 7lb 11oz. But Royal commentator Ian Lloyd has claimed the Queen would have allowed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to use the name in an effort to build bridges with the couple.
Speaking to Palace Confidential on Mail+, Mr Lloyd said: “One of the things that Harry and Meghan could have done was call the baby Elizabeth Diana and announce that she would be called Lili.
“That wouldn’t have been in any way controversial.”
He added: “It’s pretty odd considering they supposedly like the fact of a private life and they want their children to grow up away from the strains of the monarchy, to name them after two of the most famous royals in the world.
“I doubt very much if the Queen didn’t approve she would say anything because they’re trying to build bridges with the Sussexes.
“There is always the worry that if she flatly refuses to allow them to call the baby that they would be on Oprah Winfrey next week.”
He noted: “I think she just wants an easy life at this age and to build bridges so she’s just going to go with the flow.”
A spokeswoman for the couple said their daughter’s name was mentioned in a conversation with the Queen.
She said: “The duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement, in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called.
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“During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honour. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.”
It comes as the Duchess of Cambridge has said she “can’t wait to meet” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter, whose naming has sparked controversy.
Kate was quizzed about Harry and Meghan’s baby Lilibet at the end of a visit to a Cornish school with US First Lady Jill Biden.
The two women met for the first time at Connor Downs Academy in Hayle in the county of Cornwall where world leaders have gathered for their G7 summit.
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A broadcast journalist from an American network put Kate on the spot when she asked: “Your Royal Highness, do you have any wishes for your niece Lilibet?”
The duchess replied smiling: “I wish her all the very best. I can’t wait to meet her because we haven’t yet met her yet, so hopefully that will be soon.”
She was also asked if she had spoken with Meghan: “Have you FaceTimed with her?”
Kate replied “No, I haven’t.”
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