Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to name their newborn Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor is “rude” to Queen Elizabeth II, according to a royal biographer.
Angela Levin suggested the move was a bad idea as Elizabeth was given the private nickname by her late husband Prince Philip.
“I don’t think that’s a good idea – I think it’s quite rude to Her Majesty Her Queen. It was a very private nickname for her husband, who hasn’t been dead for a very long time,” said Levin on “Good Morning Britain.”
“Prince Charles would never have dreamed of calling his mother Lilibet.”
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Lilibet’s nickname dates back to when the queen was too young to be able to pronounce her own name, instead calling herself “Lilibet”.
Her parents and grandparents quickly adopted the nickname, which the Queen’s father King George VI once used when he said: “Lilibet is my pride. Margaret is my joy.”
“We knew what it was but that was his name – [the Duke of Edinburgh] I wanted that name for her, it was a special name, I think it’s pretty humiliating, I really believe it, “Levin continued.
She added that Harry, 36, “had mentioned to his grandmother” that he was going to name her daughter – “but I bet you he didn’t say,” I’m going to choose Lilibet. “”
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose Diana as their middle name in honor of Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana.
Others have concluded that the name choice is a tribute to the Queen in an attempt at royal reconciliation, as it means the Queen’s nickname will endure. The declaration announcing her birth read: “Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet.”
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Markle, 39, gave birth to Lilibet on Friday, June 4 in Santa Barbara, California. She is the couple’s second child, as they are already parents to Archie.
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