The long wait has ended! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have welcomed their second child and in an unexpected turn of events, they called the baby girl with a sweet and significant name. While many people agree that the name is a sweet tribute of sorts, others, like Piers Morgan, say it is disrespectful and even ironic.
"It's quite ironic, isn't it," Morgan said. "You have this couple who have been trashing the royal family and the monarchy for the last few weeks and they have named the baby after the Queen, who is, of course, the head of the royal family and the monarchy."
The fuss about the name is that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex called their daughter Lilibet Diana. The first name, Lilibet, has been the nickname for Queen Elizabeth II since she was a child. When she was just a kid, she could not pronounce her own name, and her father, King George V would affectionately imitate her attempts so, it stuck in time. In fact, it has been said that the late Prince Philp called her that way. The second name, Diana, obviously comes from Harry's late mother Princess Diana.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea, I think it’s quite rude to Her Majesty Her Queen,” Angela Levin, a royal Biographer, told Good Morning Britain. “It was a very private nickname from her husband, who hasn’t been dead for very long.” As we can see, many people are not comfortable enough with the given name. However, royal sources have confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle asked for permission before the baby was even born.
Also, it was reported that the Queen was the first one to see pictures of Lilibet before they released the announcement. “The queen was one of the first people Harry and Meghan told about the birth and they’ve sent her photos,” a source told In Touch “She has put the drama from the interviews aside and is overjoyed to be a great-grandmother again.”
Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday, June 4, in Santa Barbara, California. “She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe,” the couple said in a statement. “Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
Shortly after their announcement, Buckingham Palace issued a statement on behalf of the queen and other members of the royal family. “The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” the statement read.