Piers Morgan Congratulates Prince Harry & Meghan Markle On Baby Lilibet — But Calls Name Choice 'Ironic'
Though Piers Morgan has been one of the most outspoken critics against Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, he did publicly send the pair well-wishes over the June 4 arrival of their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor — but of course, he couldn't help but also take a dig at the couple.
“It's quite ironic isn't it," he noted while appearing on Australia’s Today. "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."
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However, Morgan added that the choice may have been an olive branch of sorts after the couple portrayed the royal family in a negative light in their recent interviews.
"Maybe it's their way of reaching out, as the Americans say, to the royals and wanting some kind of end to this on-running feud," he said.
After giving his two cents, the TV personality suddenly switched tones to congratulate the parents.
"I always think when a new baby is born — I've had four myself — it's churlish to put any negative slant," he admitted. "At such a moment, I wish them all the very best. There is four in the family now. I wish them every success and a long and happy life."
Morgan isn't the only one who questioned the name choice, as royal expert Angela Levin thought it was disrespectful to the Queen since Lilibet was a nickname she received from her late husband, Prince Philip.
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"I don’t think it’s a good idea — I think it’s quite rude to Her Majesty Her Queen," she expressed on Good Morning Britain. "It was a very private nickname from her husband, who hasn’t been dead for very long."
"We knew what it was but it was his name — [the Duke of Edinburgh] wanted that name for her, it was a special name," she continued. "I think it’s quite demeaning, I really believe that."