Queen Elizabeth Is 'Supportive' Of Baby Lilibet's Name, States Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Spokesperson
Though some thought Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to name their daughter Lilibet — Queen Elizabeth's nickname — was inappropriate, a spokesperson for the pair claimed the matriarch gave her seal of approval for the moniker.
"The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement, in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called," the statement read. "During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honor. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name."
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Lilibet Diana's name has the public divided. While some thought it was a sweet nod to her great-grandmother, others thought it was distasteful since "Lilibet" was a nickname that only the late Prince Philip used for his wife.
Despite a few royal experts and British TV anchors voicing their displeasure with the moniker, Princess Diana's former voice coach Stewart Pearce thinks she would have loved it.
"Diana would be thrilled at the choice of name for the little one," he told Us Weekly. "As Diana was the personification of love and the exemplar of unconditional love, she would have been so excited by the babe and her beautiful names."
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The Suits star gave birth to her second child on June 4 at 11:40 am at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
"Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet," a message on the couple's Archewell website shared. "Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales."
The excited parents also posted a personal note.
"On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili. 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," they gushed. "Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”