Harry and Meghan named their daughter Lilbet – Prince Philip’s pet name for the Queen whom only he called her before his death – the week the Duke of Edinburgh would have turned 100
- Harry and Meghan looked to the Queen’s nickname to inspire the girl’s name
- Queen Elizabeth has been known in the family as Lilibet since she was a young child
- Sweet nickname was most recently used by the late husband of the Queen, Prince Philip
The little girl was born just days before what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday.
So Harry and Meghan’s decision to name their daughter after the Duke of Edinburgh’s favorite pet name for the Queen was poignantly fitting.
The Queen is known as ‘Lilibet’ by close members of the Royal Family, although her late husband is believed to have been the last to call her directly by the nickname.
The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a daughter named Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, after the family name for the Queen and the Duke’s mother, Princess Diana
The Sussexes chose Lilibet – the name Prince Philip used for the Queen – for the name of their daughter who was born just days before the Duke of Edinburgh would have turned 100
Philip wrote to the Queen Mother after his wedding day, “Lilibet is the only ‘thing’ in the world that is absolutely real to me.”
The nickname came about when she was a child and had trouble pronouncing Elizabeth, and was used by her father, King George VI, who in admiring correspondence described “Lilibet” as “my pride.”
The Sussexes also announced that their daughter, who will be known as Lili, will be given the middle name Diana, in honor of her “beloved late grandmother.”
Lili will not be the first member of the royal family whose name commemorates Diana, who is said to have celebrated her 60th birthday on July 1.
The new baby will have the right to be a princess and Archie a prince – both with HRH styles – after the death of the queen and when Charles becomes king. This is because they have moved up the line of succession
Her cousin, Princess Charlotte, has Diana as one of her middle names and Elizabeth as another in tribute to the Queen.
Like her two-year-old brother Archie, Lili will go by the surname Mountbatten-Windsor.
Under rules established more than 100 years ago, both Lili and Archie initially have no right to be prince and princess or to be styled HRH.
They don’t become princesses and princes until Prince Charles ascends the throne.