Harry wanted to name daughter after the queen before meeting Meghan – and had discussed the idea with his grandmother, insider says
- Insiders say Prince Harry is close to his grandmother the Queen de
- The Duke of Sussex reportedly told the monarch about his plans to honor her with the name of one of his children, years before he even met future wife Meghan Markle
- The couple welcomed second child – Lilibet Diana – in the US on Friday morning
- Royal experts hope the choice of name will bring the family closer together again
Prince Harry told the Queen he wanted to name his daughter after her before he even met Meghan, and the choice of name has left the monarch ‘delighted’.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their daughter Friday morning and have decided to name the child Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
Known as ‘Lilibet’ by close members of the royal family, the Queen originated when she was a child and had difficulty pronouncing Elizabeth, and was used by her father, King George VI.
In the wake of the news, it was unclear whether the Queen had been made aware of the couple’s choice of name prior to the official announcement.
But now insiders say Prince Harry was talking about honoring his grandmother when he named his child years before he met his future wife, according to the Mirror.
Prince Harry informed his grandmother the Queen (pictured) that he wanted to honor her by naming one of his children after her years before he met Meghan Markle, insiders have said
Citing well-placed sources, the paper reports that Harry had considered the idea of naming a daughter after his mother Diana, but was concerned about the attention it would attract.
A source told the MirrorHarry has always had a great relationship with his grandmother, which makes it all the more bizarre that he has gone out of his way to threaten the relationship over the past few years.
“They were incredibly close and as you can imagine they shared some very deep and personal conversations with Harry as Harry was growing up that really lasted until recently.
Harry never made a secret of his desire to have a family of his own, often talking about how wonderful it would be to have a boy and a girl, whom he could name after the two most important women in his life. life, the queen and his mother.
“He finally mentioned Lilibet to Meghan when he was discussing possible names for their children and she loved the idea.
“It’s a fitting tribute to the Queen and many people hope it will bring the family closer together.”
The Queen is said to be ‘delighted’ with the Sussex’s choice of name for her great-grandchild
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.”
Harry and Meghan are both taking “several months off” to care for Lilibet with their eldest son Archie “excited” and “very happy” with the arrival of his sister.
Buckingham Palace seemed taken aback by the timing of the Sussex news with a palace spokesman congratulating the pair 90 minutes after the announcement broke.
Sources have since confirmed that the couple did not request formal permission from the Queen to use the nickname, but did inform her ahead of the official announcement.
‘Lilibet’ was coined by the 95-year-old monarch when she was too young to pronounce her own name, first used by her grandfather George V and also by her husband Prince Philip until he died earlier this year.