Meghan Markle gives secret nod to Doria Ragland in daughter Lili’s name after Duchess revealed her mother always called her ‘Flower’
- Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pay tribute to Queen and Princess Diana
- But the daughter’s name also seems to be a nod to Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland
- Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday 4 June at 11.40 am
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry paid tribute to both the Queen and Princess Diana by naming their daughter, but it seems there’s also a secret nod to the Duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland.
Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.
She was named in honor of the late mother of the Duke of Sussex, Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as the Queen, whose nickname – used by Prince Philip and her grandfather King George V – was Lilibet.
But the name Lili, who the Sussexes plan to call their daughter, also has special meaning for Meghan and Doria, as the Duchess was nicknamed “Flower” from her childhood by her adoring mother.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry paid tribute to both the Queen and Princess Diana by naming their daughter, but it seems there’s also a secret nod to the Duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland (pictured together)
In a blog post on her now-defunct lifestyle site, The Tig, Meghan shared her nicknames and wrote, “Meg, MM, M&M and Flower (which my mom has been telling me since I was little),” People.
Journalist Afua Adom also emphasized that Baby Sussex’s name was ‘not just about the Queen’s name’ when he appeared on Good Morning Britain today.
Along with royal biographer Angela Levin, who was critical of the nickname, the journalist said: ‘Lilibet is such a beautiful name, it’s such a cute name. It’s not just about being named after the Queen.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be joined by her mother, Doria Ragland, in May 2019 when they show their son to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle after his birth
Sweet family nickname for Queen who inspired Harry and Meghan’s name for their daughter
Lilibet – the nickname of the Queen’s family – was first used when Princess Elizabeth was just a toddler and unable to pronounce her own name properly.
Her grandfather, King George V, affectionately called her “Lilibet” and imitated her own attempts to say Elizabeth.
The sweet nickname stuck and from then on she became Lilibet to her family.
The Duke of Edinburgh also called his wife Lilibet and wrote to his mother-in-law after their marriage: “Lilibet is the one ‘thing’ in the world that is absolutely real to me.”
Harry and Meghan’s new daughter will be known as Lili.
Her middle name Diana honors Harry’s future mother, the Princess of Wales, who died in a car accident in 1997 when Harry was only 12.
“It’s also a bit of a nod to Meghan’s mother Doria, because Meghan’s mother’s nickname for her is flower, which is why we brought Lili along for Lilibet.”
But host Susanna Reid wasn’t convinced, saying, “It’s a bit long-winded.”
Since Meghan and Harry moved to California last year, the Duchess of Sussex has spent more time with her mother, who lives nearby in Los Angeles.
It is thought that the grandmother regularly visits her grandson Archie and his parents in Montecito.
Last night, the delighted Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced: ‘On the 4th of June 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 have felt from all over the world.
“Thank you for your continued kindness and support at this very special time for our family.”
Lili – who is eighth in line to the throne – was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, a private facility where births cost up to £20,000.
Omid Scobie, a journalist who is a favorite of Harry and Meghan, tweeted that the couple “wouldn’t share a photo at this time” of Lili and that they were now on “parental leave.”
He said the couple’s office encouraged anyone who wanted to send gifts to support organizations working for women and girls.