Royal pundit claims Meghan Markle and Prince Harry named their daughter Lilibet to ‘secure the Sussex brand’ in case they lose their titles
A royal expert in Australia has weighed in on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to use the Queen’s nickname Lilibet for their newborn daughter.
Speaking to the breakfast program The Morning Show on Wednesday, royal commentator Angela Mollard questioned the appropriateness of using the Queen’s “personal” name so soon after she publicly criticized the royal family.
“If you’re beating your grandmother for her bad upbringing and you’re going to take her name, it doesn’t look great,” she told hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies.
‘It doesn’t look great’: Royal commentator Angela Mollard (left) doubted Megan Markle and Prince Harry’s suitability to use the Queen’s ‘personal’ name for their daughter so soon after they made the royal family public criticized. Left: Mollard on Wednesday’s broadcast of The Morning Show, right: The Sussexs pose with newborn son Archie in 2019
Mollard also claimed that Harry and Meghan may have used the Queen’s name for strategic reasons, in case they lost their royal titles later.
“I imagine they use the name Lilibet to secure the brand, the Sussex brand, to make that connection to the palace,” she said.
Mollard said the Queen probably feels “disheartened” by the way Harry and Meghan have talked about her in the media, and that using the name Lilibet is in bad taste.
‘I imagine they’re using the Lilibet name to secure the brand, the Sussex brand’: Mollard also told hosts Larry Emdur (left) and Kylie Gillies (right) that the Sussexes might be using the Queen’s name strategically. reasons, in case they lose their royal titles on the trail
‘It just doesn’t suit me’: Mollard said the Queen is probably feeling ‘disheartened’ by the way Harry and Meghan have talked about her in the media, and that using the name Lilibet is in bad taste
‘To have [used the name Lilibet] so soon after criticizing the monarchy, it just doesn’t suit me,” she said.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex plunged the royal family into crisis with their televised Oprah interview in March, in which they accused an unnamed royal of making a racist remark about their son Archie’s skin color and claiming that Harry’s family was Meghan. hadn’t helped when she was suicidal.
Last month, Harry also suggested in the Apple TV+ docuseries The Me You Don’t See that his father had made his children “suffer” when it came to the media because of his own negative experience growing up in the royal family.
Controversial: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex plunged the royal family into crisis with their televised interview with Oprah in March, in which they accused an unnamed royal of making a racist comment about their son Archie’s skin color, claiming that Harry’s family hadn’t helped Meghan when she was suicidal
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,” imitating her own attempts to pronounce 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 – the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild – will be known as Lili. A variation on Lily, the flower is often seen as a symbol of purity, devotion, rebirth and fertility.
Lili’s middle name Diana honors Harry’s future mother Diana, Princess of Wales. It’s no surprise that the couple chose to pay tribute to Diana, who was killed in a car accident in 1997 when Harry was just 12.
Lili was born almost a month before the princess would have celebrated her 60th birthday on July 1. Her niece Princess Charlotte also has Diana as one of her middle names, as does Elizabeth. She is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
Harry and the Duke of Cambridge are set to unveil a statue of their mother at Kensington Palace on her birthday, but the arrangements have yet to be confirmed amid a long-reported rift between the brothers.
The Sussexes’ tribute to the queen is probably seen as an olive branch for the monarch and the rest of the family.
Pictured: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, where Lilibet was born. The hospital is a private facility where births cost up to $37,000.
Harry and Meghan plunged the Windsors into crisis with their interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, when they accused an unnamed royal of making a racist comment about their son Archie’s skin color before he was born.
They also said the institution did not help Meghan when she was suicidal. But during the televised interview with Winfrey, the Sussexes praised the queen.
Harry spoke of his respect for his grandmother, while Meghan said, “The Queen … has always been wonderful to me.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the arrival of their daughter on Sunday.
“On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter Lili,” they said.
“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 during this very special time for our family.”
Lili, eighth in line to the throne, was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, a private facility where births cost up to $37,000.
Welcome to the world, Lili: On Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the arrival of their daughter. “On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili,” they said