Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ‘excited’ introduced the Queen to Baby Lilibet during video call after returning from hospital, a source claims
- The Queen has met Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor via video call
- Source told People Harry and Meghan were ‘excited’ to share her arrival
- Couple welcomed their daughter to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on Friday
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle introduced their daughter to the Queen via video call, a source said.
The Duke, 36, and Duchess of Sussex, 39, welcomed Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor at 11:40 a.m. Friday, June 4, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.
The couple are now preparing to start as a family of four as Lilibet joins their eldest son Archie, who turned two last month.
A source told People magazine that the couple eagerly introduced Harry’s grandmother to her namesake during a video call.
The insider claimed: “They were very excited and couldn’t wait to announce their daughter’s arrival.”
According to a source, the Queen was introduced to Prince Harry and Meghan’s daughter, Lilibet, via video call. Pictured: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduce their son Archie
Lilibet’s introduction to the Queen comes after royal experts claimed Harry and Meghan told the monarch they were considering naming their daughter after her – but did not ask for permission before coming.
The Queen’s family nickname, Lilibet, was first used when as a toddler she could not pronounce her own name properly and her grandfather, King George V, called her “Lilibet” to imitate her attempts.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex explained in announcing their daughter’s birth that they chose the name in tribute to the Queen, while the middle name Diana was given in honor of Harry’s late mother.
Nigel Cawthorne, the author of Call Me Diana: The Princess of Wales on Herself, told FEMAIL it’s likely the couple will aim for their daughter to meet the Queen in person.
Nigel said: “Meghan and Harry will be watching closely as the US moves forward on the UK’s green list to bring Lili and her brother to Britain as soon as possible and visit the Queen and Prince Charles as soon as regular travel between California and England are being restored.
“It’s been a long time since they’ve seen each other in a happy context and both sides will no doubt be eagerly looking forward to it.”
Lilibet, the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild, has arrived less than a month after Prince Harry criticized the monarch’s parenting. Pictured: Harry and Meghan with Archie
Lilibet is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild. The newborn’s arrival has been less than a month since Harry reportedly upset the Queen by expressing “very personal” criticism of her and Prince Charles’ parenting skills.
He said in a podcast in the US that he and Prince William had to “suffer” as children, suggesting that his father thought, “Well, that’s how it was for me, so it will be so for you too.”
However, Buckingham Palace released a statement expressing the family’s happiness at the birth of Lilibet, joining celebrities and politicians.
The palace said: ‘The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.’
Harry and Meghan take ‘several months off’ to care for Lilibet, along with their eldest son Archie (pictured)
Today it was revealed that Harry and Meghan will do that zullen both take “several months off” to care for Lilibet with their eldest son Archie “excited” and “very happy” at the arrival of his younger sister.
Omid Scoobie, a journalist favored by the couple, said the couple is “leading by example” as they offer up to 20 weeks of paternity leave at Archewell.
He told Good Morning America that he’s not sure how their tribute to the Queen might affect their relationship, saying: “I don’t know anything about an olive branch, but it shows how close they’ve always been to the queen.’
Omid took to social media to announce that Harry and Meghan will not be sharing a photo of Lili at this time.
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 – 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.
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.”