Royal Family news – Lilibet Diana baby name ‘is a CURSE if Meghan and Harry really want privacy for her and Archie’


MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to name their new daughter Lilibet Diana could backfire, an expert has claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex famously fled the UK citing concerns for their ‘privacy’ and repeatedly insisted they wanted to raise Archie as a “private” citizen, not under the relentless royal spotlight as Harry was.

But one royal commentator says that by giving their daughter two incredibly loaded royal names – Lilibet after Queen Elizabeth and Diana after Harry’s late mother – they have actually “cursed” her with attention.

“Such a name will merely heighten interest in her as she grows up; and, though it seems unkind to remark on it now, will inevitably attract the kind of media intrusion with which Lilibet Diana’s wider family are only too familiar,” Sean O’Grady wrote in The Independent.

“Her name may turn out to be more of a curse than a blessing, if the poignant experience of the past is anything to go by,” he added.

He went on to claim that as a result there will be double the interest in who Lilibet Diana resembles as she grows up “whether she inherits Diana’s sense of style or the Queen’s sense of duty; and, of course, who she’ll be dating.”

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

  • IS HARRY & MEGHAN’S CHOICE OF LILIBET A SUBTLE INSULT OR MEAN LITTLE JIBE ASKS PETRONELLA WYATT

    The World’s Most Private Couple have emerged from their seclusion in Hollywood to announce the birth of a daughter.

    Given that Harry and Meghan could give Moses a run for his money in the portentousness stakes, we should have known that this would be no normal child and that its name would be like some mystery of Holy Writ, replete with meaning.

    But even I bent double when I heard the Sussexes had chosen to call their daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor. 

    Diana, as the name of Harry’s beloved and much-missed mother, is a natural choice of course. But Lilibet is the Queen’s intimate family nickname, used only by her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, her sister Princess Margaret and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

    More on the story here.

  • MEGHAN’S SECRET NOD TO HER MUM IN DAUGHTER’S NAME LILIBET

    Prince Harry and Meghan paid tribute to both the Queen and Princess Diana with their daughter’s name, but it appears there’s a secret nod to Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland too.

    Speaking on this Good Morning Britain today, and joined by royal biographer Angela Levin, Afua said: “Lilibet is such a pretty name, it’s such a cute name. It is not just about being named after the Queen.

    “It is a bit of a nod to Meghan’s mother Doria as well, because Meghan’s mother’s nickname for her is flower, hence why we’ve got Lili in there for Lilibet.”

  • WATCH: HARRY AND MEGHAN REGISTERED DOMAIN NAME FOR DAUGHTER BEFORE PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT

    Domain name lilibetdiana.com bought on same day Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed baby girl
  • DI’S DATE

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s new baby Lilibet Diana arrived on June 4 and the date has a very sweet connection to the duke’s late mother, Princess Diana.

    Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 11.40am on Friday in California, exactly 25 years to the day that Princess Diana visited Meghan’s university in the US.

    On June 4, 1996, Diana visited Northwestern University in Illinois, which is where Meghan studied from 1999 to 2003.

    Diana spent five days at the university and raised nearly $1million for the University’s Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center in her role as the President of London’s Royal Marsden Hospital and its Cancer Fund at the time.

    Madeleine McGonigle, who was aged four during the visit, met Diana at the university and later said: “Diana was the epitome of class, very personable, and she cared deeply for the common man.”

  • DI’S DATE

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s new baby Lilibet Diana arrived on June 4 and the date has a very sweet connection to the duke’s late mother, Princess Diana.

    Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 11.40am on Friday in California, exactly 25 years to the day that Princess Diana visited Meghan’s university in the US.

    On June 4, 1996, Diana visited Northwestern University in Illinois, which is where Meghan studied from 1999 to 2003.

    Diana spent five days at the university and raised nearly $1million for the University’s Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center in her role as the President of London’s Royal Marsden Hospital and its Cancer Fund at the time.

    Madeleine McGonigle, who was aged four during the visit, met Diana at the university and later said: “Diana was the epitome of class, very personable, and she cared deeply for the common man.”

  • CHARLES’ PANDEMIC WARNING…

    Charles told the conference on Tuesday: “It is particularly timely that this important virtual event is being held today as we approach the G7 summit on Friday.

    “As the eyes of the world focus on this wonderful county, it is encouraging to see that so many Cornish businesses and organisations are already working together to find solutions to the environmental and social challenges we face.

    “I hardly need to stress the planetary emergency confronting us, nor the desperately urgent need for action, yet if I may say so, I believe we now find ourselves presented with a unique opportunity to catalyse change towards a sustainable nature-based path here in Cornwall.”

  • PRINCE CHARLES WARNS WORLD IS “DANGEROUSLY EXPOSED” TO ANOTHER PANDEMIC DUE TO HABITAT DESTRUCTION

    The world is being left “dangerously exposed” to further pandemics due to the rapid destruction of the diversity and interconnectedness of all species, the Prince of Wales has warned.

    Charles said he did not need to stress the “planetary emergency confronting us, nor the desperately urgent need for action”.

    He made the comments during a speech to the Sustainable Growth 2021 Conference, hosted by Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, on World Oceans Day and ahead of the G7 summit, which begins on Friday.

    Other speakers at the online event included Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, who said there was no “get out of jail free” card to reaching the target of net-zero emissions by 2050.

  • ME, MYSELF AND DI

    Prince Harry will be returning to the UK next month to reunite with his brother to unveil a statue of Princess Diana, according to an expert.

    Now that his daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor has been born, it looks as though the duke will make the move to pay tribute to his beloved mother.

    In the lead-up to the July 1 event, there has been speculation as to whether Harry would attend at all, one of the reasons being him not wanting to leave his heavily pregnant wife.

    Meghan Markle gave birth to the couple’s second child, Lili, on Friday 4 June in California.

    Roya Nikkhah, the Royal Editor at The Sunday Times, told Kay Burley on Sky: “I think we can expect to see him travel within the next few weeks and he is due to unveil that statue.”

  • LILIBET TO HAVE A-LIST PLAYMATES

    Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor may have only just entered the world, but already she has a whole host of famous little pals lined up for a play date.

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle confirmed the safe arrival of their second child today, having kept it a secret for two days.

    Lilibet’s life will be very different to other Royal children thanks to her parents’ decision to move to the US and step back from the Monarchy.

    So instead of growing up around her Royal cousins, such as Prince George, Princess Charlotte or Lucas Tindall, Lilibet will more likely spend time with the offspring of Harry and Meghan’s A-list pals and neighbours.

  • STRICTLY FINDS TELLS HARRY AND MEGHAN TO “GROW UP”

    Strictly star Anton Du Beke has ordered Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to “grow up”.

    He’s also blasted their baby girl Lilibet’s name as “nauseating” on TV.

    Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor shares the nickname Prince Philip called the Queen for more than 70 years — while the middle name is a tribute to Harry’s mum.

    But news of their baby’s name annoyed Anton Du Beke, 54 who told Steph McGovern, 39, on Channel 4 show Steph’s Packed Lunch, that it was “nauseating”.

    The TV star added: “The right thing to say is that it’s lovely, fabulous, delighted, well done.

    “I find it nauseating and irritating what they’ve done.

    “I don’t know them but I just want to say to them, ‘Grow up!’ That’s all I want to say to them because I find it irritating.”

  • SECRET SIGNS THEY’RE DESPERATE TO END FEUD AS THEY NAME BABY LILIBET DIANA

    There’s no denying that Harry and Meghan have had a fraught relationship with the Royal Family since they announced they were quitting their roles in January 2020.

    Just three months ago, the Duke and Duchess accused an unnamed royal of racial bias towards their son Archie during their bombshell interview with Oprah.

    And in his Apple TV+ series in May, Harry spoke openly about his strained relationship with Prince Charles and claimed the Palace showed “total neglect” for both his and Meghan’s mental health struggles.

    But with the arrival of their new baby girl, the couple seem eager to end their alleged feud with the Royal Family – and touchingly named their little one Lilibet Diana after The Queen and the late Princess of Wales.

    More on the story here.

  • LIL CHOICE

    The Queen had “no choice” but to let Meghan and Harry name their daughter Lilibet as everyone is “walking on eggshells” with them, an expert claimed.

    Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday morning in Los Angeles- and the Sussexes named her in honour of Her Majesty and Princess Diana.

    But the Queen’s biographer Sally Bedell Smith says that with everyone “walking on eggshells” to keep Meghan and Harry happy, Her Majesty was probably left with “no choice” but to accept the baby’s name.

    The royal expert told Vanity Fair: “In today’s tense climate, when everyone is walking on eggshells with Harry and Meghan, I can’t imagine that the Queen had any choice but to accept the name they presented to her.

    “Even if she felt—as would be completely understandable—that it breaches her privacy with a suggestion of inappropriate intimacy.”

  • WATCH: ROYAL EXPERTS ON HARRY AND MEGHAN’S CHOICE OF BABY NAME

    Expert shares thoughts on Harry and Meghan’s royal baby name and the couple’s relationship with the Queen
  • MEGHAN’S SECRET NOD TO HER MUM IN DAUGHTER’S NAME LILIBET

    Prince Harry and Meghan paid tribute to both the Queen and Princess Diana with their daughter’s name, but it appears there’s a secret nod to Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland too.

    Speaking on this Good Morning Britain today, and joined by royal biographer Angela Levin, Afua said: “Lilibet is such a pretty name, it’s such a cute name. It is not just about being named after the Queen.

    “It is a bit of a nod to Meghan’s mother Doria as well, because Meghan’s mother’s nickname for her is flower, hence why we’ve got Lili in there for Lilibet.”

  • IS HARRY & MEGHAN’S CHOICE OF LILIBET A SUBTLE INSULT OR MEAN LITTLE JIBE ASKS PETRONELLA WYATT

    The World’s Most Private Couple have emerged from their seclusion in Hollywood to announce the birth of a daughter.

    Given that Harry and Meghan could give Moses a run for his money in the portentousness stakes, we should have known that this would be no normal child and that its name would be like some mystery of Holy Writ, replete with meaning.

    But even I bent double when I heard the Sussexes had chosen to call their daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor. 

    Diana, as the name of Harry’s beloved and much-missed mother, is a natural choice of course. But Lilibet is the Queen’s intimate family nickname, used only by her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, her sister Princess Margaret and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

    More on the story here.

  • REACHING OUT

    Kate Middleton and Prince William have sent Meghan and Harry a gift to congratulate them on their new baby, it has been reported.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they were “delighted” with the arrival of Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, following her birth on Friday.

    A source told US Weekly the Cambridges were “informed about the birth and have sent Lilibet a gift.”

    And Wills and Kate wrote on Twitter: “We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili. Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie.”

  • DI’S DATE

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s new baby Lilibet Diana arrived on June 4 and the date has a very sweet connection to the duke’s late mother, Princess Diana.

    Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 11.40am on Friday in California, exactly 25 years to the day that Princess Diana visited Meghan’s university in the US.

    On June 4, 1996, Diana visited Northwestern University in Illinois, which is where Meghan studied from 1999 to 2003.

    Diana spent five days at the university and raised nearly $1million for the University’s Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center in her role as the President of London’s Royal Marsden Hospital and its Cancer Fund at the time.

    Madeleine McGonigle, who was aged four during the visit, met Diana at the university and later said: “Diana was the epitome of class, very personable, and she cared deeply for the common man.”

  • MEGHAN’S SECRET NOD TO HER MUM IN DAUGHTER’S NAME LILIBET

    Prince Harry and Meghan paid tribute to both the Queen and Princess Diana with their daughter’s name, but it appears there’s a secret nod to Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland too.

    Speaking on this Good Morning Britain today, and joined by royal biographer Angela Levin, Afua said: “Lilibet is such a pretty name, it’s such a cute name. It is not just about being named after the Queen.

    “It is a bit of a nod to Meghan’s mother Doria as well, because Meghan’s mother’s nickname for her is flower, hence why we’ve got Lili in there for Lilibet.”

  • WATCH: KATE SPEAKS TO FOOD BANK VOLUNTEER ABOUT PANDEMIC

    Kate Middleton says Covid pandemic ‘exacerbated’ struggles families were facing in conversation with food bank volunteer
  • DI’S DATE

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s new baby Lilibet Diana arrived on June 4 and the date has a very sweet connection to the duke’s late mother, Princess Diana.

    Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 11.40am on Friday in California, exactly 25 years to the day that Princess Diana visited Meghan’s university in the US.

    On June 4, 1996, Diana visited Northwestern University in Illinois, which is where Meghan studied from 1999 to 2003.

    Diana spent five days at the university and raised nearly $1million for the University’s Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center in her role as the President of London’s Royal Marsden Hospital and its Cancer Fund at the time.

    Madeleine McGonigle, who was aged four during the visit, met Diana at the university and later said: “Diana was the epitome of class, very personable, and she cared deeply for the common man.”

  • SECRET SIGNS THEY’RE DESPERATE TO END FEUD AS THEY NAME BABY LILIBET DIANA

    There’s no denying that Harry and Meghan have had a fraught relationship with the Royal Family since they announced they were quitting their roles in January 2020.

    Just three months ago, the Duke and Duchess accused an unnamed royal of racial bias towards their son Archie during their bombshell interview with Oprah.

    And in his Apple TV+ series in May, Harry spoke openly about his strained relationship with Prince Charles and claimed the Palace showed “total neglect” for both his and Meghan’s mental health struggles.

    But with the arrival of their new baby girl, the couple seem eager to end their alleged feud with the Royal Family – and touchingly named their little one Lilibet Diana after The Queen and the late Princess of Wales.

    More on the story here.

  • MEGHAN’S SECRET NOD TO HER MUM IN DAUGHTER’S NAME LILIBET

    Prince Harry and Meghan paid tribute to both the Queen and Princess Diana with their daughter’s name, but it appears there’s a secret nod to Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland too.

    Speaking on this Good Morning Britain today, and joined by royal biographer Angela Levin, Afua said: “Lilibet is such a pretty name, it’s such a cute name. It is not just about being named after the Queen.

    “It is a bit of a nod to Meghan’s mother Doria as well, because Meghan’s mother’s nickname for her is flower, hence why we’ve got Lili in there for Lilibet.”

  • DI’S DATE

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s new baby Lilibet Diana arrived on June 4 and the date has a very sweet connection to the duke’s late mother, Princess Diana.

    Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 11.40am on Friday in California, exactly 25 years to the day that Princess Diana visited Meghan’s university in the US.

    On June 4, 1996, Diana visited Northwestern University in Illinois, which is where Meghan studied from 1999 to 2003.

    Diana spent five days at the university and raised nearly $1million for the University’s Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center in her role as the President of London’s Royal Marsden Hospital and its Cancer Fund at the time.

    Madeleine McGonigle, who was aged four during the visit, met Diana at the university and later said: “Diana was the epitome of class, very personable, and she cared deeply for the common man.”





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