Harry Knew Naming His Daughter Lilibet Was ‘Disrespectful’ to the Queen and Would ‘Cause Trouble,’ Author Claims
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s choice to name their daughter Lilibet has sparked controversy and criticism. While some argue it was a tribute to Queen Elizabeth, others view it as disrespectful, considering Harry and Meghan’s strained relationship with the Royal Family.
Harry’s Knowledge and Anticipation
According to a royal author, Harry was aware that naming his daughter Lilibet would lead to trouble. The author suggests that Harry should have anticipated the potential issues associated with using the Queen’s childhood nickname.
Harry and Meghan’s Low Profile
Since the release of Harry’s memoir, the couple has maintained a low profile. They have been rarely seen in public and are likely spending time at home with their two children, Archie and Lilibet.
Revelations in Harry’s Memoir
In his memoir, Harry openly criticized members of the Royal Family, including King Charles, Queen Consort Camilla, Prince William, and Kate Middleton. He also shared details about the births of Archie and Lilibet and expressed concerns about his younger nieces and nephews.
Different Approaches to Birth Announcements
When Archie was born, Harry and Meghan were focused on maintaining privacy and did not share many details with the media. However, with Lilibet’s birth, they chose to keep the information private and released a brief statement announcing her arrival.
Significance of the Names
Archie’s name has no direct connection to the British Royal Family, while Lilibet carries a deeper meaning. Lilibet was Queen Elizabeth’s childhood nickname, given to her by her grandfather. It holds sentimental value within the family, and Harry and Meghan wanted to honor both the Queen and Princess Diana by naming their daughter Lilibet Diana.
Criticism and Risks
Naming their daughter Lilibet received criticism from various royal commentators. Some questioned the appropriateness of the name for a royal baby who will grow up outside the UK. Speculation arose about potential conflicts and implications for the child’s future.
The Queen’s Reaction
Royal expert Angela Levin expressed her belief that the Queen might be offended by the name choice. She considered it disrespectful, as Lilibet was a private nickname used by Prince Philip, the Queen’s late husband. Levin found it demeaning for Harry and Meghan to have used the name.
Meeting the British Royal Family
Lilibet celebrated her first birthday at Frogmore Cottage, where Harry and Meghan had been based. Queen Elizabeth attended the celebration, marking her first meeting with her great-granddaughter. However, no official photos were released.
Controversy over Photographs
Harry and Meghan wanted to have a photographer present to capture the moment between the Queen and Lilibet. However, the Queen declined, citing a bloodshot eye and a desire to avoid publicized images.
Royal author Tom Quinn criticizes Harry’s decision to name his daughter Lilibet, considering the potential disrespect and intrusion it may imply. He suggests that Harry should have realized the implications and chosen a different name.
Different Cultural Interpretations
The controversy surrounding Lilibet’s name highlights a fundamental misunderstanding between American and UK culture. While Meghan likely saw it as a compliment, many in the UK perceive it as impertinent, reflecting some of Meghan’s difficulties.
The choice to name their daughter Lilibet has sparked debate and divided opinions. Whether Harry and Meghan did the right thing remains a subjective matter, raising questions about the boundaries and cultural nuances within the Royal Family.