Harry and Meghan – The Significance of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s New Baby Name
On Valentine’s Day, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced they were ‘overjoyed to be expecting their second child’, a sibling for two-year-old Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. The announcement was accompanied by a romantic photo of the couple in their California garden, which was taken by Meghan’s friend, the photographer Misan Harriman. ‘This is a celebration of their love and their fortitude,’ he remarked.
By choosing 14 February to share their special news with fans of the British Royal Family, the Duke and Duchess paid a touching tribute to Prince Harry’s beloved late mother, Princess Diana. She announced she was pregnant with her second child – Harry – on 13 February 1984, with newspapers publishing the happy news on Valentine’s Day.
When the legendary broadcaster Oprah Winfrey conducted a high-profile interview with Harry and Meghan in March, during which the couple discussed their difficult decision to cease being full-time working royals, viewers learned they were expecting a girl in the summer. The date on which the baby was expected to arrive wasn’t made public, so the Duke and Duchess’s next major announcement came as something of a surprise. A statement released on 6 June by Archewell, the organisation the couple founded to drive social change, revealed Harry and Meghan’s daughter had been born two days previously in Santa Barbara. ‘She is more than we could have ever imagined,’ they emphasised.
The Queen’s Affectionate Family Nickname
The rich and famous often give their children highly unusual names (David Bowie called his son Zowie, while Gwyneth Paltrow chose Apple for her daughter). But the Duke and Duchess of Sussex eschewed this trend in favour of an appellation with deeper significance. Welcome to the world, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor!
Although Lilibet isn’t a traditional name, it honours the baby’s great-grandmother, the Queen. When the monarch was very young, she had difficulty saying her first name, Elizabeth; the toddler pronounced it ‘Lilibet’. ‘It soon stuck and she became Lilibet to her family from then on,’ according to BBC News. The Duke and Duchess’s daughter has an affectionate family nickname of her own: Lili. With this shortened form of Lilibet, the couple have given a modern twist to a name that reflects their daughter’s royal heritage.
Hearing that her eleventh great-grandchild has been named after her is bound to have brought the Queen happiness during a challenging period. As you’ll have heard, the monarch’s husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, passed away in April. This most regal of couples – whose first official meeting took place in glorious Dartmouth, the home of our seated titles – had spent just over 73 years together. The Queen’s husband, like her family, called her Lilibet. Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born just days before 10 June, the date on which Prince Philip would’ve celebrated his 100th birthday.
Ensuring Princess Diana’s Spirit Lives On
The baby’s middle name honours Prince Harry’s mother and is therefore tremendously significant too. The world will never forget the tragic day in 1997 when Princess Diana died in a car crash, aged 36. Harry was only 12 at the time. It must surely bring him great comfort to name his daughter Diana less than a month before he marks what would’ve been his mother’s 60th birthday, on 1 July. Her spirit will live on through her granddaughter.
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