An Australian royal expert has weighed up Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to use Queen Lilibet’s nickname for their newborn daughter.
Speaking to The Morning Show on Wednesday, Angela Mollard suggested doing so to ensure the Sussex brand stays attached to the palace regardless of the status of their royal titles.
Mollard also said the Queen’s hands may have been tied because of the use of the name, suggesting that Harry and Meghan would likely have complained to Oprah had she said no.
“Not a great look”: Royal expert Angela Mollard (left) told the Morning Show on Wednesday that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle called their daughter Lilibet to “secure the Sussex brand” and make sure they are with regardless of status Her royal title remains connected to the palace
“I imagine they used the Lilibet name to secure the brand, the Sussex brand, to make that connection with the palace,” she told hosts Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur, suggesting they turn him off strategic reasons in the event they lose their titles.
Mollard said she liked the name but it was “too close” to the royal family they decided to part with.
“It’s a personal name. It’s a name Philip obviously called Elizabeth. It’s too close, ”she said.
“But could you imagine that if the Queen had said no, she would have gone to Oprah and? [complained] ”Yes, she wouldn’t let us use that name.” ‘
“Too Close”: Mollard said she likes the name, but it is “too close” to the royal family that the Sussexes have separated from. Pictured: The Morning Show hosted by Larry Emdur (left) and Kylie Gillies (right)
Mollard admitted that Harry had loved the name Lili for a number of years, but said the Duke of Sussex lost the right to use it when he saw the Queen on Apple TV + documentary The Me You Can’t See last month criticized.
“If you beat up your grandmother for her bad upbringing and then go and take her name, it doesn’t look good,” she said.
Mollard said the Queen is likely “feeling discouraged” by the way Harry and Meghan have talked about her in the media and that the use of the Lilibet name is tasteless.
Your hands were tied? Mollard also said the Queen’s hands may have been tied regarding the use of the name, suggesting that Harry and Meghan would likely have complained to Oprah had she said no
‘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 a crisis with their televised Oprah interview in March in which they accused an unnamed king of making a racist remark about their son Archie’s skin tone, claiming Harry’s Family did not help Meghan when she was tired of life.
Last month, on the Apple TV + series The Me You Don’t See, Harry also suggested that his father, Prince Charles, had allowed his children to be in the hands of the media because of his own negative experiences growing up in the royals. Suffer”. Family.
“It just doesn’t fit”: Mollard said the Queen is likely feeling “discouraged” by the way Harry and Meghan have talked about her in the media and that the use of the Lilibet name is distasteful
Cute family nickname for Queen that inspired Harry and Meghan’s names for their young daughter
Lilibet – the Queen’s family nickname – was first used when Princess Elizabeth was a toddler and couldn’t pronounce her own name correctly.
Her grandfather King George V affectionately called her “Lilibet” and imitated her own attempts to say Elizabeth.
The cute nickname stayed and she became Lilibet for her family from now on.
The Duke of Edinburgh also called his wife Lilibet and wrote to his mother-in-law after the wedding: “Lilibet is the only” thing “in the world that is absolutely real to me.”
Harry and Meghan’s new little daughter – the Queen’s eleventh great-grandson – will be known as Lili. As a variation of lily, the flower is often seen as a symbol of purity, commitment, rebirth and fertility.
Lili’s middle name Diana honors Harry’s future mother Diana, Princess of Wales. It’s no surprise the couple pay tribute to Diana, who died in a car accident in 1997 when Harry was only 12 years old.
Lili was born almost a month before the princess would have celebrated her 60th birthday on July 1st. Her cousin Princess Charlotte has Diana as one of her middle names in addition to Elizabeth. She is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
Harry and the Duke of Cambridge will unveil a statue of their mother at Kensington Palace on their birthday, but the agreements have yet to be confirmed amid a long-reported rift between the brothers.
The Sussexes’ tribute to the queen is likely 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 Oprah Winfrey interview in March when they accused an unnamed king of making a racist comment about their son Archie’s skin tone before he was born.
They also said the institution didn’t help Meghan when she was suicidal. But during the television 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 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter Lili,” they said.
“It is more than we could ever have imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we have felt from around the world. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family. ‘
Lilibet, eighth in line to the throne, was born in California’s Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, a private facility where births cost up to $ 37,000.
Welcome to the world, Lilibet: on Sunday the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the arrival of their daughter. “On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter Lili,” they said