A royal biographer is claiming Lilibet was actually named after Prince Philip, not the Queen

Lilibet was Prince Philip's sweet nickname for the Queen

The Queen Prince Philip
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to name their daughter Lilibet is a tribute to Prince Philip, not the Queen—according to a royal expert. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex could have been making a nod to Prince Philip—who sadly passed away earlier this year—in their decision to name their daughter Lilibet.

While it has been widely reported that Lilibet was a tribute to Her Majesty the Queen, there are new claims that Lilibet is actually a tribute to Prince Harry's late grandfather, Prince Philip. 

It was a nickname the Duke of Edinburgh used for the Queen, and therefore a sweet link to two important people in Harry's life.

Princess Diana's former vocal coach, Stewart Peace, explains, "There is no doubt that the influence Prince Philip had over his grandson will live on in the heart of Harry, in the sense of the complete allegiance Prince Philip's life created in alliance with the Queen, after the sudden death of her father the King, and her own accession to the throne."

The Queen and Prince Philip

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The revelation comes shortly after the opening of a new exhibition celebrating the Duke of Edinburgh's life at Windsor Castle.

The exhibition, Prince Philip: A Celebration, can be visited until September 24.

It has been curated by the Royal Collection Trust and features some special memorabilia from key moments in Prince Philip's life.

On display are the Coronation Robe the Duke wore during the Queen's coronation in 1953 and his Chair of Estate—which spent years in the Throne Room at Buckingham Palace.

According to Sally Goodsir, curator of decorative arts at the Royal Collection Trust, the exhibition had been planned to mark the Duke's 100th birthday in June and had therefore been in the making for a number of months prior to his death. 

Speaking more about what visitors can expect at the exhibition, Sally said, "There are works from the Royal Collection, as well as more private works, such as paintings acquired by him during his lifetime, works presented during state visits, and during some of his solo tours without the Queen, particularly in the 1950s and 1960s."

“There are also displays which show his involvement with environment and conservation when they were really quite new concerns in the middle of the 20th century.”

Georgia Farquharson

Georgia writes across Woman & Home and Good to Know and specialises in all things royal. Previously labelled the "Queen of the royals," Georgia knows the whose who and what's what when it comes to the monarchy. When she's not eagerly following the royal family, Georgia enjoys shopping and self-care. She lives with this motto in mind; "if your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough."