Royal Family raised eyebrows at Harry and Meghan's 'rather presumptuous' and 'bewildering' decision to name their daughter Lilibet

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to name their daughter after the Queen was not received very well by certain Royal Family members

Harry and Meghan's 'rather presumptuous' and 'bewildering' decision to name their daughter Lilibet
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A royal insider has revealed that Harry and Meghan's 'rather presumptuous' and 'bewildering' decision to name their daughter Lilibet ruffled a lot of feathers in the Royal Family.


Lilibet was born in 2021 and named after her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. Images taken by photographer Misan Harriman on her first birthday show she inherited her father's ginger hair as well as her great-grandmother's name. 

Her Majesty was called Lilibet by her parents, sister, and her husband as an affectionate nickname for Elizabeth. In memory of this nickname, Harry and Meghan decided to name their first daughter Lilibet. This was a sweet gesture from the royal couple, but reportedly they made sure to gain the Queen's permission before they adopted this name for their baby. 

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In his upcoming book, Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait, author and reported friend of Prince Philip, Gyles Brandreth explained that Prince Harry spoke to his grandmother about names for his daughter.

"According to the Sussexes, Harry sought his grandmother’s permission to use her family nickname as the Christian name for her 11th great-grandchild," said the author.

However, Gyles also revealed that the Queen felt that she was not consulted, and instead told that they would be naming the baby after her. "The Queen’s recollection was a little different. According to the Queen, Harry told her the Sussexes wanted to call the baby ‘Lilibet’ in her honour and she accepted their choice with good grace, taking it as the compliment it was intended to be," he said.

Although the Queen was reportedly complimented by this decision, other members of the extended Royal Family found this move rather surprising.

"Others in the family found the choice ‘bewildering’ and ‘rather presumptuous’, given that ‘Lilibet’ as a name had always been intimately and exclusively the Queen’s," wrote Gyles. "Later, the Queen said: ‘I hear they’re calling her “Lili”, which is very pretty and seems just right.'"

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England.

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In his upcoming novel, Gyles also claimed that the Queen originally had some issues with Harry and Meghan's relationship. "The only concern the Queen let slip in the early days of the Sussexes’ marriage was to wonder to a friend if Harry wasn’t ‘perhaps a little over-in-love’," said the author. 

However, the author added that this was as close as the Queen ever got to saying something negative about Meghan. "This was as far as she came – to my knowledge at least – to ever uttering a word against the new Duchess of Sussex," said the author.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry depart after visiting Nechells Wellbeing Centre on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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There are a number of shocking revelations made by Gyles in this book as he claimed that Princess Anne’s wedding to Mark Phillips sparked Queen’s hilarious prediction about their future kids.

The author also shed light on the end of the Queen's life. The Queen's secret battle with cancer in her final months was revealed in this new book as the author claimed the Queen suffered from a form of bone cancer in her final years.

Laura Harman

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