Royal Family news – Lilibet Diana baby name 'is a CURSE if Meghan and Harry really want privacy for her and Archie'

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry's decision to name their new daughter Lilibet Diana could backfire, an expert has claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex famously fled the UK citing concerns for their 'privacy' and repeatedly insisted they wanted to raise Archie as a "private" citizen, not under the relentless royal spotlight as Harry was.

But one royal commentator says that by giving their daughter two incredibly loaded royal names – Lilibet after Queen Elizabeth and Diana after Harry's late mother – they have actually "cursed" her with attention.

"Such a name will merely heighten interest in her as she grows up; and, though it seems unkind to remark on it now, will inevitably attract the kind of media intrusion with which Lilibet Diana’s wider family are only too familiar," Sean O'Grady wrote in The Independent.

"Her name may turn out to be more of a curse than a blessing, if the poignant experience of the past is anything to go by," he added.

He went on to claim that as a result there will be double the interest in who Lilibet Diana resembles as she grows up "whether she inherits Diana’s sense of style or the Queen’s sense of duty; and, of course, who she’ll be dating."

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

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    COVID STRUGGLE

    Kate Middleton said the Covid pandemic has “exacerbated” the struggles that families face in a conversation with a food bank volunteer.

    The Duchess of Cambridge spoke to Sami, who began helping out at the Community Food Hub in Hackney, East London, while his partner Helen was working at one of the Nightingale Hospitals.

    During his first day, photographer Grey Hutton was taking pictures of volunteers at the food hub as part of the National Geographic’s Covid Emergency Fund for Journalists when he decided to take a picture of Sami.

    The image of Sami, which shows him standing outside of the food bank wearing PPE and smiling, is among 100 photographs chosen for Kate’s Hold Still project.

    More on the story here.

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    ME, MYSELF AND DI

    Prince Harry will be returning to the UK next month to reunite with his brother to unveil a statue of Princess Diana, according to an expert.

    Now that his daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor has been born, it looks as though the duke will make the move to pay tribute to his beloved mother.

    In the lead-up to the July 1 event, there has been speculation as to whether Harry would attend at all, one of the reasons being him not wanting to leave his heavily pregnant wife.

    Meghan Markle gave birth to the couple’s second child, Lili, on Friday 4 June in California.

    Roya Nikkhah, the Royal Editor at The Sunday Times, told Kay Burley on Sky: “I think we can expect to see him travel within the next few weeks and he is due to unveil that statue.”

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    OLIVE BRANCH

    The Queen has “invited Prince Harry for lunch at Windsor Castle” in what will be their first private meeting since he quit the Royal Family, according to sources.

    The Duke of Sussex is said to be meeting with his grandmother for a “chance to talk things through” as he flies back to the UK for the unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue next month.

    According to a courtier speaking to the Mail: “It’s a typically magnanimous gesture by Her Majesty.

    “The lunch will be a chance for them to talk things through.”

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    WATCH: ROYAL EXPERTS BLASTS BABY ANNOUNCEMENT

    Domain name lilibetdiana.com bought on same day Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed baby girl

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    LIL CHOICE

    The Queen had “no choice” but to let Meghan and Harry name their daughter Lilibet as everyone is “walking on eggshells” with them, an expert claimed.

    Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday morning in Los Angeles- and the Sussexes named her in honour of Her Majesty and Princess Diana.

    But the Queen’s biographer Sally Bedell Smith says that with everyone “walking on eggshells” to keep Meghan and Harry happy, Her Majesty was probably left with “no choice” but to accept the baby’s name.

    The royal expert told Vanity Fair: “In today’s tense climate, when everyone is walking on eggshells with Harry and Meghan, I can’t imagine that the Queen had any choice but to accept the name they presented to her.

    “Even if she felt—as would be completely understandable—that it breaches her privacy with a suggestion of inappropriate intimacy.”

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    COVID STRUGGLE

    Kate Middleton said the Covid pandemic has “exacerbated” the struggles that families face in a conversation with a food bank volunteer.

    The Duchess of Cambridge spoke to Sami, who began helping out at the Community Food Hub in Hackney, East London, while his partner Helen was working at one of the Nightingale Hospitals.

    During his first day, photographer Grey Hutton was taking pictures of volunteers at the food hub as part of the National Geographic’s Covid Emergency Fund for Journalists when he decided to take a picture of Sami.

    The image of Sami, which shows him standing outside of the food bank wearing PPE and smiling, is among 100 photographs chosen for Kate’s Hold Still project.

    More on the story here.

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    ME, MYSELF AND DI

    Prince Harry will be returning to the UK next month to reunite with his brother to unveil a statue of Princess Diana, according to an expert.

    Now that his daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor has been born, it looks as though the duke will make the move to pay tribute to his beloved mother.

    In the lead-up to the July 1 event, there has been speculation as to whether Harry would attend at all, one of the reasons being him not wanting to leave his heavily pregnant wife.

    Meghan Markle gave birth to the couple’s second child, Lili, on Friday 4 June in California.

    Roya Nikkhah, the Royal Editor at The Sunday Times, told Kay Burley on Sky: “I think we can expect to see him travel within the next few weeks and he is due to unveil that statue.”

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    MEGHAN’S SECRET NOD TO HER MUM IN DAUGHTER’S NAME LILIBET

    Prince Harry and Meghan paid tribute to both the Queen and Princess Diana with their daughter’s name, but it appears there’s a secret nod to Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland too.

    Speaking on this Good Morning Britain today, and joined by royal biographer Angela Levin, Afua said: “Lilibet is such a pretty name, it’s such a cute name. It is not just about being named after the Queen.

    “It is a bit of a nod to Meghan’s mother Doria as well, because Meghan’s mother’s nickname for her is flower, hence why we’ve got Lili in there for Lilibet.”

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    FAMILY FIRST

    A Royal expert has confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s choice of baby name for their second child shows that they will always be close to the Queen.

    Speaking to Good Morning America, Omid Scobie explained that, while he couldn’t be sure it’s a reconciliatory gesture, it does demonstrate the warmth of their relationship.

    Speaking from outside Buckingham Palace the Royal buff, described the name as a “sweet nod towards the Queen”.

    When asked if the gesture was an olive branch, he said: “I don’t know about olive branch but I think it certainly shows how close they’ve always been with the Queen.

    “They’ve both spoken so warmly about that relationship, and naming their daughter Lilibet, or Lili, is such a sweet nod to the Queen.

    “It shows how close they are and how continually close they will be to the Queen moving forward.”

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    REACHING OUT

    Kate Middleton and Prince William have sent Meghan and Harry a gift to congratulate them on their new baby, it has been reported.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they were “delighted” with the arrival of Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, following her birth on Friday.

    A source told US Weekly the Cambridges were “informed about the birth and have sent Lilibet a gift.”

    And Wills and Kate wrote on Twitter: “We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili. Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie.”

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    NAME GAME

    Lilibet is a touching nod to her great-grandmother the Queen, who was affectionately called the nickname by her family.

    The couple also honoured Harry’s “beloved” late mother Princess Diana with the baby’s middle name.

    In 2019 when Meghan was pregnant with her first born Archie, the pair hinted at the name they liked if they were to have a daughter.

    While walking around in Birkenhead in January 2019, the Duchess revealed that she was six months pregnant – but that she didn’t know whether she was having a boy or girl yet.

    But, Prince Harry was heard asking one mother from the crowd of people how her daughter Lily’s name was spelt – which is the name the Sussexes have now called their own baby.

    At the time, Meghan insisted that they did not know the sex of their baby, which turned out to be little Archie.

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    KATE AND WILLIAM 'SENT GIFT' TO CONGRATUALTE MEGHAN AND HARRY ON LILIBET'S ARRIVAL

    Kate Middleton and Prince William have sent Meghan and Harry a gift to congratulate them on their new baby, it has been reported.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they were "delighted" with the arrival of Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, following her birth on Friday.

    A source told US Weekly the Cambridges were “informed about the birth and have sent Lilibet a gift.”

    And Wills and Kate wrote on Twitter: "We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili.

    "Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie."

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    IS HARRY & MEGHAN'S CHOICE OF LILIBET A SUBTLE INSULT OR MEAN LITTLE JIBE ASKS PETRONELLA WYATT

    The World’s Most Private Couple have emerged from their seclusion in Hollywood to announce the birth of a daughter.

    Given that Harry and Meghan could give Moses a run for his money in the portentousness stakes, we should have known that this would be no normal child and that its name would be like some mystery of Holy Writ, replete with meaning.

    But even I bent double when I heard the Sussexes had chosen to call their daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor. 

    Diana, as the name of Harry’s beloved and much-missed mother, is a natural choice of course. But Lilibet is the Queen’s intimate family nickname, used only by her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, her sister Princess Margaret and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

    More on the story here.

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    LINE TO THE THRONE

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    OLIVE BRANCH

    The Queen has "invited Prince Harry for lunch at Windsor Castle" in what will be their first private meeting since he quit the Royal Family, according to sources.

    The Duke of Sussex is said to be meeting with his grandmother for a "chance to talk things through" as he flies back to the UK for the unveiling of Princess Diana's statue next month.

    According to a courtier speaking to the Mail: "It’s a typically magnanimous gesture by Her Majesty.

    "The lunch will be a chance for them to talk things through."

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    LATEST ROYAL NEWS

    • Meghan and Harry have given birth to a baby girl called Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in a touching nod to the Queen
    • She was born at hospital in Santa Barbara on Friday morning weighing 7lbs 11oz
    • Lili and Meghan are "healthy and well" and "settling in at home"
    • Meghan and Harry have asked people to support organisations working for women and girls instead of giving a present
    • Lili is now eighth in line to the throne, behind her older brother Archie
    • Meghan and Harry kept birth a secret for two DAYS before announcing baby joy to the world
    • Queen, William and Kate Middleton say they are 'delighted' after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome baby Lilibet
    • The clues Meghan Markle and Prince Harry chose their baby girl’s name Lili years earlier
    • Prince Harry IS set to return to UK next month to reunite with William to unveil Diana statue after Meghan gives birth
    • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will have 'several months off' as they take parental leave after Lilibet’s birth

    FIVE MONTHS ORF

    New dad Harry is taking five months’ paternity leave — giving the rest of us  a break from  the preachy prince bending our ears.

     Wife Meghan, 39, will have a similar work gap to Harry, 36, following the birth of daughter Lilibet.

    One royal commentator   said last night: “Not being working royals any more, they are free to do what they want.”

    The prince’s 20-week paternity break compares with just a fortnight’s paid leave for new dads back in the UK.

    His near half-year absence eclipses the time out taken by his brother Prince William. 

    HARRY'S DECISION TO CALL HIS NEWBORN LILIBET DIANA WILL FINALLY HELP HIM HEAL SAYS ANGELA LEVIN

    It is wonderful news that Meghan and Harry have a baby sister for Archie.

    The arrival of a healthy little Lilibet Diana is especially welcome because Meghan previously suffered a miscarriage.

    Meghan says their baby girl is more than the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “could have imagined”, very touching.

    And the choice of names could be Harry’s way of reminding everyone that his daughter is a Royal.

    More on the opinion piece here.

    COVID STRUGGLE

    Kate Middleton said the Covid pandemic has "exacerbated" the struggles that families face in a conversation with a food bank volunteer.

    The Duchess of Cambridge spoke to Sami, who began helping out at the Community Food Hub in Hackney, East London, while his partner Helen was working at one of the Nightingale Hospitals.

    During his first day, photographer Grey Hutton was taking pictures of volunteers at the food hub as part of the National Geographic's Covid Emergency Fund for Journalists when he decided to take a picture of Sami.

    The image of Sami, which shows him standing outside of the food bank wearing PPE and smiling, is among 100 photographs chosen for Kate's Hold Still project.

    More on the story here.

    ME, MYSELF AND DI

    Prince Harry will be returning to the UK next month to reunite with his brother to unveil a statue of Princess Diana, according to an expert.

    Now that his daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor has been born, it looks as though the duke will make the move to pay tribute to his beloved mother.

    In the lead-up to the July 1 event, there has been speculation as to whether Harry would attend at all, one of the reasons being him not wanting to leave his heavily pregnant wife.

    Meghan Markle gave birth to the couple’s second child, Lili, on Friday 4 June in California.

    Roya Nikkhah, the Royal Editor at The Sunday Times, told Kay Burley on Sky: “I think we can expect to see him travel within the next few weeks and he is due to unveil that statue.”

    OLIVE BRANCH

    The Queen has "invited Prince Harry for lunch at Windsor Castle" in what will be their first private meeting since he quit the Royal Family, according to sources.

    The Duke of Sussex is said to be meeting with his grandmother for a "chance to talk things through" as he flies back to the UK for the unveiling of Princess Diana's statue next month.

    According to a courtier speaking to the Mail: "It’s a typically magnanimous gesture by Her Majesty.

    "The lunch will be a chance for them to talk things through."

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      FIVE MONTHS ORF

      New dad Harry is taking five months’ paternity leave — giving the rest of us  a break from  the preachy prince bending our ears.

       Wife Meghan, 39,  will have a similar work gap to Harry, 36, following the birth of daughter Lilibet.

      One royal commentator   said last night: “Not being working royals any more, they are free to do what they want.”

      The prince’s 20-week paternity break compares with just a fortnight’s paid leave for new dads back in the UK.

      His near half-year absence eclipses the time out taken by his brother Prince William. 

    • Niamh Cavanagh

      LATEST ROYAL NEWS

      • Meghan and Harry have given birth to a baby girl called Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in a touching nod to the Queen
      • She was born at hospital in Santa Barbara on Friday morning weighing 7lbs 11oz
      • Lili and Meghan are "healthy and well" and "settling in at home"
      • Meghan and Harry have asked people to support organisations working for women and girls instead of giving a present
      • Lili is now eighth in line to the throne, behind her older brother Archie
      • Meghan and Harry kept birth a secret for two DAYS before announcing baby joy to the world
      • Queen, William and Kate Middleton say they are 'delighted' after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome baby Lilibet
      • The clues Meghan Markle and Prince Harry chose their baby girl’s name Lili years earlier
      • Prince Harry IS set to return to UK next month to reunite with William to unveil Diana statue after Meghan gives birth
      • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will have 'several months off' as they take parental leave after Lilibet’s birth

      HARRY'S DECISION TO CALL HIS NEWBORN LILIBET DIANA WILL FINALLY HELP HIM HEAL SAYS ANGELA LEVIN

      It is wonderful news that Meghan and Harry have a baby sister for Archie.

      The arrival of a healthy little Lilibet Diana is especially welcome because Meghan previously suffered a miscarriage.

      Meghan says their baby girl is more than the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “could have imagined”, very touching.

      And the choice of names could be Harry’s way of reminding everyone that his daughter is a Royal.

      More on the opinion piece here.

      COVID STRUGGLE

      Kate Middleton said the Covid pandemic has "exacerbated" the struggles that families face in a conversation with a food bank volunteer.

      The Duchess of Cambridge spoke to Sami, who began helping out at the Community Food Hub in Hackney, East London, while his partner Helen was working at one of the Nightingale Hospitals.

      During his first day, photographer Grey Hutton was taking pictures of volunteers at the food hub as part of the National Geographic's Covid Emergency Fund for Journalists when he decided to take a picture of Sami.

      The image of Sami, which shows him standing outside of the food bank wearing PPE and smiling, is among 100 photographs chosen for Kate's Hold Still project.

      More on the story here.

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