"It’s a fitting tribute to the Queen and something many people will hope brings the family closer together," an Insider said
It's been barely a few days since Meghan Markle gave birth to her second child with Prince Harry. Their daughter, 'Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor', is already making headlines. The name is said to be Prince Harry's tribute to two of the most important women in his life. 'Lilibet' is the Queen's family nickname while the girl's second name Diana was kept in honor of her beloved late grandmother. According to new reports, Prince Harry had apparently told the Queen of his wish to name his daughter after her, years before he met his wife, Meghan.
According to the Daily Star, sources claimed that Harry had informed his grandmother of his desire to use her name or at least part of it while discussing his future family life. The Queen is said to be "delighted" by his and Meghan's decision to call their newborn daughter Lilibet. The monarch was given the nickname as a child when people had trouble pronouncing her Elizabeth.
The nickname Lilibet is also one of the affectionate names Prince Philip called her by for 73 years, another one being Cabbage. It was reported that the Queen signed 'Lilibet' on the card she left on top of Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin before he was laid to rest.
Daily Star reported that Palace insiders are hoping the joyous news will “go a long way” to help heal the fractured relationship between Prince Harry and his family. “Harry has always enjoyed a wonderful bond with his grandmother, which makes it all the more bizarre that he has gone out of his way to threaten the relationship over the last couple of years. They have been incredibly close and as you would imagine have shared some very deep and personal conversations as Harry was growing up, which carried on really until very recently," a source told Mirror.
The source continued, “Harry has never made a secret of his wish to have a family of his own, often talking about how it would be great to have a boy and a girl, that he could name after the two most important women in his life, the Queen and his mother. In the end, he mentioned Lilibet to Meghan, when discussing potential names for their children and she loved the idea. It’s a fitting tribute to the Queen and something many people will hope brings the family closer together.”
Sources confirmed that Harry and Meghan did not seek formal permission from the Queen to use the nickname, but they did inform her in private prior to announcing her arrival to the world, reported the Daily Star.