A lot, actually. While the sentiment is sweet, the name is one that’s deeply personal to someone who is arguably one of the most famous figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor arrived on June 4th, making her 8th in line to the throne that her parents unofficially/seemingly want nothing to do (or so most assume, see: the Oprah interview, Harry’s Armchair Expert interview, Apple+’s “The Me You Don’t See”). Alas, a blood royal is a blood royal is a blood royal, and Lili is named after two of the most influential royal women in modern history: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales. So, just like in January 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex kind of want to hold on to their royal ties, but only a little.
It’s important to place great emphasis on the nickname Harry and Meghan have chosen as the Christian name for their daughter, because was always a nickname. One that the Queen, a very private person, was called only by her late husband, her parents and close friends. In fact, HM’s personal note attached to floral arrangement on Prince Philip’s casket at funeral read, “Your Loving Lilibet.”
Even with Her Majesty’s blessing, which according to royal reporter Katie Nicholl the couple did receive, some experts believe it would have wiser to err on the side of respect and choose her full name, Elizabeth.
“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,” royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith told Nicholl in a recent Vanity Fair article.
Do you think the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should have gone with a more formal name for their daughter?