A royal biographer has made no secret of how unimpressed she is with the name chosen by Meghan and Harry for their baby girl, describing it as “rude to her majesty the Queen”.
Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the birth of their second child, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
“On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili,” the marmite couple posted on their website. “She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe.
“Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
Lilibet is the nickname given to Queen Elizabeth by her grandfather, George V, who used to affectionately tease the future monarch for the difficulty she had pronouncing her own name as a toddler.
The Duke of Edinburgh came to use it lovingly. “Lilibet is the only ‘thing’ in the world which is absolutely real to me,” he wrote to the Queen Mother after their wedding.
And it was this private and personal use of Lilibet that bothers biographer Angela Levin. Appearing on Good Morning Britain, the author of books on Harry and Diana made her displeasure known.
Taking care to “move the event”, which she described as extremely happy, “out of the way of the name”, Levin said: “I don’t think it’s a good idea. I think it’s quite rude to her Majesty the Queen,” prompting a gasp from presenter, Susanna Reid.
“It was a very private nickname from her husband, who hasn’t been dead for very long,” she added firmly.
“Prince Charles would never dream of referring to his mother as Lilibet… he’s never used it.”
Levin was joined on GMB by journalist and broadcaster, Afua Adom, whose showbiz representatives describe her as “opinionated, charismatic and provocative” on their publicity page of her. She also billed as “one of the leading voices on diversity in Britain.”
The discussion moved onto what the choice of name meant for Harry’s strained relationship with his grandmother.
“It’s a nod of affection,” declared Adom, eliciting a shake of the head from Levin. “I don’t think they’ve got anything to apologise for,” she added, referring to the infamous interview given by the royal couple to Oprah Winfrey.
Reid’s co-presenter, Richard Madeley – filling in for Piers Morgan who lost his job after heavily criticizing Meghan for the interview – was less interested in Oprah and confronted Adom on Harry’s shocking accusation of poor parenting levelled at the Queen.
Last month the lost prince told a podcaster he and his father had been trapped in a “cycle” of “genetic pain” at the hands of his grandparents, a narrative spun around royal life being too stiff upper lip, barring Harry from confronting his mental health issues.
Adom struggled to weasel herself out. After gaining some composure, she stated condescendingly: “You have to remember, he’s of a different generation, he’s talking about his mental health to try and inspire other people to do the same thing.
“I think them naming the baby Lilibet is definitely a very lovely nod of affection to the Queen.”