Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle welcomed their second child, their daughter Lilibet named after his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. The couple has been criticized for their choice of name.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan Markle, added a new member to their family following the birth of their daughter on Friday, June 4, becoming parents for the second time.
The couple announced on their social media that their daughter would be called Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, which honors Harry's mother and grandmother.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex at Buckingham Palace in London, England on March 5, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images
Lilibet was a nickname given to the Queen by her parents and late husband, Prince Philip. Some members of the royal family consider Harry's actions as an invasion of the Queen's privacy.
Royal biographer Angela Levin blasted Harry for naming his daughter "Lilibet," claiming the Duke was cunning and distasteful in his invasion of the Queen's privacy.
A royal historian remarked that the backlash Harry and Markle have been subjected to has been uncalled for as they did not break any royal rules and regulations by naming their daughter after the Queen.
Many royals are said to give their children names in honor of immediate or distant ancestors as a mark of respect. Kings in history were said to have named their children after reigning monarchs.
Harry has always made it clear how much admiration and love he has for his grandmother, the Queen.
In an article for the Daily Mail, Professor Kate Williams claimed that the ancient practice continues until this day, citing Prince William's children George and Charlotte as examples.
The professor also questioned why Princess Eugenie's decision to call her son Philip as his middle name was not criticized but warmly seen as a sign of affection and honor.
Professor Williams explained that the Duke and Duchess would be criticized even if their daughter was not named after the Queen. According to the royal expert, the name "Lilibet" signifies that Harry's daughter is a great-granddaughter of the Queen and in line for succession.
The royal expert claimed that Harry and Markle would be slammed as arrogant and accused of trying to avoid royal customs and traditions in a bid to isolate themselves from the family if their daughter was not named after a member of the royal family.
The name "Lilibet" is also said to have a lot in common with her cousin Charlotte, Prince William's daughter, with his wife, Kate Middleton. Charlotte's full name Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Mountbatten-Windsor pays tribute to her great-grandmother the Queen and the late Princess Diana.
According to the royal biographer, Harry has always made it clear how much admiration and love he has for his grandmother, the Queen, and was only showing his regard for the family and its tradition.