Us Weekly: Royal Expert Claims Princess Diana Would Have Been Excited about Baby Lili's Name
The late Princess Diana’s son, Prince Harry, recently welcomed a baby girl named after his mother. Royal experts have since speculated about how Diana would’ve received the honor.
On Sunday, June 6, 2021, Prince Harry, 36, and his wife, Duchess Meghan, 39, released a statement announcing the birth of their second child – a daughter. They revealed that the little girl was born on June 4, 2021.
Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor joined the Sussexes at 11:40 a.m. weighing in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces. She was born in the US at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
In their statement, Meghan and Harry explained that the child was named Lilibet after her great-grandmother, the Queen. The name was a nickname the Royal Family used for Queen Elizabeth, 95.
“A ‘Page Six’ source claimed they were unlikely to give their unborn child the name Diana as her first one…”
The child’s second name, Diana, was meant as a tribute to her late grandmother, Princess Diana. Sadly, The Princess of Wales died at age 36 in August 1997 from a car accident while being driven in Paris, France.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) June 6, 2021
The baby's name is derived from Queen Elizabeth's family's name. Lili's middle name honors Princess Diana.https://t.co/Lf4GP4REsN
Lilibet joined the family to be the youngest member after her older brother, Archie Harrison, 2. Stewart Pearce, Diana’s former voice coach, Stewart Pearce, shared how the royal would’ve received the honor, saying:
“Diana would be thrilled at the choice of name for the little one.”
At the time, Pearce was speaking to “Us Weekly,” a day after Lilibet’s birth announcement was made. He explained how the late Diana had personified love and was an example of unconditional love, adding:
“She would have been so excited by the babe and her beautiful names.”
BREAKING: Prince Harry and Meghan welcome a healthy baby daughter, Lilibet Diana, whose name is a tribute to the queen and Harry's late mother. https://t.co/kxaC6RI9Tk— The Associated Press (@AP) June 6, 2021
Pearce, who also happens to be the author of “Diana The Voice of Change: Revelations About Diana’s Life Principles,” said the child’s first name was a special pet name. The Queen got it when she was just a child.
The voice coach noted how the monarch struggled to sound the four syllables of her first name and settled for the nickname as a child. The moniker was also once used by the Queen's father, King George VI.
Statement from the Press Secretary for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex says "It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world"— Sky News Breaking (@SkyNewsBreak) June 6, 2021
Speaking about his two daughters, George once called Queen Elizabeth Lilibet and said she was his pride and Margaret his joy. Another “Us Weekly” source said the monarch was “overjoyed” to have the Lilibet join the family.
The Sussexes announced their second pregnancy on February 14, 2021. In March 2021, a “Page Six” source claimed they were unlikely to give their unborn child the name Diana as her first one to avoid being media targets.