The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their second child – and first daughter – Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Friday, June 4, at 11.40am at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara.
Meghan and Harry announced the news of her birth on their website Archewell and revealed her name, which was a touching reference to both the Queen and Princess Diana.
Speaking about the birth on Good Morning Britain today, royal biographer Angela Levin suggested that the couple had already licenced the name so that it couldn’t be used for any kind of commercial work.
Host Susanna Reid had been asking journalist Afua Adom about the couple’s determination for privacy for their children.
She said: ” One thing that they’re very private about is the privacy of their children and we barely see Archie and yet they named their foundation after Archie – so the Archewell Foundation, which is very very public. Can you imagine a situation in which they set up another charitable organisation and call it the Lilibet Foundation?”
Before Afua was able to reply, Angela interjected: “They’ve got a domain, I think, yesterday. They’ve made a domain name – Lilibet Diana, they did that yesterday.”
Susanna admitted: “Right, so that makes me feel a little bit uncomfortable.”
“Nobody can use that email and nobody can use that name for any kind of commercial work they want to do,” Angela said.
Susanna’s co-host Richard Madeley added: “So they’ve already licenced it?”
“They’ve licenced it, yes,” Angela replied.
It comes after Richard suggested that Harry and Meghan’s choice of name – which is a reference to the Queen’s nickname Lilibet – could be seen as an “apology”.
It comes after Prince Harry accused the royals of “total neglect” and said that his “life was a total nightmare” in chats with Oprah Winfrey.
He said: “Do we think possibly – this came to me as I was nodding off last night – that actually it’s a way of them saying sorry for some of the things that they’ve said in their interview?
“That actually to call the baby Lilibet is a nod of affection possibly to say, ‘Sorry grandma.’”
Afua replied: “I think it’s a nod of affection. I don’t think they have anything to apologise for and I don’t think they need to be saying sorry.”
“In the interviews they’ve given,” Richard pointed out.
“No,” she replied. “They’re talking about their experiences, they’re talking about what they went through and if other people find that offensive, then that’s up to them. They have something to feel guilty about.”
Richard remarked: “Well, look. My grandparents weren’t perfect parents to my father, I’ve written about that in a book, but I’d never talk about it in that way. I would never accuse them of being bad grandparents.”
“I don’t think Harry was saying ‘My grandparents were bad people, my parents were bad people. They were saying that some of the parenting that went on was perhaps not the best.
“But you have to remember that Harry is perhaps of a different generation. He’s talking about his mental health to try and inspire people to do the same thing.
“I think them naming their daughter Lilibet is definitely a nod of affection towards the Queen and a very loving nod of affection to the Queen.”