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Meghan and Harry’s baby name choice ‘is olive branch’ after royal fallout

Meghan and Harry\'s baby name is \'olive branch\' after royal fallout
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed a daughter called Lilibet on Friday (Picture: Getty Images)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s choice of baby name could be a peace offering after recent family feuds, it has been suggested.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed a daughter on Friday, who has been named ‘Lilibet’ after Queen Elizabeth II’s childhood nickname.

Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter, a senior aide to the Queen from 1988 until 2000, said the name could be an ‘olive branch’ to the Royal Family.

‘He moved to California to distance himself, but choosing this name is a complete about-face,’ he wrote in The Mirror.

‘So I wonder if taking the Queen’s nickname for his baby is an olive branch? Only Harry can answer that.

‘The Queen gave herself the nickname Lilibet because she couldn’t say Elizabeth as a child, and it stuck. I think it’s rather cute.

‘It could be seen as quite controversial to christen a baby with a nickname, and I doubt the little girl will grow up with any other Lilibets in her classes (although people in California call their children all sorts).

‘So maybe that’s Harry and Meghan showing their independence again – just like Archie, another non-royal name.’

epa09251589 (FILE) - Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Duchess Meghan, holding their son Archie, at the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa, 25 September 2019 (reissued 06 June 2021) Duchess Meghan gave birth to her second child, the couple announced on its Internet platform on 06 June 2021. Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor according to the announcement was born in California, USA, on Friday, 04 June 2021. The birth was confirmed by a spokesperson of the grandson of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and his wife. EPA/TOBY MELVILLE / POOL *** Local Caption *** 56698564
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured with their son Archie, who is now two (Picture: EPA)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England. The 100th birthday of the RAF, which was founded on on 1 April 1918, was marked with a centenary parade with the presentation of a new Queen's Colour and flypast of 100 aircraft over Buckingham Palace. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
The name of their new baby is a nod to Queen Elizabeth II’s childhood nickname (Picture: Getty Images)

He further commented on the middle name of new baby Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, which is after Prince Harry’s late mum.

‘Choosing Diana’s name for their baby isn’t a surprise, as we all know Harry’s closeness to his mother was such that her loss has caused him mental issues even 24 years on,’ he added.

‘But I wonder what Diana would have made of their daughter having her name as a middle, and not a principal name? Charlotte also has Diana as a middle name so they could have chosen it for her first name.

‘Again, that’s only for Harry and Meghan to know. And if the names are indeed olive branches, only time will tell if they work.’

Former royal editor of the Sun, Duncan Larcombe, also suggested the first name was a huge peace offering.

‘By choosing the childhood name of the Queen, Harry and Meghan have given their daughter the most royal of names,’ he told the paper.

‘To many such a specific nod to Her Majesty will be seen as the first major olive branch offered by the Sussexes since Mexit. A sign perhaps Harry and Meghan are eager to build bridges.

‘The question really is are there [any] bridges left to build? The damage is done, and it’s sadly going to take a lot more from the Sussexes before any healing of the feud can begin.’

Lilibet was born in a hospital in Santa Barbara, California, weighing 7lbs 11oz, and is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild.

She is Harry and Meghan’s second child and a younger sister to two-year-old Archie.

Her arrival comes following high tensions between the Sussexes and the rest of the Royal Family, after a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey and the launch of a mental health series on Apple TV in which Harry discusses the trauma he suffered while growing up.

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