Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor is finally here, and it turns out that Lilibet (or Lili) is also a subtle nod to Meghan Markle’s mom, Doria Ragland.
Doria Ragland often used the nickname “Flower” for Meghan when she was growing up. On Meghan’s former blog, The Tig, she told readers that her childhood nicknames were “Meg, MM, M&M, and Flower.”
Meghan had lily of the valley in her bridal bouquet. At the time, the intention was to pay tribute to Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, who carried lily of the valley in her own bridal bouquet.
Many were taking bets on the newborn’s name, and Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor is a little unexpected. Lili’s first name, Lilibet, may seem a far-fetched way to honor Queen Elizabeth, but it’s an on-the-nose connection that many aren’t familiar with. Lilibet is Queen Elizabeth’s nickname, which she received from her father, King George IV.
According to the story, the Queen was unable to say her name when she was young, having jumbled the sounds together. Her father decided to simplify things, nicknaming her Lilibet, an easier version of Elizabeth.
“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet,” according to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. As for the child’s middle name, the parents had a more direct approach to honoring a loved one.
“Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales,” they explained in a statement. This is the second time one of Diana’s children has honored their late mother.
Prince William and Kate Middleton named their daughter after Princess Diana, hiding it in the full name, similar to Harry. When Princess Charlotte was born in 2015, William and Kate included Diana’s name in their daughter’s full name: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. It just so happened that Harry’s older sibling also honored The Queen.
Before it was officially announced, many fans were certain that Prince Harry would honor Princess Diana, especially given the long-term trauma her death had caused him. Still no one knew how perfect the name Lili would be.
The baby, who was born on June 4, 2021 in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif., weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. According to Harry and Meghan’s statement, the family is “settling in at home.”
“We were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili,” the former royals explained on their Archewell 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 “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor will serve as a constant reminder of Harry’s late mother, who he lost at the age of 12. Harry was extremely close with his mother before she was killed in a car crash in 1997. When that relationship was abruptly halted, Harry spiraled out of control. The prince opened up about those issues in his docuseries, The Me You Can’t See, where he explained that he struggled with substance abuse.
According to his story, ages 28 to 32 were the most difficult. He said he would get very nervous whenever he saw a camera. Camera clicks often triggered his anxiety, as he believes that it was the constant paparazzi attention that led to his mother’s unfortunate end.
“I was willing to try and do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling,” Harry explained in The Me You Can’t See. “I was by myself drinking not because I was enjoying it, but because I was trying to mask something.”
Prince Harry said that “when [Meghan] said, ‘I think you need to see someone,’ it was in reaction to an argument we had. In that argument, not knowing about it, I reverted back to 12-year-old Harry.”
Welcoming his new daughter – who pays tribute to Diana, Doria Ragland and Queen Elizabeth – will help complete the cycle.