Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor is now 21 months old, but her name continues to cause a stir in royal circles.
Named after the nickname given to Queen Elizabeth II by her loved ones, many royal commentators didn’t like the fact that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle went down this route.
The general consensus at the time was that the baby should have simply been called Elizabeth and now a new book has offered some further insight into the process behind the choice of name.
Royal author Tom Quinn has released the book ‘Gilded Youth: An Intimate History of Growing Up in the Royal Family’ and, in it, he explains why Meghan Markle thought such a tribute would win her favour with the Queen.
“[It showed] a fundamental misunderstanding based on differences between American and UK culture,” Quinn wrote.
“Meghan would never have thought naming her daughter Lilibet was anything other than a huge compliment.
“In the UK, it looks like an impertinence, and this is emblematic of many of Meghan’s difficulties.”
Prince Harry is blamed for choosing the name Lilibet
Quinn went on to blame Prince Harry, as the author felt the prince should have stepped in and explained to Meghan why the choice of name might be controversial.
“He surely would have known that appropriating the monarch’s beloved childhood nickname would be perceived by many as disrespectful and intrusive in a way that naming their daughter Elizabeth would have not been,” Quinn added.