Meghan and Harry’s baby name Lilibet, Queen Elizabeth’s nickname, is deaf at best
UPDATE (June 9, 2021, 6:05 p.m. ET): This article has been updated to reflect the statement released by Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, regarding their baby’s name.
I admit it. I am the queen of the team.
I was born in London and grew up in England and Australia (a country that is part of the Commonwealth, i.e. a former British colony where the Queen is still the official monarch). I grew up singing “God Save the Queen”. I remember being ecstatic when we celebrated the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in our small English town when I was a child. My birthday, June 13, usually falls on the Queen’s official birthday weekend (although she actual birthday is April 21), and although I now live in Los Angeles, I host a very British afternoon tea every year where I proudly honor my shared birthday with Her Majesty.
From where I’m sitting it looks like Harry and Meghan are using a bandage to try and fix a gunshot wound.
Due to the respect I have for the Queen, I would never call her “Lilibet”.
Lilibet recalls the childhood of Queen Elizabeth, when she could not pronounce her own name. Her father, King George VI, reportedly said of his two daughters: “Lilibet is my pride; Marguerite is my joy. “However, the the only person in recent times who used the queen’s nickname was the late Prince Philip. At his funeral in April, the queen would have left a handwritten note on his coffin and signed “Lilibet”.
Yet his estranged grandson and daughter-in-law Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex felt the name was right when they decided what to name their daughter, who was born in sunny Santa on Friday. Barbara, California. Their official announcement stated that she was “named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet”, although her name will be “Lili” (along with her middle name, Diana , according to Harry’s late mother).
To scroll through the social media feeds of friends and strangers here in America, you’d think the selection was an excellent to honor Harry’s beloved grandmother. But that can only be the case if you eliminate the endless controversy surrounding Harry and Meghan’s very public exit from their royal lives and from the UK as a whole.
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Their public gaiters include Harry’s denigration of his father, Charles, to whom he apparently does not speak; his differences with his brother, the future king of England, William; the couple’s interview in March with Oprah Winfrey, in which they leveled half-veiled accusations of racism against the royal family; and their decision to decamp to the United States and try to make money by marking their lineage.
A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said on Wednesday the couple informed the Queen of their choice before announcing it and “would not have used the name” without her support. The comments came after an article on the BBC website claimed that palace sources said the Queen had not been questioned about the use of “Lilibet,” an article which remains on the website. the BBC. Buckingham Palace declined to comment on this topic.
Frankly, whatever action the couple or not the couple takes, the Queen deserves better. Her late husband – the only one who really had the right to call him by his nickname – was barely in his grave when his grandson chose to shout across the pond with this ill-conceived tribute.
Americans can’t seem to get enough of the pomp and circumstance of the royal family, as there is simply no equivalent here. However, they conveniently like to ignore what goes with this pomp and circumstance – in particular, restraint and tradition. So while Americans might think Harry and Meghan offered a sweet and touching gesture, making their child’s first name the nickname of the country’s official head of state is blatant.
Britons on the whole are much more private than Americans, and for the Royal Family, privacy is particularly valued given the public life they must lead. Harry and Meghan have only been in the United States for 15 months, but it appears that in their rush to embrace the laid-back American demeanor – and their desire or need for public visibility – they have chosen to throw royal conventions again by the window. . If Harry and Meghan were serious about making progress in healing this family rift, they could have done so in a private forum.
The official statement from Buckingham Palace on the newcomer does not address the choice of name. It simply reads: “The Queen, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. “
Do whatever you want with it.
Whether you are pro or anti-monarchy, whether you believe the establishment should be revered or dissolved, ultimately the fact that Queen Elizabeth did not choose her role in life should be respected. It was given to him. A very important public life. And she stayed in the UK to do her duty rather than “step back” and take refuge in the United States.
So I think she’s earned the right to all the minimum privacy that she can carve out for herself. Something that doesn’t include her grandson appropriating her childhood nickname, one of the few private things she owns.