Meghan Markle latest news – 'Rude' Duchess blasted for DEMEANING Queen by calling Lilibet after 'very private' nickname

MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have been blasted for giving their new daughter the "rude" and "demeaning" name Lilibet.

Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who shares Her Majesty’s family nickname, arrived at 11.40am on Friday in California.

Royal biographer Angela Levin was among the first to slam Harry and Meghan's sentimental move, telling Good Morning Britain "I don’t think it’s a good idea – I think it’s quite rude to Her Majesty Her Queen".

"It was a very private nickname from her husband who hasn’t been dead for very long… Prince Charles would never dream of calling his mother Lilibet," she added.

Read our Meghan and Harry live blog below for the very latest updates...

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    OLIVE BRANCH

    The Queen has “invited Prince Harry for lunch at Windsor Castle” in what will be their first private meeting since he quit the Royal Family, according to sources.

    The Duke of Sussex is said to be meeting with his grandmother for a “chance to talk things through” as he flies back to the UK for the unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue next month.

    According to a courtier speaking to the Mail: “It’s a typically magnanimous gesture by Her Majesty.

    “The lunch will be a chance for them to talk things through.”

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    DI'S DATE

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s new baby Lilibet Diana arrived on June 4 and the date has a very sweet connection to the duke’s late mother, Princess Diana.

    Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born at 11.40am on Friday in California, exactly 25 years to the day that Princess Diana visited Meghan’s university in the US.

    On June 4, 1996, Diana visited Northwestern University in Illinois, which is where Meghan studied from 1999 to 2003.

    Diana spent five days at the university and raised nearly $1million for the University’s Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center in her role as the President of London’s Royal Marsden Hospital and its Cancer Fund at the time.

    Madeleine McGonigle, who was aged four during the visit, met Diana at the university and later said: “Diana was the epitome of class, very personable, and she cared deeply for the common man.”

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    SECRET SIGNS THEY’RE DESPERATE TO END FEUD AS THEY NAME BABY LILIBET DIANA

    There’s no denying that Harry and Meghan have had a fraught relationship with the Royal Family since they announced they were quitting their roles in January 2020.

    Just three months ago, the Duke and Duchess accused an unnamed royal of racial bias towards their son Archie during their bombshell interview with Oprah.

    And in his Apple TV+ series in May, Harry spoke openly about his strained relationship with Prince Charles and claimed the Palace showed “total neglect” for both his and Meghan’s mental health struggles.

    But with the arrival of their new baby girl, the couple seem eager to end their alleged feud with the Royal Family – and touchingly named their little one Lilibet Diana after The Queen and the late Princess of Wales.

    More on the story here.

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    REACHING OUT

    Kate Middleton and Prince William have sent Meghan and Harry a gift to congratulate them on their new baby, it has been reported.

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they were “delighted” with the arrival of Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, following her birth on Friday.

    A source told US Weekly the Cambridges were “informed about the birth and have sent Lilibet a gift.”

    And Wills and Kate wrote on Twitter: “We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili. Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie.”

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    WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

    • Meghan and Harry have given birth to a baby girl called Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in a touching nod to the Queen
    • She was born at hospital in Santa Barbara on Friday morning weighing 7lbs 11oz
    • Lili and Meghan are "healthy and well" and "settling in at home"
    • Meghan and Harry have asked people to support organisations working for women and girls instead of giving a present
    • Lili is now eighth in line to the throne, behind her older brother Archie
    • Meghan and Harry kept birth a secret for two DAYS before announcing baby joy to the world
    • Queen, William and Kate Middleton say they are 'delighted' after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome baby Lilibet
    • The clues Meghan Markle and Prince Harry chose their baby girl’s name Lili years earlier

    SECRET SIGNS THEY’RE DESPERATE TO END FEUD AS THEY NAME BABY LILIBET DIANA

    There’s no denying that Harry and Meghan have had a fraught relationship with the Royal Family since they announced they were quitting their roles in January 2020.

    Just three months ago, the Duke and Duchess accused an unnamed royal of racial bias towards their son Archie during their bombshell interview with Oprah.

    And in his Apple TV+ series in May, Harry spoke openly about his strained relationship with Prince Charles and claimed the Palace showed “total neglect” for both his and Meghan’s mental health struggles.

    But with the arrival of their new baby girl, the couple seem eager to end their alleged feud with the Royal Family – and touchingly named their little one Lilibet Diana after The Queen and the late Princess of Wales.

    More on the story here.

    FIVE MONTHS ORF

    New dad Harry is taking five months’ paternity leave — giving the rest of us  a break from  the preachy prince bending our ears.

     Wife Meghan, 39, will have a similar work gap to Harry, 36, following the birth of daughter Lilibet.

    One royal commentator   said last night: “Not being working royals any more, they are free to do what they want.”

    The prince’s 20-week paternity break compares with just a fortnight’s paid leave for new dads back in the UK.

    His near half-year absence eclipses the time out taken by his brother Prince William. 

    MEGHAN’S SECRET NOD TO HER MUM IN DAUGHTER’S NAME LILIBET

    Prince Harry and Meghan paid tribute to both the Queen and Princess Diana with their daughter’s name, but it appears there’s a secret nod to Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland too.

    Speaking on this Good Morning Britain today, and joined by royal biographer Angela Levin, Afua said: “Lilibet is such a pretty name, it’s such a cute name. It is not just about being named after the Queen.

    “It is a bit of a nod to Meghan’s mother Doria as well, because Meghan’s mother’s nickname for her is flower, hence why we’ve got Lili in there for Lilibet.”

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      LIL CHOICE

      The Queen had “no choice” but to let Meghan and Harry name their daughter Lilibet as everyone is “walking on eggshells” with them, an expert claimed.

      Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday morning in Los Angeles- and the Sussexes named her in honour of Her Majesty and Princess Diana.

      But the Queen’s biographer Sally Bedell Smith says that with everyone “walking on eggshells” to keep Meghan and Harry happy, Her Majesty was probably left with “no choice” but to accept the baby’s name.

      The royal expert told Vanity Fair: “In today’s tense climate, when everyone is walking on eggshells with Harry and Meghan, I can’t imagine that the Queen had any choice but to accept the name they presented to her.

      “Even if she felt—as would be completely understandable—that it breaches her privacy with a suggestion of inappropriate intimacy.”

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      MEGHAN AND HARRY'S STATEMENT ANNOUNCING DAUGHTER

       

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      LATEST MEGHAN AND HARRY NEWS

      • Meghan and Harry have given birth to a baby girl called Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in a touching nod to the Queen
      • She was born at hospital in Santa Barbara on Friday morning weighing 7lbs 11oz
      • Lili and Meghan are "healthy and well" and "settling in at home"
      • Meghan and Harry have asked people to support organisations working for women and girls instead of giving a present
      • Lili is now eighth in line to the throne, behind her older brother Archie
      • Meghan and Harry kept birth a secret for two DAYS before announcing baby joy to the world
      • Queen, William and Kate Middleton say they are 'delighted' after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome baby Lilibet
      • The clues Meghan Markle and Prince Harry chose their baby girl’s name Lili years earlier
      • Prince Harry IS set to return to UK next month to reunite with William to unveil Diana statue after Meghan gives birth
      • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will have 'several months off' as they take parental leave after Lilibet’s birth

      FIVE MONTHS ORF

      New dad Harry is taking five months’ paternity leave — giving the rest of us  a break from  the preachy prince bending our ears.

       Wife Meghan, 39, will have a similar work gap to Harry, 36, following the birth of daughter Lilibet.

      One royal commentator   said last night: “Not being working royals any more, they are free to do what they want.”

      The prince’s 20-week paternity break compares with just a fortnight’s paid leave for new dads back in the UK.

      His near half-year absence eclipses the time out taken by his brother Prince William. 

      HARRY'S DECISION TO CALL HIS NEWBORN LILIBET DIANA WILL FINALLY HELP HIM HEAL SAYS ANGELA LEVIN

      It is wonderful news that Meghan and Harry have a baby sister for Archie.

      The arrival of a healthy little Lilibet Diana is especially welcome because Meghan previously suffered a miscarriage.

      Meghan says their baby girl is more than the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “could have imagined”, very touching.

      And the choice of names could be Harry’s way of reminding everyone that his daughter is a Royal.

      More on the opinion piece here.

      SECRET SIGNS THEY'RE DESPERATE TO END FEUD AS THEY NAME BABY LILIBET DIANA

      There's no denying that Harry and Meghan have had a fraught relationship with the Royal Family since they announced they were quitting their roles in January 2020.

      Just three months ago, the Duke and Duchess accused an unnamed royal of racial bias towards their son Archie during their bombshell interview with Oprah.

      And in his Apple TV+ series in May, Harry spoke openly about his strained relationship with Prince Charles and claimed the Palace showed "total neglect" for both his and Meghan's mental health struggles.

      But with the arrival of their new baby girl, the couple seem eager to end their alleged feud with the Royal Family – and touchingly named their little one Lilibet Diana after The Queen and the late Princess of Wales.

      More on the story here.

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        MEGHAN'S SECRET NOD TO HER MUM IN DAUGHTER'S NAME LILIBET

        Prince Harry and Meghan paid tribute to both the Queen and Princess Diana with their daughter's name, but it appears there's a secret nod to Meghan's mum Doria Ragland too.

        Speaking on this Good Morning Britain today, and joined by royal biographer Angela Levin, Afua said: "Lilibet is such a pretty name, it's such a cute name. It is not just about being named after the Queen.

        "It is a bit of a nod to Meghan's mother Doria as well, because Meghan's mother's nickname for her is flower, hence why we've got Lili in there for Lilibet."

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        FAMILY FIRST

        A Royal expert has confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's choice of baby name for their second child shows that they will always be close to the Queen.

        Speaking to Good Morning America, Omid Scobie explained that, while he couldn't be sure it's a reconciliatory gesture, it does demonstrate the warmth of their relationship.

        Speaking from outside Buckingham Palace the Royal buff, described the name as a "sweet nod towards the Queen".

        When asked if the gesture was an olive branch, he said: "I don't know about olive branch but I think it certainly shows how close they've always been with the Queen.

        "They've both spoken so warmly about that relationship, and naming their daughter Lilibet, or Lili, is such a sweet nod to the Queen.

        "It shows how close they are and how continually close they will be to the Queen moving forward."

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        REACHING OUT

        Kate Middleton and Prince William have sent Meghan and Harry a gift to congratulate them on their new baby, it has been reported.

        The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they were "delighted" with the arrival of Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, following her birth on Friday.

        A source told US Weekly the Cambridges were “informed about the birth and have sent Lilibet a gift.”

        And Wills and Kate wrote on Twitter: "We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili.

        "Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie."

      • Niamh Cavanagh

        LIL CHOICE

        The Queen had "no choice" but to let Meghan and Harry name their daughter Lilibet as everyone is "walking on eggshells" with them, an expert claimed.

        Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday morning in Los Angeles- and the Sussexes named her in honour of Her Majesty and Princess Diana.

        But the Queen's biographer Sally Bedell Smith says that with everyone "walking on eggshells" to keep Meghan and Harry happy, Her Majesty was probably left with "no choice" but to accept the baby's name.

        The royal expert told Vanity Fair: "In today’s tense climate, when everyone is walking on eggshells with Harry and Meghan, I can’t imagine that the Queen had any choice but to accept the name they presented to her.

        "Even if she felt—as would be completely understandable—that it breaches her privacy with a suggestion of inappropriate intimacy.”

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        EN PARTY

        Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have given a fresh glimpse into their “authentic” life with Archie in the Duchess’ new children’s book.

        Inside Meghan’s book The Bench, illustrations show wholesome Harry and little Archie feeding their chickens while the Duchess is in the garden with her dogs.

         

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        ME, MYSELF AND DI

        Prince Harry will be returning to the UK next month to reunite with his brother to unveil a statue of Princess Diana, according to an expert.

        Now that his daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor has been born, it looks as though the duke will make the move to pay tribute to his beloved mother.

        In the lead-up to the July 1 event, there has been speculation as to whether Harry would attend at all, one of the reasons being him not wanting to leave his heavily pregnant wife.

        Meghan Markle gave birth to the couple’s second child, Lili, on Friday 4 June in California.

        Roya Nikkhah, the Royal Editor at The Sunday Times, told Kay Burley on Sky: “I think we can expect to see him travel within the next few weeks and he is due to unveil that statue.”

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        MEGHAN AND HARRY'S STATEMENT ANNOUNCING DAUGHTER

      • Niamh Cavanagh

        LATEST MEGHAN AND HARRY NEWS

        • Meghan and Harry have given birth to a baby girl called Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in a touching nod to the Queen
        • She was born at hospital in Santa Barbara on Friday morning weighing 7lbs 11oz
        • Lili and Meghan are "healthy and well" and "settling in at home"
        • Meghan and Harry have asked people to support organisations working for women and girls instead of giving a present
        • Lili is now eighth in line to the throne, behind her older brother Archie
        • Meghan and Harry kept birth a secret for two DAYS before announcing baby joy to the world
        • Queen, William and Kate Middleton say they are 'delighted' after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcome baby Lilibet
        • The clues Meghan Markle and Prince Harry chose their baby girl’s name Lili years earlier
        • Prince Harry IS set to return to UK next month to reunite with William to unveil Diana statue after Meghan gives birth
        • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will have 'several months off' as they take parental leave after Lilibet’s birth

        FIVE MONTHS ORF

        New dad Harry is taking five months’ paternity leave — giving the rest of us  a break from  the preachy prince bending our ears.

         Wife Meghan, 39, will have a similar work gap to Harry, 36, following the birth of daughter Lilibet.

        One royal commentator   said last night: “Not being working royals any more, they are free to do what they want.”

        The prince’s 20-week paternity break compares with just a fortnight’s paid leave for new dads back in the UK.

        His near half-year absence eclipses the time out taken by his brother Prince William. 

        HARRY'S DECISION TO CALL HIS NEWBORN LILIBET DIANA WILL FINALLY HELP HIM HEAL SAYS ANGELA LEVIN

        It is wonderful news that Meghan and Harry have a baby sister for Archie.

        The arrival of a healthy little Lilibet Diana is especially welcome because Meghan previously suffered a miscarriage.

        Meghan says their baby girl is more than the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “could have imagined”, very touching.

        And the choice of names could be Harry’s way of reminding everyone that his daughter is a Royal.

        More on the opinion piece here.

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