The royal family reacted to the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s second child Sunday on social media.
“Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana!” a statement from a spokesperson read. “The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news.”
Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana! The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news.
Lilibet is Her Majesty’s 11th great-grandchild. pic.twitter.com/dGVeRpd3pK
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 6, 2021
Prince William and Kate Middleton shared their own message regarding the birth of Lili.
We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili.
Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie.
— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) June 6, 2021
“We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili. Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie,” the couple tweeted from their royal account.
Lilibet was born Friday weighing 7 lbs. 11 0z., according to a press release from Prince Harry and Markle’s foundation. The baby girl was named after Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana, the couple said.
However, some have expressed displeasure with the name choice from Prince Harry and Markle. The name Lilibet was Queen Elizabeth II’s nickname as a child as she could not pronounce “Elizabeth,” Page Six reported. Sources have confirmed to Page Six that Prince Harry did ask for permission before naming his daughter Lilibet.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea — I think it’s quite rude to Her Majesty Her Queen,” royal biographer Angela Levin said Monday on “Good Morning Britain,” Page Six noted. “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.
Radio show host Kyle Sandilands claimed that the name almost gave him a “coronary.” His issue with it had more to do with the ongoing issues between Prince Harry, Markle and the royal family.
“I heard Brooklyn [a KIIS FM newsreader] mention this at 5:30 this morning on my way in, and I nearly had a coronary, I was not happy,” Sandilands reportedly said, according to Page Six.
“I was not happy, because they want to distance themselves so much from the royal family but every name [was inspired by royal family members],” he added. “And then along come the haters, who hate the royal family … and then they [name their daughter] Lilibet.'”
“I don’t mind Lilibet. I like the name but I don’t want them using it.”