Queen will be ‘chuffed’ by Harry and Meghan’s baby name as they offer ‘olive branch’ to family
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to name their newborn daughter Lilibet could be the first sign of an olive branch to the royal family, expert Duncan Larcombe exclusively tells OK!.
On Sunday, the couple revealed they had welcomed their daughter on Friday 4 June at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California, at 11.40am, weighing 7lb 11oz.
They announced the new arrival's name as Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, with Lilibet picked in honour of the affectionate family nickname for her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen.
"It's a lovely gesture on the part of Harry and Meghan," Duncan said.
"The baby name is the first sign of an olive branch to the royal family. It's a sign they want to build bridges," he continued.
Harry and Meghan famously stepped down from senior royal life in March last year and in April, were said to have angered the royal family with their explosive tell-all interview with Oprah.
But despite the ups and downs, Harry has always maintained his relationship with the Queen has remained strong.
During an interview with James Corden in February, he said that he had spoken to his grandmother more in the past year than ever before.
"There has never been any suggestion of a fallout with the Queen and Harry," Duncan added. "His war is with the institution, not his grandmother.
"The Queen is hugely proud of the man Harry has become and she will be chuffed to bits over the name choice. "
"She will see this as a loving gesture from her grandson. And I believe it's Harry's way of showing that he wants to honour one of the most important women in his life."
Shortly after the baby news broke, Princess Eugenie offered her congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on social media.
The 31 year old, who shares newborn son August with husband Jack Brooksbank, took to her Instagram story to share a black and white photo of Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, as she wrote a heartfelt message.
Over the image, she posted three red heart emojis before gushing: "Congratulations dear cousins.. we couldn't be happier for you all." alongside three more red heart emojis.
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