New arrival Lilibet could be a ‘Band-Aid baby’ who helps to return the royal family to normality after a ‘turbulent and painful’ time since Megxit, Prince Harry’s biographer Angela Levin claims
- Prince Harry’s daughter could prove to be ‘Band-Aid baby,’ royal expert claimed
- Angela Levin said Lilibet could offer ‘normality’ after ‘turbulent’ time since Mexgit
- Lilibet was born on Friday in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter Lilibet could prove herself to be a ‘Band-Aid baby’ that helps to ‘return the family to some form of normality,’ a royal expert has claimed.
The 7lbs 11oz baby – whose middle name is Diana – was born on Friday evening, British time in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, a private facility where births cost up to £20,000.
The Queen’s 11th grandchild arrived just days before both Prince William and Harry are expected to reunite together in public at the unveiling of their late mother Princess Diana’s statue at Kensington Palace to mark what would have been her 60th birthday.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Angela Levin claimed: ‘Before she is even a month old, Lilibet could yet prove herself to be a “Band-Aid baby” – a sticking plaster in Royal form to return the family to some form of normality after the turbulent year and a half since Megxit sparked several rounds of very public – and occasionally painful – soul-baring.’
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter Lilibet could prove herself to be a ‘Band-Aid baby’ that helps to ‘return the family to some form of normality,’ royal expert Angela Levin has claimed. Pictured, during the bombshell Oprah Winfrey chat
The Queen’s 11th grandchild arrived just days before both Prince William and Harry are expected to reunite together in public at the unveiling of their late mother Princess Diana’s statue at Kensington Palace to mark what would have been her 60th birthday. Pictured, Prince Harry, Meghan and son Archie on March 8
It comes after the Duke of Sussex dropped a series of nuclear ‘truth bombs’ on the Royal Family during recent interviews.
Opening up in his new five-part AppleTV+ docuseries with Oprah Winfrey, Prince Harry accused them of ‘total silence’ and ‘neglect’ when Meghan was suicidal, claiming his father Prince Charles made him ‘suffer’ as a child and insisting he would not be ‘bullied into silence’ when he alleged ‘The Firm’ ‘trapped’, smeared and dumped them.
In candid interviews, the Duke of Sussex said he and his wife felt abandoned by his relatives and this was one of their ‘biggest reasons’ for leaving for California last year.
He told Oprah: ‘Certainly now I will never be bullied into silence’, adding: ‘I thought my family would help, but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence, total neglect. We spent four years trying to make it work.’
During his new docuseries, Prince Harry (pictured) dropped another nuclear ‘truth bomb’ on the Royal Family accusing them of ‘total silence’ and ‘neglect’ when Meghan was suicidal
‘We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job. But Meghan was struggling.’
He added: ‘That feeling of being trapped within the family, there was no option to leave.
‘Eventually when I made that decision for my family, I was still told, ‘You can’t do this’, And it’s like, ‘Well how bad does it have to get until I am allowed to do this?’. She [Meghan] was going to end her life. It shouldn’t have to get to that.’
However, Angela went on to question whether despite his new life since stepping back as a senior royal in March last year, Prince Harry may be ‘unhappier’ than we think.
‘It makes one wonder if the outpouring of the pain and frustration he has felt about his family and his brutal verbal attacks have been a way to cope with just how much he still misses his mother, and how much underneath it all he aches to get his family back.’ she claims.
‘If he doesn’t, surely he wouldn’t bother talking about them.’
She went on to say whether calling his daughter Lilibet in honour of his grandmother – a nickname coined by the 95-year-old monarch when she was too young to pronounce her own name – which has been interpreted by many as Harry and Meghan ‘reaching out,’ may just help him find ‘inner peace.’
Sweet family nickname for Queen that inspired Harry and Meghan’s name for their baby daughter
Lilibet – the Queen’s family nickname – was first used when Princess Elizabeth was just a toddler and unable to pronounce her own name properly.
Her grandfather King George V would affectionately call her ‘Lilibet’ imitating her own attempts to say Elizabeth.
The sweet nickname stuck and she became Lilibet to her family from then on.
The Duke of Edinburgh also referred to his wife as Lilibet, writing to his mother in law after their wedding: ‘Lilibet is the only ‘thing’ in the world which is absolutely real to me.’
Harry and Meghan’s new baby daughter – the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild – will be known as Lili. A variation on Lily, the flower is often seen to symbolise purity, commitment, rebirth and fertility.
Lili’s middle name Diana honours Harry’s later mother Diana, Princess of Wales. It is no surprise the couple chose to pay tribute to Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997 when Harry was just 12.
Lili has been born almost a month before the princess would have celebrated her 60th birthday on July 1. Her cousin Princess Charlotte also has Diana as one of her middle names, as well as Elizabeth. She is Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
Harry and the Duke of Cambridge are due to unveil a statue of their mother at Kensington Palace on her birthday, but the arrangements have yet to be confirmed, amid a long-reported rift between the brothers.
The Sussexes’ tribute to the Queen is likely to be seen as an olive branch to the monarch and the rest of the family.
Harry and Meghan plunged the Windsors into crisis with their Oprah Winfrey interview in March when they accused an unnamed royal of making a racist remark about their son Archie’s skin tone before he was born.
They also said the institution failed to help Meghan when she was suicidal. But during the televised interview with Winfrey, the Sussexes lauded the Queen.
Harry spoke of his respect for his grandmother, while Meghan said: ‘The Queen… has always been wonderful to me.’
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