Lizzie Cundy makes extraordinary claim that Meghan Markle named daughter Lilibet after HER and not the Queen as an apology for ‘ghosting’ her when she met Prince Harry
Lizzie Cundy has claimed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry named their daughter Lilibet as a tribute to her, and not the Queen.
The royals announced the birth of their daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Sunday, naming their second child after Her Majesty’s childhood nickname and Harry’s late mother.
Yet socialite Lizzie, 53, has insisted this isn’t the case at all, and that name is in fact a tribute to her as a way of mending bridges after she was ‘ghosted’ by the Duchess.
Extraordinary claim: Lizzie Cundy has claimed that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry named their daughter Lilibet as a tribute to her, and not the Queen (pictured in 2013)
Speaking to OK! magazine, Lizzie said: ‘I was called Lilibet. It’s short for Elizabeth. It was my nickname at school!
‘Thank you Meghan. You ghosted me – and now you’re calling your child after me. I appreciate it.
‘My name was Lilbet at school. When I heard it on the radio, I kind of turned and said, ‘That’s my name! I haven’t been called it for years.’
‘I was quite shocked by it because it’s an unusual name. Maybe that’s her way of reaching out. But I wish them well and I think it’s wonderful.’
Fitting tribute: Socialite Lizzie, 53, has insisted the name is in fact a tribute to her as a way of mending bridges after she was ‘ghosted’ by the Duchess
Lizzie has previously said she became friends with The Duchess of Sussex after the pair hit it off at a charity dinner together in 2013.
Describing one of their nights out, Lizzie, who described Meghan as ‘a giggle’ and ‘a real girl’s girl,’ told MailOnline: ‘It was a very high society party. She was climbing the ladder, as it were.
‘We were talking girly chat about my life, her life. She said she’d love to have a celebrity boyfriend. She loved Britain and felt very at home there. She loved London life and wanted to stay and work there and have a boyfriend.’
She added: ‘The last time I spoke to her was just before Prince Harry. I wrote huge congrats and then realised the number changed and I didn’t get a reply.
‘Me and Piers Morgan got ghosted as they say. But it is what it is, I understand. The royals are very different to celebrities. We got on very well.’
Throwback: Lizzie has previously said she became friends with The Duchess of Sussex after the pair hit it off at a charity dinner together in 2013 (pictured with pal Claire Cauldwell)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their daughter on Friday morning – before announcing her birth on Sunday – and made headlines after they named her Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
‘Lilibet’ was coined by the Queen, 95, when she was too young to pronounce her own name. It was first used by her grandfather George V and also by her husband Prince Philip until he died earlier this year.
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.
Cute couple: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured) welcomed their daughter on Friday morning and decided to name the child Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor
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.
There has been controversy over the name, as senior Buckingham Palace sources told BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond on Wednesday that the Queen was ‘never asked’ her opinion on the couple’s decision to name their new baby after her childhood nickname.
However, Harry hit back within 90 minutes of the BBC’s report being published through a statement from his and Meghan’s close friend Omid Scobie that insisted the Queen was the first person the Duke called after the birth of his daughter.
Omid, who wrote the bombshell Finding Freedom biography of the couple, also claimed the Sussexes would not have used the name Lilibet unless the Queen had supported the move.
Roots: The name ‘Lilibet’ was coined by the Queen when she was too young to pronounce her own name, first used by her grandfather George V (pictured with Harry in 2019)
Despite Harry’s strong condemnation of the BBC report about Lilibet, Buckingham Palace refused to comment on whether the story was true when approached by MailOnline.
The aide behind the Palace leak to the BBC is unknown, though it is thought to be a senior official.
It’s also unclear if the Queen was aware of the comment, though it is considered almost unprecedented for the monarch not to sign off on quotes from senior officials, even if they are anonymous briefings.
New parents: Harry and Meghan welcomed their daughter on Friday morning – before announcing her birth on Sunday (Pictured: the couple’s pregnancy announcement in February)
On Monday, the delighted Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced: ‘On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili.
‘She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.’
Lili – who is eighth in line to the throne – was born in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, a private facility where births cost up to £20,000.
Lili is the couple’s second child after Archie, who is two years and one month older than her. The new baby is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild, and the first to be born outside the UK.
Royal lineage: The new baby will be entitled to be a princess and Archie (pictured) a prince – both with HRH styles – after the death of the Queen and when Charles becomes king
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