MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry’s decision to name their new daughter Lilibet Diana could backfire, an expert has claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex famously fled the UK citing concerns for their ‘privacy’ and repeatedly insisted they wanted to raise Archie as a “private” citizen, not under the relentless royal spotlight as Harry was.

But one royal commentator says that by giving their daughter two incredibly loaded royal names – Lilibet after Queen Elizabeth and Diana after Harry’s late mother – they have actually “cursed” her with attention.

“Such a name will merely heighten interest in her as she grows up; and, though it seems unkind to remark on it now, will inevitably attract the kind of media intrusion with which Lilibet Diana’s wider family are only too familiar,” Sean O’Grady wrote in The Independent.

“Her name may turn out to be more of a curse than a blessing, if the poignant experience of the past is anything to go by,” he added.

He went on to claim that as a result there will be double the interest in who Lilibet Diana resembles as she grows up “whether she inherits Diana’s sense of style or the Queen’s sense of duty; and, of course, who she’ll be dating.”

Read our Royal Family live blog below for the latest updates…

  • LILI’S LIFE

    Meghan Markle hinted how she will raise her new daughter Lilibet Diana years before welcoming the tot.

    The Duchess of Sussex, 39, shared a powerful poem on her old Instagram page before being a royal about vowing to never call her daughter “beautiful”.

    The poem, written by African-American poet Nayyirah Waheed, speaks to a daughter and says it is not her beauty that will guide her through life but her self-confidence.

    It says that “knowing your worth” as a person “can save your life.”

    The poem states that “every being is born beautiful” and “beauty is a given”, but raising someone on beauty alone will “starve” them and make them “raw” and “weak”.

    The poem first appeared in Nayyirah’s 2013 collection Salt, but Meghan shared it with followers in 2017; the year before she married Prince Harry.

  • INSIDE THE SANTA BARBARA HOSPIATL MEGHAN GAVE BIRTH

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their daughter Lilibet to the world at a Santa Barbara hospital where it costs a staggering £20,000 to give birth.

    Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born just ten minutes from the couple’s mansion at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on June 4.

    The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1888 by a group of 50 women from the area who “recognised it was time for the growing community to have a hospital.”

    It’s believed that the Duke and Duchess’ pal and neighbour Katy Perry gave birth to her daughter Daisy at the same hospital last August.

    The hospital says it has a staff of more than 600 physicians and the hospital welcomes 2,400 babies every year.

  • BID FOR PEACE

    Meghan Markle is reported to have made “secret calls” to Kate Middleton in a bid to patch things up with the Royal Family.

    The Duchess of Sussex is claimed to have reached out to her sister-in-law because she is her only chance of “smoothing things over” with the royals.

    Meghan and Harry have given a number of jaw-dropping interviews about their family in recent months, with Meghan now said to fear losing her title as a result.

    A source told Heat Magazine: “Meghan’s fearful of losing her title, and the repercussions of Harry’s statements about the Royals in his recent Apple TV+ documentary with Oprah Winfrey.

    “She’s secretly reached out to Kate, as she knows that the only hope they can have of smoothing things over with the family is to get Kate on their side.”

  • FIRST PICTURE OF WOKE STUDENT WHO TRIED TO REMOVED QUEENS PORTRAIT IS REVEALED

    This is the first photo of the portrait removed by Oxford students.

    The portrait will now be replaced by “art by or of other influential and inspirational people.”

    AI computer whizz Matthew Katzman, 25, who is living in Britain to do research for Google, tabled the motion to “cancel” Her Maj’s image.

    The 1952 picture has now been shoved in a cupboard at the elite Magdalen College.

  • CLEARING THE AIR

    Prince Charles and Harry are in “regular contact” sparking hopes that the family rift is finally on the mend after the birth of Lilibet Diana.

    The royal father and son are said to be speaking frequently – with the Royal Family keen to embrace Meghan and Harry into the fold, according to sources.

    Sources told the Telegraph that Charles has been speaking to his younger son regularly – and that their relationship has turned a corner since his grandaughter’s birth.

    The Royal family is keen to bring the Duke and Duchess of Sussex back into the fold, it’s been said.

  • BOND STREET CHIEF CHOCOLATIER REVEALS QUEEN’S FAVOURITE TREAT

    The Queen’s favourite chocolates are the floral creams made by Charbonnel et Walker, according to the firm’s chief chocolatier.

    Adam Lee said the monarch had “very floral tastes” and held a list with the company of her preferred treats.

    He appears on Billion Pound Bond Street, which airs on ITV on Thursday night, in which cameras go behind the scenes in the exclusive London shopping area to see how high-end businesses are surviving during the pandemic.

    Mr Lee said: “The Queen does have a list of favourite chocolates with us. But I’m not allowed to divulge that directly to you.

    “However, I can just say that she has very floral tastes, which may become evident if we look at the chocolates a little bit later… but maybe we should start with our two most popular chocolates, which are rose and violet creams. I never said a word, never said a word.”

  • ‘DEFAMATORY’ ACCUSATIONS OVER LILIBET’S NAME

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have written a legal letter to major newspaper warning accusations they did not ask for permission to name their daughter Lilibet are “defamatory.

    In a letter sent by top law firm Schillings, they hit back at a BBC article entitled “Harry and Meghan did not ask Queen to use Lilibet name – Palace source”.

    The letter said: “The article is false and defamatory and the allegations within it should not be repeated.”

  • ROYAL TOUCH

    The Queen paid tribute to her late husband Prince Philip during her first public engagement since becoming a great-grandmother for the 11th time.

    In her first appearance since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their daughter Lilibet, The Queen was seen taking part in a video link from Windsor Castle and proudly wore a brooch given to her as a wedding gift by Philip.

    It was a touching nod to her husband, who died aged 99 in April.

    The diamond and ruby butterfly brooch was given to her by Philip back in 1947 when they tied the knot.

    Such a personal piece is rarely worn by The Queen, with the 95-year-old monarch last donning the beautiful brooch in 2019 for a church service held in Sandringham.

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  • NOEL GALLAGHER CALLS PRINCE HARRY A ‘F***ING WOKE SNOWFLAKE’ (Continued…)

    Noel said: “Prince William. I feel that f***ing lad’s pain.

    “He’s got a f***ing younger brother shooting his f***ing mouth off with s*** that is just so unnecessary. I’d like to think I was always the William.”

    Noel returns this week with a formidable record showcasing a decade of quality work on his solo project High Flying Birds — and the royal rumpus has featured heavily in his recent interviews.

  • NOEL GALLAGHER CALLS PRINCE HARRY A ‘F***ING WOKE SNOWFLAKE’

    Oasis legend Noel Gallagher has laid into Prince Harry, calling him a “f***ing woke snowflake”.

    Noel, 54, said Harry comes across as a “f***ing a***hole” when criticising his family and that he sympathises with Prince William for having a younger brother “shooting his f***ing mouth off”.

    The rock supremo, who has famously fallen out with his gobby sibling Liam, blasted Harry for publicly “dissing your family” and told him to “shut up”.

    Noel has been on the receiving end of countless verbals from Liam, 46, since the acrimonious Oasis split ten years ago.

  • MEGHAN’S FRIEND OMID SCOBIE GLOATS OVER SACKING OF TELEGRAPH COLUMNIST

  • LIZZIE CUNDY CLAIMS FORMER FRIEND MEGHAN MARKLE NAMED BABY AFTER HER

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s daughter wasn’t named after Queen Elizabeth, Lizzie Cundy has claimed – saying the baby is named after HER.

    The red-carpet favourite, who was once friends with the Duchess, said: “Maybe that’s her way of reaching out.”

    Lizzie, ex-wife of former Chelsea star Jason Cundy, told OK!: “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.”

    She added: “I appreciate it. But yeah, 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.”

    Read more here.

  • WATCH: DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE RECEIVES FIRST COVID VACCINE

    Kate Middleton receives first Covid vaccine 9 days after Prince William as she praises hero NHS frontline workers
  • PRINCE CHARLES WARNS WORLD IS “DANGEROUSLY EXPOSED” TO ANOTHER PANDEMIC DUE TO HABITAT DESTRUCTION

    The world is being left “dangerously exposed” to further pandemics due to the rapid destruction of the diversity and interconnectedness of all species, the Prince of Wales has warned.

    Charles said he did not need to stress the “planetary emergency confronting us, nor the desperately urgent need for action”.

    He made the comments during a speech to the Sustainable Growth 2021 Conference, hosted by Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, on World Oceans Day and ahead of the G7 summit, which begins on Friday.

    Other speakers at the online event included Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, who said there was no “get out of jail free” card to reaching the target of net-zero emissions by 2050.

  • FIRST PICTURE OF WOKE STUDENT WHO TRIED TO REMOVED QUEENS PORTRAIT IS REVEALED

    This is the first photo of the portrait removed by Oxford students.

    The portrait will now be replaced by “art by or of other influential and inspirational people.”

    AI computer whizz Matthew Katzman, 25, who is living in Britain to do research for Google, tabled the motion to “cancel” Her Maj’s image.

    The 1952 picture has now been shoved in a cupboard at the elite Magdalen College.

  • INSIDE THE SANTA BARBARA HOSPIATL MEGHAN GAVE BIRTH

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their daughter Lilibet to the world at a Santa Barbara hospital where it costs a staggering £20,000 to give birth.

    Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born just ten minutes from the couple’s mansion at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on June 4.

    The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1888 by a group of 50 women from the area who “recognised it was time for the growing community to have a hospital.”

    It’s believed that the Duke and Duchess’ pal and neighbour Katy Perry gave birth to her daughter Daisy at the same hospital last August.

    The hospital says it has a staff of more than 600 physicians and the hospital welcomes 2,400 babies every year.

  • JOE BIDEN ARRIVES TO MEET QUEEN

    Joe Biden touched down in the UK today for his first international trip as president, with the G7 summit, a meeting with Queen Elizabeth, and tense talks with Vladimir Putin on the horizon.

    Biden has set the stakes for his eight-day trip in sweeping terms, believing that the West must publicly demonstrate it can compete economically with China as the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.

    The trip will be far more about messaging than specific actions or deals.

  • CLEARING THE AIR

    Prince Charles and Harry are in “regular contact” sparking hopes that the family rift is finally on the mend after the birth of Lilibet Diana.

    The royal father and son are said to be speaking frequently – with the Royal Family keen to embrace Meghan and Harry into the fold, according to sources.

    Sources told the Telegraph that Charles has been speaking to his younger son regularly – and that their relationship has turned a corner since his grandaughter’s birth.

    The Royal family is keen to bring the Duke and Duchess of Sussex back into the fold, it’s been said.

  • BOND STREET CHIEF CHOCOLATIER REVEALS QUEEN’S FAVOURITE TREAT

    The Queen’s favourite chocolates are the floral creams made by Charbonnel et Walker, according to the firm’s chief chocolatier.

    Adam Lee said the monarch had “very floral tastes” and held a list with the company of her preferred treats.

    He appears on Billion Pound Bond Street, which airs on ITV on Thursday night, in which cameras go behind the scenes in the exclusive London shopping area to see how high-end businesses are surviving during the pandemic.

    Mr Lee said: “The Queen does have a list of favourite chocolates with us. But I’m not allowed to divulge that directly to you.

    “However, I can just say that she has very floral tastes, which may become evident if we look at the chocolates a little bit later… but maybe we should start with our two most popular chocolates, which are rose and violet creams. I never said a word, never said a word.”

  • CHARLES VISITS LIFEBOAT COLLEGE TO SEE CAPSIZING DEMONSTRATION IN WAVE TANK (Continued…)

    Stuart Popham, RNLI chairman, said: “Our committed volunteers have maintained a 24/7 rescue service throughout the pandemic and today was an opportunity for the prince to personally thank some of them for their dedicated service.

    “We are expecting another busy summer as more and more people flock to the UK and Irish coastlines and His Royal Highness’s visit will help raise the profile of our services and how the public can keep themselves safe.”

  • CHARLES VISITS LIFEBOAT COLLEGE TO SEE CAPSIZING DEMONSTRATION IN WAVE TANK

    The Prince of Wales has visited the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) College to witness its lifesaving training as the charity prepares for thousands of people to flock to the beaches during staycations this summer.

    Charles watched a live demonstration by lifeboat trainers and volunteers in the Sea Survival Centre in Poole, Dorset.

    He saw an exercise involving the righting of a capsized inshore lifeboat in a wave tank, with simulated thunder, lightning and darkness.

    The prince heard of the challenges the RNLI has faced during the pandemic, as it kept operational throughout, saving 349 lives last year.

  • ‘EXCITED’ PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN INTRODUCE BABY TO QUEEN

    After returning home from the hospital, the Sussexes introduced Harry’s grandmother to her namesake via a video call, it’s been said.

    Meghan and Harry announced to the world on Sunday night that they daughter had arrived two days earlier, writing on their website Archewell.

    A source told People: “They were very excited and couldn’t wait to share that their daughter arrived.”

  • HARRY AND MEG HAVE ‘DONE NOTHING BUT SEEK PUBLICITY’ FORMER PALACE AIDE CLAIMS

    Despite asking for privacy and sensationally stepping down as senior royals in 2020, the Sussexes haven’t attempted to step away from the public eye, it’s been said.

    Dickie Arbiter, the Queen’s former press spokesman has suggested that Meghan and Harry have done nothing but seek publicity since they stepped down from the Royal Family.

    The pair have constantly tried to stay in the public eye, despite their pleas for privacy while living in the UK.

    But it’s now time for them to “put up and shut up,” he said.

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