'Lilibet' was the late Duke of Edinburgh's pet name for the Queen (Image: Getty Images)
'Lilibet' was the late Duke of Edinburgh's pet name for the Queen (Image: Getty Images)

Royal baby Lilibet’s name is tribute to Philip not the Queen, Diana’s pal say

 

‘Lilibet,’ according to Princess Diana’s secret voice coach, is a tribute to Prince Harry’s late grandfather, not the Queen.

Prince Philip gave the monarch the nickname as a pet endearment.

Stewart Pearce believes Harry chose the name after his grandfather died because he adored him.

After his mother’s tragic death, the Duke of Edinburgh was a rock for the young prince, he told the Mail Online.

Meghan gave birth to Lilibet in the United States in June (Image: Getty Images)
Meghan gave birth to Lilibet in the United States in June (Image: Getty Images)

“There is no doubt that Prince Philip’s influence over his grandson will live on in the heart of Harry, in the sense of the complete allegiance Prince Philip’s life created in alliance with the Queen, following the sudden death of her father, the King, and her own accession to the throne,” he continued.

On June 4, Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their first child, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, into the world.

In the family’s new life across the Atlantic, she joins older brother Archie.

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Only two months after Philip’s death at the age of 99, Lilibet was born. He was married to the Queen for 73 years.

Mr Pearce claimed that Harry, who has been open about his love for Meghan, shared many traits with his grandfather.

He explained, “After all, Philip gave up a promising Naval career to be by the side of the woman he loved.”

Mr. Pearce, a vocal expert whose book Diana: The Voice of Change, due out in 2020, chronicles his interactions with the princess from 1995 to 1997, believes she would have been “thrilled” by the name of her granddaughter.

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Princess Diana would have loved her granddaughter's name, her former voice coach claimed (Image: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
Princess Diana would have loved her granddaughter’s name, her former voice coach claimed (Image: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

“In my book, I write that Diana gave permission for the formal behavior that suffocates love to be reinvented, for emotional aloofness to be made transparent, for starched stuffiness to be given a human face, for feeling expression to be given its rightful place, and for dismissive criticism to be turned into discerning care,” he said.

The couple’s decision to give the Queen the Duke’s pet name was seen as a tribute to their daughter’s great-grandmother.

However, it sparked speculation as to whether she had given her approval for the use of the special nickname.

Mr Pearce claimed that the Queen was “overjoyed” at Lilibet’s name, according to his royal sources.

The Queen has had a tumultuous year since Meghan and Harry announced their separation from the royal family.

The brothers in happier times with their grandparents (Image: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
The brothers in happier times with their grandparents (Image: Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

Their departure is thought to have exacerbated Harry’s feud with his brother, Prince William.

The explosive Oprah Winfrey interview with Harry and Meghan only added fuel to the fire.

The Firm’s financial records were made public this week, with the release of Prince Charles’ annual report by Clarence House, which revealed that he gave the Sussexes and Cambridges a share of £4.45 million.

The financial records call into question Harry’s claim in an Oprah interview that his father had ‘cut him off,’ forcing him to sign lucrative commercial deals to support his family.

“That was suggested by someone else by the point of where my family literally cut me off financially and I had to afford security for us,” Harry told Oprah. “That was suggested by someone else by the point of where my family literally cut me off financially and I had to afford security for us.”

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