The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Friday, and announced the news on their Archewell site at 9 am in California on Sunday. The news dropping that way was a surprise and a flex from Meghan and Harry, and you could also tell that the royal palaces were taken off guard too. They hadn’t prepared statements, and H&M did not coordinate the announcement with them at all. Usually that’s the way it works – the parents of a new baby will announce their news, and within minutes, the other royal houses will have a coordinated series of congratulations. On Sunday, it took Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace more than an hour to scramble and coordinate their statements among themselves. Apparently, Harry gave his grandmother a head’s up that they would name the baby after her, but courtiers were still blindsided (hahahaha) about the birth announcement:
The 7lbs 11oz baby – whose middle name is Diana – was born on Friday evening, British time. It is understood the Queen was informed by Prince Harry that her great-grandchild would be named in her honour, ahead of their official announcement which was made on their official website. However, Buckingham Palace appeared to be caught off guard by the timing of the Sussexes’ news with a spokesman for the palace congratulating the couple 90 minutes after the announcement broke.
‘Lilibet’ was coined by the 95-year-old monarch when she was too young to pronounce her own name. Harry and Meghan’s daughter will be known as Lili Diana. Her late grandmother’s 60th birthday would have been next month.
Buckingham Palace officials were unaware the baby had been born until the announcement came out at 5pm last night on social media. They finally released a statement hailing the ‘happy news’ at 6.34pm, emphasising the gulf that now exists between the Sussexes and the palace.
Buckingham Palace declined to discuss when the Queen was informed of the safe arrival of her newest great-grandchild or whether she was advised of the tribute to her in Lili’s name.
The name Lilibet was coined by the Queen and used by her younger sister Margaret and their parents. George VI once said: ‘Lilibet is my pride. Margaret is my joy.’
Lili arrived six days before what would have been the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday.
The Buckingham Palace statement came more than an hour after Hollywood stars such as William Shatner had shared their best wishes on Twitter. The palace said: ‘The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.’
[From The Daily Mail]
LMAO Harry didn’t call them all weekend. He was like “they’ll find out when everyone else finds out.” Which is fine with me! If those people wanted to find out what’s happening in Harry and Meghan’s lives, they shouldn’t have talked so much sh-t. There’s also a theory going around that Harry did call his grandmother to tell her about the birth of Lili, and Liz just didn’t tell the courtiers. Which would also be pretty f–king funny.
The courtiers chose a nice photo from the Sussexes’ wedding to go along with their congrats:
Lilibet is Her Majesty’s 11th great-grandchild. pic.twitter.com/dGVeRpd3pK
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 6, 2021
Photos courtesy of Backgrid, Avalon Red.
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