By Lucy Ashton
Prince Edward, 57, wished Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – aka the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton – “happiness” following the announcement Lilibet Diana was born on June 4.
Her name, they said, was a tribute to Harry’s grandmother, the Queen, whose family nickname was Lilibet, while it also honoured his late mother, Princess Diana.
Some royal commentators said the move appeared to be an olive branch to his family after the very public falling out following their explosive interview with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey in March.
BBC royal correspondent Daniela Relph said: “A new baby for Harry and Meghan this week, baby Lilibet.
“A name that will be very meaningful for your family.”
The Earl of Wessex [aka Prince Edward] told BBC News: “We just wish them all happiness, it’s fantastic news, and, absolutely, we hope they are very happy.”
The couple said the Queen had been the first family member they had called.
“During that conversation, he (Harry) shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honour,” their spokesperson said. “Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.”
The Queen, the Prince of Wales [aka Prince Charles] and the Duchess of Cornwall [Camilla Parker Bowles], and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s social media accounts shared their congratulations on the happy news.
Top picture: The Countess of Dumbarton in happier times with the Queen and her lady in waiting.