A name that touches the strings of memory and emotion, and that sounds like a double tribute, but also destined to steal the show again – from afar – in the Windsor house. Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana was born, the first daughter and second child of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle, the self-exiled rebel dukes in the US after being torn from the British royal family.
The announcement of the happy event came directly from the parents from overseas, and not with the classic palace communication, as would have happened if it had taken place in the United Kingdom. And it was given two days after giving birth, which took place on Friday 4 in a clinic in Santa Barbara, California, not far from the luxurious Los Angeles residence where the Sussexes live today. Meghan gave birth to “Lilibet ‘Lili Diana Mountbatten-Windsor”, a spokesperson of theirs told the media, specifying that the girl, two years younger than her brother Archie, weighs “7 pounds and 4 ounces” (about 3, 3 kilos), who is fine as well as the mother and that both are now already at home. In a statement, the dukes themselves then underlined their “immense joy” for this “blessing”, thanking the many who have been close to them in recent months with their friendship or with “prayers”.
They also wanted to explicitly specify how the choice of the first name of Lilibet – which at home will be called Lili, it has been pointed out – is meant to be “a tribute to Her Majesty the Queen”, 95 year old great-grandmother of the newborn, linked to the family diminutive adopted since childhood with Elizabeth, who as a child could not pronounce “Elizabeth” correctly. While “the middle name was chosen to honor his beloved missing grandmother, the Princess of Wales” Diana Spencer. The references appear very suggestive. On the one hand, the second son of Charles and Diana and his wife show that they want to testify affection and respect towards the sovereign, although perhaps not exactly the Royal Family as an institution given the indication of the family nickname, as if to honor the great-grandmother more than her monarch; on the other, they bow to the memory of Lady D, the “people’s princess” who tragically died 36 years old in 1997, whose rebellion from court life remains at the same time a warning for Harry – the son most similar to her – by far, a pattern and an unresolved trauma, as recently confessed. Far, but not very far from the throne, the American ‘princess’ was born without an official title and yet eighth in the line of succession to the crown of Elizabeth II, placing herself behind her grandfather Charles, uncle William (Harry’s older brother), the three children of this and his wife Kate, as well as behind his little brother Archie, who came into the world in May 2019 in London; but immediately in front of Prince Andrew, second son (in disgrace) of the queen and Philip of Edinburgh, who died last March almost 100 years old. A position that the court cannot ignore, despite the tensions with the Dukes of America: in recent months, a series of explosive interviews in which the most indocile couple of the dynasty first described palace life as half hell , then he cast the shadow of some racist prejudice on at least one anonymous prominent member of the family, so he did not fail to make public several times Harry’s recriminations about the coldness attributed to William and especially to his father (and heir to the throne ) Carlo. The first messages of good wishes came numerous from friends and celebrities, with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson – new father for the sixth time in 2020 too, and new husband for the third time a few days ago – who hurried via Twitter to deliver his “congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex”. While Buckingham Palace, cut off from the announcement, took about an hour before spreading the ritual messages of the queen, Prince Charles with Camilla and Prince William with Kate: “informed and very happy” – reads a note – of the birth of this distant granddaughter.