Another famous Lilibet has spoken out about the pros and cons of the royal name
American director Lilibet Foster said the 'incredibly unique" name was sometimes impossible for people to pronounce properly
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed Lilibet Diana honouring both Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana with the special name, as Lilibet is the Queen’s nickname.
Speaking to news.com.au Ms Foster, who is also a producer and writer, expressed her thoughts on the incredibly unique name, and how it’s almost impossible for people to pronounce it properly.
“Choosing a name for your child is a big commitment,” she said.
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“There are those parents who want a completely unique name that few others will have, and those who don’t want a name too unusual for fear that their child will be teased.
“My husband and I had this debate when we named our son.
“Having always had a unique name, I love it.
“I’ve never met another Lilibet and have always enjoyed explaining that I’m named after Queen Elizabeth II and her nickname.
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The director added that hardly anyone pronounces her name correctly and she's been called several bad and embarrassing nicknames.
“But, it has been especially handy because I’m the only director (or person) in the entertainment business with the name.”
Meghan and Harry packed a lot into their new daughter's name.
“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet,” a statement from the couple’s press secretary said.
“Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.”
The death of Princess Diana in 1997 when Harry and William were 12 and 15 years old, left the brothers with deep emotional scars.
As for Lilibet, it was the name Prince Philip used to call The Queen.
It was her childhood nickname going back to when she was too young to pronounce her own name, calling herself “Lilibet” instead.
Her family quickly took up the name. Her father, George VI, was once quoted using it saying, “Lilibet is my pride. Margaret is my joy.”
William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, also named their daughter after her grandmother and great-grandmother. Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, younger sister to Prince George, turned six last month.
Lili, who was born on Friday, June 4, at 11.40am at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California, will be little sister to Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, who turned two in May.
Queen Elizabeth II was “delighted” at the birth of a daughter to her grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Sunday.
“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,” a palace spokeswoman said.
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