Turns Out the Baby Name ‘Lili’ Has Been on Prince Harry's Mind for Years

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In case you somehow missed the big news, Meghan Markle gave birth over the weekend to a healthy baby girl, and little Archie is finally a big brother.

The exciting announcement included the unveiling of the baby's name, which was full of connections to Prince Harry's family. Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born on Friday, June 4 around noon, and she got her namesake from the duke's late mother, as well as his grandmother. “Lilibet” comes from the childhood nickname of Queen Elizabeth II, while Diana was chosen to honor Princess Diana.

And while we couldn't get over the sentimental naming, it seems we should've seen this coming from a mile away. According to a report from People, Prince Harry indicated his fondness for the name “Lili” two years ago.

During a trip to the town of Birkenhead while Meghan Markle was pregnant with Archie, Prince Harry received name suggestions from a group of schoolchildren. When a mother said her daughter's name was Lily, the Duke of Sussex showed an interest in it and asked her how it was spelled. Perhaps it was already on his list of baby name options?!

Her Royal Majesty herself responded to the news of Lili's birth with a post that said, “Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana! The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news. Lilibet is Her Majesty’s 11th great-grandchild.”

A Vanity Fair statement from the queen's biographer, Sally Bedell Smith, stated that Prince Harry most likely got the queen's blessing before using her longtime pet name. Bedell Smith said, “Asking the Queen’s permission for the name would be in line with royal tradition. I know when the Duke and Duchess of York (later George VI and Queen Elizabeth) proposed to name their second daughter Ann Margaret, King George V and Queen Mary objected to ‘Ann,’ so they settled on Margaret Rose.”

We're glad to see that Prince Harry stuck with the name.

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