Meghan Markle and Princess Beatrice have a ton in common. Not only are they members of the royal family but they also both gave birth to baby girls within the last four months. And as it turns out, their daughters also share a special tie: Their names are both tributes to Queen Elizabeth II. Allow us to explain.
The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to her and Prince Harry’s second child, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on June 4. While the name is beautiful in itself, it also has a whole lot of meaning.
Lilibet comes from Prince Harry's grandmother, the queen, whose childhood nickname was “Lilibet.” The name arose because the queen couldn't pronounce her own name when she was a toddler, so her grandfather, King George V, imitated her own attempts to say “Elizabeth” and it stuck. So much in fact that the late Prince Philip, also affectionately used the moniker as a pet name for his wife throughout their marriage.
Baby Lili’s new cousin, Sienna, was also named after Her Majesty. The Princess of York and her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, welcomed their first child together last month and waited two weeks before officially announcing the newborn’s name.