The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Friday at 11.40am at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California. Named after Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana, Lilibet’s name has led Angela Levin to suggest the Duke’s new daughter will give him a “chance to heal” from his mother’s tragic death.
Ms Levin, royal expert and author of ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’, believes the Duke is “tormented” by final memories of Diana.
She said: “The choice of names could be Harry’s way of reminding everyone that his daughter is a Royal.
“More than that, choosing the middle name Diana will be heaven for Harry because I believe it will help him heal.
“Harry is still tormented by the last phone conversation he had with Diana prior to her death in August 1997.
“On the day, Diana telephoned to speak to him and William at Balmoral, Harry was in the middle of a very exciting game with his cousins.”
Harry discussed the day in Our Mother Diana: Her Life and Legacy, which appeared on ITV in 2017.
The prince recalled: “If I’d known that that was the last time I was going to speak to my mother … the things I would have said to her.”
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Writing for The Sun, Ms Levin said Harry, 12, spoke to his mother over the phone while he was in Scotland and she was in France.
She said: “Being 12 and having such a lovely time, he got his mother off the phone quickly.
“His answers to his mother’s questions were quite short.
“Diana died the following day and he has never forgiven himself, he told me.
“If Harry had known it was to be their last conversation, he would have talked to her for a very long time.”
In a statement posted to their Archewell website, Meghan and Harry said they were “blessed” by their new arrival.
They added: “She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe.
“Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
Prince Charles spoke publicly about his son’s new child yesterday, and said it was “happy news”.