Lilibet Diana: Sussexes’ ‘gulf’ with royals discussed by Roberts
The newly-published author chose to base her storyline on the bond between a young boy and his dad. The Duchess of Sussex, 39, revealed the idea sprung from a poem she wrote for Harry, 36, on his first Father’s Day as dad to Archie. The Bench hit bookshelves on Tuesday, days after little Archie became a big brother.
Writing in the Daily Mail, Bel Money said it’s clear Meghan included a hidden message for the Duke of Sussex to “obey her instructions” on parenting.
The columnist wrote: “Throughout these pages the rather bossy narrator is telling Dad (aka My Love) what to do (You’ll tell him ‘I love you’) – and watches with ‘tears of joy’ from the window as he obeys her instructions.”
The book includes illustrations by artist Christian Robinson which show a father resembling Harry.
Another picture shows a mum who looks like Meghan tending to herbs in a garden while holding a baby in a sling.
The dad and a young son can be seen nearby feeding chickens.
Royal Family news: Meghan included a hidden message for Harry in her book, a columnist says
Meghan gave birth to Lili at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on Friday
The review comes days after the Sussexes welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
The tot was born in Santa Barbara, California, last Friday, becoming the first of the monarch’s great-grandchildren to be born in the United States.
The Duke and Duchess managed to keep their big news secret for two days to allow enough time for the mother and baby to make their way home.
On Sunday they announced the birth in a lengthy statement and explained the meaning behind Lili’s names.
Her second name pays a sweet tribute to Harry’s late mother the Princess of Wales, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.
Meghan and Harry pictured with their firstborn Archie in 2019
As a toddler, the then-Princess Elizabeth was given the nickname Lilibet by her paternal grandfather King George V.
The moniker was coined when she struggled to pronounce her name Elizabeth and her grandpa began copying her attempts which sounded like “Lilibet”.
The name stuck and to this day many close relatives call Her Majesty by her nickname.
In April as she bid farewell to her husband of more than seven decades, the Queen wrote touching handwritten message to the Duke of Edinburgh on a floral wreath – and signed off “Lilibet”.
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12.28am update: Queen will be ‘desperately unhappy’ at Meghan and Harry for baby name, says royal expert
The Queen will be “desperately unhappy” that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry chose to name their daughter Lilibet after her, a royal biographer has claimed.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are settling into life as a family of four after the birth of their daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana.
Lilibet is the Queen’s family nickname and the choice pays tribute to the monarch at a challenging time for the Windsors, who are mourning the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh.
But royal biographer Angela Levin has claimed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were “rude” to the Queen and she will be “unhappy” that their daughter was named Lilibet.
Lili is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild
Melanie Kaidan takes over live reporting from James Bickerton.
10.43pm update: Queen marks Philip’s 100th birthday by planting newly-bred rose named after late husband
The Queen commemorated what would have been Prince Philip’s 100th birthday by planting a new rose breed named in his honour.
She described the Duke of Edinburgh Rose, presented as a gift by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), as “lovely” and expressed gratitude for the “very kind” gesture.
Prince Philip passed away aged 99 on April 9 at Windsor Castle.
He died just nine weeks before what would have been his 100th birthday.
The Queen received the Duke of Edinburgh Rose from Keith Weed, president of the RHS.
9.08pm update: Queen deserves better! US expert turns on Harry and Meghan over ‘tone-deaf’ name choice
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been criticised for their “tone-deaf” name choice for their daughter by a US expert who said Queen Elizabeth II deserved better.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new baby, named Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, was born at 11.40am on Friday, June 4, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, weighing 7lb 11oz.
She was named after the Queen’s family nickname and also Harry’s mother Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997.
7.43pm update: Edward admitted ‘theoretically’ Duke of Edinburgh title should go to Andrew — not him
Prince Edward was “almost apologetic” when he told an interviewer that his father’s title, the Duke of Edinburgh, should be passed onto his older brother Prince Andrew.
Edward, the Earl of Wessex, has spoken candidly about Prince Philip’s passing several times since the Queen’s husband sadly died in April.
He and his wife, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, were the first to approach the public after visiting the grieving monarch.
Sophie movingly told the media her father-in-law’s death had left behind a “massive, massive hole”, but added: “It was so gentle, it was just like someone took him by the hand and off he went”.
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6.46pm update: ‘Something big is coming!’ Prince Harry drops new video days after birth of baby Lilibet
Prince Harry released a new video saying “something big is coming” as he announced the dates for the 2023 Invictus Games days after welcoming daughter Lilibet Diana.
The Prince joined forces with Germany’s Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to announce the new dates for the Invictus Games.
The international sporting event is due to take place in Dusseldorf between September 9 and September 16, 2023.
The video, shared on the games’ official Twitter page, marked the first time the Duke of Sussex appeared in public since the birth of his daughter, Lilibet Diana.
5.23pm update: Kate and William’s post about Meghan and Harry’s daughter dissected – change of tone noted
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posted a very sweet social media message to celebrate the birth of Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter.
According to one royal commentator, the new style could be an attempt to change their image, following a number of family controversies.
Lilibet was born on June 4 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.
In response, the Cambridges’ official Instagram posted: “We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili.
“Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie.”
4.27pm update: Sophie Wessex opens up about ‘very hard’ experience of losing mother – ‘Miss her very much’
Sophie, the Countess of Wessex has opened up about the pain she suffered upon the death of her mother.
In a speech delivered at the National Federation of Women’s Institute’s annual meeting, the Queen’s daughter-in-law touched on how her mother’ early death has affected her.
The royal wife offered a rare insight into her personal life during the virtual meeting which she joined from the country Berkshire mansion she shares with Prince Edward.
Meghan Markle married into the Royal Family in May 2018
3.11pm update: ‘Hurting’ Queen set to mark late Prince Philip’s 100th birthday tomorrow in personal way
The Queen may privately mark the centenary of her late beloved husband tomorrow, royal author Ian Lloyd said.
Discussing how important service and faith are to Her Majesty, Mr Lloyd said the Queen may pay tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh by attending a private service.
James Bickerton takes over live reporting from Laura O’Callaghan
2.31pm update: Prince William and Prince Harry hit by devastating news before reunion to honour Diana
Prince William and Prince Harry have been hit with sad news just weeks before they are due to reunite to mark what would have been their mother’s 60th birthday.
A charity whom the Princess of Wales was closely aligned with announced devastating news about an armed attack on dozens of their staff members in Afghanistan.
The Halo Trust, an organisation which works to clear landmines, said a group of armed militants had killed 10 of its employees and injured 16 others in the sickening attack.
On Wednesday the Halo Trust confirmed the attack which happened at 9.50pm local time on Tuesday.
The organisation said: “The group entered the camp and opened fire.
“Around 110 men, from local communities in northern Afghanistan, were in the camp having finished their work on nearby minefields.”
12.58pm update: Meghan and Harry’s move to Frogmore Cottage in new light after Duke’s London claim
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry moved from Kensington Palace to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor while they were still working members of the Royal Family and the Duke’s latest revelations about his London struggles may shed some light onto why.
At the time, it was assumed that the move was due to the feud between the Sussexes and the Cambridges, but Harry has revealed something deeply personal that provides an alternative explanation.
In his Apple TV+ mental health series with Oprah Winfrey called ‘The Me You Can’t See’, Harry revealed that his anxiety is often triggered by trips to London.
This is because he associated the nation’s capital with what his mother Princess Diana went through in terms of harassment from the paparazzi.
12.02pm update: Archie Harrison ‘starting to have his own life’ – and he ‘adores’ his sister Lilibet Diana
Archie Harrison is already creating “his own life”, according to an insider.
Archie turned two last month but is already starting to have his own life outside of his parent’s home, according to a source.
They told People magazine: “He is big enough though that he is now starting to have his own life too.
“He enjoys preschool and outdoor activities.
“He will have a fun summer.”
11.06am update: Adorable! Princess Eugenie shares new video of baby August ‘snuggling’ with special friend
Princess Eugenie has shared her first video of her baby August to celebrate World Oceans Day, showing the tot playing with a shark teddy.
The Queen’s granddaughter gave royal fans a glimpse into her life as a new mum with a clip of her son entertaining himself in a bouncer.
The fourth-month-old, dressed in a white T-shirt and grey tracksuit bottoms, can be heard making adorable baby sounds.
Eugenie, 31, added the hashtag #WorldOceansDay to her clip which she posted on Instagram Stories.
In it, she wrote: “It’s World Oceans Day today. A day to celebrate our magnificent oceans and all the creatures in it.
“A day to raise awareness for something so integral to all our lives.
“And a day to snuggle with fluffy sharks.”
Princess Eugenie shared her first video of August on social media
10.12am update: Lilibet Diana gets special mention from mum Meghan Markle with easter egg in first book
Lilibet Diana was included in Meghan Markle’s special first writing project with a special hidden illustration, illustrator Christian Robinson said.
Meghan Markle’s new children’s book The Bench has “lots of little clues and easter eggs” about the Sussex couple’s family life and their new arrival, Lilibet Diana.
The illustrator Christian Robinson told the Today show that Meghan had wanted to include small references to her home life.
The Bench has been inspired by Prince Harry and their son Archie Harrison.
9.41am update: You’re doing it wrong! Prince Charles struggles to put on a face mask in hilarious gaffe
Prince Charles was photographed in an awkward position during his latest royal outing.
During a visit to the Mini car factory in Oxford yesterday, the 72-year-old made a speech addressing the recent birth of his granddaughter – while acknowledging the revolution of electric cars.
However, during a transitional moment, the Prince of Wales appeared to be struggling with his face mask in an unfortunate gaffe.
Applying the mask over his eyes, the Prince of Wales looked like he was putting on a sleep eye mask.
Meghan and Harry are now parents of two
Lilibet Diana is named after her great-grandmother and grandmother
8.19am update: Lilibet Diana’s name nods to ‘melancholy contrasts’ of Queen and Diana
Meghan and Harry’s choice of name for their daughter “offers contrasts that are a little melancholy”, according to Guardian columnist Zoe Williams.
Lilibet Diana is named after the Queen and the late Princess of Wales.
The two women were known to have adopted very different parenting styles in their day.
While the monarch was somewhat distant from her children, Diana was hands-on and openly showed affection.
Ms Williams said: “In their everyday lives – how they parented, the formality of their bearing – Lilibet and Diana offer contrasts that are a little melancholy.
“There is a video of the Queen arriving home from a long trip abroad, in which an absolutely tiny Prince Charles approaches and shakes her hand; to modern eyes, at least, it conveys worlds of distance and loneliness.”
She added: “Diana was what the psychologist John Bowlby might call a much more ‘attached’ mother, but she was powerfully unhappy even by the time she was pregnant with Prince William, so there was never any sense that she was living the perfect-family dream.”
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8.03am update: Commonwealth should be celebrated! GMB panellist rages at ‘woke students’ cancelling Queen
Calvin Robinson has blasted Oxford University students after voting for the removal of a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II from a Magdalen College common room.
Calvin Robinson told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that the Commonwealth should be celebrated.
The GMB panellist also defended Queen Elizabeth II and her importance to British history.
The debate became fiery at a point, with GMB host Richard Madeley noting the “grown-ups” were bemused at the students holding a vote on the removal of the portrait.
Mr Robinson said: “The commonwealth is a union of choice, it is nations that have opted to remain together for strength and unity.”
7.55am update: Prince Harry hinted at daughter’s name during Royal walkabout on Merseyside
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are currently taking some well earned parental leave to bond with their new baby daughter.
The royal couple named her Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in a sweet nod to the Queen.
The monarch’s affectionate childhood nickname was Lilibet which she acquired from her grandfather King George V.
Prince Harry is believed to have always loved the name, or Lili, as a shortened version.
A royal expert told OK! Magazine: “Back in 2019 when the Duchess was pregnant with Archie, she and Harry took part in a walkabout in Merseyside and someone in the crowd later revealed he’d asked her how she spells her daughter’s name – Lily.
“He took great interest in it.”