Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor: Choice of name for Sussexes' second child shows family still matters despite very public disagreements

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For almost 48 hours they kept the news from the world.

Time for Prince Harry and Meghan to take it all in, and get to know their little girl.

It couldn't be more different from the royal way where we're used to hearing within hours about the new arrival.

When their son Archie was born in 2019, they were already protective of how the announcement was made.

They did not go with the usual protocol and have a big photocall to present their baby to the world.

However this time, now outside of the royal fold, they have been able to completely control the news how they wanted.

But don't forget since moving away they have worked hard to set themselves up as a global brand, and that means a global spotlight on their personal lives.

If you couple that with the fact that this is Queen's 11th great-grandchild, and her first to be born outside of the UK, the international interest in this child is still going to be huge.

The names they've given the little girl also stand out.

To be fair, they often do when the Windsors welcome a new arrival, as we try to dissect why certain names have been chosen.

But their daughter has been given names with the most royal connections.

In previous years that wouldn't necessarily be surprising, but now they do stand out after Harry and Meghan's decision to step away from royal life, and their very public disagreements with other members of the Royal Family.

The choice of Lilibet, the Queen's nickname, is in some ways an unexpected choice but a sign that family still matters despite everything that has been said.

Both Harry and Meghan have spoken warmly about Her Majesty during interviews, despite being critical of the family and the institution that she leads.

Yes, in recent weeks, Harry has again been very open about how much his mother meant to him during interviews and his response to the scandal around Diana's 1996 appearance on Panorama.

In many ways it was inevitable and a loving tribute from her son that he would want to include Diana as his daughter's middle name.

It's also worth remembering that Prince William's daughter, Princess Charlotte, also has Diana and Elizabeth as her middle names.

In many ways this baby girl, born in California, will have a very different upbringing from her cousin.

But as the Queen has always said in statements, the Sussexes are much loved members of the family, and in her names Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor will forever be very much part of the Windsor dynasty.

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