Loose Women’s Jane Moore and Carol McGiffin question ‘motives’ for royal baby Lilibet’s name
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Loose Women’s Jane Moore and Carol McGiffin have admitted they’re "cynical" over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to name their child after the Queen.
On Monday's episode of the daytime show, the panel – completed by Linda Robson and Charlene White – discussed thearrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby girl, who they’ve named Lilibet Diana.
Lilibet is derived from Queen Elizabeth’s pet name, which was given to her by her father when she was a child and later taken on by her husband Prince Philip, who died in April.
The newborn's middle name is in honour of Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, who died in 1997.
While all agreed it was a sweet tribute, Jane and Carol both remained skeptical about the choice, saying it was odd given recent interviews in which Harry criticised his life growing up within the Royal family.
Jane said: “I suppose it gives them a link to the Queen but three weeks ago, Harry was sort of almost criticising his father's parenting skills and saying, 'Yeah, but that's how he was parented', which put the Queen's parenting skills in the spotlight.
“I don't know, maybe I'm just a cynical old bag. I would call her Lily or call her Lilibet, but it's something of nothing for me.”
“I want to believe,” added Carol. “I really want to believe thatthis is a really sort of sentimental gesture, even a kind of a token of, I don't know, like an apology for 'whatever we've done or whatever we've said in the last few weeks, we still love you and all of that, so we're going to give this name’.
“But to me I just, I can't believe it. I don't know why, it just feels like everything they do is for some other reason.
“At the same time I still think it's a little bit strange, giving someone, or naming someone, a pet name that's someone else's pet name.
“I bet we've all got pet names, I bet you anything we've all got pet names for our partners. I wonder if they ask for permission.
“I wonder if they phoned the Queen up and said 'Do you mind if we just give her your pet name?' I would be interested to know.”
Charlene then argued that it was tradition in Caribbean culture to use real names as pet names, and to give children the names of family members.
Lilibet, who will be nicknamed Lily, arrived on Friday, with the Sussexes making the announcement on Sunday afternoon.
A message from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their Archewell website, read: "On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili.
"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."
Lili is the couple’s second child, joining their son, Archie, two. They've yet to share a photo.
Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV.
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