Princess Diana would have been ‘thrilled’ with baby Lilibet’s ‘beautiful’ names

Princess Diana would have been "thrilled" with the "beautiful" names Meghan Markle and Prince Harry chose for their newborn daughter, a royal expert has said.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex named their second child Lilibet Diana after her late grandmother the Princess of Wales and the Queen.

Speaking three days after Lilibet's birth was announced on Saturday, Princess Diana's former voice coach Stewart Pearce told US Weekly: "Diana would be thrilled at the choice of name for the little one.

“Lilibet is a very special pet name.”

The author of 'Diana The Voice of Change: Revelations About Diana’s Life Principles' explained the name was given to Queen Elizabeth II as a child because she “couldn’t sound the four syllables of her first name".

“As Diana was the personification of love and the exemplar of unconditional love, she would have been so excited by the baby and her beautiful names," he said.

Pearce added that he believed Harry's mother – who died in a car crash in 1997 – would have been “in total support” of the twosome.

Prince Harry is expected to make just a flying visit to London for the unveiling of a statue honouring his beloved mum next month, according to a royal commentator.

The tribute to Princess Diana will be unveiled in the grounds of Kensington Palace on July 1 – on the day that would have been her 60th birthday.

There has been widespread speculation over whether or not the estranged prince would return from the United States for the ceremony.

At one point, it was thought a date clash with the birth of his and Meghan Markle’s second child would scupper his plans to fly over.

And with the supposed rift between the Sussexes and the wider Royal Family, observers wondered if he would come back for the statue’s unveiling even if he could.

But one expert now believes he will attend – although he’ll head back across the Pond later the same day, and there will be no sign of Meghan, Archie or new-born Lilibet.

NBC royal commentator Daisy McAndrew told Australian morning show Today: "I think the family dynamic is pretty rock bottom, I'm afraid.

"I would love to be saying they've all made up but there is no indication that's the case.

"We're expecting Harry to come over for the unveiling that would coincide with Diana's 60th birthday on July 1.

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"The latest I've heard is that he's planning on flying in and flying out on the same day.

"There's no suggestion that he will be bringing baby Lili, Meghan or Archie with him."

Diana was killed in a Paris car crash in August 1997. Harry was 12 at the time and his brother William was 15.

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