‘Quite ironic’ Piers Morgan addresses Harry’s baby name decision after ‘trashing’ royals

Lilibet Diana: Piers Morgan shares thoughts on baby’s name

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Piers Morgan, 55, has hit out at Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, over naming their daughter after both the Queen, 95, and the late Princess Diana. The Sussex couple issued a gushing statement yesterday, announcing that they had welcomed their second child and named her Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

Maybe it’s their way of reaching out

Piers Morgan

Lilibet is believed to be the name coined by the Queen when she was too young to pronounce Elizabeth. 

The 7lbs 11oz baby, whose late grandmother Diana’s 60th birthday would have been next month, was born on Friday evening UK time.

Piers appeared on Australia’s Today programme on Channel 9, and was asked by host Karl Stefanovic what he thought of the name. 

He replied: “It’s quite ironic, isn’t it? You have this couple who have been trashing the Royal Family and the monarchy for the last few weeks and they have named the baby after the Queen.”

The former Good Morning Britain host also questioned whether the decision to honour the Queen with their daughter’s name was a way of them trying to heal their rift with the Royal Family.

Piers continued: “Maybe it’s their way of reaching out, as the Americans say, to the royals and wanting some kind of end to this on-running feud.”

However, he also sent a message of support to the couple, saying: “I always think when a new baby is born – I’ve had four myself – it’s churlish to put any negative slant.

“At such a moment. I wish them all the very best. There is four in the family now. I wish them every success and a long and happy life.”

Previously on Twitter the outspoken broadcaster quipped he would be “respecting” the couple’s “constant pleas for privacy” by not addressing the subject of the royal baby.

He typed: “To those asking for my reaction to the new royal baby, I am respecting her parents’ constant pleas for privacy and declining to comment.”

However, it seems that Piers could not resist adding his opinion on the matter when asked directly, while the Queen is said to be “delighted” over the news of a new addition to the family.

Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news.”

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Prince Charles, Prince Harry’s father, and the Duchess of Cornwall tweeted: “Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie on the arrival of baby Lilibet Diana. Wishing them all well at this special time.”

Prince William and the Duchess and Cambridge said: “We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili.”

Buckingham Palace declined to say when the Queen was informed of the safe arrival of her 11th great-grandchild, who is eighth in line to the throne, or whether she was advised of the tribute to her in Lili’s name.

However, The Times reported that Prince Harry had spoken to his grandmother before yesterday’s announcement was made.

The birth came after Prince Harry and Meghan made a series of explosive claims about the Royal Family during a landmark interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.

Meghan and Prince Harry alleged an unnamed royal of making a remark about their son Archie’s skin tone.

They also claimed the firm had failed to help the Duchess when she was having suicidal thoughts. 

Last month, Prince Harry also spoke to Oprah about mental health for Apple TV+ and said his father, Prince Charles, had allowed his children to “suffer” when it came to the media because of his own negative experience.

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