Following the birth of their daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been quick to counter suggestions that they cynically chose names that would help reverse their dwindling popularity.
A spokesperson for the Sussexes told NEWS of the NEWS:
“The Duke and Duchess strongly refute any suggestion that they chose their daughter’s names as a ploy to repair their increasingly damaged public image. The couple are aware of the fact that the Queen, the most powerful member of the royal family, was referred to as Lilibet when she was young. They have chosen the name to honour her and in no way thought it might swing some additional monarchical goodwill in their direction.”
He went on:
“Similarly, the name Diana has been chosen to honour the memory of the Prince’s late mother. Any suggestion that it was chosen because she was Britain’s ‘Queen of Hearts’, forever remembered with love and fondness as the most popular royal in recent history, the thought of whom brings a smile to the face and a tear to the eye of almost every Brit over a certain age, is purely coincidental.”
The Sussexes’ spokesperson refused to deny rumours that, had their child been a boy, they planned to call him Philip Shakespeare Bowie Attenborough Mountbatten-Windsor.