The arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s second child could help the prince heal from the loss of his mother, an expert has claimed.
The couple named their daughter Lilibet Diana, using a combination of the Queen’s childhood nickname and the first name of the late Princess Diana, as a tribute to Harry’s grandmother and mother.
Royal biographer Angela Levin says the decision to include Diana as the child’s middle name could also serve to help him get over the ‘torment’ he feels over the death of his mother.
Levin, who wrote the book, Harry, Conversations With The Prince, said that the choice of names might be Harry’s way of reminding everyone that his daughter is a royal.
The prince still feels 'tormented' over the last phone call he had with his mother
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She told The Sun : “More than that, choosing the middle name Diana will be heaven for Harry because I believe it will help him heal.”
Harry had been away in Scotland with his brother Prince William, the Queen, and other members of the Royal Family when Diana died during a trip to France in 1997.
When his mother called the young prince, then 12, cut the call short because he was busy playing.
“Harry is still tormented by the last phone conversation he had with Diana prior to her death in August 1997,” explained Levin.
“On the day Diana telephoned to speak to him and William at Balmoral, Harry was in the middle of a very exciting game with his cousins."
Diana died the next day and Levin said the prince had told her he had “never forgiven himself” and that he would have talked to his mother for much longer if he’d known it would be the last conversation they’d have.
Archie now has a baby sister to play with
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who welcomed their 7lb 11oz daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on Friday in California, said their baby girl was more than they “could have imagined.”
The new arrival is a little sister for Archie, who was born in 2019, and a new cousin for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Harry truly believes Diana is looking down, leading him on a path she would like him to follow and she is proud of him.
During the BBC TV interview to mark his engagement, Harry said he could picture his mother and Meghan being best friends and that Diana would have been so excited about the birth.
The prince is due to come to the UK next month for the unveiling of a statue of his mother to mark what would have been her 60th birthday.