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Prince Harry suggested that he liked the name Lili during Meghan Markle's first pregnancy

Armani Syed   

Prince Harry suggested that he liked the name Lili during Meghan Markle's first pregnancy
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  • Prince Harry suggested that he liked the name Lili during Meghan Markle's first pregnancy.
  • On a trip to Birkenhead, England, Harry asked a mother how she spelled her daughter Lily's name.
  • The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Friday.

Prince Harry reportedly showed interest in the name Lili two years ago while Meghan Markle was pregnant with their first child Archie.

During a visit to Birkenhead, England, in 2019, Harry was discussing baby names among a group of schoolchildren and asked a mother about her daughter Lily's name, People reports.

The publication added that a 7-year-old girl named Megan Dudley spoke with the Duchess of Sussex and bonded over the fact that their friends call them both "Meg," and she then suggested a name for Markle's unborn baby.

Dudley told reporters at the time: "I asked her whether she would call her baby Amy if she has a girl, and she said, 'That's a really pretty name, I like it. We'll have to think about it.'"

During the same visit, Harry spoke to the mother of a daughter called Lily and asked how her name was spelled, according to People.

Markle and Harry welcomed their second child Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on Friday and shared the inspiration behind their spelling of the name in a statement on Sunday.

"Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet," the statement said. "Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales."

Fans on Twitter also believe the name Lili is a subtle tribute to Markle's mother, Doria Ragland. Marie Claire reports that in 2016 Markle wrote that "flower" was the "nickname my mom has called me since I was little" in a post on her now-defunct lifestyle website, The Tig.

Queen Elizabeth has since shared her delight over the news of Lili's birth in a tweet sent from The Royal Family's Twitter account on Sunday.

Representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex declined to comment when contacted by Insider.

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