Even before Lilibet Diana’s birth, royal commentators had already begun to talk about this child like it was on her baby-shoulders to “save the monarchy.” The theory was… people love babies and the Windsors will be happy to start a new chapter with the Sussexes now that they’ve welcomed their second child. Even curmudgeon Robert Jobson noted yesterday: “Any baby’s birth is a blessing. I am delighted for them both. Let’s hope little Lilibet will help heal some of the pressing issues that have been at the heart of the Royal Family in recent months.” Yeah, those “pressing issues” are things like “the Windsors did nothing to stop the racist attacks on Meghan” and “the Windsors were racist AF to Meghan.” I’m not sure how Lili can help there. Richard Kay – who operates as Charles and William’s mouthpiece in the Daily Mail – says much of the same, you can read his piece here. Some highlights:
The monarchy depends on Lilibet Diana? “Never has a royal baby arrived with quite so much anticipation – or with so much seemingly depending on her. Yet for a child whose destiny will almost certainly be far removed from the Crown, her influence over the long-term future of the monarchy and its well-being may be profound.”
Presumptuous name choice: Had Harry and Meghan decided to call Archie’s new sister Elizabeth Diana, their choice, one suspects, would have been met with warm approval. But by giving the baby the name Lilibet, the Queen’s private family nickname – even though they intend to use the diminutive ‘Lili’ for their daughter – there is a risk. Will it be seen as a presumptuous choice for a royal baby who is eighth in line to the throne, but who will grow up on the other side of the world speaking with an American accent? And how might Prince Charles feel about his fifth grandchild carrying such an intimate family pet name that he has never used himself? It is tempting to wonder if Harry would have been so emboldened in his choice if his grandfather Prince Philip – the only close family member permitted to call the Queen ‘Lilibet’ – had still been alive.
Ah, yes, Harry is to blame for all of it: They have chosen the names of the two women who have been Harry’s lodestars. Few public opportunities pass these days without the prince cherishing the mother he lost in a car crash when he was only 12. In Diana’s absence, it was his grandmother who assumed a strong maternal role in his life. The lost boy who followed his mother’s coffin was enveloped in a warm cocoon of love – one that has survived all the damaging acts of self-harm Harry has hurled at the Royal Family, from Megxit to Oprah. In all the tribulations that have seen Harry lash out at his father, his brother William and the monarchy, the door has still never quite been closed. And that is largely because of the patience and love of the original Lilibet.
Baby Sussex’s arrival is freighted with opportunity. How often have new babies brought reconciliation to warring families? And the healing power of baby Lili could be vital to resolving the sadness at the heart of the Royal Family. This is the rift between Harry and William. Now that both are fathers of boys and girls and the challenges that brings, Lili’s arrival offers a unique opportunity.
Apparently Harry chose exile over duty: Of course, it will be difficult – Harry’s choice of exile and California over duty and the Crown remains a major obstacle. The days when the newly-engaged Harry and Meghan could pop round from Nottingham Cottage to William and Kate’s stately Kensington Palace apartment have long passed. Five thousand miles separate the brothers now, though the gulf is far wider than mere physical distance. Can they, in the interests of family unity, find some common ground that the birth of a new baby can often provide?
How Charles feels: For Prince Charles, who has been grievously hurt by Harry’s constant emoting – especially his claims of racism within the family – there will be mixed feelings. Joy at the arrival of his second granddaughter, but sadness that he will see as little of Lili as he has of Archie. Will there be a christening for him to attend when so many wrongs could be put right? And if so, where?
This is creepy: But Harry grew up in the heart of the Royal Family. His daughter is destined for a very different experience, without a title and an upbringing that will have little in common with George, her cousin and future king. But there is just a chance that George’s passage to the throne could be infinitely more secure if his first American-born cousin plays her part in helping to end the crisis that has so damaged the House of Windsor.
[From The Daily Mail]
LOL, I had not thought about whether Meghan and Harry would do a California christening/baptism. That would be great if they did, and they could invite Charles, William and Kate to come to Montecito to see the baby on the Sussexes’ terms. And then if the Windsors blank on Harry & Meghan, well, they tried and William and Charles have to make the next move. I mean, Richard Kay has a job to do and he’s doing it. He’s always being sent out to explain the party line. The Windsor party line is that Lilibet Diana’s birth is happy news, and it’s apparently on this baby’s shoulders – and her parents’ shoulders – to make peace with the Windsors. The thing is, peace won’t come until the Windsors come to Jesus and admit their own sins though.
And how friggin’ creepy is it that Richard Kay is basically like “Lili has to come to England, do her duty and help her cousin George”? What the actual f–k is happening.
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