Piers Morgan at an event in Beverly Hills, California, in 2019.
  • The name Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was taken from the Queen's family nickname.
  • Piers Morgan called it ironic as the couple had spent the last few weeks "trashing the Royal Family."
  • "Maybe it's their way of reaching out - as the Americans say - to the royals," Morgan said.
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Piers Morgan continued his commentary on the lives of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with an appearance on Australia's "Today" program on Monday where he gave his opinion on the couple naming their newborn daughter Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, after the Queen.

In a statement announcing their daughter's birth, Harry and Meghan said the name Lilibet was taken from the Queen's family nickname and the middle name Diana was chosen to honor Harry's late mother, Princess Diana.

"It's quite ironic, isn't it," Morgan said in response to the name. "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 who is, of course, the head of the royal family and the monarchy."

Morgan continued to speculate whether the couple is attempting to mend their relationship with the royal family by naming their daughter after the Queen.

"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," he said.

Morgan's comments came just hours after he tweeted that he would respect Harry and Meghan's "pleas" for privacy and would not comment on the arrival of their second child.

Over the weekend, The Daily Mail reported that palace officials were "unaware" Harry and Meghan had welcomed their second child until after the announcement was made on the couple's Archewell Foundation website.

In a statement hours later, the palace said the royal family was "delighted" by the news.

"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 of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex," the statement said.

Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor is eighth in line to the British throne after the couple's first child, Archie, who became seventh in line upon his birth on May 6, 2019.

The couple first announced that they were expecting their second child on Valentine's Day. And they announced the baby's gender during their interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.

"To have any child, any one or any two would've been amazing, but to have a boy and then a girl - what more could you ask for?" Harry said. "Now we've got our family. We've got the four of us, our two dogs."


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