Queen’s ‘show of support’ to Meghan and Harry over Lilibet with outfit at G7

The Queen gave a hidden message of support for the Sussexes' choice of name Lilibet for their daughter by her outfit choice at G7, a royal expert has said.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sparked controversy by choosing the name in tribute to the Queen, as it was a private nickname used by Prince Philip and her father.

There have also been mixed reports over whether Her Majesty was informed of the name prior to the announcement, although the Sussex camp have said they did consult her.

Amid the controversy, some royal commentators felt that a brooch from Botswana worn by the Queen last weekend was a sign of her acceptance of the name.

But Molly Mulshine and Joe Drake on the Royally Us podcast feel that a lily dress worn by the Queen at a G7 event was a far stronger sign of her approval.

Molly said: “I think there was another event over the weekend where she wore a dress that looked like it had big lilies all over it, that I thought was more of a show of support, that for me lilies it is so literal.”

The Queen wore the floral dress at a reception in Cornwall with the leaders of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US.

But both agreed that the Botswana link was probably taking it too far.

“Harry and Megan went camping in Botswana in one of their early dates and that reportedly sort of sealed the deal that they were going to go the distance and be a real item,” she added. “So people think that the Queen wore this brooch as a nod to Meghan.

“But a couple of hours later she had her people brief the BBC that they never asked the Queen about the names so I don’t know, it’s hard with this thing of the family vs the firm.

"So maybe the Queen as a member of the family is wearing the brooch specifically to give her nod of approval and then the firm at the same time is 'we do take issue with some of the messaging which is out there over the name'.

"Also I think that a lot has happened in Botswana so it might be a bit of a stretch."

Joe added: "Eagle-eyed royal families are grasping at straws. I think it would be a little bit easier a connect if it was a gift from Meghan herself."

The Queen wore the floral dress at a reception in Cornwall with the leaders of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US.

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