Doria Ragland’s ‘surprising’ role in Lilibet Diana birth as ‘key figure’ for Sussex family

Lilibet Diana: Experts discuss Doria Ragland's name

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Doria Ragland’s involvement in the birth of her new granddaughter has been discussed by royal commentators. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that their baby girl, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, was born at the beginning of June with a special announcement on their non-profit’s website. ITV Royal Rota podcast hosts Chris Ship and Lizzie Robinson explained the significance of the name choices.

Ms Robinson told listeners: “Lilibet was a personal family name for the Queen.

“Then Diana is obviously Harry’s mother.

“So both are very very personal family names to Prince Harry.”

In their Archewell statement, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex referred to their daughter as ‘Lili’.

Mr Ship pointed out: “Now Doria wasn’t in there, for example.

“No name for Meghan’s mother, just on Harry’s side.”

Ms Robinson said: “We know how close Meghan is to her mother.

“And how close Doria is to both Harry, Meghan, and Archie.”

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She added: “She’s sort of a key figure for them.

“Perhaps not to be nodded to in the name, I thought was quite surprising.

“Especially given how personal the names were and the family links.”

Doria is said to have visited the Sussex family numerous times since they arrived in the US.

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She even lived in their guest house for a period.

Lilibet Diana was born in a California hospital on June 4.

The newest royal baby is the 11th great-grandchild of the Queen.

She is also now eighth in the line of succession to the British throne.

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