The Sussexes Choice of Name For The Royal Baby Is A Masterstroke And a Half.
But will it help mend fences and bridge the schism between the warring factions?
2021 has produced quite a degree of drama, that Netflix, Amazon and the BBC have struggled to match thus far; we have had an attempted coup in the world’s greatest democracy, a massive convulsion in the financial markets, when a group of inexperienced traders took on the wall street and very nearly succeeded, the sequel of the 2020 pandemic, currently raging in Asia and Latin America and the demise of Prince Phillip, the duke of Edinburgh.
And yet, not one of these events come close to matching what we saw a few months ago, from the comfort of our living rooms.
For those who need reminding, I am talking about the Harry and Meghan interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which we were treated to the racism of the royal family, the gaslighting of the Duchess of Sussex and her battles with depression, which very nearly led her to taking her own life.
The fall out from the explosive interview threatened to rip apart the royal family and it seemed that the Rubicon had been crossed and there was no going back.
And somehow, March does seem, quite strangely, a lifetime ago.
Yesterday, it emerged that the Duchess had given birth to a baby girl on Friday, the 4th of June and as if that wasn’t great enough, the couple pulled a phenomenal masterstroke when they chose to give their new born child, names that no betting house on both sides of the Atlantic could have ever imagined — Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
Lilibet was her majesty the Queen’s sobriquet as a child, when she was still getting to grips with the pronunciation of her name and Diana, of course, is the Duke’s mother’s name.
In naming the precious new born after her grandmother and great-grand mother, the hearts of even the most ardent republican and those alienated by the interview granted to Ms. Winfrey, would have softened a bit and in its own little way, rekindle a degree of goodwill to the breakaway couple.
The wider philosophical question, is whether this unprecedented step in paying homage to the Queen, would help heal the wounds inflicted on the royal family, when the decision was made to go to America and grant the tell-all interview, months ago.
One can only hope that the royal baby would heal the rift, bridge the schism between the warring factions and help present a different side to the monarchy — an institution that is monochromatic and stubbornly conservative, in an ever changing world.
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