Lizzie Cundy claims former pal Meghan Markle named daughter Lilibet after her

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Lizzie Cundy has claimed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have named their new arrival after her.

The star, who was speaking to OK! at the launch of the Breast Cancer Care Afternoon Tea Campaign, revealed that like the Queen, she was also called Lilibet as a child.

Former WAG turned TV personality Lizzie, 53, was pals with Meghan Markle before she met Prince Harry, and has spoken frequently about interviewing Meghan on the red carpet at an event years before she became the Duchess of Sussex.

Lizzie later claimed to have been “ghosted” by Meghan once she became engaged to Harry in 2017.

Now, the star has claimed that the couple's new baby daughter, born on Friday 4 June, could have been named after her.

“I was called Lilibet. It’s short for Elizabeth. It was my nickname at school!" Lizzie told us at the charity launch. "Thank you Meghan. You ghosted me – and now you’re calling your child after me."

Mum of two Lizzie continued: “I appreciate it. But yeah, my name was Lilbet at school. When I heard it on the radio, I kind of turned and said, ‘That’s my name! I haven’t been called it for years.’

"I was quite shocked by it because it’s an unusual name. Maybe that’s her way of reaching out. But I wish them well and I think it’s wonderful.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the baby's arrival on Sunday, with a statement that read: "It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world.

"Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 am in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

"Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home."

Prince Harry is set to take five months of paternity leave following thebirth of his daughter, according to reports.

The 36 year old will take a step back from work commitments to focus on life as a family of four with wifeMeghan Markle, two year old son Archie and their sweet newborn in sunny California.

According toThe Sun, Meghan is also said to be taking the same amount of time to care for their children, which echoes the parental leave offered by the couple's Archewell foundation.

Journalist Omid Scobie, the pair's biographer, said: "We're so used to seeing senior royals going back to work, but Harry and Meghan are leading by example.

"They offer up to 20 weeks parental leave at Archewell. It'll be several months off work for the pair of them."

Harry's paternity leave compares to just a fortnight off for new dads in the UK.

Lizzie attended the Afternoon Tea Party in aid of Breast Cancer Now at the Corinthia Hotel London hosted by Angie Greaves and organised by Concorde Media London – www.breastcancernow.org.

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