Suppose $\mathfrak{g}$ is an (untwisted) affine Lie algebra with the normalized invariant form $(\cdot | \cdot)$. Let $\lambda \in \mathfrak{h}^\ast$ be a dominant integral weight such that $\lambda(d)=0$ for $d$ the derivation in the loop algebra construction; that is, $\lambda = c_0\Lambda_0 +c_1\Lambda_1+\cdots+c_n\Lambda_n$, where $c_i \in \mathbb{Z}_{\geq0}$, $\Lambda_i$ the fundamental weights. Let $l$ be the level of $\lambda$.

While doing some (albeit limited) explicit computations for various $\mathfrak{g}$ and $\lambda$, I am encountering an inequality of the form $$ 2l(\lambda|\rho)-h^\vee(\lambda|\lambda) \geq 0 $$ where $h^\vee$ is the dual Coxeter number of $\mathfrak{g}$ and $\rho$ is as usual a choice of weight satisfying $\rho(\alpha_i^\vee)=1$ for all simple coroots $\alpha_i^\vee$.

Question: Should this inequality hold for all such $\lambda$?

I have little intuition for whether this should be expected; this very well could be an artifact of the specific $\lambda$ that appear in my computations. For example, I would be somewhat satisfied if this were to hold under the stronger condition that each $c_i \in \{0,1\}$.