On Sunday, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced the birth of their second child, a baby girl called Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born two days beforehand on Friday, June 4.
Now, a palace insider claims that Meghan and Harry never requested that Queen Elizabeth call their daughter by that name, which has been the monarch’s family nickname since she was a child.
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BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond told Page Six that the 95-year-old Queen was “never approached” for her approval on her grandson’s decision to name their daughter after her.
“A Palace source informs the BBC that Meghan and Harry did not ask the Queen for permission to use her childhood nickname; stories said Harry had asked the Queen for permission to call infant ‘Lilibet,’ but a Palace source says the Queen was ‘never asked,’” Dymond tweeted.
This contradicts Meghan and Harry’s story that calling the Queen was the first thing they did after bringing Lilibet home from the hospital, and that she had given them permission to use the name Lilibet.
Sources close to Meghan and Harry, on the other hand, maintain that she gave her okay for the name to be used. According to reports, the couple has instructed lawyers to file a lawsuit against the BBC for false reporting.
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BREAKING Palace source tells BBC that the Queen was not asked by Meghan and Harry over the use of her childhood nickname; reports suggested Harry had sought permission from Queen to call newborn ‘Lilibet’; but Palace source says the Queen was ‘never asked’
— Jonny Dymond (@JonnyDymond) June 9, 2021
“Prior to the announcement, the Duke spoke with his family; in fact, his grandmother was the first family member he called,” a source close to the pair stated. “During that conversation, he mentioned that they wanted to name their baby Lilibet after her. They would not have used the name if she had not been supportive.”
Earlier in the week, a royal insider claimed that Harry and the Queen had chatted about the name over the phone.
“It will most likely have been a call saying she’s arrived and we’d like to name her after you – it’s hard to say no to that,” the royal source claimed. “I doubt they asked; it’s more likely that they were ‘informed.’”
When she was a youngster, the Queen was given the nickname “Lilibet” since that was how she called her name because she couldn’t speak “Elizabeth.” Her grandfather, King George V, and her late husband, Prince Philip, who died barely two months ago, also used the nickname.
This is the latest in a long string of squabbles between Meghan Markle and the royal family.
“This is shocking conduct, and it’s all about getting back at them. Queen stated that she cannot profit from titles, but she does have power over a nickname. “They’ll milk it,” Angela Levin, Harry’s biographer, predicted.