Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have denied rumors that they did not consult the queen before choosing their newborn daughter’s name.
The couple welcomed their second child together, a baby girl, on June 4th. The little one has been christened Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet,” they said in a statement. “Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.”
Immediately after they announced the birth of their daughter, reports of a possible rife between the couple and the Queen arose.
BBC reported that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry didn’t ask the Queen before naming their daughter after her
On Wednesday, BBC reported that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had not sought the Queen’s permission to use her private name for their daughter.
“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,'” BBC’s royal correspondent Jonny Dymond tweeted.
But Harry and Meghan have now set the record straight. A spokesperson for the couple denied the rumors that have been doing the rounds once and for all.
“The duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement,” they told BBC and other media portals. “In fact, his grandmother was the first family member he called.”
“During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honour. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.”
The media house also received a legal letter from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s attorneys which called its previous claims “false and defamatory”. This letter was also sent to other publications and broadcasters to stop the spread of misinformation.
Now, Dymond too has updated his tweet.
This isn’t the first time Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have spoken up against the British media.
In fact, the tabloids were one of the major reasons why they decided to step down and leave the U.K. in 2020.
The Duke of Sussex had always wanted to name his daughter after his mother
A source told Page Six that Harry had always hoped to name his daughter after his late mother, Princess Diana.
“Harry had wanted to name his future daughter after his mom long before he met Meghan [Markle],” they said. “Meghan was cognizant and fully supportive of that when they discussed potential names.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter has already made history, being the first child senior members of the royal family to be born in America. As per reports, the little one even had a video call with Her Majesty.