There have been rumors going around that Prince Harry and his wife never asked the Queen to use her nickname to name their daughter. The royal couple has since clarified that.
A “BBC" source said Duchess Meghan and her husband, Prince Harry, never asked Queen Elizabeth II if they could use her moniker as their daughter’s name. The couple’s second child was born on June 4, 2021.
Her parents gave her the first name “Lilibet” in honor of the Queen, who’s been using the name since childhood with those closest to her. Lilibet’s second name, “Diana,” was a tribute to her late grandmother, Princess Diana.
Queen Elizabeth II speaks with Prince Harry after the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor to Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 18, 2019, in England | Photo: Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have since disputed the claims made by the palace source to “BBC.” Through their spokesperson, the couple insisted that they wouldn’t have used the name if the Queen hadn’t approved it.
The spokesperson also revealed that Queen Elizabeth II was the very first family member that Prince Harry called. The Sussex’s spokesperson clarified on their behalf:
"The duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement…”
According to the representative, during Harry’s conversation with his grandmother, he told her he hoped to name his child Lilibet in her honor. The Queen was clearly supportive of the gesture.
The law firm Schillings sent a letter to publishers and news broadcasters saying the report that the Sussex’s hadn’t asked for permission from the Queen “was false and defamatory” and barred them from repeating it.
Schillings are the law firm that acts for Harry and Meghan. To show how untrue the claims against Meghan and Harry were, nothing was mentioned about the child’s name when the Royal Family wished them well.
Through the Royal Family’s Instagram page and their own personal social media accounts, the family congratulated the Sussex's and wished them well on the birth of Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
The claims were also proven false by People magazine, who revealed on Wednesday that Harry and Meghan already introduced the Queen to her namesake. They allegedly couldn’t wait for the Queen to meet Lilibet.
Queen Elizabeth II met little Lilibet via a video call since the Sussex's live in the US, and she and the rest of the Royal Family are in the UK. The royal couple couldn’t wait for the meeting to happen as they were excited.
According to sources who spoke to The Mirror, Harry had actually shared his desire to name a daughter after the Queen, years before he even met and fell in love with Meghan.
The Duke of Sussex spoke to his grandmother about using her name or part of it to name his future daughter. At the time, Harry was allegedly discussing his future family.