The Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed they purchased the domain name for their daughter before her birth which fuels suspicions that the couple didn't ask the Queen's permission to name their daughter Lilibet.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were proactive when it came to protecting their daughter and her name, especially when it comes to the internet. The couple purchased the domain name for "Lilibet Diana" and "Lili Diana" before her arrival.
The domain name lilidiana.com was registered on May 31, four days before the baby was born, and lilibetdiana.com was purchased on June 4, the day of the birth.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 at Westminster Abbey on March 9, 2020 in London, England. | Getty Images
ASKED OR TOLD
This new information about the domain name is fueling speculation about whether the couple asked Queen Elizabeth if they could use her personal nickname for their daughter or if they informed her that they already chose it.
The Sussexes' spokesperson revealed the couple was prepared for other options. They didn't only purchase the domain for Lilibet Diana but also other names. If the Queen disapproved, they had other options to rely on. The spokesperson said:
“A significant number of domains of any potential names that were considered were purchased by their team to protect against the exploitation of the name."
ORIGIN OF LILIBET
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose to honor both Queen Elizabeth and the late Princess Diana when naming their second-born Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. There have been conflicting responses to their choices.
Markle and Prince Harry may also have stepped on the toes of the royal family when naming their firstborn Archie.
Lilibet is a pet name that the reigning royal came up with herself. As a young child, she was unable to pronounce her full name and introduced herself as Lilibet. Her father stuck with the name, and Prince Philip also called his wife by the nickname.
The BBC reported that the royal couple didn't ask for Queen Elizabeth's permission to name their daughter Lilibet, but they rather informed her of their choice. This is in conflict with the couple's spokesperson, who said:
"[Prince Harry] shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honor. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name."
Markle and Prince Harry retaliated against the article with the law firm Schillings, which represents the couple, writing a letter saying that the BBC's report "was false and defamatory and should not be repeated."
While the Sussexes maintain that they did ask the Queen's permission, Jonny Dymond from the BBC shared that his Buckingham Palace source, who remained unnamed, was adamant that they did not inform her of their decision.
During an interview on BBC Radio 4’s "Today," Drymond said that the source claimed no permission was sought and none was given by the monarch in connection to the use of her personal nickname.
Markle and Prince Harry may also have stepped on the toes of the royal family when naming their firstborn Archie. It was discovered that Prince William and Kate Middleton called their son, Prince George, Archie, as a nickname.
While Markle was still pregnant with her son, it was reported that the Cambridges call Prince George Archie around the house, and a few months later, the Sussexes chose that very name for their son.