June 11, 2021: Did Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan consult his grandmother the queen before bestowing her childhood nickname, Lilibet, on their new baby daughter?
The couple’s ongoing feud between the British media and their critics at Buckingham Palace’s senior court corps prompted Harry and Meghan to issue a rare statement on Wednesday insisting – contrary to a report by the BBC – that they did discuss the baby’s name with Queen Elizabeth II before the name was announced.
A spokesman for the couple told the United States today that the queen was consulted when Prince Harry and Meghan decided to use her name with her before the birth and that the name would not be used if she objected.
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
The BBC, which has already been the target of Harry’s wrath for their “deceitful” and now undermined interview with Princess Diana in 1995, reported on Wednesday that the Sussexes had not consulted Her Majesty, citing a single anonymous source in the Palace. “In the wake of the name announcement, sources have revealed controversial information that Prince Harry and Meghan spoke to the Queen before the birth,” the BBC said. The story is still available on the BBC’s website, as reporter Johnny Dymond tweeted about it.
A enduring theme of Harry and Meghan’s relationship is their growing resentment against the British media, especially tabloids, which they cited as a reason for leaving the UK in 2020 and moving to California. She has accused the media of racism (most recently in all his interviews with Oprah Winfrey in March) and has filed multiple lawsuits in the United States and the United States alleging intrusions on her private life.
So far, they are winning their legal fights. Meghan recently scored a major victory over the Mail on Sunday when a British judge ruled the paper had invaded her privacy and violated her copyright when it published a private letter she wrote to her estranged father in 2018.
Harry and Meghan’s new baby, the second Sussex child and the first great-grandchild of the queen (she now has 11 with a 12th on the way) to be born a U.S. citizen, arrived June 4 in Santa Barbara, where the Sussexes have been living with first child Archie, 2, since last summer.
Harry and Meghan announced on their foundation website that the baby will be called “Lili,” short for Lilibet, which was what the queen called herself when she was a toddler and couldn’t pronounce Elizabeth. It was adopted by her close family, including her grandfather, father and husband, as her nickname growing up.
Lili’s other name, Diana, is in honor of her late grandmother, Princess Diana. Like her brother Archie, her last name will be Mountbatten-Windsor. Lili is eighth in line to the throne after her brother and father.
Neither child is entitled to be called prince or princess now but could be once their grandfather, Prince Charles the Prince of Wales, ascends the throne.
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