Inside Royal family drama over Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby name tribute to the Queen
9th June 2021

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have insisted they did tell the Queen about their plans to name their newborn daughter Lilibet Diana amid claims they didn’t consult Her Majesty.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the arrival of their second child into the world on Sunday after Meghan gave birth at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California on Friday June 4.

Amid the bizarre uproar over Lilibet’s name, we take a look at the couple’s decision to name their newborn daughter after the Queen and fresh claims that palace insiders have claimed she wasn’t made aware of the moniker.

Why did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle name their daughter Lilibet?

The royal couple paid a tribute to The Queen by naming their second child Lilibet, which was her family nickname first used when she was a toddler who was unable to pronounce the word Elizabeth properly.

Her father, King George V, kept the moniker as an affectionate nickname and it stuck within the family.

Meghan and Harry have shortened the name and will refer to their daughter as Lili, with her full name being Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

Did the Queen know about the baby name?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have insisted that they did discuss their plans for their child’s name with the Queen, amid senior palace aides claiming that she wasn’t consulted.

Buckingham Palace insiders told the BBC that the Queen “was not asked about her opinion on the baby being named Lilibet”.

The royal couple have reportedly insisted that they would not have used the name if the Queen had not been “supportive” of the move.

Royal expert Omid Scobie said: “A Sussex source says that the Queen was the first family Harry called after Lilibet's birth and during that conversation, he shared the couple's hope of naming their daughter in her honor. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.

“Those close to Prince Harry confirm that he spoke to close family before the announcement so perhaps this report highlights just how far removed aides within the institution (who learned of the baby news alongside the rest of the world) now are from the Sussexes' private matters.”

The Queen’s reaction

According to reports, the Queen would be “touched” by the nickname amid claims that the gesture has been an “olive branch” in the wake of a year of turmoil within the Royal family.

Russell Myers, royal editor of the Daily Mirror, said: “I am told Harry had said to the Queen he may name a daughter after her and so he didn't really ask for permission as such but it was a nice surprise.

He added: “It can perhaps have these healing powers, it's been a turbulent time, the truth bombs all the labelling of the royal family as racist – this seems to be a tremendous gesture.”

However royal expert Angela Levin didn’t think the decision to pay tribute to the Queen with the name Lilibet was a good idea.

She told Good Morning Britain: “I think she's desperately unhappy because they were desperately rude about her.

"I don't think it's a good idea. I think it's quite rude to her Majesty the Queen.”

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