Did Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan consult with his grandmother the Queen before giving their childhood nickname, Lilibet, to their new baby girl?
The couple’s ongoing conflict with the British media and with their critics within the Buckingham Palace body of courtiers prompted Harry and Meghan to release a rare statement on Wednesday insisting – contrary to a BBC report – that they did discuss the baby’s name with Queen Elizabeth II before the name is announced.
A spokesperson for the couple told USA TODAY that the Queen had supported him when Prince Harry shared the name with her in advance and that the couple would not have used the name had she objected.
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The BBC, which has previously been the target of Harry’s anger over his ‘misleading’ and now undermined 1995 interview with Princess Diana, reported on Wednesday that the Sussexes had not consulted Her Majesty, citing a single source anonymous from the palace.
“The source disputed the information following the announcement of the name Prince Harry and Meghan spoke to the Queen before the birth,” the BBC said.
The story remains on the BBC website, as do journalist Jonny Dymond’s tweets about it.
One of the lingering themes of Harry and Meghan’s 2016 relationship is their growing anger at the British media, especially the tabloids, which they cited as one of the reasons they left the UK in 2020 and moved to California.
They have accused the media of racism (most recently in their revealing interview with Oprah Winfrey in March) and have filed several lawsuits in the UK and US alleging abusive intrusions into their privacy.
So far, they are winning their legal fights. Meghan recently scored a major victory over the Mail on Sunday when a UK judge ruled the newspaper invaded her privacy and violated her copyright when he published a private letter she wrote to her ex -father in 2018.
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Harry and Meghan’s new baby, the second child Sussex and the Queen’s first great-grandchild (she now has 11 with a 12th on the way) to be born a U.S. citizen, arrived on June 4 in Santa Barbara, where the Sussexes have been living with her first child Archie, 2, since last summer.
Harry and Meghan announced on their foundation’s website that the baby would be named ‘Lili’, short for Lilibet, which the Queen was called when she was toddler and couldn’t pronounce Elizabeth. He was adopted by his close family, including his grandfather, father and husband, as his nickname while growing up.
Lili’s other name, Diana, is in honor of her late grandmother, Princess Diana. Like his brother Archie, his last name will be Mountbatten-Windsor. Lili is eighth to the throne after her brother and father.
Neither child has the right to be called a prince or princess now, but could be once their grandfather, Prince Charles the Prince of Wales, takes the throne.