Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have threatened BBC with a legal warning after it published a report claiming they did not consult the Queen before they named their newborn baby Lilibet.
According to BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond, Senior Buckingham Palace sources said that the Queen was ‘never asked’ her opinion on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to name their daughter after her childhood nickname.
But within 90 minutes of the report being published, the Duke hit back through a statement from Omid Scobie insisting Her Majesty was the first person Harry called after the birth of Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana on Friday.
Scobie, the author of the Finding Freedom biography of Harry and Meghan, said that the couple wouldn’t have used the name Lilibet unless the Queen had agreed with it.
“The duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement – in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called,” the statement read.
“During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honour. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.”
BBC then amended its report but the article still says that the monarch was not asked about the name of the baby.
The Queen, who has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who carry her name Elizabeth – including Prince William and Kate’s daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, is said to have thought the tribute to both her and Harry’s late mother Princess Diana was a ‘lovely idea.’
Lilibet was the nickname given to Her Majesty by her father George V after she had trouble pronouncing Elizabeth as a child.
“Harry has always enjoyed a wonderful bond with his grandmother, which makes it all the more bizarre that he has gone out of his way to threaten the relationship over the last couple of years,” a royal source said.
“They have been incredibly close and as you would imagine have shared some very deep and personal conversations as Harry was growing up, which carried on really until very recently.
“Harry has never made a secret of his wish to have a family of his own, often talking about how it would be great to have a boy and a girl, that he could name after the two most important women in his life, the Queen and his mother.
“He had toyed with the idea of giving a future daughter his mother’s name, but was wary of the attention it would no doubt bring to the little girl.
“In the end, he mentioned Lilibet to Meghan, when discussing potential names for their children and she loved the idea.
“It’s a fitting tribute to the Queen and something many people will hope brings the family closer together.”
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