Harry in war of words as Palace source says he didn’t consult Queen on baby name

Harry in war of words as Palace source says he didn’t consult Queen on baby name

June 9, 2021

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Palace sources have claimed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not ask the Queen for permission to name their newborn daughter Lilibet, despite Sussex insiders insisting they did.

Harry, 36, and his 39 year old wife Meghan welcomed their baby girl on Friday 4 June and announced they'd named her Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in tribute of both Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 95, and the late Princess Diana.

A source close to the couple told the BBC that the Duke of Sussex spoke to the Queen before the birth of their second child and "would have mentioned" the name.

However, a Palace source has since claimed this was not what happened and said the couple "never asked" the monarchy.

A war of the words has since erupted as Finding Freedom biographer Omid Scobie tweeted: "The duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement – in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called.

"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."

He added: "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."

There's been much controversy surrounding their decision to name their child Lilibet as a royal biographer recently slammed the move as "rude".

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Angela Levin said that it was inappropriate for Harry to use a "private" nickname for Queen Elizabeth as his daughter’s name.

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She said: “It was given to her by King George V, her grandfather, who was making a joke that she couldn't say Elizabeth when he was very small. Say, what's your name? We'll say Lilibut. so that's why he called her that.”

“We knew what it was but it was his name. He wanted that name for her, it was his special name. I think that it's quite demeaning. I really believe that.”

The Queen's biographer Sally Bedell Smith agreed as she claimed it "breaches her privacy" because it suggests "inappropriate intimacy".

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She said: "In today’s tense climate, when everyone is walking on eggshells with Harry and Meghan, I can’t imagine that the Queen had any choice but to accept the name they presented to her," Sally says.

"Even if she felt – as would be completely understandable – that it breaches her privacy with a suggestion of inappropriate intimacy."

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