Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have denied a report within the British media that they didn’t ask Queen Elizabeth II about naming their daughter Lilibet, after the monarch’s childhood nickname.
A BBC report, which cited an unnamed Buckingham Palace supply, said that the couple by no means checked whether or not they may use the moniker earlier than naming their second baby, who was born on Friday in California.
However a spokesperson for the Duke of Sussex advised CNN that Harry spoke with the Queen earlier than the announcement, and mentioned she was supportive of the choice.
“The Duke spoke together with his household prematurely of the announcement. In truth, his grandmother was the primary member of the family he referred to as,” the spokesperson advised CNN. “Throughout that dialog, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honor. Had she not been supportive, they might not have used the names.”
Buckingham Palace advised CNN it will not be making an official assertion on the matter.
Lilibet is Elizabeth’s nickname inside the royal household. It stems from her childhood, when the then-princess was unable to pronounce her personal identify correctly.
Harry and Meghan’s daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, was named after each the 95-year-old monarch and Princess Diana, Harry’s late mom.
Her delivery was introduced on Sunday, with the couple saying they’d been “blessed” by their daughter’s arrival.
The Queen’s nickname happened after her grandfather, King George V, affectionately imitated her makes an attempt to pronounce “Elizabeth.” Her husband, Prince Philip, who died in April, additionally reportedly referred to as his spouse by her childhood pet identify. When the Queen’s mom died in 2002, her coffin held a single wreath from the monarch with a card signed, “In loving reminiscence, Lilibet.”