Another possible crisis looms just when relations between Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and the Royal Family appeared to be cooling down. Everything was fine for the pair as they announced over the weekend the birth of their second child, a daughter, on Friday, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor — the first name being a long-held nickname for the Queen.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, according to a BBC article quoting an unidentified Buckingham Palace source, never asked the Queen’s permission to use the nickname.
A representative for the Sussexes quickly debunked that rumour, claiming that the Queen was the first person Harry contacted. The couple would never have gone ahead with the name without the Queen’s approval, according to the spokesman.
The spokesperson stated, “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 names.”
Buckingham Palace indicated it would not make an official announcement about the child’s name.
The Daily Beast said on Wednesday that after the BBC piece was published, Harry and Markle issued a legal threat through their attorneys. According to a British media source, an unusual warning to UK outlets was sent out, instructing them not to repeat the charge that the former royals did not seek the Queen’s approval.
According to Harry and Markle’s Sunday announcement, they named their daughter after Queen Elizabeth, “whose family nickname is Lilibet.”
According to the announcement, Diana was chosen as her middle name “to honour her adored late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.” Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, died in 1997.
Harry and Markle’s second child will be named Lili, which is a shortened version of her full name. She is now the eighth in line to the throne of the United Kingdom.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex married in 2018, and Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, their first child, was born in May of 2019.