Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced on Sunday that they welcomed their second child, a baby girl they have named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, two days before on Friday, June 4.


Now, a palace source has come forward to claim that Meghan and Harry never asked Queen Elizabeth to call their daughter by that name, which had been the monarch’s family nickname since she was a little girl.

Page Six reported that BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond stated that the 95-year-old Queen was “never asked” her opinion on her grandson’s decision to name their daughter after her.

“Palace source tells BBC that the Queen was not asked by Meghan and Harry over the use of her childhood nickname; reports suggested Harry had sought permission from Queen to call newborn ‘Lilibet’; but Palace source says the Queen was ‘never asked,’” Dymond tweeted.

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This directly contradicts Meghan and Harry’s claim that the Queen was the first call that they made after bringing Lilibet home from the hospital, and that she had given them her blessing to use that name.

Sources close to Meghan and Harry, however, still insist that she had indeed given her approval to use the name. The couple has since reportedly told lawyers to take legal action against the BBC for reporting otherwise.


“The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement, in fact, his grandmother was the first family member he called,” said a source close to the couple. “During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honor. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.”

A royal source had spoken out earlier in the week to say that there was a phone call between Harry and the Queen about the name.

“It will have likely been a call saying that she’s arrived and we’d plan to name her after you — it’s not really something one can say no to,” the royal source said. “I doubt they asked — more likely ‘informed.'”

The Queen was given the nickname “Lilibet” when she was a toddler because that was how she pronounced her name, as she could not pronounce “Elizabeth.” The nickname was used by her grandfather King George V and also by her late husband, Prince Philip, who died just two months ago.

This is just the latest in a long line of controversies between Meghan and Harry and the royal family.


“Shocking behavior and all about getting their own back. Queen said can’t use titles to make money but she has no control over a nickname. They will milk it,” said Harry’s biographer Angela Levin.

This piece originally appeared in and is used by permission.

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