Just as things seemed to calm down between Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and the royal family, another potential scandal looms.
After the couple announced over the weekend that they welcomed their second child, a daughter, on Friday and named her Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor – the first name a long-standing nickname for the queen – everything looked rosy.
But now, a BBC report, citing an unnamed source from Buckingham Palace, claims that Harry and Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, never asked the Queen’s permission to use the nickname.
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A Sussex spokesperson quickly shot down that source, claiming the Queen was the first person Harry contacted. The rep also said the couple would never go ahead with the name without the queen’s blessing.
“The Duke spoke to his family prior to the announcement,” the spokesman said. “In fact, his grandmother was the first family member he called. During that conversation, she shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honor. If it wasn’t supportive, they wouldn’t have used names. “
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Buckingham Palace said it will not make any official statements about the baby’s name.
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On Wednesday, the Daily Beast reported that Harry and Markle, through their lawyers, launched a legal threat after the report was released by the BBC. A source in a British newspaper told the outlet that a rare warning was sent to UK publications, advising them not to repeat the allegation that the former royals did not seek the queen’s permission.
The Daily Beast also suggested in its report that the Queen is not happy with the chosen name, citing the delayed congratulations from Buckingham Palace, which surfaced nearly two hours after the announcement of Sunday’s birth. Rumors have “circulated” that the building was “blinded” by the news. None of these claims have been corroborated by any other news organization.
The couple named their daughter after Queen Elizabeth, “whose family nickname is Lilibet,” read Harry and Markle’s Sunday statement.
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Her middle name, Diana, was “chosen to honor her beloved deceased grandmother, the Princess of Wales,” according to the statement. Princess Diana, Harry’s mother, died in 1997.
Lili – the shortened version of the name the couple intend to call her – is the second child of Harry and Markle. It is now the eighth in line of succession to the British throne.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex married in 2018 and welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in May 2019.
– With files from Hannah Jackson from Global News
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