Royal Family LIVE: Meghan & Harry 'DIDN'T ask' Queen for name permission – couple hit back

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The monarch’s 11th great-grandchild “Lili” is the only member of the Royal Family to bear the name Her Majesty was given as a nickname in her early years. Following the birth announcement last weekend, royal commentators suggested the Duke of Sussex, 36, might have told the Queen about his plan to name his first daughter in her honour.

A source close to Harry and Meghan told the BBC that the duke had spoken to his grandmother in the run up June 4 arrival and he “would have mentioned” the baby’s name.

However, a source at Buckingham Palace contradicted the Sussexes’ version of the story.

The insider claimed the Queen was “never asked” about the use of her pet name.

Within minutes, ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship said Harry and Meghan were attempting to “push back” against this claim.

He tweeted: “Clear push back already from source in Harry and Meghan’s office on this story.

“The Queen was the first family member Harry called about it in advance of the announcement.

“In those chats, he shared hope of using Lilibet in Queen’s honour.

“Queen was ‘supportive.'”

As a toddler, the then-Princess Elizabeth was given the nickname Lilibet by her paternal grandfather King George V.

The moniker was coined when she struggled to pronounce her name Elizabeth and her grandpa began copying her attempts which sounded like “Lilibet”.

The name stuck and to this day many close relatives call Her Majesty by her nickname.

In April as she bid farewell to her husband of more than seven decades, the Queen wrote touching handwritten message to the Duke of Edinburgh on a floral wreath – and signed off “Lilibet”.

Harry and Meghan welcomed their second child, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, in Santa Barbara, California, last Friday, becoming the first of the monarch’s great-grandchildren to be born in the United States.

The couple managed to keep their big news secret for two days to allow enough time for the mother and baby to make their way home.

On Sunday they announced the birth in a lengthy statement and explained the meaning behind Lili’s names.

Her second name pays a sweet tribute to Harry’s late mother the Princess of Wales, who died following a car crash in Paris in 1997.


7.55am update: Prince Harry hinted at daughter’s name during Royal walkabout on Merseyside

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are currently taking some well earned parental leave to bond with their new baby daughter.

The royal couple named her Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in a sweet nod to the Queen.

The monarch’s affectionate childhood nickname was Lilibet which she acquired from her grandfather King George V. 

Prince Harry is believed to have always loved the name, or Lili, as a shortened version.

A royal expert told OK! Magazine: “Back in 2019 when the Duchess was pregnant with Archie, she and Harry took part in a walkabout in Merseyside and someone in the crowd later revealed he’d asked her how she spells her daughter’s name – Lily.

“He took great interest in it.”

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