Queen NOT asked by Harry and Meghan about Lilibet name – why didn’t they ask?
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have welcomed their second child, a daughter named Lilibet Diana, into the world. The child’s name is sweetly taken from a personal nickname for her great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, and Harry’s late mother Princess Diana. But royal sources are now contesting if the couple asked the Queen her permission to use such a personal nickname for their child.
The aide’s comments follow months of deepening tensions between the Sussex camp in California and the Royal Family here at home.
The couple have on numerous occasions laid bare their struggles in “the firm”, including making accusations of racism and claims Meghan was not protected properly by the family after she married her husband.
The couple have always publicly maintained their love for the Queen despite coming to blows with several other members of the family.
Harry has previously said of his grandmother: “She’s my colonel-in-chief, right? She always will be.”
The name Lilibet is a childhood nickname of the Queen, given to her by her father when she was very young as she struggled to pronounce Elizabeth.
The Queen still uses the name – it was reportedly used by her late husband, Prince Philip, and Her Majesty has previously signed her name as Lilibet as well.
After the birth was announced on Sunday, Buckingham Palace said the Queen and other senior royals had been informed and were “delighted with the news”.
It was also marked with a post on the Royal Family’s official Instagram, with many other royals, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Eugenie, also sending public congratulations to the couple.
Why didn’t Harry and Meghan ask?
Royal baby names are usually approved by the Queen, at least those who are closely in line for the throne.
Following Lilibet’s birth, it was widely presumed that Harry and Meghan had first spoken to the Queen about their choice to name her Lilibet.
Lilibet is currently eighth in line for the throne, so it is likely, according to tradition, that the Queen would have been asked permission, or at least informed of the name choice.
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But she is also not in the direct line of succession, as this follows Prince Harry’s brother Prince William.
Whether the couple asked for not is still up for debate despite the claims on an anonymous palace aide.
Several – also anonymous – friends of the Sussex’s have said the couple did ask the Queen for her permission, or at least informed her of the choice.
A source close to Harry and Meghan told the BBC that the Duke of Sussex had spoken to the Queen before the birth – and he “would have mentioned” the name.
But a Palace source has said this was not the case, and the Queen was “never asked” about its use.
If the allegation made by the aide is true, the naming of the child is unlikely to ease ongoing tensions between the two camps.
Express.co.uk royal reporter Richard Palmer tweeted regarding the aide’s comments: “On the one hand, few ask their granny if it’s OK to name their child after her but, on the other, it’s interesting that the Queen and the Sussexes can’t even agree on whether there was a conversation about the name beforehand.
“The palace briefing does rather undermine the idea that this was an olive branch to the Queen.
“Some may think it strengthens the argument that this was a cynical ploy by a couple keen to cement their royal brand, the one thing that makes them marketable to commercial clients.”
Express.co.uk has contacted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s representatives for comment.
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