Harry and Meghan deny claim queen was not consulted on naming new daughter Lilibet

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What is Meghan and Harry's baby's name?

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's baby girl is named after two special women in Harry's life. On Sunday, the couple announced the arrival of their second child, who they named Lilibet Diana. They plan to use the nickname "Lili." Lilibet is a sweet tribute to Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. PEOPLE.comThe Sweet Story Behind Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby Girl's Name

Did Harry ask Queen about name?

Royal correspondent Jonny Dymond reported on the BBC Radio 4's flagship Today program that Queen Elizabeth was “never asked” about her grandson's decision to name his second child after her. ... During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honor.” Vanity FairPrince Harry and Meghan Fire Back at Palace Sources Who Claim the Queen Was “Never Asked” About Baby Lilibet’s Name

Did the Queen know about lilibet?

The Queen was not asked by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex about naming their daughter Lilibet, a Palace source has told the BBC. The source disputed reports in the wake of the announcement of the name that Prince Harry and Meghan had spoken to the Queen before the birth. BBC NewsHarry and Meghan did not ask Queen to use Lilibet name - Palace source

Harry's grandmother was the “first family member he called,” the spokesperson said, adding the royal had spoken to other members of his family before revealing that he had chosen the name Lilibet (Lili) Diana Mountbatten-Windsor with Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.

The younger sister of the Sussexes' 2-year-old son, Archie, was born on Friday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces.

Without the queen’s support, “they would not have used the name,” the spokesperson said.

Their comments came after an article on the BBC's website claimed a palace source had said the queen was not asked about using "Lilibet," the nickname used by her family, including her husband, Prince Philip, who died in April after 73 years of marriage.

The story by one of the BBC's royal correspondents remains on the broadcaster's website.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment. The BBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This comes weeks after the corporation was forced to apologize after an independent report found that journalist Martin Bashir used “deceitful behavior” to secure a landmark interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, Lilibet’s late grandmother, who was killed in a car accident in August 1997 and would have turned 60 this year.

The investigation found that Bashir acted inappropriately and breached the publicly funded broadcaster's editorial guidelines to gain access to Diana, who famously told him in the November 1995 interview that "there were three of us in this marriage."

Harry and Meghan stepped down from their roles as senior royals last year and now live in California, and Lili's birth comes as relations between the couple and the royal family are at a low point.

In March, Harry and Meghan sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a tell-all interview on their decision. The couple also discussed Meghan’s suicidal thoughts and racism in the United Kingdom.

CORRECTION (June 10, 2021, 4:25 a.m. ET): A previous version of this article misstated the number of sources referenced in the BBC article. It is one source, not multiple.

Henry Austin is a London-based editor for NBC News Digital.

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Meghan and Harry Make Legal Threat Over Palace Briefing on the Naming of Lilibet

The Daily Beast 10 June, 2021 - 05:00am

Lawyers acting on behalf of the former royals issued a legal threat after the claim was published by the BBC. A British newspaper source told The Daily Beast that a rare legal warning had gone out to the papers advising them not to repeat the allegation that Harry and Meghan had named their second child after Queen Elizabeth without asking her first.

The couple are now engaged in yet another full-scale briefing war with the palace in an episode that once again exposes the mistrust which seems to characterize the Sussexes dysfunctional relationship with the monarchy.

The couple were prodded into making an official intervention after BBC Radio 4’s flagship breakfast news program said Wednesday on its 6:30 a.m. bulletin that the BBC had been told Harry and Meghan “did not consult the queen about using her childhood nickname Lilibet for their baby… a Buckingham Palace source says she was never asked about it.”

The key briefing was apparently given to the BBC’s royal correspondent, Jonny Dymond.

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Dymond’s report tallied with a report over the weekend in The Times that said that the queen had merely been “informed” about the choice of the name rather than having had her permission explicitly sought.

Indeed, it appears from the couple’s own statement that they only sought the queen’s blessing after the child had been born—having already decided on the name they wanted to give her.

The couple’s spokesperson said, “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 honor. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.”

Rumors about the queen’s supposed unhappiness with the name have circulated for several days along with stories that the palace was blindsided by the announcement of the birth, as it took more than an hour and a half for Buckingham Palace to issue an official statement of congratulation.

In the interval between the Sussexes publicly announcing the birth and the royals officially congratulating them, the royal family’s official Twitter account posted a series of messages about an official engagement carried out by Princess Anne, suggesting, at the minimum, a lack of co-ordination.

Omid Scobie, the journalist and writer who penned the sympathetic biography of the couple, Finding Freedom, and has become an unofficial mouthpiece for the couple, disputed the BBC’s claims in tweets Wednesday. His language, citing a source, seemed to echo the official statement received by The Telegraph, saying, “A Sussex source says that the Queen was the first family Harry called after Lilibet’s birth and during that conversation, he shared the couple’s hope of naming their daughter in her honor. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.

“Those close to Prince Harry confirm that he spoke to close family before the announcement so perhaps this report highlights just how far removed aides within the institution (who learned of the baby news alongside the rest of the world) now are from the Sussexes’ private matters.”

That may be true, but this new controversy will do little to encourage the view that the birth of the Sussexes’ second child will lead to a new era of harmonious relations between Montecito and London.

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