Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex have denied a report within the British media that they didn’t ask Queen Elizabeth II about naming their daughter Lilibet, after the monarch’s childhood nickname.
A BBC report, which cited an unnamed Buckingham Palace supply, acknowledged that the couple by no means checked whether or not they may use the moniker earlier than naming their second baby, who was born on Friday in California.
But a spokesperson for the Duke of Sussex instructed NCS that Harry spoke with the Queen earlier than the announcement, and mentioned she was supportive of the choice.
“The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement. In fact, his grandmother was the first family member he called,” the spokesperson instructed NCS. “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 names.”
Buckingham Palace instructed NCS it could not be making an official assertion on the matter.
Lilibet is Elizabeth’s nickname throughout the royal household. It stems from her childhood, when the then-princess was unable to pronounce her personal identify correctly.
Harry and Meghan’s daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, was named after each the 95-year-old monarch and Princess Diana, Harry’s late mom.
Her beginning was introduced on Sunday, with the couple saying they had been “blessed” by their daughter’s arrival.
The Queen’s nickname got here about after her grandfather, King George V, affectionately imitated her makes an attempt to pronounce “Elizabeth.” Her husband, Prince Philip, who died in April, additionally reportedly referred to as his spouse by her childhood pet identify. When the Queen’s mom died in 2002, her coffin held a single wreath from the monarch with a card signed, “In loving memory, Lilibet.”
textual content by Max Foster and Rob Picheta, NCS