A spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
said Queen Elizabeth
was “supportive” of Meghan Markle
and Prince Harry
’s decision to name their newborn daughter Lilibet
, the queen’s family nickname, contradicting a BBC
report that the monarch “was not asked” for permission.
“The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement, in fact, his grandmother was the first family member he called,” the couple’s spokesperson told Stardia on Wednesday. “During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honor, and they would not have used the name if she had not been supportive.”
The statement came in response to a BBC report, citing an anonymous palace source, that the queen was not asked about Lili's name. Buckingham Palace
declined to comment on the matter.
On Sunday, Harry and Meghan revealed that their second child
, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, was born last week.
“She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home,” a spokesperson said at the time. “Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet, and Diana was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.”
When naming their only daughter, Princess Charlotte
, Prince William
and Kate Middleton
paid homage to both the queen and the late Princess Diana
The queen's 11th great-grandchild is Lilibet.
Members of the royal family
publicly congratulated the couple on social media
a few hours after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the birth of their daughter.
The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
are all over the birth of Lilibet Diana, Her Majesty's 11th great-grandchild. pic.twitter.com/dGVeRpd3pK — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 6, 2021
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) June 6, 2021
Congratulations to Harry, Meghan, and Archie
on the birth of their daughter, Lilibet Diana. We wish them all the best during this joyous occasion. pic.twitter.com/ucJZIm2kqH — The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) June 6, 2021
During a visit to the BMW factory on Tuesday, Prince Charles
expressed his "joy" at becoming a grandfather for the fifth time, according to ITV.
In candid interviews with Oprah Winfrey
and Dax Shepard
earlier this year, Harry discussed his tumultuous relationship with members of the royal family, including his brother and Charles.
During their interview with Winfrey, Harry and Meghan also revealed that a member of the royal family expressed racist
"concerns" about the skin color of their first child, Archie, before he was born and refused to help Meghan when she was suicidal.
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