Prince Harry has slammed claims he didn’t ask the Queen if he could name his daughter ‘Lilibet’.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their second child, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on June 4.
Their daughter is affectionately named after her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, whose family nickname is Lilibet.
After the couple announced the birth of their baby girl, a Palace source told the BBC that Harry and Meghan never asked the Queen about naming their daughter Lilibet.
However, a spokesperson for the Sussexes’ has since disputed the report.
In a statement, the 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 honour. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.”
Lilibet is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild, and they’ve already been introduced via video call.
Harry and Meghan announced the birth of their second child on Sunday.
In a statement, their press secretary confirmed: “It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world.”
“Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA.”
“She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.”
“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales,” the statement added.