Despite the fact that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby Lilibet “Lili” Diana is just a week old, her name has already sparked debate.
The couple’s decision to name their second child Lilibet, after the Queen’s childhood nickname, was interpreted as an attempt by Harry and Meghan to repair their split with the royal family.
However, Harry and Meghan’s claim that the queen granted her approval for the name, which was widely reported in the media, appears to have worsened divides inside the palace.
The delighted parents apparently did not approach Queen Elizabeth II about calling their child Lilibet, according to the BBC, citing an unidentified Palace source on Wednesday, June 9.
The BBC reporter said that “a good palace source” was “absolutely adamant” that the name had not been run by the Queen.
A spokesman for the Sussexes quickly shot down the report, claiming that the Queen was the first person Harry contacted. The couple would never have gone forward with the name without the Queen’s approval, according to the spokesperson.
“The duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement – in fact, his grandmother was the first family member he called,” the spokesperson said.
“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.”
Harry and Meghan’s lawyers have written to the press, claiming that the BBC’s reports are untrue and defamatory.
Buckingham Palace stated it will not make an official announcement regarding the child’s name.
Lili is named after a number of royals, including the sovereign. “Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales,” the baby’s birth announcement said. She also happens to be the 8th in line to the throne.
In an unprecedented interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, the Sussexes revealed their rupture with the royal family. Meghan said that before the birth of their first child, Archie, one member of the family expressed concerns about how dark his complexion would be, and that the palace refused to assist her when she was suicidal.
There was no sign of any underlying difficulties with the newborn’s name in the family’s public best wishes upon the news of her birth. “The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” said a statement from Buckingham Palace on June 6.
But Prince William and Kate’s official Twitter account expressed their congrats without mentioning the child’s full name. “We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili. Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie .”