Prince Harry’s rep has confirmed that he and Meghan Markle received the Queen’s blessing to name their baby daughter after her.
The BBC reported the Duke and Duchess of Sussex hadn’t approached Her Majesty about naming the little one Lilibet, which is Queen Elizabeth’s nickname within the Royal Family.
However, Harry’s spokesperson has since insisted to ET Canada, “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 names.”
Buckingham Palace declined to comment when approached by ET Canada.
Harry and Meghan announced baby Lili had been born on June 4 in a statement released on Sunday.
The newborn’s middle name is Diana, which is a tribute to Harry’s late mother.
According to a People source, Harry and Meghan were “very excited and couldn’t wait to share that their daughter arrived” with her namesake. They were said to have introduced her via video call to Her Majesty.
The Queen was among those congratulating the happy couple on social media over the weekend.
Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana! The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news.
Lilibet is Her Majesty’s 11th great-grandchild. pic.twitter.com/dGVeRpd3pK
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 6, 2021