Meghan and Harry did get Queen’s support over Lilibet’s name, says Sussex source

Meghan Markle and Prince Harrry insist they did get the support of the Queen to name their daughter Lilibet, despite reports suggesting otherwise.

It comes after the BBC reported being told by Palace officials that permission from the Queen had not been sought.

Previous reports had suggested Harry and Meghan had spoken to the Queen before the birth – and he "would have mentioned" the name.

It was then reported on Wednesday that a Palace source told the BBC this was not the case, and the Queen was "never asked" about its use.

But journalist Omid Scobie, who wrote the book Finding Freedom on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's decision to step back from their royal duties, says they did get the support of Her Maj to use the name.

He says that the couple spoke to the Queen following the birth and that had she not approved they would not have used it.

Mr Scobie wrote in a tweet: "A Sussex source says that the Queen was the first family Harry called after Lilibet’s birth and during that conversation, he shared the couple’s hope of naming their daughter in her honor.

"Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name."

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He added: "Those close to Prince Harry confirm that he spoke to close family before the announcement so perhaps this report highlights just how far removed aides within the institution (who learned of the baby news alongside the rest of the world) now are from the Sussexes’ private matters."

Previous reports suggested Her Majesty, 95, had already given her blessing for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to use the name for their daughter before she was born.

As a young princess, the Queen struggled to pronounce her own name, Elizabeth, so resorted to saying 'Lillibet'.

But it stuck, with dad King George VI and other members of the Royal Family affectionately calling her by the nickname for years after.

Meghan and Harry's sweet baby news was announced on Sunday, following the birth on Friday.

A statement on Harry and Meghan's Archewell Foundation website read: "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.

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"Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11.40am 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.

"This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family."

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