Prince Harry Threatens To Sue Over Claims Queen Didn't Approve Baby Lilibet's Name
Prince Harry is getting involved amid a wave of rumours about his daughter's name. Specifically, reports had claimed Harry and Meghan did not ask permission to name their newborn Lilibet after the Queen. But the Duke and Duchess deny that rumour and have now threatened to take legal action following the BBC's reporting on the story.
Prince Harry has had enough of the rumours about his daughter's name.
Today, the Duke set the record straight on his talks with Queen Elizabeth II before he named his newborn Lilibet. He released a statement and threatened legal action after the BBC said he and Meghan "did not ask the Queen to use Lilibet," citing a Palace source.
Prince Harry intervenes on Lilibet name, Queen rumours
Harry and Meghan's daughter, born on June 4, was named Lilibet after the Queen's nickname. Several experts and reports have said the Queen didn't give permission for them to use the name, but a Sussex spokesperson today 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 honor. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name."
In addition, Prince Harry threatened legal action against the BBC for its story, according to Daily Mail. The BBC had cited a "Palace source" who said the Queen wasn't asked about the newborn being named Lilibet in her honour.
BBC News has now added the Duke and Duchess's response to the story, quoting the line about the Queen's support in the name decision. But the statement on Harry and Meghan not asking the Queen's permission remains.
Lilibet: Drama follows naming of Harry and Meghan's baby
Time will tell if this marks the end of the name drama following the birth of baby Lilibet Diana on June 4.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan named their daughter after Queen Elizabeth's family nickname, Lilibet, which came from her own inability to pronounce her name as a child. In a congratulatory statement, the Queen was said to be "delighted" by the baby news.
The Queen has also reportedly invited Prince Harry to lunch when he visits the UK next month to unveil a statue of Princess Diana, which makes it appear unlikely that the monarch and her grandson are in conflict over the baby name.