The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have argued with the BBC over the version of the events that led to their daughter’s naming.
Harry and Meghan’s attorneys wrote to the company after a BBC story claimed the Queen was not asked to name her baby Lilibet, which was the monarch’s childhood nickname.
It was widely reported that Harry and Meghan consulted with the Queen before the name of their baby, who was born in California on Friday, was announced.
But an article on the BBC’s website claimed palace sources said the queen had not been asked by the duke and duchess to name their daughter Lilibet.
A spokeswoman for the couple said their daughter’s name was mentioned in a conversation with the Queen.
She said: “The Duke spoke to his family before the announcement, in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called.
“During this conversation he shared her hope to name her daughter Lilibet in her honor. If she hadn’t supported them, they wouldn’t have used the name. “
The Times reported that the Schillings couple’s lawyers had sent a letter to the BBC warning that the story was “false and defamatory”.
The story of one of the BBC’s royal correspondents remains on the company’s website.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
The dispute comes just weeks after Lord Dyson’s report in the 1995 Panorama interview with Harry’s mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
It concluded that journalist Martin Bashir was using “fraudulent behavior” to land the world exclusively, and an internal BBC investigation a year later had covered this up.
Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, a younger sister of two year old son Archie of the Sussexes, was born on Friday, June 4th at 11:40 am at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces.
The Sussexes have experienced heartbreak and division after quitting senior working royals last year and plunging the monarchy into crisis with their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.
Harry made further controversial remarks about his family in the weeks that followed, and also experienced a long-standing argument with his brother William.
But he always spoke heartily about his grandmother and late grandfather, and the Queen relied compassionately on her grandson and his family.
Lilibet is the Queen’s nickname and the election pays tribute to the monarch at a difficult time for the Windsors mourning the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh.
The new baby is the queen’s eleventh great-grandchild and the first to be born since Philip’s death.
But since the Sussexes live in California and have difficult relationships with Harry’s family, it is not known when or if the newcomer will meet the Queen and the rest of the royals.
The dispute with the BBC didn’t stop Harry from announcing the newest host country for his Invictus Games and revealing in a social media video that Germany will host the event for 2023.
“It is time to spread the word that something big is coming to Germany,” said the Duke in the clip in which Federal Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer could be seen.