Queen 'was never asked' if Harry and Meghan could use her nickname

It has been reported that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not consult the Queen about naming their daughter Lilibet.

According to the BBC, a palace source said the monarch was “never asked” how her childhood nickname is used.

Harry and Meghan announced over the weekend that Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who will be known as Lili, was born on Friday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.

A spokesman for the couple said: “Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, whose family name is Lilibet.

“Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, the Princess of Wales.”

The nickname was coined when Princess Elizabeth was a toddler and couldn’t pronounce her own name correctly. Her grandfather King George V affectionately called her Lilibet, imitating her attempts to pronounce her name. It got stuck and was used by close relatives.

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She signed her name as Lilibet on the funeral wreath for one of her closest friends, Earl Mountbatten. The Queen’s late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, also nicknamed her.

After Lilibet’s birth, it was widely believed that Harry and Meghan had spoken to the Queen about choosing a name.

The Times reported that the Queen was informed of the name by Harry, but the BBC says this has now been denied by the palace.

It has also been reported that the Queen was one of the first people to call Harry and Meghan after their daughter was born and that she received photos of the newborn.

Prince William and Kate Middleton also reportedly sent a gift to California for their niece.


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