Only a few days after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle introduced their daughter to the world and announced that they honored Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana by naming her Lilibet Diana, the couple has launched an attack on the BBC for ‘falsely’ reporting that the monarch was not consulted before naming their second child after her.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a statement in which they introduced their daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.
According to the pair, the name Lilibet was chosen to honor Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, who has been known as Lilibet by her family since she was a kid.
Since then, royal experts have speculated that the name choice is a way for Harry and Meghan to make peace with the royals, following their back-to-back public attacks on the Firm, first in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, and later in multiple interviews, including an Apple TV+ documentaries about mental health in which the duke accused the royal family of ‘total neglect’ towards him.
According to the BBC, the couple did not seek permission from the queen before deciding on the name. The outlet’s assertions were refuted by the pair, who called the piece “false and slanderous.”
“During that conversation, he (Harry) shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honor,” their spokesperson said. “Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.”
Lawyers for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have now written to many media outlets, claiming that the BBC piece was false and defamatory, and that the claims should not be repeated. When contacted by Reuters, the BBC did not respond immediately to the letter.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the situation. The queen made a statement publicly expressing her joy at the birth, as did Harry’s elder brother, Prince William, and his wife Kate, whose relationship with the pair has also deteriorated.