Prince Harry got Queen Elizabeth's approval about naming his and Meghan Markle's daughter after her. However, the Duke of Sussex reportedly left a crucial detail that surprised the British monarch when she learned that her great-granddaughter was named Lilibet.
Prince Harry Asked For Queen Elizabeth's Permission, But Monarch Had A Different Expectation?
Socialite Nicky Haslam, whose royal friends include the Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of York and Prince Michael of Kent, spoke about the controversy behind the name of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's daughter. According to him, it was true that Prince Harry called his grandmother about naming his daughter after her.
However, even the Queen was reportedly taken aback after learning that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex named their youngest child "Lilibet" because she was under the impression that they would use her Christian name "Elizabeth," Haslam claimed.
"I heard [Harry] rang her and said: 'We want to call our daughter after you, Granny.' She said: 'How charming of you, thank you,' thinking that it would be Elizabeth. So they got the permission, but they didn't say the name," Haslam was quoted as saying by Tatler.
He also wondered the royal couple didn't name their second child Doria, after Markle's mom, since "it's the prettiest name ever."
What Did Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Say After Allegations They Didn't Ask The Queen's Permission For Using Lilibet?
After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced the name of their daughter, BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond published a report claiming that they did not consult the Queen to use her private moniker. "Lilibet" has a sentimental connotation for the 96-year-old monarch because it was used privately by her late father, King George VI, and late husband, Prince Philip.
Prince Harry and Markle denied the source's allegation and clarified that the monarch was aware of their daughter's name.
"The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement. In fact, his grandmother was the first family member he called," their rep said in a statement obtained by People. "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."
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