Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s chosen name for their newborn has aroused some controversy.
Not long after the couple’s daughter Lilibet was born on Friday, a source from Buckingham Palace claimed to the BBC that the Duke of Sussex did not consult his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, for permission to use his private family’s nickname.
But on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Duke and Duchess rejected the Sussex source’s claim.
“The duke spoke to his family prior to the announcement, in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called,” the spokesman told People magazine in a statement. “During the conversation, he shared their hopes of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honor. If she had not supported, they would not have used the name.”
According to the outlet, the name Lilibet was used by the father of the reigning monarch King George VI. He once said of his two daughters, “Lilibet is my pride. Margaret is my joy.”
MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY INTRODUCED LILIBET DIANA TO QUEEN ELIZABETH DURING A VIDEO CALL, SOURCE REQUIREMENTS
The nickname has been used by other family members, including the 95-year-old’s late husband, Prince Philip. It is believed that her older cousins, like Princess Alexandra, still use the name.
Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor pays tribute to both Harry’s grandmother as well as his late mother, Princess Diana.
The outlet shared that the queen was also introduced to her namesake via a video call.
“[The Duke and Duchess of Sussex] were very excited and could not wait to tell that their daughter arrived, ”a source told the outlet, adding that the couple introduced as soon as they got home from the hospital.
A baby girl was born at. 11:40 a.m. at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California and weighed 11 pounds, a spokesman for the couple said. The child is eighth in the queue for the British throne.
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A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said the queen; Harry’s father, Prince Charles; his brother, Prince William; and other family members had been informed and are “pleased with the news of the birth of a daughter to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
No photos of the newborn or Sussexes followed the message. The couple has said that instead of gifts, they are asking interested parties to learn about or support non-profit organizations working for women and girls, including Girls Inc., Harvest Home, CAMFED or the Myna Mahila Foundation.
“Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family,” the couple wrote in a statement following the birth announcement on Sunday.
The baby is “more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we have felt from around the world,” they continued.
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The birth of the healthy baby girl opens a happy chapter for the couple following an abortion in July 2020. Markle, 39, personally accounted for the traumatic experience in hopes of helping others.
Months before the abortion, the couple announced that they were leaving royal duties and moving to North America, citing what they said were the unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media. They live in Montecito, an upscale area near Santa Barbara, California.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.