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Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Say They Asked Queen Permission For Lilibet Name

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Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Say They Asked Queen Permission For Lilibet Name

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have shut down reports that they didn't contact The Queen before naming their daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

An insider close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has today confirmed that they did speak to the reigning monarch following their daughter's arrival on June 4th.

According to the royal correspondent for Harper's Bazaar, Omid Scobie, a Sussex source said that the Queen "was the first family Harry called after Lilibet's birth and during that conversation, he shared the couple's hope of naming their daughter in her honour."

They added: "Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name."

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle asked permission to name their daughter Lilibet (Credit: CBS)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle asked permission to name their daughter Lilibet (Credit: CBS)

The correspondent added on Twitter: "Those close to Prince Harry confirm that he spoke to close family before the announcement so perhaps this report highlights just how far removed aides within the institution (who learned of the baby news alongside the rest of the world) now are from the Sussexes' private matters."

The Royal statement was backed up by other correspondents, including ITV correspondent, Chris Ship, who echoed that he's been briefed of the Prince's chat with the Queen, and her "supportive" sentiments.

It comes after the BBC reported that the royal couple hadn't approached Lilibet's grandmother before announcing her moniker - which is a the nickname the royals used to call the Queen.

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Harry and Meghan say they did speak to the monarch (Credit: PA)
Harry and Meghan say they did speak to the monarch (Credit: PA)

Baby Lilibet was born on Friday 4th June, at 11.40am, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announcing the news on their Archewell website.

The statement reads: "It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world.

"Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA.

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"She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home. Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.

The royal pair are now parents of two (Credit: Sussex Royal)
The royal pair are now parents of two (Credit: Sussex Royal)

"This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family."

Harry and Meghan added: "On June 4th, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili. She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we've felt from across the globe. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family."

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Topics: Celebrity News, Royal, The Queen, Royal Family, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle

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