Harry issues legal warning over claim he didn’t ask Queen’s permission to use Lilibet
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's lawyers have issued a legal warning over a BBC story about their daughter Lilibet's name.
The BBC article quoted a Royal source who claimed that the couple had not asked the Queen's permission to use her childhood nickname for their daughter.
The story was published on the corporation's website and widely discussed on it's radio and TV channels.
Describing the article as false and defamatory, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's lawyers asked that the claim not be repeated.
Harry, 36, and his 39 year old wife Meghan welcomed their second child in California last Friday.
Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was named in tribute to both Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 95, and Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana.
Finding Freedom biographer Omid Scobie, who is close to the couple, tweeted: "The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement – in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called.
"During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honour.
"Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name."
He added: "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."
There's been much controversy surrounding the couple's decision to name their child Lilibet.
One royal biographer even slammed the move as "rude".
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Angela Levin said that it was inappropriate for Harry to use a "private" nickname for Queen Elizabeth as his daughter’s name.
She said: "It was given to her by King George V, her grandfather, who was making a joke that she couldn't say Elizabeth when he was very small. 'Say, what's your name? We'll say Lilibut.' So that's why he called her that."
“We knew what it was but it was his name. He wanted that name for her, it was his special name. I think that it's quite demeaning. I really believe that.”
The Queen's biographer Sally Bedell Smith agreed saying it suggests "inappropriate intimacy".
She said: "In today’s tense climate, when everyone is walking on eggshells with Harry and Meghan, I can’t imagine that the Queen had any choice but to accept the name they presented to her.
"Even if she felt – as would be completely understandable – that it breaches her privacy with a suggestion of inappropriate intimacy."
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