World Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Lawyers Accuse BBC of Defamation Over Lilibet Story
Lilibet Name Meaning As Queen's Nickname Honored by Meghan and Harry
Meghan and Prince Harry have chosen the name Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor for their second child.In a statement announcing the birth on Sunday, the couple said their new daughter was "more than we could have ever imagined.
Prince Harry andcalled in lawyers today over a story about their decision to name their daughter Lilibet—Queen Elizabeth II's childhood nickname.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's team at Schillings have sent letters to British media organizations warning the allegations in the article are defamatory and "should not be repeated."
This is how to pronounce Lilibet
When news of Duchess Meghan's brand new royal baby reached the world's ears this morning, there was one name on everyone's lips: Lilibet. Yes, the moniker is a very unique choice from Meghan and husband Harry, though it makes complete, meaningful sense given that it is the nickname of Her Majesty The Queen, used only by her nearest and dearest. When news of Duchess Meghan's brand new royal baby reached the world's ears this morning, there was one name on everyone's lips: Lilibet.
The stand-off relates to what the couple told the Queen about their intention to.
The first name is Elizabeth's lifelong family nickname dating.
the prince "shared their hope" of using Lilibet prior to the official announcement.
Quoted in U.K. newspaper The Times, the Schillings letter reads: "The article is false and defamatory and the allegations within it should not be repeated."
The BBC story quoted a palace source saying the couple "never asked" the Queen's permission.
A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan told Newsweek: "The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement, in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called.
William and Kate 'delighted' after Harry and Meghan announce birth of baby daughter
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have said they are "delighted" after the Sussexes announced the birth of their baby daughter - Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.Prince Harry and Meghan announced that the infant, a first sibling for Archie, was born on Friday in California.
"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."
The BBC updated its story to include the Sussex statement but did not change or remove its original claim that the couple "never asked."
Royal correspondent Jonny Dymond also did not delete his original Tweet making the claim.
It is not clear whetherintends to pursue legal action against the BBC over the story.
However, if he did it would move his legal war against the British media firmly out of the tabloid and paparazzi sphere and onto a jewel in the crown of the British establishment.
Prince Harry and Meghan launched six lawsuits between them from fall 2019 to fall 2020 but have yet to file any new court cases in 2021.
Former BBC correspondent Peter Hunt Tweeted: "Not a good look for the House of Windsor when the briefings and counter briefings are about a baby's name: #HarryandMeghan."
Prince Harry had to do one very important thing before formally naming his daughter after The Queen
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to name their daughter Lilibet Diana is, and likely will remain one of the most unique points of topic around the royal baby's birth - here's how he broke the news.The name itself holds a deep tradition with a twist given Lilibet was Queen Elizabeth's nickname used only by her closest family - her father King George VI and her husband Prince Philip known most for using the affectionate moniker.
Not a good look for the House of Windsor when the briefings and counter briefings are about a baby’s name: #HarryandMeghan https://t.co/qC1SSmUUqp— Peter Hunt (@_PeterHunt) June 9, 2021
A statement from Harry and Meghan's spokesperson on Sunday said: "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.
"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 honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales."
Meghan Markle Will Not Attend Princess Diana Statue Unveiling in the UK, Source Says .
A source tells ET that the Duchess of Sussex 'has no plans to travel' after giving birth to her second child.ET has learned that reports that the Duchess of Sussex will attend the Princess Diana statue unveiling in London are false. A source tells ET, "Meghan has just had a baby and has no plans to travel to London for the memorial event planned for the statue unveiling in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace.