In response to a BBC article regarding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s intention to name their kid Lilibet, Queen Elizabeth II’s childhood nickname, the couple gave orders to their attorneys today.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Schillings team has written to British media outlets, advising that the claims in the piece are defamatory and “should not be repeated.”
The feud stems from the couple’s declaration to the Queen that their daughter will be named Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor.
The first name is Elizabeth’s family nickname, which she has had since she was a youngster and couldn’t pronounce her actual name.
Prior to the formal announcement, Harry and Meghan’s representative informed CN News that the prince “shared their hope” of using Lilibet.
The Schillings letter, which was published in the UK daily The Times, states: “The story is untrue and defamatory, and the claims contained therein should not be repeated.”
According to a palace source reported by the BBC, the couple “never solicited” the Queen’s approval.
“The Duke communicated with his family in advance of the announcement, in fact his grandmother was the first family member he phoned,” a spokesman for Harry and Meghan told CN News.
“During that chat, he mentioned that they wanted to name their baby Lilibet after her.
“They would not have used the name if she hadn’t been supportive.”
The BBC modified their report to add the Sussex comment but left its initial assertion that the couple “never asked” unchanged.
Jonny Dymond, a royal journalist, did not remove his original tweet making the accusation.
It’s unclear whether Prince Harry will file a lawsuit against the BBC over the article.
If he does, however, he would have moved his legal battle against the British media from the tabloid and paparazzi to a jewel in the crown of the British establishment.
Between the fall of 2019 and the fall of 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan filed six lawsuits between them, but no fresh ones have been filed in 2021.
“Not a good look for the House of Windsor when the briefings and counter briefings are about a baby’s name: #HarryandMeghan,” former BBC journalist Peter Hunt tweeted.
“It is with great delight that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their baby, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world,” a statement from Harry and Meghan’s spokeswoman said on Sunday.
“Lili was delivered under the trusted care of the doctors and staff of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m.
“She weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces. Both mother and infant are in good health and are adjusting to their new surroundings.
“Her Majesty The Queen’s family nickname is Lilibet, and Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen. Diana was selected as her middle name in honor of her late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.”