Meghan Markle and Prince Harry left 'shocked' by Lilibet naming row

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry left 'shocked' by Lilibet naming row

Patrick Christys gives insight into the Royal Family Lilibet naming row.

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Hannah Ross

By Hannah Ross

Published: 23/01/2024

- 11:53

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex named their daughter Lilibet in 2021

Meghan and Harry were “shocked” over claims that the Queen did not approve of the name Lilibet for their daughter, according to a source.

A member of the royal staff said that the Queen was “as angry as I’d ever seen her” after Harry and Meghan claimed they consulted with the monarch before naming their daughter.

This was reported in Robert Hardman’s new book about the reign of King Charles III, which gives insight into the Royal Family.

A source told US Weekly: "Meghan and Harry 100 percent got permission from the Queen to use the name Lilibet.

Meghan and Harr

Meghan and Harry 'shocked' by Lilibet reports


"The report is not true. [Harry and Meghan] don’t know where this is coming from.

"They’re shocked that this is coming now; it seems out of nowhere and out of left field."

Hardman found information for his book from “friends of the King and Queen, key officials and courtiers, plus unpublished royal papers," according to the author.

The source added about Harry and Meghan: "They just feel like it’s more of the same spear campaign that continues against them."

Meghan and Harry

The name 'Lilibet' is a family nickname for the late Queen Elizabeth.


The couple wrote on their Archewell website that they chose the name Lilibet as a nod to Elizabeth’s family nickname.

The source continued: "They feel it’s convenient [that] this is surfacing now when the Queen is not here to defend herself and can’t say what is true or false."

The nickname Lilibet dates to when the late Queen was a toddler and could not pronounce her full name Elizabeth, so her family started to use the affectionate nickname.

The source added that “multiple people were aware” that the duke and duchess had asked for the Queen’s blessing before naming their now 2-year-old girl.

Harry and Meghan

Harry and Meghan have two children, Archie, 4 and Lilibet, 2.


Harry and MeghanNeither Harry nor Meghan have commented publicly on the naming row Getty

Another royal author, Omid Scobie, who writes about Meghan and Harry in his book Finding Freedom, has also shut down the claims about the naming drama.

He wrote on Twitter/X: “None of these Lilibet ‘revelations’ are doing the late Queen Elizabeth any favours.

“Not only do they contradict details shared by the Palace with a cooperatively written biography in 2022, they also depict the monarch in a way the public haven’t known her to be.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also have a son named Archie, 4, who was born in London in 2019.

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