LONDON – Britain’s Prince Harry spoke to Queen Elizabeth II before the name of his new daughter, Lilibet Diana, was made public, a spokesperson for the new mom and dad said on Wednesday after a British media article suggested otherwise.
Harry’s grandmother was the ‘first family member he called,’ the spokesperson said, adding that the royal spoke to other members of his family before revealing he had chosen named Lilibet (Lili) Diana Mountbatten-Windsor with Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
The younger sister of the Sussexes’ 2-year-old son Archie was born Friday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California and weighed 7 pounds 11 ounces.
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Without the Queen’s support, “they would not have used the name,” the spokesperson said.
Their comments came after an article on the BBC website claimed that a palace source said the Queen had not been asked about the use of ‘Lilibet’, the nickname used by her family , including her husband, Prince Philip, who died in April after 73 years of marriage. .
The story of one of the BBC’s royal correspondents remains on the broadcaster’s website.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment. The BBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
It comes weeks after the company was forced to apologize after an independent report revealed journalist Martin Bashir used ‘deceptive behavior’ to secure a landmark interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, the late grand -mother of Lilibet, who died in a car accident in August 1997 and would have been 60 this year.
The investigation revealed that Bashir had acted inappropriately and violated the editorial guidelines of the public broadcaster to gain access to Diana, who told him in the November 1995 interview that “there were three of us in this marriage”.
Bashir, who went to work for another UK network before joining ABC in the US and later MSNBC, where he was a news anchor, said he was “deeply sorry” for Harry and his brother Prince William , after the publication of the report.
Harry and Meghan quit their roles as royals last year and now live in California, and Lili’s birth comes as relations between the couple and the royal family are at an all-time low.
In March, Harry and Meghan caught up with Oprah Winfrey for an interview revealing their decision. The couple also discussed Meghan’s thoughts of suicide and racism in the UK.
CORRECTION (June 10, 2021, 6:55 a.m. ET): An earlier version of this article misstated the number of sources the BBC relied on for its report. It was one source, not multiple sources.