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Harry and Meghan deny having asked Queen about the use of Lilibet’s name

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A BBC report, citing an unnamed source at Buckingham Palace, said the couple never checked to see if they could use the nickname before naming their second child, who was born on Friday in California.

But a spokesman for the Duke of Sussex he told CNN that Harry spoke with the queen before the announcement and said he supported the decision.

“The duke spoke with his family before the announcement. In fact, his grandmother was the first family member to call,” the spokesman told CNN. “During this conversation, she shared her hope of naming her daughter Lilibet in her honor. If she had not been supportive, they would not have used the names.”

Buckingham Palace told CNN it would not make an official statement.

Lilibet is Elizabeth’s nickname within the royal family. It is born from its childhood, when the princess of then could not pronounce correctly her own name.

Harry and Meghan’s daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, was named after the 95-year-old monarch and Princess Diana, Harry’s late mother.

Her birth was announced Sunday, and the couple said she had been “blessed” by the arrival of her daughter.

The queen’s nickname arose after her grandfather, King George V, affectionately imitated her attempts to pronounce “Elizabeth.” Her husband, Prince Philip, who died in April, was also reportedly calling his wife by the name of her child pet. When the queen’s mother died in 2002, her coffin had a unique crown of the monarch with a card signed: “In loving memory, Lilibet.”

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