A new report has claimed the late Queen Elizabeth II was “angry” over her grandson Prince Harry’s claim he had asked for her blessing to name his daughter Lilibet.
Lilibet was famously the Queen’s moniker used by her immediate family and husband Prince Philip, who died two months before Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s daughter was born in June 2021.
Royal biographer Robert Hardman has alleged that a royal aide to the Queen reported that she was not happy about the use of her name without approval.
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“One privately recalled that Elizabeth II had been ‘as angry as I’d ever seen her’ in 2021 after the Sussexes announced that she had given them her blessing to call their baby daughter ‘Lilibet’, the Queen’s childhood nickname,” he said.
The report about the Queen’s reaction is within his new book Charles III: New King, New Court. The Inside Story, as obtained by Daily Mail.
The aide claimed the Queen, who died in 2022, told them: “I don’t own the palaces, I don’t own the paintings, the only thing I own is my name. And now they’ve taken that.”
Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex reportedly left the Queen ‘angry’ over not seeking permission for the name ‘Lilibet’. Credit: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
This new report follows another insider who said in 2022 that the Queen was “never asked” about the name before Lilibet’s name was made public.
“Palace source tells BBC that the Queen was not asked by Meghan and Harry over the use of her childhood nickname; reports suggested Harry had sought permission from Queen to call newborn ‘Lilibet’; but Palace source says the Queen was ‘never asked,’” BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said on X in 2022.
Prince Harry threatened legal action against the BBC over these claims 90 minutes after they went to air by releasing a statement.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry. Credit: WPA Pool/Getty ImagesHarry kisses baby Lilibet. Credit: Netflix
“The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement. In fact, his grandmother was the first family member he called,” a spokesperson for the Sussexes said in response.
“During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honour.
“Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the names.”
Notably, the BBC did not back down.
Flowers with the message ‘In loving memory, Lilibet’ from Queen Elizabeth II lie on the coffin of the Queen Mother. Credit: PA Images/PA Images via Getty ImagesPortrait of the Duke and Duchess of York with Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret in the 1930s, before he became King George VI and was succeeded by Elizabeth. Credit: Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images
Along with being a moniker used for the Queen by her parents and sister Princess Margaret, her husband Prince Philip has also used Lilibet affectionately.
It stems from when, as a young princess, she was unable to pronounce her own name properly.
When the Queen’s mother died in 2002, her coffin held a single wreath from the monarch with a card signed, “In loving memory, Lilibet.”
Prince Harry and Meghan have previously insisted that they told the Queen about the name of their baby daughter. Credit: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor
Harry and Meghan made the name announcement in 2021 with the following statement: “Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honour her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.”
Days later the Palace said in response: “The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex”.
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