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Harry went to Queen for Lilibet ‘blessing’ – but may not have asked for formal permission

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Friends of Prince Harry said the Duke sought the blessing of Her Majesty to use the moniker prior to the announcement of the baby’s birth. However, a new report has suggested he did not formally ask her permission. Royal expert Russell Myers said sources had told him Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not seek formal permission from the Queen to use her nickname, Lilibet.

But, the couple reportedly did inform the monarch in private prior to announcing her arrival to the world.

Writing in the Daily Mirror, Mr Myers said: “Sources have confirmed that Harry and Meghan did not seek formal permission from the Queen to use the nickname, but they did inform her in private prior to announcing her arrival to the world.”

According to another royal expert Katie Nicholl, the Duke of Sussex requested the Queen’s blessing before he gave his daughter the monarch’s childhood nickname.

Prince Harry reportedly told his friends said he sought the blessing of his grandmother the Queen before bestowing the name Lilibet on his daughter.

The nickname Lilibet was mainly used by the Queen’s husband Prince Philip, her parents, and a few of her closest friends.

The name has a very sentimental meaning now that Prince Philip has died, it also becomes more emotional when paired with Diana, the name of Prince Harry’s late mother.

However, according to friends of Prince Harry, the Duke made the informal call to the Queen because he “loves and respects his grandmother”.

His friends added: “For Harry these are two very important and meaningful names.”

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It has been reported that the Duke of Sussex did not warn the Palace in advance about the decision to name the couple’s daughter, Lilibet.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made a statement on Sunday that their daughter will be known as Lili, which the Queen’s biographer Sally Bedell Smith has said is a satisfactory compromise.

Ms Bedell Smith said: “Asking the Queen’s permission for the name would be in line with royal tradition.

“I know when the Duke and Duchess of York, later George VI and Queen Elizabeth, proposed to name their second daughter Ann Margaret, King George V and Queen Mary objected to ‘Ann’.

“This then led to the couple settling on Margaret Rose.”

Royal biographer Bedell Smith has said using the name “Elizabeth” would have been more appropriate.

She said: “Harry and Meghan could have paid the Queen a far more dignified tribute by calling their daughter her great-grandmother’s proper name, Elizabeth.

“They would have been even better off calling the baby Diana Elizabeth.

“Nobody could possibly have objected to that.

“In fact, paying tribute to the baby’s late grandmother that way would have been widely applauded.

“I would expect the choice has not gone down well in royal circles.

“It’s lucky Harry and Meghan have said at the outset they will call their daughter ‘Lili.’”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced in a statement on Sunday: “It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world.

“Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 am in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

“Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home.”

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