A few days after the birth of their second child, named after Queen Elizabeth, Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan became embroiled in a row with the BBC, along with threatening legal action, over whether they consulted the king first.
Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced on Sunday the birth of daughter Lillibet ‘Lily’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born at Santa Barbara Hospital in California.
They said her name was in honor of Harry’s grandmother, the Queen, whose family surname was Lillibit, while also honoring his late mother, Princess Diana.
Some commentators from the royal family said the move appeared to be an olive branch for his family after a public feud after an explosive interview with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey in March, when they accused an unidentified royal of making a racist statement and said Meghan’s pleas for help when she felt the wish had been ignored. in suicide.
However, in a development on Wednesday, the BBC quoted an unnamed source in the palace, that the couple did not seek permission from Elizabeth before choosing the name.
The couple said the Queen was the first member of the family they came into contact with.
“During that conversation, he [Harry] They shared their hope of naming their daughter Lillipet in her honor,” their spokesperson said. “Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.” Lawyers for the Duke and Duchess have now sent a letter to some media organisations, saying the BBC article is false and defamatory, and the allegations should not be repeated. .
Reuters contacted the BBC and had no immediate response to the letter.
Buckingham Palace said it had no comment on the matter.
The Queen issued a public statement saying she was delighted with the birth, as did Harry’s older brother Prince William and his wife Kate, whose relationship with the couple has also deteriorated.
In a speech on Tuesday, Harry’s father, Prince Charles, heir to the throne, said it was “happy news”.
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