Queen Elizabeth allowed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to name their daughter after her, but she was under the impression that her great-granddaughter would be given a Christian name rather than a childhood nickname, a royal friend and interior designer insisted. .
Socialite Nikki Haslam, which includes royal friends Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Michael Duke of Kent and Sarah Duchess of York, claimed in a recent “The Third Act” podcast episode.
“I heard [Harry] I called her and said ‘I want to call my daughter, Grandma.’ ‘How charming you are, thank you,’ she said, thinking it would be Elizabeth. So they got permission, but they didn’t say their names,” Haslam said. tatler.
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Haslam went on to ask why Prince Harry and Markle didn’t name their one-year-old daughter, Lilibet Diana, after the Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland.
“Why didn’t you call the baby Doria?” “It’s the prettiest name ever,” he added.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are also parents of their three-year-old son, Archie, welcomed Lilibe on 4 June last year.
After the couple revealed their daughter’s name, the BBC’s Royal Correspondent Johnny Dimond Prince Harry and Markle argued in a report citing an anonymous Buckingham Palace source that they had not consulted with Queen Elizabeth to allow Queen Elizabeth to use her daughter’s family nickname.
The name carries an important sentimental meaning for the British monarch. Because it was used personally for her by her father, King George VI, and her late husband, Prince Philip.
Prince Harry and Markle fought a legal battle over these allegations last year, calling the BBC a “false and defamatory story.”
A spokeswoman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the time denied the sources’ allegations.
“The Duke spoke with his family prior to the announcement. In fact, his grandmother was the first family member he called,” their spokesperson said in a statement. people. “During that conversation, he shared her hope that she would name her daughter Lilibet in her honor. If she hadn’t been supportive, they wouldn’t have used that name.”
In addition to paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry and Markle, who nicknamed their daughter Lily, also paid tribute to their mother, Diana, who passed away with her daughter’s middle name.
The name Lily, meanwhile, is in honor of Ragland, who, according to People, nicknamed the Duchess “Flower” as a child.