Harry and Meghan hit back at Palace’s new claim

Harry and Meghan have hit back at claims they did not ask the Queen about naming their daughter Lilibet. 

A source close to the couple insisted that the duke did discuss his daughter’s name with his grandmother and would never have used it had she not been supportive.

Lilibet was a childhood nickname for Her Majesty only used by her closest family members and late husband Prince Philip. 

It was widely reported that the Sussexes did consult the Queen after the news broke that Meghan had given birth to their second child. 

But a Palace source told the BBC the Queen was not asked. 

However, a spokesperson for the couple said on Wednesday that the monarch was the first family member the duke called about the new royal baby.

The spokesperson said: ‘The duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement – in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called.

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 name.’

It is not clear whether or not the conversation between Prince Harry and the Queen happened before the birth or between the birth and the announcement. 

Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, a younger sister for the Sussexes’ two-year-old son Archie, was born on Friday June 4 at 11.40am at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, weighing 7lb 11 oz.