- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on June 4.
- Her name pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, as Lilibet is her familial nickname.
- Harry’s friends say he got the Queen’s blessing to use the name, Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl reports.
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Prince Harry sought Queen Elizabeth’s “blessing” to name his daughter Lilibet, according to a new report from Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl.
Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on June 4 in Santa Barbara, California.
Lilibet, who will be called Lili, is named for her great-grandmother and grandmother, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex said in a statement.
“Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet,” the couple said in a statement. “Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.”
Lilibet was the Queen’s childhood nickname from King George V. Prince Philip, who died at the age of 99 on April 9, was also believed to have called her Lilibet, as People reported that the Queen placed a handwritten note on her late husband’s coffin signed with the nickname at his funeral.
Friends of Harry told Vanity Fair that the Duke of Sussex asked for his grandmother’s “blessing” before naming his daughter.
“He loves and respects his grandmother,” one of his friends said to Vanity Fair. “For Harry these are two very important and meaningful names.”
Insider has confirmed the Duke of Sussex spoke to the Queen ahead of the announcement of Lilibet’s name.
As royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith told Vanity Fair, it’s not unusual for royals to ask for permission before naming their children after monarchs.
“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,’ so they settled on Margaret Rose,” Bedell Smith told Vanity Fair.
Harry and Markle announced Lili’s birth on Sunday.
“She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe,” the couple said of their daughter in a statement on the website for their organization, Archewell. “Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.”
The royal family congratulated the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Lili’s arrival via Instagram.