He wanted to be the first name of reconciliation, will it be that of the explosion? Friday, June 4, the royal family was delighted by the arrival of a new member: the second child of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Although they distanced themselves from the Crown and moved to the United States, the Sussexes chose symbolic first names for their daughter: Lilibet “Lili” Diana, in homage to Elizabeth II and the late Princess of Wales. Except that across the Channel, the information had the effect of a bomb. The reason ? According to some media, the Duke of Sussex did not consult his grandmother before choosing the first name of his daughter. According to the BBC, which interviewed Buckingham Palace sources, the Queen had “never been asked” about the couple’s decision to name their new baby after her childhood nickname.
Furious at this article, Prince Harry was quick to take matters into his own hands. Through his law firm, the Duke of Sussex therefore threatened the BBC with legal action. In a letter to some news publishers, the Schillings firm described the article as “false and defamatory”: “The Duke spoke with his family before the announcement, in fact his grandmother was the first member of the family he called. During this conversation, he shared their desire to name their daughter Lilibet in her honor. If she had not supported them in this sense, they would not have used that name “. To put out the fire caused by the birth of his daughter, Prince Harry even called on one of his relatives, journalist Omid Scobie.
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The author of the couple’s explosive biography, Finding Freedom, also claimed the Sussexes would not have used Lilibet’s name without Her Majesty’s consent. This new legal threat is therefore a new step in the war the Sussexes have declared to the media since leaving the ranks of the Crown. Far from his controversies, the happy parents in any case wanted to present their little Lilibet to Elizabeth II. As People reports, Prince Harry’s grandmother had the privilege of discovering the face of her new great-granddaughter through interposed screens. According to a royal source, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, “were very excited and couldn’t wait to show their daughter’s face” as soon as they returned home from Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
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