Deciding on a name for a royal baby isn’t exactly straightforward. Most parents take various things into consideration when picking out the best moniker, such as how trendy it is, how well it will hold up as the years go on, and whether or not they want to honor a loved one by passing on a special name. When it comes to the British royals, they also have to think about how the name will be received by both their (sometimes contentious) family as well as the (highly-opinionated) public.
For instance, when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose to name their baby girl Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, it caused quite a stir. While some people felt like Harry’s strained relationship with his relatives made it potentially inappropriate to name their child after family members — in this case, Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and his late mother, Princess Diana — Harry had apparently always wanted to name his little girl after the two prominent women who mean so much to him.
However, now it turns out that Harry is not only facing opinions about what he’s called his daughter, but he’s also threatened legal action over a sticky situation regarding the name.
Prince Harry, Buckingham Palace, and the BBC are in a 'war' over Lilibet's name
In a time when Prince Harry would surely rather be bonding with his new baby, he has apparently found himself caught up in a “three-way briefing war” that involves royal insiders as well as the BBC, according to the Daily Mail. Per the outlet, the situation was sparked when “Senior Buckingham Palace sources told BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond … that the Queen was ‘never asked’ her opinion on the couple’s decision to name their new baby after her childhood nickname.”
As a result, Harry quickly (like, “within 90 minutes of the BBC’s report being published”) released a statement via his friend and author of “Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family” Omid Scobie that claimed he and Meghan Markle “would not have used the name ‘Lilibet’ unless the Queen had supported the move,” the Daily Mail reported.
Harry has not only disputed what was being said about Lilibet’s name, but he also threatened the BBC with legal action. It’s this is one dad who won’t be sitting back when it comes to protecting his daughter, even if that means going to court over the circumstances around her name. And, honestly, that’s not surprising; we’re talking about a man who will definitely do what it takes to shut down those who go after his family.
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