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A fresh row has erupted between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Buckingham Palace over whether the couple spoke to the Queen about naming their daughter Lilibet.
A Palace source claims the Sussexes "never asked" the Queen for permission to use her family nickname, but a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan has insisted the duke did tell his grandmother of his desire to name his daughter after her.
The Sussexes wouldn't have used the name "had she not been supportive", the spokesperson added.
Earlier this week, the Mirror exclusively reported how Harry, 36, had told the monarch of his wish to name a daughter after her years before he met wife Meghan.
Sources claim the Sussexes did not seek formal permission from the Queen to use the nickname, but they did inform her in private prior to announcing baby Lilibet Diana's arrival to the world.
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Meghan and Harry, joined by her mum Doria Ragland, introduce their newborn son Archie to the Queen and Prince Philip in May 2019
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The 95-year-old monarch is said to have been "delighted" and thought the tribute to both her and Harry’s late mother was a “lovely idea”.
The BBC reported on Wednesday that a Palace source said the Queen was not asked by Harry and Meghan, 39, about naming their daughter Lilibet, who was born at a hospital in Santa Barbara, California, last Friday.
But a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan, also parents to two-year-old son Archie, insisted that the duke did speak to the Queen about his hope of naming his second child after her.
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She was the first person Harry called before the public announcement, the spokesperson said.
The Sussexes, who live in the Los Angeles suburb of Montecito after quitting their roles as senior royals, wouldn't have used the name "had she not been supportive".
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."
The Sussexes wouldn't have used the name Lilibet had the Queen not been supportive, the couple's spokesperson says
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Earlier this week, sources claimed to the Mirror that the Duke of Sussex informed his grandmother of his desire to use her name – or at least part of it – when discussing his future family life.
Palace insiders hope the joyous news will “go a long way” to start to help heal the fractured relationship between Harry and his family, after he has spent the last few months accusing the family of racism and abandonment in television and podcast interviews.
A royal source told the Mirror previously: “Harry has always enjoyed a wonderful bond with his grandmother, which makes it all the more bizarre that he has gone out of his way to threaten the relationship over the last couple of years.
“They have been incredibly close and as you would imagine have shared some very deep and personal conversations as Harry was growing up, which carried on really until very recently.
“Harry has never made a secret of his wish to have a family of his own, often talking about how it would be great to have a boy and a girl, that he could name after the two most important women in his life, the Queen and his mother.
“He had toyed with the idea of giving a future daughter his mother’s name, but was wary of the attention it would no doubt bring to the little girl.
Meghan and Harry introduced Archie to the world two days after his birth
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“In the end, he mentioned Lilibet to Meghan, when discussing potential names for their children and she loved the idea.
“It’s a fitting tribute to the Queen and something many people will hope brings the family closer together.”
Lilibet is the affectionate nickname the Queen was given by her grandfather George V as a child after she had trouble pronouncing Elizabeth.
It was also one of the affectionate names the late Duke of Edinburgh used for his wife of 73 years – another one being Cabbage.
The Queen, who has been staying at Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic, signed 'Lilibet' on the card she left on top of Prince Philip ’s coffin before he was laid to rest in April.
Former Suits actress Meghan and Lilibet are at home in Montecito with Harry and Archie following a stay in hospital.
The couple, who have podcast and programming deals with Spotify and Netflix, are now on parental leave, and have not yet shared a photo of the newborn daughter.