Earlier in the week the BBC reported Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not ask the Queen for permission to name their daughter Lilibet. While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex hit back at the allegations, royal expert Robert Jobson claimed the Queen would have been unable to stop the couple naming their newborn Lilibet, her childhood nickname.
“We’ve had this whole row going on this week with the BBC getting issued legal letters over a story that was ostensibly true,” Jobson stated on GB News in conversation with Dan Wootton.
Wootton cut in: “So you say it was true. Harry and Meghan didn’t actually ask the Queen formally for permission to name their first born daughter Lilibet, her childhood nickname?”
“I think it is true,” Jobson claimed. “Only because when I checked with a source the next day nothing had changed from the moment the BBC guy had asked them the night before.
“They were sticking to their guns off the record at the palace. I know that a non-denial denial is not the same as a confirmation.
“I think Harry has basically, effectively, put it to the Queen that this is what he’s going to do.
“This is the name and she’s agreed, ‘Okay that’s it.’
“But it’s not like a formal going to get permission like William did over George and the naming of the future King.
“It’s a very different thing when you approach your great-grandmother and say, ‘Our baby’s been born and we hope to call it Lilibet.’
“There was nothing she could do.”
Harry and Meghan have hit back at the allegations they did not consult the Queen before naming Lilibet.
A spokesperson for the couple 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.”
Lawyers for the couple stated the BBC’s claims are false and defamatory.
It comes after Meghan’s father Thomas Markle said he was “disappointed” by the way he found out about Lilibet’s birth.
“There’s always disappointment here,” he commented on Australia’s 60 Minutes.
“Lili is perfect and the other thing that makes me happy is that there is a lot more Markle blood in the Royal Family.”
He extended an invitation to Meghan and Harry ahead of Father’s Day to visit his home, saying: “It’s a peaceful place. I’d like Meghan and Harry to come here.
“I would never do that [knock on their door]. That makes me a stalker. I’m not a stalker.
“She knows where I live. He knows where I live. Harry is invited to come down any time he wants, alone or with Meghan, and she’s invited to come by herself or with Harry.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK