‘Unsettling!’ Meghan and Harry face backlash for ‘commodifying’ children ‘from birth’

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MEGHAN MARKLE and Prince Harry have bought “Lilibet Diana” web domains after the name of their daughter, a move that has made one media pundit “slightly unsettled”.

The name has been seen as a tribute to the Queen who is mourning the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh.

GB News presenter Colin Brazier today tweeted: “There’s something slightly unsettling about a couple who seem to see children as a marketing opportunity.

“A digital brand to be commodified from birth.”

However, one follower of Mr Brazier replied with a tweet that said: “Your comment seems very harsh, Colin.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Image: GETTY)

“The article makes it clear that this move is to stop other people exploiting their child’s name.”

Another Twitter follower stated: “If your child is prominent enough to make the news when they’re born, then you probably have to take steps like this.”

Harry and Meghan bought the “Lilibet Diana” and “Lili Diana” web domain names before the newborn’s name was approved by the Queen.

A spokesperson for the Sussexes confirmed that they had bought a “significant” number of domain names for a variety of potential names they had been considering.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Image: GETTY)

This suggests that the couple had other names in mind had the Queen objected to the use of the name Lilibet.

Meghan and Harry announced the birth of their second child, and first daughter, earlier this month.

Their daughter was born weighing 7lb 11oz.

Their daughter Lilibet Diana, who was born at a hospital in Santa Barbara, California.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and baby Archie (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and baby Archie (Image: GETTY)

Lilibet is the Queen’s family nickname and the choice pays tribute to the monarch at a challenging time for the Windsors, who are mourning the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Daily Telegraph reported that the domain name ‘lilibetdiana.com’ was purchased in the US on June 4.

This was the day the baby was born, and two days before the public announcement.

However, several days earlier, on May 31, the domain name ‘lilidiana.com’ was registered.

“This was to protect against the exploitation of the name once it was later chosen and publicly shared.”

The BBC had reported earlier this month that a Palace source said the Queen was not asked by Harry and Meghan about using the name Lilibet.

But a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex insisted that Prince Harry did speak to the Queen about his hope of naming his second child after her.

The spokesperson said the BBC story was “false and defamatory” in a legal warning.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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