The chosen name of Megan Markle and Prince Harry for the newborn causes some controversy.
The couple’s daughter, Lillibet, was born on Friday shortly, a source at Buckingham Palace told the BBC that the Duke of Sussex had not consulted his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, for permission to use his private family name.
But a spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex denied the source on Wednesday.
“The duke spoke to his family before the announcement, in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called,” a spokesman for People magazine said in a statement. “During this conversation, he shared their hope to name their daughter Lilibet in her honor. If she did not support, they would not use the name.”
According to the outcome, the name Lilibet was used by the father of the ruling monarch, King George VI. He once said of his two daughters, “Lilibet is my pride. Margaret is my joy.”
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The nickname was used by other family members, including the late husband of the 95-year-old, Prince Philip. It is believed that her older cousins, such as Princess Alexandra, still use the name.
Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor pays tribute to both Harry’s grandmother and his late mother, Princess Diana.
The outlet shared that the queen was also acquainted with her namesake through a video call.
“[The Duke and Duchess of Sussex] they were very excited and could not wait to share that their daughter had arrived, “a source told the source, adding that the couple made the introduction as soon as they returned from the hospital.
The girl was born at 11:40 a.m. at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California and weighs 7 lbs, 11 oz, a spokesman for the couple said. The child is eighth in line to the British throne.
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A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said the queen; Harry’s father, Prince Charles; his brother, Prince William; and other members of the family were informed and “pleased with the news of the birth of a daughter for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”
There are no photos of the newborn or Sussex accompanying the message. The couple said that instead of gifts, they want those interested to learn or support non-profit organizations working for women and girls, including Girls Inc., Harvest Home, CAMFED or the Myna Mahila Foundation.
“Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family,” the couple wrote in a statement accompanying the birth announcement on Sunday.
The baby is “more than we could have imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we have experienced from around the world,” they continued.
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The birth of a healthy baby girl opens a happy head for the couple after a miscarriage in July 2020. 39-year-old Markle gave a personal account of this traumatic experience in the hope of helping others.
Months before the miscarriage, the couple announced that they were leaving royal duties and moving to North America, citing the unbearable attacks and racist attitudes of the British media. They live in Montesito, a luxury area near Santa Barbara, California.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.