London (CNN) – Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have denied a British media report that Queen Elizabeth II was not asked about her daughter Lilibet’s name, in honor of the monarch’s childhood nickname.
A BBC report, citing an anonymous Buckingham Palace source, stated that the couple never verified whether they could use the nickname before calling their second daughter, who was born Friday in California, that name.
But a spokesman for the Duke of Sussex told CNN that Harry spoke to the queen before the announcement and said she supported the decision.
The duke spoke to his family before the announcement. In fact, his grandmother was the first family member he called, ”the spokesperson told CNN. During that conversation, he shared his hope of naming his daughter Lilibet in her honor. If she hadn’t supported it, they wouldn’t have used the names.
Buckingham Palace told CNN it would not make an official statement on the matter.
Lilibet is Elizabeth’s nickname within the royal family. It comes from her childhood, when the then princess could not pronounce her own name correctly.
Harry and Meghan’s daughter, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, was named after both the 95-year-old monarch and Princess Diana, Harry’s late mother.
Their birth was announced on Sunday, and the couple said they had been “blessed” with the arrival of their daughter.
The queen’s nickname arose after her grandfather, King George V, affectionately imitated her attempts to pronounce “Elizabeth” (Elizabeth).
Her husband, Prince Philip, who died in April, also called his wife by her childhood nickname. When the queen’s mother died in 2002, her coffin held a single crown of flowers of the monarch with a card signed, “In dear memory, Lilibet.”