The House of Sussex is once again embroiled in controversy — this time over whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sought Queen Elizabeth’s permission before giving their newborn daughter the middle name ‘Lillibet,’ after Harry’s grandmother.
The nickname Lillibet grew out of a young princess Elizabeth’s inability to pronounce her own name properly. Her father, King George V, dubbed her the mispronunciation and it became regularly used within the family. The Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, who passed away on April 9, also reportedly used the moniker as an affectionate pet name. The Queen herself has been known to use it on several occasions, including to sign the funeral card of her mother and her close friend, the Earl of Mountbatten.
On June 9, the BBC’s royal correspondent and news presenter Jonny Dymond tweeted that a “Palace source tells BBC that the Queen was not asked by Meghan and Harry over the use of her childhood nickname; reports suggested Harry had sought