“The situation shows how far the palace staff is now from the personal affairs of the Sussex family.”
Sources at Buckingham Palace have told the BBC that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not actually consult Elizabeth II before naming their daughter after her. On Sunday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced the addition to the family: on June 4, baby Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born. The baby’s middle name refers to her late grandmother, the Princess of Wales, and the first is inspired by the Queen: so Elizabeth was affectionately called by her parents and her husband, Prince Philip.
The choice of Sussex caused disapproval among the public and royal observers because, in the last few months, the couple mercilessly criticized the British relatives and even accused them of racism and indifference to the severe depression of the ex-actress. Insiders from the couple’s entourage noted that the dukes had warned Elizabeth about their plans, but this was denied at the queen’s official residence.
However, royal reporter Omid Scobie, who works closely with Harry and Meghan’s team, said today that after the birth of his daughter, the prince first contacted his grandmother and asked for permission to name the baby after her. “If she was against it, they wouldn’t use that name… This situation shows how far the palace staff is now from Sussex’s personal affairs,” the journalist added.