The Duke of Sussex threatened a lawsuit against the BBC after the network, citing a senior Buckingham Palace insider, reported that Prince Harry had not asked permission from Elizabeth II to name his daughter after her – Lilibeth. Only her parents and her late husband, Prince Philip, called the queen that.
Harry and Meghan Markle announced the birth of their daughter last Sunday. People close to them told the press that the couple had consulted their grandmother about the baby’s name in advance and got her approval. The BBC denied the claims and said the Queen was “not asked for her opinion at all.
Prince Harry was outraged by such words, and with the help of his close friend, journalist Omid Scobie, he rushed to assure the public that Elizabeth II was the first person he contacted after the birth of the heiress. It was also noted that if the Queen was embarrassed by the choice of the name, the Sussex family would have abandoned the idea.
The Duke later turned to the law firm Shillings and promised to meet with the BBC in court if the company does not recant. For now, both sides’ statements stand. Buckingham Palace refuses to comment on the situation.
Earlier, Prince Harry spoke out against the BBC over an investigation which proved that the network’s journalist, Martin Bashir, used dishonest methods to get an interview with Princess Diana in 1995.