Even though Prince Harry isn't on the best terms with his family, he still made sure to call his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, to ask her for permission to name his daughter Lilibet — a.k.a. her childhood nickname — a source told Page Six.
The Queen even sent well-wishes to her grandson and his wife, Meghan Markle, after they announced the exciting news on June 6.
"Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA. She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home," a message from Harry and Meghan read. "Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales."
"The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex," their official statement read after the birth.
However, royal expert Angela Levin was not impressed with Harry and Meghan's moniker. "I don’t think it’s a good idea — I think it’s quite rude to Her Majesty Her Queen," she stated on Good Morning Britain. "It was a very private nickname from her husband [Prince Philip], who hasn’t been dead for very long."
"We knew what it was but it was his name — [the Duke of Edinburgh] wanted that name for her, it was a special name," she continued. "I think it’s quite demeaning, I really believe that."
Journalist Afua Adom defended Meghan and Harry, saying: “To say the Queen would be unhappy is frankly ridiculous. It’s a bit of a nod to Meghan’s mother, Doria, as well. Her nickname for Meghan is flower.”
She added, “It’s also a bit of a stretch to say that the Queen is fuming that her great grandchild is named after her. I think it’s a nod of affection.”
Despite the royal drama, Queen Elizabeth seems to be happy with Harry and Meghan's new arrival.
“Meghan is now resting at home and she and Harry have already introduced the Queen to her great granddaughter via Zoom,” an insider toldThe Royal Observer. “Since the couple moved to L.A., the Queen has become very familiar with Zoom. She talks to Harry, Meghan and Archie via technology, and now she is using it to meet her granddaughter. She is a very modern grandmother.”