Prince Harry and Meghan ‘bought Lillibet website names before Queen approved’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle snapped up website domains for 'Lilibet Diana' and 'Lili Diana' before the Queen approved the name.

A significant number of domain names had been bought by the Sussexes as they debated what they would call their second child, according to their spokesperson.

Securing a range of options online suggests the Duke and Duchess were preparing for The Queen to reject their request to use her childhood nickname.

Baby Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor was born in California on June 4, weighing 7lb 11oz.

Her first name is a tribute to the monarch at a tough time for the Windsors following the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh, reports The Mirror.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the domain name lilibetdiana.com was purchased in the US on June 4, the day the baby was born and two days before the public announcement.

Several days earlier, on May 31, the domain name lilidiana.com was registered.

A spokesperson for the couple told the paper: "[As] is often customary with public figures, a significant number of domains of any potential names that were considered were purchased by their team to protect against the exploitation of the name once it was later chosen and publicly shared."

Previously the 95-year-old monarch was said to have been "delighted" at the choice of name and thought the tribute to both her and Harry’s late mother was a “lovely idea”.

The BBC had reported that a Palace source said the Queen was not asked by Harry and Meghan, 39, about naming their daughter Lilibet, who was born at a hospital in Santa Barbara, California.

But a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan, also parents to two-year-old son Archie, insisted that the Duke of Sussex did speak to the Queen about his hope of naming his second child after her, saying the BBC story was "false and defamatory" in a legal warning.

She was the first person Harry called before the public announcement, the spokesperson said.

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