What's in a name? An angry spat between Harry, Meghan and the BBC
LONDON (Reuters) - Just days after the birth of their second child, named after Queen Elizabeth, Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are embroiled in an argument with the BBC, along with threats of legal action as to whether they should consult have the monarch first.
Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced on Sunday the birth of daughter Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who was born at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.
Her name, they said, pays homage to Harry's grandmother, the Queen, whose family nickname was Lilibet, while also honoring his late mother, Princess Diana.
Some royal commentators said the move seemed like an olive branch to his family after they argued very publicly after their explosive interview with U.S. chat show host Oprah Winfrey in March when they accused an unidentified king of making a racist remark and said Meghan's requests for help when she felt suicidal were ignored.
However, in a twist on Wednesday, the BBC reported, citing an unnamed Palace source, that the couple had not sought permission from Elizabeth prior to choosing the name.
The couple said the queen was the first family member they called.
"During that conversation, he (Harry) shared her hope to name her daughter Lilibet in her honor," said her spokesman. "If she hadn't supported them, they wouldn't have used the name."
Lawyers for the Duke and Duchess have now sent a letter to some media organizations saying the BBC article was false and defamatory and the allegations should not be repeated. Contacted by Reuters, the BBC did not have an immediate response to the letter.
Buckingham Palace said it had made no comment on the matter. In public, the Queen made a statement saying she was delighted with the birth, as did Harry's older brother Prince William and his wife Kate, whose relationship with the couple has also deteriorated.
In a speech on Tuesday, Harry's father, Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, said it was "good news".
(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Mark Potter)
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