Prince Harry is once again lashing out at the British media – this time about “defamatory” reports he didn’t ask his grandmother’s permission to name his daughter Lilibet, the queen’s childhood nickname.
The 36-year-old duke is threatening legal action against the BBC which, shortly after the little girl’s birth on 4 June, reported that a senior royal aide claimed Harry did not consult with the queen beforehand and was “surprised” at the name.
The Sussexes instructed their London-based law firm, Schillings, to send a legal letter which called the BBC's report "false and defamatory".
Harry also released a statement via journalist Omid Scobie, a friend of his and wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, who wrote their memoir, Finding Freedom.
“The duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement – in fact, his grandmother was the first family member he called.
“During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honour. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.”
Omid also tweeted, “Those close to Prince Harry confirm that he spoke to close family before the announcement so perhaps this report highlights just how far removed aides within the institution – who learned of the baby news alongside the rest of the world – now are from the Sussexes’ private matters.”
While it's unclear if Queen Elizabeth was aware of the comment made by the senior aide to the BBC, she is historically known to sign off on media quotes from senior officials.
Harry’s legal letter is another blow for the BBC in its relations with the royals, after its journalist, Martin Bashir, was found guilty of using unethical methods to secure the broadcaster’s 1995 interview with Harry’s mother, Princess Diana.
An external investigation found the BBC “fell short of the high standards of integrity and transparency which are its hallmark” in its conduct regarding the interview.
Sources: meaww.com, dailymail.co.uk, people.com