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He then went on to remark how surprised he was that the couple did not choose Meghan’s mother’s name for their daughter. ‘Why on earth didn’t they call that baby Doria?’ he asked, adding: ‘It’s the prettiest name ever.’

In response to claims made in the press last year that the duke and duchess had not gained permission from Her Majesty to name their daughter Lilibet, Harry and Meghan launched a legal battle against the BBC, saying the story was ‘false and defamatory’.

Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor 


At the time, a spokesperson for the couple said: ‘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.’

Lilibet is known to be the affectionate name used for Queen Elizabeth in private by her father, King George VI, and by her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Little Lilibet met her great-grandmother for the first time last month, when the Sussexes visited the UK for the Platinum Jubilee festivities. It was here that the first publicly released portrait photograph of the Harry and Meghan’s daughter was taken, captured by family friend  Misan Harriman during her first birthday party at Frogmore Cottage.