It’s a desperate and tacky new low that’s enough to make any royalist’s skin crawl.
A grim reality of Prince Harry‘s new Hollywood lifestyle that would leave his grandfather rolling in his grave.
A revelation that makes a mockery of the Sussexes claim that they asked the Queen‘s permission BEFORE deciding to name their newborn daughter Lilibet, the monarch’s precious childhood nickname.
Because in reality it now seems like the first people Harry and Meghan told were the only group of advisers who really matter to them: The Californian bean counters who aim to extract millions of bucks from every aspect of their royal brand.
When most new parents would be concentrating every fibre of their being on making sure their newborn had a safe and happy arrival into the world, Harry and Meghan were buying up Lili and Diana domain names for their new daughter
No, this isn’t a joke, they’ve actually admitted as much today, including one before the baby was even born.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are joined by her mother, Doria Ragland, as they show their son Archie to Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle in June 2019
Their hapless spokesman, who should be immediately sacked for exposing their real motives to the world, told The Daily Telegraph: ‘As is often customary with public figures, a significant number of domains of any potential names that were considered were purchased… to protect against the exploitation of the name once it was later chosen and shared.’
Excuse me while I grab a sick bucket.
It’s genuinely astonishing to me that even when going through what should be one of the most beautiful, pure and nerve-wracking moments of their lives, the Sussex machine was thinking about bloody websites.
I’ve had a look at Prince William and Kate’s children online today, including third in line to the throne George, and no one seems to have set up any websites exploiting their names.
And, by the way, who cares if they did?
The decision provides a real insight into the business brains of Harry and Meghan whose priorities have clearly been warped for some time.
What’s particularly shameless is that they’ve dragged the Queen into this tawdry sideshow.
LiliDiana.com was registered on May 31 (pictured) – then ‘updated’ on June 5 – the day before the name was released to the world
Here’s the timeline of events which, in my opinion, make it abundantly clear they didn’t give a damn what Her Majesty thought:
- May 31: Harry and Meghan buy the website LiliDiana.com.
- June 4: Meghan gives birth and the couple immediately purchase LilibetDiana.com.
- At some point between June 4 and June 6: Harry claims he speaks to the Queen to seek approval for the use of her pet name.
- June 6: The name is announced to the world via press release.
- June 9: Palace sources tell the BBC the Queen was NOT asked about naming their daughter Lilibet by Harry and Meghan. She was merely informed.
Now who do you believe?
The Queen commands such respect within her family that there have been a host of unwritten rules throughout her reign that her family members happily follow.
Chief among them is a tradition when it comes to the naming of new members of the family.
While it would be highly unusual for Her Majesty to express an objection, relatives have happily gone through the process of formally asking the monarch for approval of baby names.
Until she knows, no one knows. Certainly not courtiers or officials.
Harry and Meghan like to say at every opportunity that they have the utmost respect for the Queen, but their actions seem to express the exact opposite.
The Queen has been desperate to contain the ongoing fallout from Megxit within the family and avoid the toxic nature of the split constantly going public.
But after the BBC reported the Queen was spoken to before the birth, Harry went tonto as he often does and released a statement to People magazine, of all places.
The Queen, pictured at Royal Ascot on Saturday, has been desperate to contain the ongoing fallout from Megxit within the family
It read: ‘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.’
Thin-skinned Haz also – predictably – threatened to sue the BBC, saying the story was ‘false and defamatory’, despite the fact it was sourced from Buckingham Palace. The BBC have refused to take it down from its website.
But Harry’s own statement makes clear just what a nonsense such an outburst was because even he admits not speaking to the Queen until AFTER the birth and – we now realise – AFTER the website domain names had already been registered.
In fact, it makes clear Harry didn’t even ask the Queen’s formal permission. Rather, he ‘shared their hope’ of naming their daughter Lilibet.
Translation: He was telling her, not asking her.
The Queen is a stickler for tradition but also not one to create unnecessary conflict.
Given the circumstances of Harry and Meghan’s tenuous relationship with the Royal Family, she was hardly going to kick up a fuss on a phonecall, knowing full well if it didn’t go the way the Sussexes wanted, their advisers would immediately be briefing Gayle King or Oprah Winfrey.
At 95 and still mourning her husband, the Queen is valiantly trying to navigate how to deal with her wayward grandson and his wife who seem so desperate to cause ultimate damage to the institution she has spent her entire life protecting and reinventing.
At 95 and still mourning her husband, the Queen is valiantly trying to navigate how to deal with her wayward grandson and his wife (pictured being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in March)
As for the name itself, it’s obvious the Queen was going to hate such a schmaltzy choice.
In recent years, only Philip and the Queen’s elderly cousins continued to call her Lilibet.
And what’s even more offensive – and downright odd – is that in the statement Harry and Meghan made it clear their daughter would never use the full name anyway, instead being referred to as Lili.
They said: ‘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.’
If they wanted an appropriate tribute to the Queen that would have made her happy and avoided all this drama, surely they would have called their daughter Elizabeth?
But this is Harry and Meghan we’re talking about.
In their own heads, they are singlehandedly reinventing the Royal Family for a new generation.
But the brutal reality is that the vast majority of Brits simply shake their heads in dismay and mutter: ‘Why does the poor Queen have to put up with all this nonsense?’