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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have confessed they bought the “Lilibet Diana” and “Lili Diana” internet domain names before Her Majesty the Queen gave her approval for the moniker.
A representative for Prince Harry, 36, and his 39 year old wife Meghan Markle explained that a "significant" number of domains were purchased for several potential names the couple considered in the lead up to the birth of their second child on 4 June.
This signifies that the couple were ready to go down a different route if their original idea of Lilibet was strongly objected to by the 95 year old monarch.
According to The Telegraph, lilibetdiana.com was purchased in the US on 4 June, the day their daughter was born and two days before they made the announcement to the public.
It suggests the pair bought the domain to either prevent others from benefitting in some form, or in order to set up a foundation in her name.
On 31 May, lilidiana.com was also registered by Meghan and Harry, indicating that they may have settled on the name days before the birth.
“Of course, 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," a spokesperson for the couple told the publication.
The news comes after Meghan and Harry's lawyers issued a legal warning over a BBC story claiming they didn't ask the Queen's permission to use her childhood nickname for their daughter.
Prior to this, Finding Freedom biographer Omid Scobie, who is close to the couple, tweeted: "The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement – in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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"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."
He added: "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."
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