Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's choice to name their daughter the monarch's nickname "breaches her privacy", a royal expert claims.
Her Majesty's biographer Sally Bedell Smith says the monarch had "no choice" but to accept the baby's name as she is "walking on eggshells" around the couple, OK reports.
While insiders have said Prince Harry sought the blessing of his grandmother before naming his second child Lilibet, sources now say the request was not formal or in keeping with tradition.
"In today’s tense climate, when everyone is walking on eggshells with Harry and Meghan, I can’t imagine that the Queen had any choice but to accept the name they presented to her," Sally said.
"Even if she felt – as would be completely understandable – that it breaches her privacy with a suggestion of inappropriate intimacy."
The nickname Lilibet was mainly used by the Queen's husband Prince Philip, her parents, and a few of her closest friends.
Harry and Meghan made a statement on Sunday that their daughter will be known as Lili.
"Asking the Queen’s permission for the name would be in line with royal tradition," Sally says.
"I know when the Duke and Duchess of York, later George VI and Queen Elizabeth, proposed to name their second daughter Ann Margaret, King George V and Queen Mary objected to ‘Ann'.
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"This then led to the couple settling on Margaret Rose."
The royal biographer says the name Elizabeth would have been more appropriate.
She said: "Harry and Meghan could have paid the Queen a far more dignified tribute by calling their daughter her great-grandmother’s proper name, Elizabeth.
"They would have been even better off calling the baby Diana Elizabeth. Nobody could possibly have objected to that.
"In fact, paying tribute to the baby’s late grandmother that way would have been widely applauded.
"I would expect the choice has not gone down well in royal circles.
"It’s lucky Harry and Meghan have said at the outset they will call their daughter ‘Lili.’"
Representatives for the Sussexes have been approached for comment.
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