The Queen may have accepted the tribute Harry and Meghan paid to her by naming their child Lilibet because of a "tense climate", a royal biographer has said.
Harry told the Queen of his wish to name his daughter after her before meeting wife Meghan, the Mirror reported yesterday.
Lilibet was a family nickname for Her Majesty used by the Duke of Edinburgh and her grandad George V when she was a child and had trouble pronouncing Elizabeth.
Royal biographer Helen Bedell Smith told Vanity Fair that asking the Queen for permission before choosing the name would be in keeping with royal tradition.
Following recent tensions between the Sussexes and the Firm after Harry and Meghan stepped away from royal duties, the couple have opted to call their daughter "Lili", which the biographer says may be a happy compromise.
Bedell Smith said the climate is too "tense" at the moment for upsets over the name
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Bedell Smith said the name Lilibet may have be deemed too "intimate" a reference to Her Majesty and the shortened version could be seen as more appropriate.
It comes as both the royal family and Harry and Meghan are said to be keen to heal their fractured relationship.
The biographer said "everyone is walking on eggshells" around the situation and that Her Majesty may have accepted the name choice while those involved try not to rock the boat.
She told Vanity Fair : "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, even if she felt—as would be completely understandable—that it breaches her privacy with a suggestion of inappropriate intimacy."
It comes after Buckingham Palace yesterday said that the Queen was "delighted" at the news of her granddaughter's birth.
Palace insiders have praised the name choice and said they hope it will go "a long way" to mend the rift between the duke and his family.
A royal source said: “Harry has always enjoyed a wonderful bond with his grandmother, which makes it all the more bizarre that he has gone out of his way to threaten the relationship over the last couple of years.
“They have been incredibly close and as you would imagine have shared some very deep and personal conversations as Harry was growing up, which carried on really until very recently.
“In the end, he mentioned Lilibet to Meghan, when discussing potential names for their children and she loved the idea.
“It’s a fitting tribute to the Queen and something many people will hope brings the family closer together.”