Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been blasted for purchasing domain names for their baby girl, but the Sussexes probably don’t plan to make a cute website for Lilibet Diana. Instead, the high-profile parents likely purchased the URL to protect their daughter from bad press. The concern? The former royals didn’t want other people to spread harmful stories about the celebrity newborn or family.
Harry and Meghan have been under fire ever since they got married. They don’t want that for their children. The couple could have bought the domain to prevent people who have intentions of setting up a foundation in her name. It’s also possible they didn’t want people to try and make money through scams using. The last theory is that they are understandably wary about lies and gossip and want to ensure that an opportunist doesn’t use the URL for a royal gossip blog.
Despite Meghan and Harry’s good intentions, the former royals are being slammed for deciding Lilibet Diana’s name before getting approval from The Queen. Harry and Meghan bought the domain name “lilibetdiana.com” on June 4, the same day their daughter, Lilibet Diana, was born, and two days before the public announcement. Several days earlier, though, on May 31, the domain name lilidiana.com was registered, suggesting the couple had already settled on the baby’s name.
A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said they purchased a “significant” number of domain names for a range of potential monikers. It seems likely that the Duke and Duchess registered the domain before getting the Queen’s approval for their daughter’s name – meaning they decided on the name, too.
Considering Lilibet was a special nickname for the Queen, Harry and Meghan were expected to ask the Queen if it was OK to honor her that way. Harry and Meghan claimed they did seek approval before anything was official, and would not have chosen that name for their baby girl if “[the Queen had] not been supportive” or given her blessing.
Unfortunately, Harry and Meghan have had many negative run-ins with the press. And Princess Diana, of course, had a horrible time with paparazzi. If word got out that the daughter’s name was Lilibet, somebody might have snatched the URL before Harry and Meghan could register it, which would give that individual full control of the content displayed on the site. So before anything was official the royal couple decided to make some preparations to protect their baby girl.
“The domains are not yet active, but the couple’s son Archie, 2, also has a website in his name for the charitable foundation Archewell,” People magazine wrote. The spokesperson for the couple said: “It 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.”
The royal couple explained in a statement, “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.” Even the baby girl’s nickname “Lili” is a nod to Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, who used to call the Duchess, “Flower.”
Lilibet Diana was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA. She weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. The family couldn’t have been happier to welcome their bundle of joy into the world.