Harry and Meghan Markle buy 'Lilibet Diana' domain: 'Ultimate insult to Queen'

It was reported that the website lilibetdiana.com was bought by Harry and Meghan Markle via an intermediary in Scottsdale, Arizona


                            Harry and Meghan Markle buy 'Lilibet Diana' domain: 'Ultimate insult to Queen'
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry with Queen Elizabeth at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2018 (Photo by John Stillwell/Getty Images)

Even before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made the news of the birth of their daughter public, the formerly royal couple had bought an internet domain name for their second child, Lilibet Diana.

It was reported on Monday, June 7, that the website lilibetdiana.com was bought up by the duke and duchess of Sussex via an intermediary in Scottsdale, Arizona, whose motto is, "Your identity is nobody's business but ours." It is possible that due to their motto, the owners of the domain were kept under wraps till now. Although the purchase of the domain has not been confirmed from the horse's mouth, royal experts believe that Sussexes are behind it because it was registered before the world knew the child was born or what Harry and Meghan had named her.

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The theory behind celebrities purchasing a particular internet domain before the birth of their children is to make sure that they can bag it before it is taken or is later sold to them at an inflated rate. Rumors are that the couple plans to set up a foundation in their daughter's name the domain lilibetdiana.co.uk has also been bought, although it was done after the public announcement by the couple.

Royal expert Angela Levin confirmed the news to Good Morning Britain on Monday. "They've made a domain, Lilibet Diana, they did that yesterday," she said. "The domain is that nobody can use that email and they can use that for any sort of commercial work they want to. They've licensed it."

'Licensing the Queen's private family nickname to make money'

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II speaks with staff during a visit to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) at Porton Down science park near Salisbury, England (Photo by Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

A number of reactions poured in on Twitter with most of them being infuriated at the fact that Harry and Meghan will have the chance to make a profit off the Queen's nickname after they purchased a domain on their daughter's name. "The ultimate insult! Licensing the Queens private family nickname to make money from it," one of them said while another noted, "I don’t believe for one minute naming their child Lilibet is an olive branch... ‘it’s about the Sussex’s strengthening their brand’s link to royalty’ Larcombe." A third commented, "Yes I’m still stunned that they can still find new lows! It’s heartbreaking that they’ve used Lilibet AND will merch that babies name the Queens special family name (it looks likely they registered domains in Lilibetdiana and similar )."

The next remarked, "They registered a domain name for Lilibet Diana? I am not surprised really." One more said, "Think its better that @ClarenceHouse dont hand out the titles genetic pain and all. The poor little merchandise doesn't need it, not many babies are born with a domain name. Wont be long until they're selling lilibet undies," Another noted, "The baby is mere days old and they had to get a domain of page for her? Come on. Why? They don’t own the name lilibet? It was the Queens childhood nickname. You know for people wanting privacy they sure love being in the headlines.#enoughplzstop#publicitywhores#Greedmongers."

A commenter tweeted, "As vile as these two are always thinking about money and domain names... What irritates me most is people believing they actually chose the name Lilibet to 'honor' and show their love and support of QE The amount of brainwashed people are is ASTOUNDING." One more noted, "Message from my parents “Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family”. PS they gave me my very own domain name. And I will be trademarked. Oh how lucky to be marketed as a BRAND, new baby. Lili (infringe my rights and I’ll sue)."



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Instead of gifts for the birth of their daughter, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have asked well-wishers to support charity organizations helping women. A post on the couple's Archewell Foundation website said: "For those inquiring on sending gifts, we would ask that you support or learn more about these organizations working for women and girls: Girls Inc, Harvest Home, CAMFED or Myna Mahila Foundation. While the Duke and Duchess are on parental leave, Archewell will continue to do important work and publish stories on the site. We look forward to seeing you!"

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