Trisha Goddard blasts relentless bullying of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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Trisha Goddard has passionately defended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle against "relentless bullying" following the backlash over their second child's name.

The delighted couple announced that they had welcomed their second child, a girl named Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, in California last Friday.

However, Harry and Meghan's joy was soon met with intense scrutiny after it was revealed their newborn's name was a tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 95, and Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana.

And appearing on Good Morning Britain to discuss whether the pair had asked the Queen to use her "nickname", Trisha, 63, firmly stood her ground as she blasted the criticism directed at the pair.

"They named their daughter Lilibet. Have they actually said it's all about the Queen? Because I note that Meghan has a grandmother with the name Lili.

"And I don't believe it for a bit that they haven't spoken to the Queen. It's very well known that Harry and the Queen have a very close relationship.

"It is relentless. It's bullying now. Look, they may not always make the wisest choices, but when people say they should just sit still and not say anything, and nothing will happen.

"Well, yes it will, because Harry's job credentials is being a royal and talking about mental health.

"Their first baby was characterised by one idiot cartoon of a chimpanzee, the second one, by people like Julie Burchill calling the baby "it" – with the most disgusting racist joke about a man losing his life.

"So it doesn't seem to matter if they say something or not. This is about pain, and it is about continuous, relentless bullying.

This comes after Harry and Meghan's lawyers issued a legal warning over a BBC story about their daughter Lilibet's name.

The BBC article quoted a Royal source who claimed that the couple had not asked the Queen's permission to use her childhood nickname for their daughter.

The story was published on the corporation's website and widely discussed on its radio and TV channels.

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.

"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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