Why did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle secretly buy up domain names for Lilibet Diana?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made the purchases before Lilibet was even born

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, leave Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in an E-Type Jaguar after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read STEVE PARSONS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's daughter, Lilibet Diana, already has several internet domain names, and she's not even one month old. 

• The Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to register a handful of domain names ahead of their second child's birth.
• LilibetDiana.com and LiliDiana.com are among the purchases, although the websites are not yet active.
• In other royal news, experts believe that Prince William and Kate Middleton's Balmoral trip will be tinged with sadness for the Queen

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's second child Lilibet Diana, who was born on June 4, already owns several pockets of the internet. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex decided to purchase domain names for their daughter before she had even been born. A domain name—the address of a website that users type into their internet search engine—is used to establish an internet presence.

People report that Lili’s parents took this necessary step in order to protect their child against the possible exploitation of her name, once it was revealed. Her big brother Archie also has a website in his name at Archewell.com.

Although the purchase of domain names appears to be a common move among public figures, it seemingly reignites the debate over whether the Queen gave Harry and Meghan permission to use the name

The Telegraph reports that the domains, which include LilibetDiana.com and LiliDiana.com, were purchased before the Queen granted permission for Meghan and Harry to name their daughter after her (Queen Elizabeth's family nickname is Lilibet).

WIDNES, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II open the new Mersey Gateway Bridge on June 14, 2018 in Widnes, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

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The question over the Queen's approval first began with a claim from the BBC, which insisted that the couple did not consult the British monarch before making their decision. Following the accusations, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex insisted that the Queen was aware and the couple would not have named their child Lilibet if her Majesty had objected.

Meghan and Harry's choice of name honors not only the Queen with Lilibet but also the late Princess Diana, as the child's middle name is Diana.

Royal experts revealed the Queen met Lilibet for the first time on a video call and Meghan and Harry are said to have circulated baby photos of Lilibet to the Royal Family via WhatsApp.

Perhaps the family will soon be meeting Lili in person, as Princess Diana's 60th birthday celebrations in the UK are a mere few weeks away. Some experts claim Meghan will join Harry at the statue unveiling, though it looks like we'll have to wait until July to see how it all unfolds.

Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.