Prince Harry and Meghan’s newborn daughter has been named Lilibet, after the private family nickname for the Queen.
But speaking with the BBC, senior Palace sources said that the Queen was ‘never asked’ her opinion on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to name their second child after her dearest childhood nickname.
The BBC report prompted the furious father-of-two to send a legal warning to the media. It was followed by a statement insisting that the report was wrong.
“The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement, in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called,” the statement reads.
“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.”
But on Sunday, Mail journalist Kate Mansey said on Palace Confidential that the row has made the Queen decide that the Palace will now challenge ‘mistruths’ made about the family.
“It’s particularly significant that tempers are at such a level in the palace that impeccable sources – insiders – are telling me that ‘enough’s enough’,” she said.
“I think this is very much a shot across the bows for the Sussexes’ spin machine… they are not going to stand for ‘mistruths’ – as I was told – being represented in the global media.”
The Mail’s diary editor Richard Eden said he’s been waiting for this intervention. “It was always going to happen,” he expressed. “It was just a question of when and what the spark for it was.
“Frankly I’m pleased that the Queen is fighting back… it’s such a radical change it sorts of takes your breath away in some ways, but I really do think the Queen is right with this one.”
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