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Late Queen’s ‘anger’ over claim by Harry and Meghan about naming Lilibet

Late Queen’s ‘anger’ over claim by Harry and Meghan about naming Lilibet
Queen Elizabeth II with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (John Stillwell/PA)

The late Queen was “as angry as I’d ever seen her” after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed they had her blessing to call their daughter Lilibet, a royal aide said.

Royal author Robert Hardman, in his new biography of the King, tells how a member of staff recounted Elizabeth II’s fury following Harry and Meghan’s announcement in 2021 over the use of her childhood family nickname.

The BBC later reported that a Palace source said the Queen was not asked by the Sussexes whether they could use Lilibet.

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Queen Elizabeth II during the Sussexes’ wedding in 2018 (Jonathan Brady/PA)

But the Sussexes’ lawyers fired off legal letters to the broadcaster and other publishers, saying the claim was false and defamatory.

A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan insisted at the time that the duke spoke to his grandmother in advance and would not have used the name had the monarch not been supportive.

Hardman wrote however: “One privately recalled that Elizabeth II had been ‘as angry as I’d ever seen her’ in 2021 after the Sussexes announced that she had given them her blessing to call their baby daughter ‘Lilibet’, the Queen’s childhood nickname.”

He added Buckingham Palace “rebuffed” attempts by Harry and Meghan to confirm their version of events.

“When the Sussexes tried to co-opt the palace into propping up their version of events, they were rebuffed,” he wrote.