‘Enough’s enough!’ As the Queen launches ‘shot across the bows of Harry and Meghan’s spin machine’ – the Mail’s royal experts give their video verdict on the latest extraordinary war-of-words over baby Lilibet’s name
- As the briefing battle between the Sussexes and the Palace detonates over Prince Harry calling his daughter Lilibet, Mail’s experts who broke the story tell THEIR truths
- It was reported the Queen had been consulted on the name, only for Palace insiders to deny this to the BBC
- This prompted furious Harry to threaten the broadcaster with legal action and release a statement
- But Mail On Sunday royal expert Kate Mansey reveals an insider told her Harry’s conversation with the Queen was a ‘telling, not an asking’
- Mail On Sunday Diary editor Charlotte Griffiths shares her theory that Harry didn’t make it clear to the Queen during their phone call that she was being asked to make a decision on the name
- Mail Diary editor Richard Eden says the Palace will have found Harry and Meghan sharing private conversations ‘untenable’
- Plus it’s revealed it’s ’50pc William’ behind Meghan’s decision to not visit the UK for Diana statue unveiling
The baby has been named after the private family nickname for the Queen, the baby’s great-grandmother.
Harry and Meghan say that they ‘shared’ their hopes of using the name with the Queen in advance.
But senior Palace sources told the BBC that the Queen was ‘never asked’ her opinion on the couple’s decision to name their new baby after her childhood nickname.
The Queen announcing her engagement with Prince Philip, who used her childhood nickname ‘Lilibet’ during their 73-year-long marriage. Harry and Meghan using the private name has provoked a storm of controversy
The Queen placed a handwritten note on top of the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin during his funeral in April, and signed the note with her nickname ‘Lilibet’ — showing how personal it is to her
This prompted furious Harry to send a legal warning to the media, followed by a statement that raised more questions than answers.
It insisted that the BBC report was wholly wrong and read: ‘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.’
But Mail on Sunday journalist Kate Mansey says on Palace Confidential that the whole row has made Her Majesty decide that the Palace will challenge ‘mistruths’ made about the family.
The black-and-white picture released by Harry and Meghan to celebrate the fact that she was expecting her daughter, since named Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor
Prince Harry and Meghan show off baby Archie for the first time in 2019. She has revealed this week that the now two-year-old is a ‘voracious’ reader
‘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 says.
‘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’.
Richard Eden, the Mail’s diary editor and panellist on the show says he’s been waiting for this intervention. ‘It was always going to happen, it was just a question of when and what the spark for it was,’ he says.
‘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’.
Strained relations? The Duchess of Cambridge grimaces and William looks surly as they stood on the balcony with Meghan and Prince Harry in 2018. There are reports the brothers had fallen out around this time
TV revelations: Host Jo Elvin on the set of Royal TV show Palace Confidential
Meghan might not know the intricacies of royal protocol, but Harry certainly should, says the Mail on Sunday’s Diary Editor Charlotte Griffiths: ‘Unless he’s suddenly forgotten, this is how the game works and he should know this better than anyone.’
Emotions are running high elsewhere in the family – with Sophie, Countess of Wessex giving a tearful interview to the BBC, where she talked about the death of the Duke of Edinburgh ‘left a giant-sized hole in our lives’.
The Mail’s royal editor Rebecca English tells the programme that Sophie is considered by the Queen to be ‘a safe pair of hands’ and ‘she rarely puts a foot wrong, if ever’ while working on some serious issues, adding that senior palace figures feel ‘it’s long overdue that she steps out from the shadows and starts to shine in her own right’.