Royal Rift: Queen Elizabeth's Upset Over Harry and Meghan's Lilibet Decision Unveiled in New Biography
It has been revealed that one of the final strifes during Queen Elizabeth's reign involved the controversial naming choice made by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for their daughter, Lilibet. In a recently serialized biography, "King Charles III," by Robert Hardman, the queen's distress over the unauthorized use of her personal nickname for their child comes to light.
In the narrative presented by the biography, the late queen expressed her dismay, stating, "I don't own the palaces, I don't own the paintings, the only thing I own is my name. And now they've taken that." The controversy, which escalated with conflicting reports regarding whether the Sussexes sought the queen's approval, sheds light on a family disagreement that marred the final years of Queen Elizabeth's reign.
Lilibet, a term of endearment reserved for the closest family and friends, took a more personal turn when used as the name for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's daughter. The revelation that the queen was upset by this decision emerged in Hardman's biography, where a member of the queen's staff noted that she was "as angry as I'd ever seen her" following the public announcement.
The disagreement gained renewed attention after a BBC report disputed claims that the queen had given her blessing for the use of her childhood nickname. The report, citing a "Palace source," stated that the queen was "never asked" by Harry and Meghan about the name. The Sussexes swiftly responded through their spokesman, asserting that they had informed the queen and would not have used the name if she had not been supportive. Legal action was threatened against the BBC for what the Sussexes deemed a "false and defamatory" report.
The biography sheds light on the aftermath of this dispute, revealing that Buckingham Palace refused to be drawn into supporting the Sussexes' version of events. Despite the couple's requests for public support, the palace "rebuffed" their appeals, leading to the quiet dissipation of legal threats.
The revelation of Queen Elizabeth's distress over the naming controversy adds a poignant layer to the unfolding saga. While the queen was reportedly taken aback by the announcement, she chose not to voice her concerns publicly until she felt her name was being "weaponized" in legal battles against the BBC. The biography suggests that the elderly monarch, who had been the conservator of various national assets, considered her personal nickname as one of the few things she truly owned.
The ongoing strife surrounding the name of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's daughter, Lilibet, reflects a deeper discord within the royal family. The late queen's distress, as portrayed in the biography, unveils a clash of perspectives between the Sussexes and the monarchy, marking a regrettable chapter in the twilight of Queen Elizabeth's reign. Little Lilibet, caught in the crossfire, becomes an unwitting symbol of a family dispute that continues to resonate even after the passing of the queen.