Was Queen Elizabeth insulted by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s choice to name their daughter Lilibet? That’s what one tabloid was reporting not long back. Gossip Cop investigates.
Queen Elizabeth ‘Desperately Unhappy’ About Lilibet’s Name?
In late June, the Globe reported Queen Elizabeth did not approve of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s use of her private nickname, Lilibet, for their newborn daughter’s name. According to the outlet, the nickname was only used by the queen’s late husband, Prince Phillip, and their use of it is an abuse of his memory. An inside source spills all the details, “Naming the baby Lilibet is outrageous,” adding, “I’m told Her Majesty is desperately unhappy about it and other senior royals are stunned. If the Duke and Duchess of Sussex thought this would mend bridges with the family they’ve trashed as cold, uncaring racists, they are very much mistaken.”
The tipster goes on, “We expected they would include ‘Diana’ in honor of Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana. But the palace was blindsided by the use of Lilibet. What’s worse, they are abbreviating it to ‘Lili.” Why not just name the child Lili? They’ve taken the queen’s intimate name with no regard for her feelings and turned it into what will likely become a trendsetting moniker for wannabe royals in America. It’s a total insult to Her Majesty!”
The insider adds that “nothing is too sacred for the publicity-seeking Sussexes,” adding that the name is “rude” and “demeaning” to the queen. The source drones on, insisting the choice was an insult instead of a tribute and “certainly backfired as an olive branch.” On a final note, the snitch muses, “Sadly, rather than reuniting the family, the baby’s birth has seemed to deepen the bitter rift between them.”
Prince Harry And Meghan Markle ‘Insult The Queen Again’?
So, is it true the queen is heartbroken by Harry and Markle’s choice to name their daughter Lilibet? We doubt that’s the case. No member of the royal family has expressed any problem with the name. Furthermore, despite the now-infamous royal rift, the Sussexes have always maintained that they have a good relationship with Queen Elizabeth. In fact, there have been reports that the queen was one of the first to meet baby Lilibet over video-call. Additionally, the queen was seen driving to Frogmore Cottage while Harry was in the UK during the Princess Diana tribute, and was presumed to be going to visit him.
Furthermore, the Globe is late to the party. Since the Sussexes announced their daughter’s new name, the tabloids have had a field day, insisting just about everyone in the royal family was upset with their choice. New Idea claimed Princess Beatrice was the one that came up with the name “Lili” and was upset it was stolen. Then Women’s Day went bigger, insisting just about everyone in the family was upset by the name. Then New Idea tried again, insisting Markle and Harry were using the name for “commercial use.” This report didn’t say anything about the name that hasn’t already been said and disputed, so what was the point?
Then again, nothing the Globe reports about the Sussexes really checks out. Last year, the outlet alleged Liza Minnelli was helping the Sussexes get settled into LA despite her having never met the couple. Then, earlier this year, the magazine claimed Harry was “trapped” and “brainwashed” by Markle. Then the tabloid reported Markle was spending $400K on Lilibet’s nursery. Obviously, this was just another attempt to make the Duke and Duchess of Sussex out to be villains.
‘Embarrassing’ Meghan Markle’s latest letter is exactly ‘what Queen feared’
Meghan, 40, had sent a lobbying letter to two huge names in US politics, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, this week. In this letter, the Duchess of Sussex called for access to paid family leave for citizens.
Royal author Robert Jobson claimed Meghan has “always been political”.
The Queen had known about Meghan’s “political views and ambition” which could become “embarrassing” for the Royal Family, Mr Jobson explained.
Mr Jobson said: “This is what the Queen feared because now she’s free to say whatever she likes.
“She’ll now start talking about her political views and ambitions.
“And she might stir them up which then becomes embarrassing.”
Mr Jobson added: “She’s sailing close to the wind, but will they say anything [the royals], no they won’t.
“The fact is they knew this was what she was going to be doing.
“She was always a political girl. Since the age of seven she was writing letters to Hilary Clinton.”
Despite saying Meghan has “always been political”, Mr Jobson emphasised in his interview with the Mirror that this could not be the case for Prince Harry.
As Prince Harry is, according to Mr Jobson, a “Prince of the Realm”, then the Duke of Sussex could not get involved in political matters.
He said: “If it was Prince Harry doing it I would say that’s a slightly different thing because he’s a Prince of the Realm.
“And he is a British citizen and he’s kind of bound up by everything.”
Meghan had written on paper headed “The Office of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’, saying: “I’m not an elected official, and I’m not a politician.
“I’m writing to you at this deeply important time – as a mom – to advocate for paid leave.”
“I grew up on the $4.99 salad bar at Sizzler.
“I knew how hard my parents worked to afford this because even at five bucks, eating out was something special, and I felt lucky.
“I started working (at the local frozen yoghurt shop) at the age of 13. I waited tables, babysat, and piecemealed jobs together to cover odds and ends.
“I worked all my life and saved when and where I could—but even that was a luxury – because usually it was about making ends meet and having enough to pay my rent and put gas in my car.
“I expect many of your constituents have their own version of that story,” she continued, before attacking the US economic system.
“Many of our economic systems are past their expiration date, and as you well know, too many Americans are forced to shortchange themselves when it comes to what matters to them.”
Meghan concluded her letter by acknowledging “how politically charged things can – and have – become,” but said the issue “isn’t about Right or Left, it’s about right or wrong”.
Queen ‘disappointed’ with Meghan Markle, Harry over christening move
Queen Elizabeth is reportedly ‘disappointed’ over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s move to christen Lilibet within the US and a former butler believes she’ll be heartbroken to miss such a special event.
Some former staffers even fear she’ll be utterly heartbroken if she is not able to participate in the grand event.
The Firm’s former royal butler Grant Harrold made this claim during his interview with Express.
There he speculated upon the possible plan of action Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may take regarding the christening, for the Queen, and claimed, “I am sure if this does not take place in the UK, the Queen will be disappointed to not attend the christening of her great-granddaughter.”
He also went on to add, “However, as with many families who have family overseas, sometimes it is not possible.”
“Maybe their christening will be recorded so the family in the UK can watch as well? Family is very important to the Queen and I am sure before too long she will meet her great-granddaughter.”
31 photos that prove Prince William and Kate Middleton are trying to change their public image
As the future king and queen consort of England, the Cambridges will always have a different set of rules and expectations than Harry and Markle ever did as senior royals. But Eric Schiffer, an expert on celebrity brand management, told Insider that when it came to the couple’s public-relations strategy, Middleton and William took “little risk” before Markle and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.
“They were manicured to the nth degree,” he said, “and played their public persona with a Buckingham Palace excellence, out of the playbook that’s been mastered for centuries.”
Before the pandemic, William and Middleton almost never posted videos on their official Instagram page. If they did, it was usually a slideshow of photos or a clip played over one of the prince’s formal speeches.
The Cambridges also rarely showed affection toward each other in public, believed to be in line with royal etiquette.
But Markle and Harry’s explosive interview with Oprah hurt the royal family’s reputation.
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Harry and Markle during their interview with Oprah. CBS
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex dropped several bombshells during the two-hour interview. Markle said Middleton had made her cry over a flower-girl dress (not the other way around, as some publications had reported), while Harry said he and William were “on different paths.”
Markle and Harry also said that they received no support from the royal family when Markle began experiencing suicidal thoughts and that some royals had “concerns” about their son’s skin color.
Schiffer told Insider that the interview released a “giant smoke bomb” that affected the royal family’s reputation while boosting Markle and Harry’s global image, helping them connect “with people’s humanity and their own struggles.”
“It created this contrast, and Harry and Meghan’s PR strategy, in essence, is to be the unanointed modern-day royals of the populace,” he said. “This is a populist strategy.”
Days after the Oprah interview, William and Middleton shared personal family photos on their official Instagram page.
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A cake that Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis made for Mother’s Day in the UK. DukeandDuchessofCambridge/Instagram
On March 14, Mother’s Day in the UK, the couple posted pictures of cards and a cake they said their children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis — had made to remember Princess Diana.
“For those experiencing bereavement, today may be particularly challenging,” one of the captions said. “Each year on Mother’s Day, George, Charlotte and Louis make cards remembering their Granny, Diana, for William.”
That week, Middleton visited children at a school in London that had reopened after the UK eased lockdown restrictions.
Middleton interacts with a child during a visit to School21 on March 11. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images
Clare McHugh, a royal historian, told Insider that Middleton and William’s swift new PR strategy was one that the royal family has used since Queen Victoria and Prince Albert took the throne in the 1840s.
“That was a revolutionary moment in Europe when all sorts of monarchies were being overturned,” McHugh said. “They had to find a way to make the monarchy seem more appealing so that it would stick around.
“So they fought back by showing, oh, no, the monarchy is just like you,” she added. “They showcased their children much more than any monarch had done before.”
Weeks before their 10th anniversary, the Cambridges returned to Westminster Abbey, which had been turned into a coronavirus vaccination center.
Middleton appeared to pay tribute to the church’s history by sporting a white knee-length coat. The couple also walked down the same aisle that they walked down on their wedding day.
On April 27, Middleton and William played with children and animals at a farm in Durham, England.