"I think Harry probably tricked her," royal commentator Phil Dampier told an outlet. "He said that he asked whether he could use her name. The Queen probably thought he meant Elizabeth."
"By the time she found out it was Lilibet, it was all too late," Dampier added.
"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," Her late Majesty is reported to have said to one of her courtiers at that time.
Harry and Meghan insist that they received the monarch's blessing to use her childhood nickname for her great-granddaughter; however, later reports from royal sources claim this was not true, which made the Queen "livid." The revelation of Elizabeth II's anger at the situation has been shared in Robert Hardman's new book, Charles III: New King. New Court. The Inside Story.
Those close to the former working royals are pushing back against the supposed "truth" of the situation. "Meghan and Harry 100 percent got permission from the queen to use the name Lilibet," a Sussex insider spilled. "The report is not true. [Harry and Meghan] don’t know where this is coming from," the source shared to Us Weekly. "They’re shocked that this is coming now; it seems out of nowhere and out of left field. They just feel like it’s more of the same spear campaign that continues against them."
They continued: "They feel it’s convenient [that] this is surfacing now when the queen is not here to defend herself and can’t say what is true or false."
Royal circles are rejoicing that this new version of events shows the "vindictiveness" of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex "on full display." "There’s no denying it is pleasing that the truth has emerged. [Harry and Meghan] attempted to railroad their version of events through, which weren’t accepted then, and they are not now," a royal source shared. "You’ll find the silence [from the Palace] speaks volumes, but everyone is quietly celebrating this particular wrong being righted."
Those who tend to sympathize more with the Sussex family took rather pointed jabs at the revered, late monarch in their assessment of the details.
"None of these Lilibet 'revelations' are doing the late Queen Elizabeth II any favors. Not only do they contradict details shared by the Palace with a cooperatively written biography in 2022 (he also shared a pic of news headlines to back his assertion), [but] they also depict the monarch in a way the public haven’t known her to be," Endgame author Omid Scobie shared on X.
"He tweeted earlier that these revelations about the Queen weren’t showing her in a very good light," Dampier highlighted when discussing Scobie's post. "Only he could twist it round to that extent."
GBN reported on Dampier's comments.