Queen Elizabeth II may have been "angry" with Prince Harry for trying to manipulate her by using her nickname for Princess Lilibet Diana, but she did "love" the royal rebel right to the end. This is also despite the deep disappointment she felt for her grandson after "Megxit" and the 2021 Oprah Winfrey interview that became huge scandals in the twilight of her reign.
"We don’t know exactly what the conversation was, but we can imagine it went something like, 'Granny, great news, we are calling her Lilibet,' and the queen saying: 'Oh how nice,' or something like that because she hated confrontation," author Robert Hardman revealed in his book, Charles III: New King. New Court. The Inside Story.
The scribe provided details from his royal sources within Elizabeth II's court at the time, which dispelled some of the rumors of how the revered monarch "despised" Harry after the "naming controversies in 2021.
He continued: "What made her angry was the subsequent putting of words in her mouth, the inference that they had her blessing, that permission had been sought and granted when it hadn’t, and then the way that [Harry and Meghan] tried to corral the palace into supporting legal action against the BBC. Her anger wasn’t actually about using the name itself."
As The Royal Observer previously reported, 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."
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 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."
Her late Majesty did not live to witness the tsunami of toxicity that the California duo unleashed on the monarchy in late 2022 and 2023.
Hardman suggests that if there is one fear the senior royals may have about the California royal rebels, it is another Prince Harry tell-all — a sequel to Spare.
"For the Palace, the most worrying aspect of the book was the omission of large chunks of more recent events," Hardman wrote. "Harry and Meghan’s wedding, married life, and their departure from the royal world amounted to less than a fifth of Harry’s memoir. This suggested a sequel."
The Daily Beast reported on Hardman's book.