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Entertainment Mail's royal experts give their video verdict on baby Lilibet's name

10:40  22 june  2021
10:40  22 june  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The royal name blame game rumbles on: did Prince Harry 'ask' the Queen's permission to name his daughter Lilibet or 'tell' her?

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.

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This prompted furious Harry to send a legal warning to the media, followed by a statement that raised more questions than answers.

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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.'


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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.

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'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'.

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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'.

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