Things are getting awkward between Queen Elizabeth and Meghan Markle. Recent reports claim Lili Diana could be contributing to the problem. Though the Queen has worked hard to keep a relationship with Prince Harry over the last year things have noticeably changed. His grandmother hasn’t been able to see Harry’s new daughter, Lili Diana, and the distance is taking a toll.
According to BBC, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not ask Queen Elizabeth if they could use her nickname, Lilibet, as the baby’s first name. Harry and Meghan reportedly called The Queen before announcements were made. But they simply told her the name, they never ran the idea by her.
Jonny Dymond, a BBC royal correspondent, posted on Twitter that a “Palace source tells BBC that the Queen was not asked by Meghan and Harry over the use of her childhood nickname; reports suggested Harry had sought permission from Queen to call newborn ‘Lilibet’’, but Palace source says the Queen was ‘never asked.’”
Originally, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry said they got permission to use Lilibet from the Queen herself and that Queen Elizabeth was their first call on June 4, after their daughter was born. With the contradicting reports, it seems miscommunication is an understatement. Perhaps tensions are higher than Meghan and Harry thought.
According to a source close to the Duke and Duchess, “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 honor. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.”
Harry may have thought he asked for permission, according to the royal correspondent. But it turns out it didn’t appear that way to the Queen.
The allegations have sparked something bigger, as Harry and Meghan are preparing to sue BBC over the report, and have since instructed their lawyers accordingly.
This is a complete turn-around from what Meghan Markle previously describes as a positive relationship with Queen Elizabeth. The two seemed to get along, both before and after the couple’s royal exit. “The Queen has always been wonderful to me. I’ve loved being in her company,” Meghan said during her interview with Oprah. “She’s always been warm, welcoming, and inviting.”
Though things used to be positive, it was only a matter of time before distance got the better of the relationship. According to Harry and Meghan, however, things were fine back in March, just before the bombshell Oprah interview.
Both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were dutiful great-grandparents to baby Archie, despite Megxit and the move to America. In a conversation with James Corden, Harry said that both the Queen and the late Prince were adamant about speaking over Zoom, and had done so “a few times” since Harry and Meghan decided to leave the royal family. “They’ve seen Archie running around.”
However, things likely continued to spiral downhill, especially after the interview, as well as the death of Harry’s grandfather, Prince Philip. Though Queen Elizabeth and Meghan Markle were said to have a bond, distance can create rifts in relationships.
According to royal commentator Angela Levin, the “Queen said” that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “can’t use titles to make money, but she has no control over a nickname. [Harry and Meghan] will milk it.”