The Daily Mail reported in July 2022 that a socialite and a friend to the Royal Family, Nicky Haslam, claimed Queen Elizabeth II was stunned to learn the Sussexes named their daughter with her nickname.
Haslam spoke on The Third Act podcast and speculated that Her Majesty was under the impression that her grandson, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan Markle, would name their daughter Elizabeth.
The monarch was reportedly surprised to learn that the royal couple named their second child Lilibet instead, said Haslam. She disclosed that the Duke of Sussex informed his grandmother via phone call that they would name their child after her:
“I heard he rang her and said: ‘We want to call our daughter after you, Granny.’ She said: ‘How charming of you, thank you.’”
Haslam mentioned that even though the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes received permission, they omitted to state what name they would be going with.
On the contrary, it is evident that Prince Harry has an unbreakable bond with the Queen. He respectfully asked for her permission to name his daughter after her.
But in 2021, BBC royal correspondent Johnny Dymond alleged that Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, named their daughter using the royal matriarch’s nickname without informing her first.
In proving how close the prince is to his grandmother, the father of two once said he always converses with her about things she could not talk to anyone about. He stated that he and the monarch have a unique relationship when talking about what he likes about her:
Before attending the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022, Prince Harry had a chance to catch up with the Queen over tea in a private get-together before he arrived in The Hague for the Invictus Games.
The prince was hosting the tournament in the Netherlands when he told “Today” co-host Hoda Kotb that being with his grandmother was a refreshing experience. “Being with her, it was great. It was just so nice to see her. She’s on great form,” said the former pilot.
When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down as senior royal members in January 2020, their move created a rift between them and other Royal Family members. However, Prince Harry has managed to keep his relationship with his grandmother afloat.
In an interview with People, a royal insider revealed the monarch would always keep her grandson’s best interests at heart while remaining committed to ruling Britain. Meanwhile, a friend divulged that the bond between the pair goes beyond:
“If Harry asks, the Queen would say yes – as she adores him.”
Asked what would become of the monarchy once the Queen passed away, royal author Tina Brown told the New York Times that there would be a “national identity crisis” in England.
She explained that British citizens would no longer know how to be Brits after being led by Her Majesty for seventy years. Moreover, when asked what would happen to Prince Harry and Markle, Brown said the prince would want to return home to “serve his country.”
The “Palace Papers” author mentioned that the Royal Family would find a way to persuade the Duke to come back to England. Brown also touched on how he and his wife would navigate the new circumstances if that were to happen, saying they would find a solution to still split their time between the US and the UK.
“And it’s possible that Meghan – maybe they will have a commuter arrangement,” said Brown. She further explained that since the former actress never liked England, she would not want to return.