Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie says Meghan and Harry’s decision to name their daughter Lilibet is proof of their ‘closeness’ to the Queen as he rekindles row over whether they asked for permission
- The name offers a ‘glimpse of the close relationship’ between the Sussexes and the Queen
- Palace sources insist Queen was ‘told, not asked’ about her granddaughter’s name
- BBC report first revealing permission not asked of Queen has been all the rage
Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie yesterday rekindled the feud over Meghan and Harry’s decision to name their daughter Lilibet, after the Queen’s childhood nickname, when he claimed it was in demonstrates the closeness of the couple to the monarch.
The name, he said, offered “a glimpse into the close relationship” the Sussexes and the Queen still share.
Others, however, have taken a different point of view. Indeed, the question of whether or not the Queen had granted permission – as Harry suggested – sparked a transatlantic row.
Palace sources insist that the initial conversation between Harry and his grandmother about the name was “a revelation, not a request.”
The BBC report first revealing that the Queen had not been asked to ask for permission was all the rage.
The name, he said, offered ‘a glimpse into the close relationship’ the Sussexes and the Queen still share (pictured together in 2018)
Scobie, who co-wrote on Harry and Meghan’s departure from the royal family in Finding Freedom, was also criticized last week when an upcoming excerpt from a revised edition of his book was released detailing the aftermath of the interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The Queen’s statement that ‘some memories may vary’ led Harry and Meghan to believe the senior Royals had not taken ‘responsibility’ and ‘full ownership’ of the claims, according to the upcoming new edition.
But Scobie quickly backtracked, claiming it was the ‘institution’ of the monarchy, and not the Queen personally, that bore the brunt of the Sussexes’ displeasure – even though the statement was released on Her Majesty’s behalf. .
Yesterday, Scobie told Good Morning America: “When it comes to this relationship with the Queen, it’s stronger than ever.
They only have love for her. Of course, we’ve seen them name their daughter after the Queen’s very nickname. So that really gives us a glimpse of that close relationship.