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The Queen will no longer allow "mistruths" circulated by those close to Meghan and Harry to go unchecked, it has been revealed.
The monarch has instructed her courtiers to ditch their long held 'never complain, never explain' policy when it comes to her own private conversations, or those of other senior royals, according to the Mail On Sunday.
It's said to be a direct consequence of the Queen's exasperation with sources close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex giving statements and briefings to the media.
Most recently, Harry and Meghan took issue with a BBC report which claimed they had not asked Harry's grandmother if she would have an issue with them calling their newborn daughter Lilibet, a deeply personal childhood nickname of the Queen's, used by her closest family including her father, sister and her late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Harry and Meghan were furious and had their lawyers contest the BBC story, describing it as "false and defamatory".
The Queen could be ditching her 'never complain, never explain' policy to correct mistruths about her private conversations
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A spokeswoman for the couple said their daughter’s name was mentioned in a conversation with the Queen.
US journalists initially reported that the couple had "asked permission" to use the moniker, but a Royal insider later said the conversation as an "telling, not an asking", seeming to confirm the BBC's account.
Palace sources are now saying that the Queen will more robustly correct any briefings from allies about the couple about her that are obviously inaccurate and untrue.
Harry and Meghan's allies have put out a number of briefings to the media
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An insider said: "This is about whether or not what is being reported is an accurate version of what actually happened."
Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor's arrival was announced last Sunday, two days after Meghan had given birth on 4 June.
In a statement on the couple's website, it stated that: "Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales."
The latest row appears to be over the name given to the newborn daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
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Yesterday, the stoic Queen marked her first official birthday without her late husband Prince Philip as she attended a scaled-back and socially-distanced Trooping the Colour.
The mini version of the celebration was held in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle for the 95-year-old monarch for the second year running due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The poignant event was held two days after what would have been the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday.
The Queen tapped her foot along to music played by a massed band of the Household Division, and smiled and pointed to the sky as the RAF's Red Arrows flew over the military parade for the first time since 2019.
The Mirror has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.