Meghan and Harry ‘vex’ Palace by ‘trying to speak for Queen’ claims expert

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are leaving royal aides "vexed" by claiming to speak for the Queen, a royal commentator claims.

There is also a growing concern they are trying to make her appear separate from The Firm, according to Camilla Tominey.

It comes amid a storm over the couple’s choice of the Queen’s nickname Lilibet for their daughter, who was born last week.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Ms Tominey said: "Royal aides are vexed by Harry and Meghan's representatives – both official and self-appointed – claiming to speak for the 95-year-old monarch when they are in no position to."

She said the general consensus in the palace was the Queen, 95, probably felt uncomfortable about using the nickname.

But she would not have wanted to rock the boat following Megxit, she added.

She said palace aides also "appear increasingly concerned" the Sussexes "keep attempting to draw a distinction between the Queen and the institution she represents".

In recent interviews, including with Oprah Winfrey in March, they have praised the Queen despite criticising the Palace.

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But as head of the Royal Family, sources claim Her Majesty and the monarch are the same thing, she added.

Another problem is the couple’s references to conversations with the sovereign, which would usually stay private, she said.

A spokeswoman for the Sussexes said the Queen was the first relative Harry had called.

She said: "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."

Harry was seen for the first time since the row with the BBC in a promotional video for the Invictus Games on Wednesday.

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