Queen Elizabeth has reportedly ditched her famous “never complain, never explain” mantra in the wake of a series of claims being made by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
When asked if the 95 year-old Queen had fired a “warning shot,” royal expert Charlotte Griffiths said, “How can he not, when the Queen lays down the law you’ve got to be a bit rattled,” referring to Harry.
“He does know how all of this works, Meghan maybe didn’t and he should have explained if not,” Griffiths continued, according to The Express. “He has been here for many years and if he’s suddenly forgotten this is how the game works and he knows that better than anyone. You’ve got to think they’ve never quite learned the nuance of it, have they?”
“It’s been a couple of years now and they still don’t seem to get but they just don’t, they’re just so American about everything,” she added. “It’s a different ball game, they’re going to have to learn.”
Royal expert Robert Jobson said that the Queen is game to speak out to fight any inaccurate claims that are made about her.
“The situation is born out of the Meghan and Harry situation with all those statements that were made,” Jobson said. “Many of them turned out not to be true where the Archbishop of Canterbury having to correct some of the statements made on that Oprah interview.”
“I think because they’re on the outside and they’ve got their lawyers and spokespeople, the palace really have to come out,” he added. “If they are saying things that are wrong and getting things wrong and misrepresenting the Queen, they want to make sure that isn’t the case.”
This comes after controversy over whether Harry and Meghan asked the Queen for permission to name their daughter Lilibet after her. While they claim that they did indeed ask, the Queen has fired back by saying that they did not.
“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 the newborn ‘Lilibet’; but Palace source says the Queen was ‘never asked,'” tweeted BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond.