Meghan Markle and Harry ‘trying to claw back popularity’ says Levin
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have come under fire from Dickie Arbiter, the Queen’s highly respected former spokesman, who has claimed the pair have “done nothing but seek publicity” since stepping down as senior royals. He said their desire to be heard comes in stark contrast to their reason for leaving the UK in a quest for privacy.
Mr Arbiter told Sun Online: “They left this country because they wanted privacy.
“They wanted away from the publicity.
“And since they left this country, the UK, they’ve done nothing but seek publicity.
“Now they are saying Harry is taking five months paternity leave and hopefully he will stay quiet in those five months.
“Quite frankly, to put it simply they need to put up and shut up.”
The former royal aide has also commented on Meghan and Harry’s choice of name for their baby girl, who was born on Friday morning.
The couple decided to call the child after the Queen and the late Princess of Wales, with the name Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
Lilibet is an intimate family pet name used for the Queen since she was a child, as she struggled to say her full name Elizbeth.
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The nickname stuck and was often used by her late husband, Prince Philip.
Mr Arbiter, who worked for the Palace from 1988 to 2000, said the name choice could be seen as an “olive branch”, to help make amends with his family after recent public attacks.
He told the Mirror: “He moved to California to distance himself, but choosing this name is a complete about-face.
“So I wonder if taking the Queen’s nickname for his baby is an olive branch? Only Harry can answer that.”
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Mr Arbiter also acknowledged that while the name Lilibet is “cute”, it is rather controversial to name a royal child with a nickname.
He said: “The Queen gave herself the nickname Lilibet because she couldn’t say Elizabeth as a child, and it stuck.
“I think it’s rather cute.
“It could be seen as quite controversial to christen a baby with a nickname, and I doubt the little girl will grow up with any other Lilibets in her classes (although people in California call their children all sorts).
“So maybe that’s Harry and Meghan showing their independence again – just like Archie, another non-royal name.”
It comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussexes’ damning interviews of late.
During their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, they accused an unnamed royal of racism, claimed Meghan was unsupported when she was feeling suicidal and Harry claimed his brother and father are “trapped” within the institution.
More recently, Harry publicly criticised his royal upbringing, which saw him attack the parenting styles of Prince Charles and even the Queen and Prince Philip’s.
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