The Queen could start publicly correcting 'false' stories in wake of Meghan and Harry row

Setting the record straight?

The Queen at the G7 summit
The Queen could be looking to set the record straight on false stories
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Buckingham Palace has reportedly removed its "never complain, never explain" policy in the wake of the family rift with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 

The Queen has always promoted the policy of "never complain, never explain" when it comes to stories about her family in the press.

But it seems Her Majesty could be at the end of her tether.

After days of speculation as to whether she approved of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle using her beloved nickname, Lilibet, for their daughter just months after their bombshell Oprah interview in which Meghan and Harry accused a member of The Firm of being racist, the Mail on Sunday reports that the Monarch is keen to ditch the "never complain, never explain" policy.

The move could mean the Queen will no longer stay silent on "mistruths" and stories that misrepresent conversations that take place among senior members of the royal family.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2018 in London, England

Meghan and Harry have spoken openly about the royal family to the media 

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The drastic U-turn from the long-standing policy comes after US journalists claimed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex "asked permission" from Her Majesty to use her childhood nickname, Lilibet.

In reality, the Mail on Sunday claims it was a "telling, not an asking" and that a video call introducing the Queen to Lilibet had not happened, despite reports suggesting it had. 

But, an insider reveals this runs deeper than just the Lilibet story.

"This is about whether or not what is being reported is an accurate version of what actually happened," the source explained.

"Friends of the Sussexes appear to have given misleading briefings to journalists about what the Queen had said and that took the whole thing over the edge. The Palace couldn’t deny the story that this was a mistruth."

Despite rising tensions, the Queen put on a brave face and enjoyed a scaled-back Trooping of the Colour on Saturday to mark her official birthday.

Her Majesty proved she's not lost her sense of humour and when presented with a giant cake to mark her official birthday, opted to use a huge sword to cut it, as opposed to a knife.

"There is a knife," suggested one onlooker, to which she curtly replied, "I know there is."

Duchess Catherine looked on with delight as the Queen struggled to cut her cake with the sword. Thankfully Duchess Camilla was on hand to help out.

It's nice to see the Queen in such high spirits after what has no doubt been a difficult week marking what would have been Prince Philip's 100th birthday.

Georgia Farquharson

Georgia writes across Woman & Home and Good to Know and specialises in all things royal. Previously labelled the "Queen of the royals," Georgia knows the whose who and what's what when it comes to the monarchy. When she's not eagerly following the royal family, Georgia enjoys shopping and self-care. She lives with this motto in mind; "if your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough."