Lizzie Cundy claims former friend Meghan Markle named baby Lilibet after HER
MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry's daughter wasn't named after Queen Elizabeth, Lizzie Cundy has claimed - saying the baby is named after HER.
The red-carpet favourite, who was once friends with the Duchess, explained: "Maybe that’s her way of reaching out."
Prince Harry and Meghan welcomed their second child earlier this month and named her Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
But Lizzie, ex-wife of former Chelsea star Jason Cundy, told OK!: "I was called Lilibet. It's short for Elizabeth. It was my nickname at school!
"Thank you Meghan. You ghosted me – and now you're calling your child after me."
She added: "I appreciate it.... When I heard it on the radio, I kind of turned and said, ‘That’s my name! I haven’t been called it for years."
Lilbet was the childhood nickname of Queen Elizabeth dating back to when she was a toddler and couldn't pronounce her own name properly.
Former model Lizzie, 53, struck up a friendship with Meghan after being asked to accompany her to a charity dinner in 2013.
But she says the new royal dropped her once she started dating the prince and was not invited to their wedding.
Lizzie said of Meghan: “We were having a girly chat and then she said, ‘Do you know any famous guys? I’m single and I really love English men’.
"So I said, ‘We’ll go out and find you someone’.”
Meghan had divorced first husband Trevor Engelson, 42, three months before her trip to London.
The pair kept in touch, but Lizzie was stunned to find out about Meg’s relationship with Harry in late 2016.
Meghan then cut all ties — just as she did with Piers Morgan, 56, with Lizzie explaining: “She was probably told by the Palace to end contact with people she befriended in the media. I was literally ghosted by her.”
Meghan’s Ex-Friend Just Accused Her of Taking Lilibet’s Name From Her—Not the Queen
Baby drama. Lizzie Cundy, Meghan Markle’s former friend, claims that Lilibet‘s name was inspired by her and not Queen Elizabeth II.
In an interview with OK! magazine, Cundy, who claimed to be close friends with Meghan before she started dating Prince Harry, accused the Duchess of Sussex of using her childhood nickname as the name for her and Prince Harry’s first daughter. “I was called Lilibet. It’s short for Elizabeth. It was my nickname at school!” Cundy, whose full name Elizabeth, told OK!. “Thank you Meghan. You ghosted me—and now you’re calling your child after me.”
In the interview, Cundy claimed that she and Meghan became friends after she interviewed the Suits alum at an event in London in 2013. She also alleged that Meghan “ghosted” her in 2017 after the former actress met Prince Harry. “I was quite shocked by it because it’s an unusual name. Maybe that’s her way of reaching out. But I wish them well and I think it’s wonderful,” Cundy said.
Harry and Meghan, who married in May 2018, confirmed in a statement on June 6 that they had welcomed their second child, a baby daughter named Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. In the statement, the couple, who also share 2-year-old son Archie Harrison, confirmed that their daughter’s name was inspired by both Harry’s grandmother, the Queen (whose family nickname is “Lilibet”), and his late mother, Princess Diana.
“Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home. Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet,” the statement read. “Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales. This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family.”
After Harry and Meghan’s announcement, there were reports that the couple didn’t ask the Queen for her permission before naming their daughter Lilibet. “BREAKING 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 newborn ‘Lilibet’; but Palace source says the Queen was ‘never asked’” BBC reporter Jonny Dymond tweeted in June.
A spokesperson for the Duke of Sussex denied this claim in a statement to the BBC at the time. “The duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement – in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called,” the spokesperson said. “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.”
A source also told In Touch at the time that the Queen was one of the first people Harry and Meghan told about Lilibet’s birth. “The queen was one of the first people Harry and Meghan told about the birth and they’ve sent her photos,” the insider said. “She has put the drama from the interviews aside and is overjoyed to be a great-grandmother again.”
Image: Courtesy of Dey Street Books.
For more about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s time in the British royal family, read Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s New York Times bestseller, Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family. The book tells all on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s relationship, from how they met to their wedding to the birth of their son, Archie. Finding Freedom also dives into the “true story” of why Harry and Meghan left the royals at the end of 2019 and moved to the United States amid their secret drama with their family. Consisting of interviews and accounts with Harry and Meghan’s closest confidants, Finding Freedom is a must-read for any royal follower.
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Meghan Markle's Ex-pal Lizzie Cundy Says the Duchess Wanted 'To Meet Someone' When She Came to UK
Meghan Markle's former friend, Lizzie Cundy, has shared some information concerning her friendship with the Duchess. Cundy stated that Markle always wished to be with a British man.
Lizzie Cundy, who was once Meghan Markle's friend, shared some details about Markle's life before she met Prince Harry. Cundy relayed that the Duchess had always loved London.
Cundy presently has a new show in the works where she plans to open up on how Markle showed her interest in British men. The two seemed to stop being friends a few years ago, according to Cundy.
LIZZY CUNDY SPEAKS ON MARKLE'S CHOICE
The TV presenter made it known that she had a clip where Markle expressed her feelings about London. She shared that the former actress said she loved London men and everything about the place.
Cundy added that at the time she and Markle met, she was asked to look after her. The "Red Carpet Uncut" actress added that Markle had been looking out to "meet someone."
Cundy went on to mention that after her engagement, Markle ghosted her, just as she had "ghosted" many others. She added that Markle also ghosted on her family.
Cundy claimed that the former "Suits" star craved fame and wanted to be well-known in the United Kingdom. The "Celebrity Four Weddings" star alleged that Markle was interested in "Made in Chelsea."
The show is a reality series focused on young wealthy people in West London. Cundy alleged that Markle was vocal about wanting to become a "London girl."
INSIDE CUNDY'S RELATIONSHIP WITH MARKLE
The 53-year-old star made it known that she and Markle met in 2013 during a celebrity evening function at businessman John Caudwell's home. Cundy recalled that she did not want to look after Markle at the event, but the two got along well.
Cundy said that she had wanted to help Markle gain fame, and she spoke with a few people who could become her boyfriend. She also claimed to plead with her producer to allow her to interview Markle on the red carpet.
This was at the Global Glitz Gala, where Markle was interviewed alongside stars like Eva Longoria, Victoria Beckham, and Melanie C. The media star shared that things changed when Markle and Prince Harry started their relationship.
Cundy shared her thoughts on the current happening in Markle's life. She stated that the star had wanted fame but did not know it would not be as glamorous as she envisioned.
HOLLYWOOD GLAMOR GIRL TO BRITISH ROYAL
While it became a given that Markle's way of life switched through her transition as a British royal, this was also eminent in her style choices. Over the years, fans watched Markle drop her vibrant style choice for the more conservative ones.
A timeline of the Duchess's style curation showed that she really did favor the trendy looks obtainable in the entertainment world. From sequin outfits, bandage dresses, strappy killer heels to mini dresses, Markle explored the fashion world.
However, all of these dates back to the early 2010s when she was an upcoming actress. Fans also got to see her Hollywood-inspired looks when she gained attention on "Suits."
The switch in style became apparent after she and Harry announced their engagement. In one of their photos, Markle could be seen rocking a knee-length dress, which was quite formal.
That became the end for Markle's spotlight trendy wardrobe, giving way for a more conservative sense of style that included historical jewelry, timeless coats, and subtly colored dresses.
WHEN HARRY AND MARKLE MET
Prince Harry and Markle met through a mutual friend, and there have been speculators that it was through Ralph Lauren Public relations director Violet Von Westenholz.
The duo had their first date at Soho House in July 2016 in London. The Duke of Sussex has revealed that the first few months of their relationship were peaceful because they had kept it under the wraps.
Harry mentioned that there were no distractions, and the relationship went from "zero to 60." On Markle's side, she had been concerned about his personality, asking if he was nice before she met him.
The pair met and liked each other, and according to Harry, they spent "an enormous amount of time together." They took a memorable trip down to Botswana, and just a year later, Prince Harry and Markle got engaged.
'The Meghan I Knew' - Lizzie Cundy On Meeting The Woman Who Would Become The Duchess Of Sussex
Presenter and model Lizzie Cundy befriended the then-actress Meghan Markle at a party in 2013, but had no idea what would come next. This week, she has again recalled how Meghan 'wanted to meet someone' when she came to the UK. She tells Grazia about her time on the party scene with the woman who would become one of the world's most recognisable faces.
In 2013, I was at a pre-dinner for a charity event held at the home of John Caudwell of Phones 4 U. I was told that one of the guests was an actress, just flown in from Canada, that she was in a show called Suits. I’d never heard of it, but they said it was a hit in the States. I was asked if I could look after her, as she didn’t really know anyone.
To be honest, I didn’t really want to – all my friends were on another table – but we met, and got on like a house on fire instantly. Meghan was very friendly, great fun, with a big smile. She wanted to do selfies and was very open, talking about her recent marriage split and how she wanted to work here in England and maybe even work on Made In Chelsea. So I assumed Suits must be like that sort of programme.
She was a real girl’s girl: full of energy. She didn’t stop talking, and we had a big giggle. There was just something special about her. We just got on, and immediately swapped numbers. I looked at her and thought ‘you have something special.’ She makes you feel at home straight away and it felt like I’d known her all my life. I can see why Harry fell in love with her.
Meghan said she loved London, and would love an English boyfriend, so I went through my phone to see who I knew that might be a good fit. I tried to find her a boyfriend - Ashley Cole wasn’t so keen - but I did try to fix her up, which is funny looking back.
The following night, we had the big do that she had flown in for, the Global Gift Gala, and I interviewed her on the red carpet, which must have been one of her last interviews before she met Harry.
My producer said ‘we have big names coming tonight: we have Victoria Beckham, Mel C, Eva Longoria, there is no time to interview Meghan.’ But I said we had to. I knew how she wanted to get more known in the UK and I wanted to help. I was pleading – I said we could even interview her and not film it, if it just showed her that I was trying to help – but in the end he said I could interview her if I made It really quick. Now he regrets rushing that interview, where she talked all about how much she loved London and the UK. But who would have thought that she would go on to marry Prince Harry?
When she first got together with Harry, I texted her to say how amazing it was and she did reply. But once the ring was on the finger, I soon realised she was off Twitter and that her number wasn’t working. And that was it. I’m afraid both Piers Morgan and I got ghosted.
People ask If I’m upset to go from friendship to silence, but I understand. It’s a different world going from celebrity to royalty, and a whole different life. So I get it. I wasn’t in any way upset.
She wanted fame and she was open about that. She has that sparkle, that magic. But I don’t think she knew how hard it was going to be. I think she thought it would be more glamorous, but fame is hard work. Personally I don’t think they’ve gone around things the right way, but if I saw her today, I’d give her a big hug. I’m happy that they’re happy.
The man who interviewed Diana so famously takes on Meghan, interviewing those closest to her to uncover the story of her childhood: growing up in The Valley in LA, studying at an all-girls Catholic school and her breakout into acting. The book also delves into her previous marriage and divorce in 2013, her struggles in Hollywood.
The intimate and revealing autobiography of Margaret Rhodes, the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. This is as close to the royal family as you get. The publishers say: ' In the Second World War years she 'lodged' at Buckingham Palace while she worked for MI6. She was a bridesmaid at the wedding of her cousin, Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip. Three years later the King and Queen attended her own wedding; Princess Margaret was a bridesmaid. In 1990 she was appointed as a Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen Mother, acting also as her companion, which she describes in touching detail. In the early months of 2002, she spent as much time as possible with her ailing aunt, and was at her bedside when she died at Easter that year. The next morning she went to Queen Elizabeth's bedroom to pray, and in farewell dropped her a final curtsey'
Published in August 2020, this book is expected to be a 'bombshell' that it's been claimed will 'settle scores'. In its description, the publishers claim: 'Finding Freedom goes beyond the headlines to reveal unknown details of Harry and Meghan's life together, dispelling the many rumours and misconceptions that plague the couple on both sides of the pond. As members of the select group of reporters that cover the British Royal Family and their engagements, Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand have witnessed the young couple's lives as few outsiders can.
With unique access and written with the participation of those closest to the couple, Finding Freedom is an honest, up-close, and disarming portrait of a confident, influential, and forward-thinking couple who are unafraid to break with tradition, determined to create a new path away from the spotlight, and dedicated to building a humanitarian legacy that will make a profound difference in the world.'
Definitely one for fans of The Crown and its various Princess Margarets… She made John Lennon blush and Marlon Brando clam up. She cold-shouldered Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor. Jack Nicholson offered her cocaine and Pablo Picasso lusted over her. To her friends Princess Margaret was witty and regal, to her enemies, she was rude and demanding. Ma'am Darling looks at her from many angles, creating a kaleidoscopic biography, and a witty meditation on fame and art, snobbery and deference, bohemia and high society.
This vivid, eye-opening biography--the product of four years of research and hundreds of interviews with palace officials, former girlfriends, spiritual gurus, and more – claims to be the first authoritative treatment of Charles's life that sheds light on the death of Diana, his marriage to Camilla, and his preparations to take the throne one day.
A well-researched deep-dive into the lives of Dickie and Edwina Mountbatten, a couple who witnessed much of the 20th Century's history – including Royal landmarks – at first hand.
The remarkable life of Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret who was also a Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation. Anne Glenconner reveals the real events behind The Crown as well as her own life of drama, tragedy and courage, with the wonderful wit and extraordinary resilience which define her.
A photographic journey through Queen Elizabeth II's ten decades of colour-blocked style. From the dusky pinks the Queen wore in girlhood all the way through to #NeonAt90, by way of that hat she wore on the announcement of Brexit, and not forgetting her trusty Launer handbag ever at her side, this must-have collection celebrates the iconic fashion statements of our longest reigning and most vibrant monarch.
The original people's princess, Diana is the subject of many great books – this, by Tina Brown, is by someone who knew her personally and the world she inhabited.
The book explores, 'Diana's sexually charged mother, her subtly scheming grandmother, the stepmother she hated but eventually came to understand, and a terrifying trio of in-laws and relations: Fergie, the force of nature whose life was full of its own unacknowledged pathos; Princess Margaret, the fading glamour girl; the implacable Queen Mother and more formidable than all of them, her mother-in-law, the Queen, whose admiration Diana sought till the day she died. Add Camilla Parker-Bowles, the ultimate "other woman" into this combustible mix, and it's no wonder that Diana felt the need to break out of her royal cage into celebrity culture, where she found her own power and used it to devastating effect.'
So yes, quite a lot there.
Formerly 'Her True Story' before it was revealed much of the book was based on taped interviews with Diana herself and the book was reissued, this is the often-quoted pretty much definitive story of Princess Diana.
Originally not available in the UK for fear of legal repercussions, this book makes for a page-turner for Royal gossip fans. The description promises: 'Kitty Kelley has gone behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace to raise the curtain on the men and women who make up the British royal family. Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Princess Diana...here are the scandals of the last decades: the doomed marriages and the husbands, wives, lovers and children caught in their wake and damaged beyond repair. No one is spared.'
Angela Kelly has worked with The Queen and walked the corridors of the Royal Household for twenty-five years, initially as Her Majesty's Senior Dresser and then latterly as Her Majesty's Personal Advisor, Curator, Wardrobe and In-house Designer. As the first person in history to hold this title, she shares a uniquely close working relationship with The Queen, with the monarch's position.
It's another book about Harry and Meghan, but coming from Katie Nicholl - one of the best authorities on the royal family - you know that it's good. This book details their romance right up until the royal wedding.
The latest biography on Meghan Markle to hit our shelves (from November 12), the description says Sean Smith 'pulls no punches as he reveals the remarkable and powerful story of this self-made, intelligent American woman with a strong social conscience who has made such an impact on our lives.'
Royal expert Ingrid Seward presents an incredibly in-depth exploration of the man who has stood by the Queen's side for decades. The perfect accompaniment to his forthcoming centenary celebrations next year.
READ MORE: Who Really Set Up Prince Harry And Meghan Markle?
Elizabeth Cundy (née Miller) is an English TV personality.
Cundy appeared on ITV's This Morning on their A Day with a Designer series and has since regularly appeared on debates and features. She covered the World Cup for GMTV and became one of their main debate specialists.
In 1997, she appeared in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.
In 2012 Cundy became the red carpet reporter for ITV2's film review show ITV at the Movies alongside David Bass and James King.
Cundy hosted her own football show called Wags World, and was the main Showbiz reporter for OKTV.
In 2010, Cundy and her husband Jason both won Celebrity Four Weddings, Lizzie faced David Van Day, Katie Hopkins and Francine Lewis. She had a beauty and style column in Town and Country House and a show business column for OK Magazine and the Daily Express. Cundy starred as the main lead in the West End Musical 'WAGS' 2014. She works and features on This Morning show, Good Morning Britain and Alan Titchmarsh and Sky News.
Cundy was a "Grid Girl" for Formula 1 racing, and criticised the end of the use of "Grid Girls".
Cundy hosts a show called WAGS World on Wedding TV. Additionally, she co-hosts the reality makeover programme called So Would You Dump Me Now? with Sue Moxley also for SKY Wedding TV. She is also filming Sporting Icon WAGS and appears as a guest on This Morning, with more than fifty appearances since 2008 on ITV, and Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side, 2012–2019. Lizzie regularly stars on Daybreak. She writes a column for OK! Magazine and the Daily Express and presents lifestyle show on Sky called London Style.
Cundy is a radio presenter for FUBAR Radio, hosting a weekly showbiz chat show called Access All Areas with journalist Stephen Leng.
Cundy married Chelsea footballer Jason Cundy in 1994, but they separated in 2010, and divorced in December 2012. They have two children together. She is a supporter of the Conservative Party.
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