Royal family 'increasingly fed-up' with 'rabble-rousing' Prince Harry, Meghan Markle - experts

Is the Queen and her army of officials about to "fight back" against the "rabble-rousing" Prince Harry and Meghan Markle? Experts say it's possible, with the Royal Family becoming "increasingly fed up" with the pair's behaviour.

Two events this week have spurred rumours that Buckingham Palace may be becoming less tolerant of the US-based Harry and Meghan. 

First, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were pushed down the list of royals on the Royal Family website, below the Wessexes and even the scandalous Prince Andrew.

Then, it emerged in a BBC report that the pair may not have consulted the Queen about their decision to name their newborn baby after her. Harry and Meghan have pushed back on that, with their lawyers even calling the article "false and defamatory", but Buckingham Palace hasn't publicly backed them or set the record straight.

Despite the lawyers being called in, the BBC's story remains online - albeit with Harry and Meghan's response now included. 

Several royal experts suspect the Royal Family is growing increasingly annoyed with the pair's behaviour. royal columnist Daniela Elsa this week wrote that the palace's lack of denial about the BBC story was "extraordinary". 

"If the palace does continue to stand its ground then this would represent the house of Windsor's biggest pushback against the rabble-rousing couple since their sensational departure from the palace in January last year," she says.

"After months of having been the target of the Sussexes' fusillade of painfully public criticism, are the Queen and her army of courtiers finally starting to far more aggressively - and obviously - fight back? Is this a case of no more Mrs Nice Queen?"

Niles Gardiner, a former adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who's promoted as a "royal expert" in British media, this week told Fox News that the royals have had enough. 

"Without a doubt, the Royal Family are growing increasingly fed up with the behaviour of Meghan and Harry and British public opinion is turning firmly against Meghan and Harry as well. You're seeing the Royal Family really closing ranks here." 

The dispute over whether the Queen knew about the Lilibet name propelled divisions between the Sussexes and the media back into the spotlight, with tabloids headlining stories as "Harry wages war with BBC". 

The showdown comes just weeks after an investigation into the BBC's Panorama interview with Princess Diana in 1995 found reporter Martin Bashir deceived Diana's brother to get access to his sister. 

Following that, Harry said "the ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices" ultimately took his mother's life.

Over the last few years, both before and after his dramatic stepping down from senior royal duties, Harry has spoken out against media practices and pursued legal action with his wife against some publications. 

In March, the pair sat down with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey to make a series of allegations against the royal family. Meghan said concerns had been raised about their first-born child's skin colour, while Harry accused his father of neglect.