British mum called Tinkerbell wins 18 month battle to get name on passport

A British mum has won an 18-month legal battle to change the middle name on her passport to Tinkerbelltherealgoddess.

But Natalie Tinkerbelltherealgoddess Bell believes the process took far too long.

The 43-year-old, from Fulham, London, told MyLondon: “I felt I was being joked about.

“I understand they find the name thing unusual. Or think I’m as mad as a box of frogs but they’re working for the passport office.

“I could hear the sniggering and the laughing. You just know when someone is trying to stop themselves from laughing.

“She killed a little bit of that joy. I just wanted to change my name due to my own connection with it. After all this it killed a little bit of that happiness.”

Natalie Tinkerbelltherealgoddess Bell has finally managed to update her passport
(Image: Grahame Larter/ MyLondon)

Natalie changed her middle name from Simone to Tinkerbelltherealgoddess via Deed Poll in August 2019.

She did this due to her spirituality and love for fairies, Disney and butterflies.

The mum then applied for a new passport the following month.

She hoped to fly to Jamaica to see her grandparents but was unable to as her travel documents were being processed.

Despite providing all required information, the passport office came back to her insisting she needed permission from Disney, the apparent copyright holders of the name Tinkerbell.

Having got this, she was then asked to go speak to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The London children’s hospital were gifted the rights of the novel and its characters by author J M Barrie in 1929.

Natalie Tinkerbelltherealgoddess Bell
Natalie sought the permission of Disney to get her passport updated
(Image: MyLondon – Grahame Larter)

Despite getting permission from both companies, her application was rejected in September 2020 and the £100 in fees was taken ‘to cover the cost of administering the application’.

In the meantime she struggled on without a passport.

Natalie, who is known as Tinks by her friends, said: “Honestly speaking at one stage I did start to regret it. How they made me feel. Thinking about my grandparents, not being babe to see them.

“Not having a passport as well. There are some things you’re blocked from doing. For example I couldn’t sign up to things like Airbnb.

“When I wanted to reapply for my license, I couldn’t. One the name change and two I’m not born in this country. At that point it made me feel like an alien.

“It really hit home for me what the Windrush Generation must have felt.”

It wasn’t until she appealed to her local MP, Greg Hands, that the passport change got approved.

She said: “I feel so liberated. But I feel it was so unnecessary in the first place. It was a game to them.

“They’re in a position of power, I get that. To do that for for minutes but for 18 months.”

The Passport Office were unable to review how she was spoken to by staff as calls aren’t recorded.

Although they didn’t formally responde to the Natalie’s case, a Home Office spokesperson said: “Her Majesty’s Passport Office will not issue a passport until all checks to confirm nationality and identity have been satisfactorily completed.”

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