The Queen reportedly had a simple two-word response to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s request to photograph her first meeting with their daughter Lilibet.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex took Lilibet – named after a nickname of the Queen’s – to meet her great-grandmother for the first time on Thursday while they were visiting the UK for the Platinum Jubilee.Harry and Meghan had reportedly asked for a private photographer to be present at the meeting.
However, the Queen reportedly told them “no chance” when asked her opinion on the matter – due to fears the images would be leaked to US television networks, reports the Express.Lilibet, celebrated her first birthday on Saturday, before the Sussexes returned to California on Sunday without a snap of the moment.An insider told The Sun : “Harry and Meghan wanted their photographer to capture the moment Lilibet met the Queen.“But they were told no chance. It was a private family meeting.”
The Sussexes were noticeably absent from the limelight during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations and were spotted sitting several rows behind Prince Charles and Prince William during Friday’s Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s cathedral.They were kept at arm’s length by the royals during the celebrations and left without any public appearances alongside the Queen, Charles, Camilla, William or Kate.Harry and Meghan’s low profile over the weekend meant they attended without Netflix cameras in attendance.
The couple reportedly left the UK prior to the conclusion of the final events marking the Queen’s 70 years on the throne. As the £15 million Platinum Jubilee Pageant finale got under way outside Buckingham Palace on Sunday, the Sussexes had already driven away from Frogmore Cottage.The couple’s swift exit before the end of the Jubilee celebrations came as experts claimed Harry was struggling to accept his new “second row royal” role, and fans pointed out Meghan’s “obvious” snub of Kate Middleton.Tensions have been running high between the Sussexes and the rest of the royal family since the pair’s Oprah interview last year, in which they made allegations of racism and Meghan spoke openly about her fractured relationship with Kate.
The Sussexes’ trip over from the US is reported to have cost in excess of £150,000, but it is not clear who footed the bill.In a statement released on Sunday evening, the Queen said she had been “humbled and deeply touched” that so many had come out to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.”While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all, ” she said. “And I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family.”