The Queen has finally met her great-granddaughter Lilibet. Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan visited the monarch with the children in the castle.
Queen Elizabeth II (96) is said to have finally met her great-granddaughter Lilibet for the first time. The daughter of Prince Harry (37) and Duchess Meghan (40), who celebrates her first birthday tomorrow (June 4), visited the monarch with her parents. British media reports, citing Royal expert Omid Scobie (40). Lilibet’s brother Archie (3) was probably also part of the party. The royals reportedly dined together at Windsor Castle.
Meghan and Harry, who have lived in the United States since 2020, have arrived in England as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were spotted at the traditional Trooping the Color birthday parade in London on Thursday. However, they had no official appearance there and stayed in the background.
That’s why there are no pictures
The dinner with the Queen is said to have taken place after the parade. Royal expert Omid Scobie, who is said to be friends with the Sussexes, revealed this on the BBC’s breakfast news program. He also explained why the meeting was held behind closed doors: “Those private moments with Lilibet” belonged only to them and the Queen. “And of course we know” how much the Queen was “looking forward to it”.
Scobie also said of the Queen’s first meeting with Lilibet, who was named after her: The Queen returned to Windsor after the parade in London, as did Meghan and Harry, who are staying at Frogmore Cottage near the castle. They would then have used the first opportunity to get together.
The royal expert added that Harry and Meghan hope to keep appearances as “unobtrusive as possible” during their UK trip. “It’s almost hard to believe, but I think ‘Trooping the Color’ was a great example yesterday. We didn’t really see them on TV cameras.”
First official pictures of Meghan and Harry in London?
The Sussexes are expected to attend the thanksgiving service scheduled for this Friday (June 3) at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. They should join Prince Charles (73), Duchess Camilla (74), Prince William (39) and Duchess Kate (40). The Queen will not appear, the palace announced.
The Queen thoroughly enjoyed Thursday’s birthday parade in the capital, but she “felt a little uncomfortable,” the royal family said. In view of the effort involved in traveling to attend the service, Elizabeth II “decided with great reluctance that she would not attend.”