As we approach the holiday season, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the daughter of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, will be celebrating her second Christmas. Despite her young age, the public has had limited opportunities to catch a glimpse of the two-year-old, as her parents have been highly restrictive concerning posting photos of their two children online.
However, one thing is for certain, Lilibet has already made her mark in the world, visiting the UK once, where she met the late Queen Elizabeth and her granddad King Charles. But as we look towards the future, it remains uncertain whether she will have the opportunity to regularly meet her UK family. This will most likely be decided by the reaction to her father’s upcoming memoir, which is set to be released in January.
It’s no secret that Harry and Meghan chose to give up their His & Her Royal Highness titles when they left the Royal Family. Yet, on Lilibet’s birth certificate, the absolute truth of what they wish to refer to themselves as came out.
While the birth of Lilibet brought joy and excitement, it also brought to light the question of truth and honesty. Put plainly, it seems like someone hasn’t been telling the truth. Nevertheless, we hope that the arrival of Lilibet will bring nothing but happiness and love to the family.
Lilibet – daughter o Harry & Meghan
As the world welcomed the arrival of Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the daughter of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, a spokesperson for the couple at the time said: “It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world.”
As expected, congratulations flooded in from people worldwide, including the Royal Family and all of its members. Prince William and Kate Middleton wrote: “We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili. Congratulations to Harry, Meghan, and Archie.” Kate Middleton also said on the prospect of meeting Lilibet, “I wish her all the very best. I can’t wait to meet her.”
However, things haven’t been as simple as expected. Despite the excitement and anticipation of meeting Lilibet, it wasn’t until the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations earlier this year that she finally got the chance to meet the Queen and the rest of her British family.
The Platinum Jubilee celebrations began on Thursday, June 2, with Trooping of the Colour – an event for which the Queen appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. The day after, a Thanksgiving service was held, but the Queen could not attend due to the discomfort she felt the day before. The same reason caused her to cancel her planned appearance at the Epsom Derby on Saturday, June 4. Despite the disappointment, it was a joyous occasion to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s incredible 70-year tenure on the British throne.
Lilibet’s first meeting with the Queen
Eventually, the Queen was forced to cancel several other events before sadly passing away in September. However, before that happened, Lilibet had the opportunity to meet her grandmother in person.
The rumors surrounding Harry and Meghan’s attendance at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee had been circulating for months. Some speculated that they wouldn’t show up, while others wondered if they would even be invited. In the end, Harry and Meghan did fly across the Atlantic Ocean to reunite with the former’s family.
As per reports, the couple kept a low profile, attending only a handful of events, including the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. This marked the first time Harry and Meghan had appeared publicly in the UK since they stepped back from royal life. However, the couple wasn’t welcomed to the Trooping of the Color.
As per the Queen’s request, only senior working royals were allowed a spot on the Buckingham Palace balcony to greet the gathered crowds. According to The Times, Harry and Meghan instead sat in the Major General’s Office, where they watched the Trooping of the Colour alongside extended members of the Royal Family. It’s not clear whether Archie and Lilibet were with them. It was suggested that the real reason why the Queen limited the Royal Family members permitted to stand on the balcony in the way she did was to avoid the couple becoming the center of attention.
First birthday in the UK
As Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcomed their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world, the couple had a chance to reunite with the former’s family. Though the rumor mill had been running for months about their attendance at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the couple did fly across the Atlantic Ocean to be present.
According to reports, the couple kept a low profile, attending only a handful of events, including the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral. This marked the first time Harry and Meghan had appeared publicly in the UK since they stepped back from royal life. However, the couple wasn’t welcome for the Trooping of the Color. The Queen requested that only senior working royals were allowed a spot on the Buckingham Palace balcony to greet the gathered crowds.
Amidst the events of the Platinum Jubilee, Harry and Meghan reportedly got some private time with the Queen. The pair’s children, Archie and Lilibet, had flown to the UK with them, and it was the first time Lilibet had ever visited her father’s homeland. The couple reportedly threw a backyard picnic at Frogmore Cottage, their UK home, to celebrate their daughter’s first birthday. This picnic also marked the first time that Lilibet met her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and her grandfather, Prince Charles.
Though they must have been pleased to finally meet Lilibet, no photos of them meeting her were released. The Queen reportedly banned Harry and Meghan from having a photographer present, as it was a private family meeting. The couple had wanted to capture the moment Lilibet met the Queen, but they were told no chance.
Queen refused to take a picture with Lilibet
Transitioning seamlessly from one event to the next, reports suggest that Harry and Meghan had a chance to spend some private time with the Queen during their recent trip to the UK. On June 4, the couple reportedly threw a backyard picnic at Frogmore Cottage to celebrate the first birthday of their daughter, Lilibet. The picnic was said to have been arranged as a surprise for the little girl, and also marked the first time she met her great-grandmother and grandfather.
However, it seems that the Queen was not willing to participate in any photographs that would be made public. Royal expert Camilla Tominey wrote in The Telegraph that the Queen had refused to take a photo with Lilibet due to a bloodshot eye and did not want to be in any images that would be released. Harry was rumored to have expressed his desire to get a photo with his daughter and the Queen at some point in the future.
The picnic at Frogmore Cottage was also attended by Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, but unfortunately, neither Prince William nor Kate Middleton was in attendance. Royal expert Christopher Andersen claims that there is still a lot of tension between Harry and Meghan and William and Kate, and that nobody believes they spoke to one another during the celebrations.
Instead, William, Kate, and their three children traveled to Wales and did not make any effort to introduce Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis to Lilibet. Despite the tension, the couple reportedly had a cake made by baker Claire Ptak for the birthday picnic, the same baker who made the cake for their wedding in 2018.
Harry & Meghan skips UK Christmas
As the festive season approaches, Lilibet will be celebrating her second Christmas. Whether or not she has had the opportunity to meet her cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, is unclear. However, it was reported that Harry and Meghan had been invited to spend the holiday with the British Royal Family at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.
Despite the invitation, Harry and Meghan reportedly turned down the offer, as their relationship with the Royal Family has reportedly hit “rock bottom.” An insider claims that Harry’s upcoming memoir, Spare, could spell the end for any relationship he wishes to have with his family, which is said to be desperately sad.
Furthermore, King Charles is said to be ready to strip Harry and Meghan of all their titles if Harry’s book is indeed packed with disparaging revelations. This could include information related to the Sussexes’ children as well.
In January, Harry will release Spare, which is expected to reveal new bombshells about the Royal Family. While it is not yet known what exactly will be included in the book, royal author Tom Bower believes that it could be a make-or-break moment for the Firm. He notes that King Charles could ultimately withhold titles for his grandchildren Archie and Lilibet, or even take away Harry and Meghan’s titles, but that would be a drastic measure.
It seems that the relationship between Harry and Meghan and the British Royal Family may be at an all-time low. Reports suggest that Harry and Meghan turned down an invitation to spend Christmas with the Royal Family at the Sandringham Estate, and there is speculation that King Charles may strip them of their titles if Harry’s upcoming memoir contains disparaging revelations about the Royal Family. The exact contents of the book are not yet known, but it is sure to be a make-or-break moment for the Firm.
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