Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and their two children visited England last June to celebrate the late Queen’s platinum jubilee. On their return to the United States, rumours suggested that Elizabeth II had refused to be photographed with her great-granddaughter Lilibet, who celebrates her second birthday this Sunday 4 June. But according to the Mirror, she had a good reason…
It’s a subject that has been much talked about. In June 2022, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry travelled to the UK with their children. While they were officially there to celebrate the platinum jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on 8 September last year, they also took the opportunity to celebrate their daughter’s first birthday at Frogmore Cottage on 4 June. Following this event, which the Cambridges did not attend, an embarrassing rumour emerged: that the Queen had refused to be photographed with her great-granddaughter Lilibet Diana, who blew out her second birthday candle on Sunday 4 June. While some media have suggested that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wanted to sell the photo to the American media, others have suggested that the request never actually took place, due to the Queen’s fragile state of health. In an article published last July, The Mirror explained why the monarch did not pose with Archie’s little sister after all.
If no official photo of Lilibet and her great-grandmother was released, it was because Her Majesty had “a bloodshot eye” when she met Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s daughter, revealed royal expert Camilla Tominey, according to our British colleagues. The late Queen Elizabeth II had in fact “refused the official photo shoot with Harry’s
daughter, Lilibet, because of a medical problem.” According to the Telegraph journalist, faced with this unfortunate set of circumstances, Prince Harry asked his grandmother to take a photo with Lilibet Diana “at some point in the future”. Unfortunately, that day never came…
Why the Queen has spent so little time with Lilibet Diana
For her part, Lilibet Diana, who was born on 4 June 2021, had not previously had the opportunity to meet her great-grandmother in person. Although this interview was eagerly awaited, it only lasted around fifteen minutes. US Weekly gave the reasons for this express meeting. “She made a lot of effort to keep her strength up.
I think it’s totally understandable that she saved her energy as best she could in order to attend the events she really wanted to be at. We’re talking about someone who is over ninety years old and a baby”, royal family expert Jonathan Sacerdoti told the tabloid.
In recent months, the monarch has suffered from mobility problems, which have forced her to cancel her attendance at several events organised in her honour. Fatigue was therefore the cause of his express meeting with Meghan and Harry’s children, and not the tensions that have reigned between him and his family since his departure from the royal family in 2020.
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