The Queen is said to have finally met her great-granddaughter Lilibet after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s return to the UK.
The Queen is said to have finally met her great-granddaughter Lilibet.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly introduced the youngster, who turns one tomorrow, to the monarch at Windsor Castle yesterday.
Royal commentator Omid Scobie, author of find freedomsaid it would be the first time the 96-year-old would come face-to-face with her namesake, who was born in California last year.
He told BBC Breakfast: “Of course we know that the Queen went back to Windsor Castle yesterday, the couple also went back to Windsor where they are staying at Frogmore Cottage.
“So that would have been the first moment or the first chance for her to meet her namesake.”
He added that people shouldn’t expect “some kind of big extravagant birthday event” for the upcoming one-year-old’s celebrations — nor should they expect photos.
“We shouldn’t expect anything from what I’ve been told,” he said.
“Those moments with Lilibet are very private between them and the Queen and we know, of course, how much she has been looking forward to them.
“They have been held back by a pandemic. And this was really the first time.”
Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
A “nervous” Meghan and Harry will appear in public alongside William and Kate for the first time since Megxit on Friday.
The Sussexes are expected to attend a special thanksgiving service along with other members of the royal family to mark the Queen’s memorable 70-year reign.
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The monarch himself will not be in attendance after experiencing “discomfort” during yesterday’s festivities.
But most of the other members of the Firm – minus Andrew who has Covid – will gather for the occasion at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral on day two of the platinum anniversary celebrations.
Despite Meg, 40, and Harry, 37, being welcome back into the royal fold at Trooping the Color yesterday, they are said to be concerned about this morning’s public reunion.
A source told the mirror they were “perhaps understandably nervous” when they came face-to-face with the ones they planned in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last year.
And the pressure is doubled by the fact that this will be their first family outing since they left the Firm in 2020.
Omid said the couple hopes to be as “inconspicuous as possible” during their trip to the UK.
And it showed yesterday when they made a concerted effort not to be seen for the RAF fly-past.
Both brutally entertained the youngest members of the royal family from a window in the major general’s office as the military spectacle took place below.
Meghan, 40, was seen playfully putting a finger to her lips at Buckingham Palace, to the Queen’s great-granddaughters, Savannah Phillips, 11, Isla Phillips, 10, Mia Tindall, 8, and Lena Tindall, 3, to be quiet .
Harry, 37, was soon pictured making the exact same gesture.
Meanwhile, the pair were later photographed chatting with Prince Edward, the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Kent.
Meghan went all out for her long-awaited royal return, dressed in an off-the-shoulder gown and a striking sun hat, complete with a giant bow.
However, the pair were unable to join other royals on Buckingham Palace’s balcony for the Trooping the Color-fly-past event, as it was limited to working royals alone.
Instead, senior members of the royal family — including the Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton — greeted an adoring audience from the balcony for the photo.
It’s a potentially awkward family reunion for Meghan and Harry, who have had little personal contact with the royal family since their TV interview with Oprah 14 months ago.
During that sensational sit-down, the pair made accusations of racism against an undisclosed member of the royal family, saying there were “concerns about how dark” their son Archie’s skin would be.
Meanwhile, Meghan claimed she was silenced by family employees and claimed sister-in-law Kate made her cry during an argument over wedding outfits prior to her marriage to Harry.
It is unclear if the two women have been in contact since the bombshell interview.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and is reproduced with permission
Originally published as ‘Queen Finally Meets Lilibet’ As Great Granddaughter Becomes One Over Anniversary Weekend