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Prince William and Prince Harry Didn’t Meet at Jubilee, Sussexes Got 15 Minutes With Queen

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Put 15 minutes on the clock, please

Attentive readers will recall that on Friday last week The Daily Beast reported that it was “highly unlikely” that Queen Elizabeth would “attend a rumored first birthday party for her great-grand-daughter Lilibet at Frogmore Cottage on Saturday.”

Now it turns out that not only did the queen not attend the party but that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were only given a “formal” 15-minute audience with the monarch to introduce their baby Lilibet to her great-grandmother.


A source told the Sun: “It was a quick in and out job. It was all quite formal.” The palace has declined to comment. However, the claim chimes with the messaging the Royalist heard repeatedly over the Jubilee weekend: that it was all about glorifying and venerating the queen, and what Harry, Meghan or anyone else wanted was an entirely secondary matter.

No photographs have emerged of Lilibet with her grandmother, lending increasing credence to the extraordinary claims that the palace effectively banned Harry and Meghan taking such a picture out of fears they would exploit it to boost their royal credentials.

It certainly seems to have been a weekend that was not marked by any grand gestures of reconciliation. The Sunday Times, for example, confirms rumors that have been circulating that William and Harry “spent no private time together over the jubilee, and the broken relationship is not on the brink of being patched up any time soon.” A friend, speaking about the way Harry and Meghan quit their royal roles and subsequent actions said William is “still deeply upset about it and feels let down, but he’s moved on.”

As royal analyst and former royal editor of the Sun, Duncan Larcombe memorably told........

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