The queen has finally met her great-granddaughter Lilibet for the first time, two days before her birthday, when her mother and father, Prince Harry and Meghan, were reunited with the royal family over the anniversary weekend.
Royal commentator Omid Scobie, one of the authors of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s biography Finding Freedom, shared details of the muted introduction during a TV appearance this morning.
Scobie claimed that last night would have been the first time the 96-year-old would have met his namesake in the flesh.
The news broke as the Queen celebrates the second day of her platinum anniversary today, culminating in a Thanksgiving service in St. Louis. Paul’s Cathedral with the participation of high-ranking royals and politicians.
Wider members of the family are also expected to be present, including Prince Harry and Meghan, followed by a Guildhall reception, reports Mirror Online.
Scobie told BBC Breakfast: “I think people expect some kind of big birthday-extravagant event that we’re going to see photographs from. From what I’ve been told, we should not expect anything.
“The moments with Lilibet are very private between them and the Queen, and we know, of course, how much she has looked forward to it.
“They’ve been held back by a pandemic. The times Harry’s been here, of course, it’s just been for himself on rather gloomy occasions. And then it was really the first time.
“Of course we know the queen went back to Windsor Castle yesterday, the couple also went back to Windsor where they live at Frogmore Cottage.
“So that would have been the first moment or the first chance for her to meet her namesake.”
He also said that Harry and Meghan hope to be as “low profile as possible” during their trip to the UK for The Platinum Jubilee.
Scobie added: “I talked to people close to the couple … who said they want to be as low-profile as possible during this trip.
“It’s almost hard to believe, but I think Trooping the Color yesterday was a good example. We didn’t really see them on TV cameras. “
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