Queen Jubilee: Why doesn’t Meghan and Harry Lili’s daughter have a photo with the Queen?

With the third day of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee finished and cleared, something strange seems to be happening with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their families.

Welcome to the royal stables, Lindsay Wallace!

The House of Windsor has a new cast hit the stage this weekend in the form of a new boyfriend the Queen’s eldest grandson, Peter Phillips.

First they were spotted at the Platinum Jubilee celebrations at the Epsom Derby (his hats really dizzy) and then Wallace and Phillips found themselves directly in line of sight from 1001 cameras then sitting behind their uncle Prince Charles at the Party at the Palace concert.

But the most eye-catching, most eye-catching snap of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee so far is one we’ve never seen—a photo of the 96-year-old king meeting his one-year-old Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

On Saturday, Lili, Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s second child, marked her first birthday in England with reports suggesting a small family party of sorts would be held at Sussex’s Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage.

More importantly, the same day had also been set for the big introduction of senior Lilibet to junior Lilibet.

Some reports suggest the encounter took place on the Thursday after Trooping the Color at Buckingham Palace but this has not been confirmed. It would also be an illogical way of doing things — why would Harry and Meghan drag an hour-long baby in a car into central London to meet their great-grandmother when they live less than a 10-minute drive from each other in Windsor?

The Twitter accounts of the Queen, Princes Charles and William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, all quickly went off the rails on Saturday morning, UK time, all sharing warm and almost identical birthday wishes. In all posts, absolutely no image whatsoever.

So, why did Lili’s media go out?

After all, the world got its first glimpse of Her Majesty’s 11th great-grandchild in December last year when the Sussexes released a Christmas card starring Lili and her adorable older brother Archie, now three years old, the shot was so perfectly styled and contrived. . has been duplicated as a Ralph Lauren ad.

The most obvious argument against releasing pictures of Her Majesty and Lili is something like this—if the Palace had released a photo of them together, say the Queen sweetly cradling bub, then it would destroy all other Jubilee coverage from the water. and from the front page, thereby destroying the relentless focus they tried to maintain on the history-making monarch and placing King Charles III in the public imagination.

That’s the reason that, to me, doesn’t really hold water. Many front pages across England on Saturday featured the Sussexes’ turn at the thanksgiving service for the Queen held in St Paul, although their new low status means they are pushed to sit second and behind the 31st row to the throne, the Duke of Gloucester. .

No matter how long Palace will put the duo in their place and signal how much they can be banished to the monarchy, the reality is that Harry and Meghan could be made to sit behind a pole at the very back of the church with bags over their heads but the fact that they returned to the same room as Charles and the Cambridges will always be in the media spotlight.

This is the first time the Sussexes have come face-to-face with the Windsors in public since the outburst that was their Oprah Winfrey interview, in which they made claims of institutional racism at Palace, with the duchess revealing that joining the royal ranks had prompted her to experience suicidal thoughts.

My point is, just by returning to England together, Harry and Meghan’s presence will always be a nuisance, so why not use it to Buckingham Palace’s advantage?

I think courtiers and aides really missed the trick here.

Imagine if we took a look at this photo of the Queen and Lili — it would be a strong checkmate of Her Majesty in the PR chess match the Sussexes seem to want to play with Palace.

The clearest message was that the Jubilee girl was the bigger person and no matter what the main sin of Lili’s parents, the Queen was, and always will be, a loving great-grandmother. He will come across as forgiving and compassionate, in stark contrast to the image of the royal family as cold-hearted that Harry and Meghan claim.

This photo will also be a kind of line drawn under the agitation and drama fueled by the Sussexes. Someone wants to continue.

In short, firing off the Queen and Lili would represent the royal house reclaiming command of the situation and reclaiming the narrative rather than letting Harry and Meghan call the media fire as it is.

An added benefit of our imaginary photo here is that it will also serve as an antidote to the existing bitter smell that seems to hover over the Jubilee look by Sussex.

So far, Harry and Meghan have dutifully followed the line and displayed their best behavior – no public histrionics or attempts by the Netflix film crew to barge into St Paul’s – nor do they appear to be. a lot of effort.

On the Thursday, after Trooping, the entire royal family, working and not working, descended on Buckingham Palace for a delightful lunch. (Hope the Queen sends someone into her 38,000-bottle cellar to get some plonk bottles worthy for the occasion.) Multiple reports suggest Harry and Meghan didn’t leave.

Likewise with the events of Friday. After the thanksgiving service, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “refused to attend” the reception at the London Guildhall, according to the Telegraph, even though the rest of the Windsors squad had all gathered. (We have Princess Anne’s son-in-law, Mike Tindall, to thank for sharing a photo of his mischievous and lovable wife, Zara and her cousin, Princess Eugenie, looking like they were having a great time over lunch.)

So did the Saturday night concert at the Palace where the Sussexes weren’t present. (Yes, it was Lili’s birthday but the blast, starring Alicia Keys, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Lin-Manuel Miranda, started at 8 p.m., definitely after the kids’ bedtime.)

The overall impression was that the couple appeared to be doing their utmost to qualify for the event.

The question to be asked at this point is, can the Sussexes keep their distance from the royal family outside of major official events with anything to do with Harry’s upcoming memoir and the “at home” documentary series they’re reportedly shooting for Netflix. ? Or were things so toxic between Charles and Diana, the son of the Princess of Wales that they couldn’t stand being in the faintest of distances from each other?

When Charles took the stage during a Palace concert, he asked the 10,000 crowd to cheer so loud that his “Mummy” might hear at Windsor Castle 34 km away and they obeyed. Even the hardest-hearted and the most passionate republican among us cannot fail to be moved by the outpouring of warmth and gratitude.

While yes, the Jubilee is essentially an elaborate marketing exercise, an opportunity for Palace to re-raise support for the crown and to sell the monarchy to a younger generation, but also about a country thanking nonagenarian who has stood firm. in his lifelong commitment to a job he never wanted.

And that’s what the Sussexes’ return to England seems to be missing: They don’t seem to be getting into the waving Union Jack spirit of a four-day long weekend and have so far failed to openly genuinely enthusiastic about getting into the swing of an incredible moment and making history. this.

One thing Harry and Meghan have held firm to is their respect for the Queen, but at a time when the entire nation of Great Britain and much of the world is showing their gratitude to Her Majesty, the Sussexes have gone AWOL.

Where’s the spirit? Where was the display of excitement that could be shown on their part that he had reached such a great milestone?

On Sunday, the entire royal family, including their children, are expected to attend for the afternoon Jubilee Contest which will take place along the Mall and around St James’s Park. Will Harry and Meghan show up or will they continue to avoid optional events which means being very close to William and Kate? (Surely both spouses could easily maintain a polite distance from each other and the princes had a lifetime of experience putting on a cheerful face in public.)

During Charles’ tribute, he said of the Queen, “You continue to make history.” Unfortunately, so are the Sussexes and for all the wrong reasons.

Daniela Elser is a royal expert and writer with over 15 years of experience working with some of Australia’s leading media titles.

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