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The Real Reason Kate Middleton Declined An Invitation To Lilibet’s First Birthday Celebration

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The Real Reason Kate Middleton Declined An Invitation To Lilibet’s First Birthday Celebration

It’s reasonable to suppose Princess Lilibet is still unaware of her parents’ past.

After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle relocated to Montecito, California, the child was born in the United States, and her upbringing differed significantly from her father’s.

Even though Lilibet’s first birthday was truly celebrated in the UK, rumors and conjecture still persisted.

Lilibet’s first birthday celebration was missed by her cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis as well as her royal aunt and uncle, Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Although it is said that the late Queen Elizabeth was present, she declined to have her photo taken with her great-granddaughter.

The absence of William and Kate at Lilibet’s birthday celebration sparked reactions soon after.

While it is true that the Waleses and Sussexes’ relationship was at an all-time low, one of Meghan’s pals publicly mocked Kate and refused to accept it as the cause.

Harry and Meghan made the wonderful announcement that their daughter Lilibet had been born on June 4, 2021.

Royal fans will be aware that Archie, their son, was born in 2019; the girl is their second child.

Princess Lilibet

“It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world,” a pair representative stated at the time.

Prince William and Kate Middleton were among the other members of the royal family to congratulate Harry and Meghan on the birth of their second child. However, the relationship between the Sussexes and Waleses is now colder than it has ever been.

After her parents had already left the Royal Family, Lilibet was born in the United States.

Because Lilibet would benefit from a more subdued and intimate presentation to the public, she could avoid the paparazzi press that had followed Harry and Meghan across the globe.

It took some time for Lilibet’s family in the UK to get to meet her, as the Sussexes reside in the US.


Lilibet finally saw her great-grandmother at Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration in 2022. Lilibet turned one on June 4, 2022, and her parents chose to celebrate at Frogmore Cottage, their then-UK residence.

On their daughter’s special day, Meghan and Harry planned a picnic in their backyard.

One of the few images of Lilibet that the public has seen is the lovely photo that their friend Misan Harriman shared of the young child celebrating her birthday.

At Lilibet’s first birthday celebration, Queen Elizabeth declined to have her photo taken

Lilibet first encountered her then-grandfather, Prince Charles, and her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, at the picnic at Frogmore Cottage.

Although they must have both been happy to see Lilibet, no pictures of their initial meeting were released to the public. In fact, Queen Elizabeth forbade Harry and Meghan from having a photographer present, as The Sun revealed.

“Harry and Meghan wanted their photographer to capture the moment Lilibet met the Queen,” an insider told The Sun. “But they were told no chance. It was a private family meeting.”

The tiny child had a bloodshot eye, so the queen refused to have a picture taken with her, according to royal researcher Camilla Tominey.

According to Tominey, the queen requested not to be in any pictures that would be released to the public.

Harry was said to have mentioned wanting a picture with her “at some point in the future,” according to a report Tominey reported at the time in The Telegraph.

According to recent claims, Queen Elizabeth may have had a completely other motive for choosing not to snap a photo with Lilibet.

The queen at the time, according to royal expert Phil Dampier, had a “lack of trust” in Harry and Meghan because they had participated in the controversial Oprah Winfrey interview just a few months prior.

She therefore wished to avoid having her great-granddaughter pictured.

“Even if the Queen had been struggling with her health she was still sharp as a tack. She realized that any photograph taken of her with Lilibet could have been exploited,” Dampier told The Sun.

“I don’t think she was very pleased that it was presented to her as a fait accompli that the name Lilibet was chosen in the first place. She put her foot down and said ‘no photographs’.”

A friend of Meghan Markle made fun of Kate Middleton for turning down Lilibet’s birthday invitation

According to reports, the children of Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips were the only ones that attended the celebration.

Princess Kate, Prince William, and their kids decided not to go. Things haven’t really gotten much better since then; tensions were still very high.

The official explanation for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s absence from Lilibet’s birthday celebration was that they had other obligations that day.

But during the Sussexes’ visit to the UK, Christopher Andersen, a royal specialist, told Us Weekly that the future king and queen made “no effort” to introduce George, Charlotte, and Louis to Lilibet.

One of Meghan Markle’s pals was displeased when Prince William and Kate Middleton turned down the invitation to Lilibet’s first birthday picnic at Frogmore Cottage.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills actress Garcelle Beauvais discussed the absence of the now-Prince and Princess of Wales from the birthday celebration in an interview with E!.

She called Kate’s choice to skip the event “shady.”

“What’s going on is, ‘What a coincidence, we’re out of town; I’m washing my hair.’ There’s a little shade there,” Beauvais said to E!.

“They can’t hold back the flight a couple of hours to meet Lilibet and Archie?”

Family conflicts are never pleasant, and they frequently become much more complicated when children are involved.

Harry hasn’t seen his nephews and niece in a while due to the ongoing “battle of the brothers” and Harry and Meghan’s relocation to the US.

Tom Quinn, a royal biographer, claims that Harry is “devastated” at the division.

Princess Lilibet celebrates her third birthday in a low-key manner

The Mirror was informed by Quinn: “We know that Harry’s deepest upset concerns not just his lack of relationship with George, Charlotte and Louis, but also his own children’s lack of a relationship with their cousins.”

“Harry and Meghan would love to get round the problem – they would love it if the cousins could meet regularly and have a positive relationship as they grow up, but they cannot see a way to do it while they themselves, Harry and Meghan, are estranged. Harry has said that he hopes the cousins can at least be friends as adults.”

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 was Lilibet’s third birthday. As previously indicated, Lilibet’s first birthday was observed in the UK.

This year’s event is claimed to have been more low-key, in contrast to her second birthday, which was apparently a “celeb-packed all-American bash” in California.

People Magazine said that a “pre-birthday bash” kicked off Lilibet’s birthday celebrations.

Harry, Meghan, and their kids threw a celebration in their Montecito house over the weekend to honor their daughter. “Close friends, family, and some of Lili’s friends” were among the attendees.

When Meghan Markle was in Nigeria, she shared new information on Lilibet

Harry and Meghan have made the decision to keep their kids out of the spotlight, and they seldom ever post updates or images of Archie and Lilibet.

When the kids debuted in their Netflix series in December 2022, among other things, royal fans learned that Archie spoke with an American accent.

In order to promote the Invictus Games, Harry and Meghan traveled to Nigeria for three days a few weeks ago.

Meghan said that Lilibet’s “favorite class” was “singing and dancing” while visiting a school in Abuja. This was probably because of “all the jumping around.”

In addition, the Duchess conversed with a few students and gave a brief speech about her daughter.

“Interestingly, so our daughter, Lili, she’s much, much tinier than you guys. She’s about to turn three. And a few weeks ago she looked at me and she would just see the reflection in my eyes. And she said ‘Mama, I see me in you’. Oh, now she was talking really, literally,” Meghan said, as reported by the Mirror.

“But I hung onto those words in a very different way. And I thought, yes, I do see me and you, and you see me and you, but as I look around this room, I see myself in all of you as well.”

Though Archie and Lilibet have remained out of the spotlight for the time being, the Sussexes may decide to change that.

The Sussexes are thinking about taking their kids along for upcoming foreign engagements, according to royal analyst Tom Quinn.

“Meghan is acutely aware of what a great look this will be – the charming royal couple with their charming royal children will attract the sort of publicity that Harry and Meghan crave, especially now that they are so determined to be billionaire entrepreneurs,” Quinn told the Mirror.

The royal expert continued, “While Harry and Meghan go on with their increasingly prominent royal lives, Kate and William are left floundering and Meghan and Harry know it.”

Is it a good idea for Harry and Meghan to bring their kids on future tours, or should they keep them out of the spotlight?

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