Queen refused Meghan and Harry’s Lilibet photo plea due to ‘medical concern with her eyes’


THE QUEEN refused Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s request to take a photo with their daughter Lilibet to commemorate their first meeting due to a health concern, according to a royal commentator.

“However, the Queen personally intervened to prevent an official image being taken, apparently advising the couple that she had a bloodshot eye and did not want to feature in any pictures for public consumption.”

Lilibet is Meghan and Harry’s second child and first daughter.

The couple named their daughter Lilibet as a tribute to Prince Philip’s nickname for Queen Elizabeth II.

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Queen Elizabeth II opted against having a photo with Lilibet during the meeting (Image: EXPRESS)

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Queen Elizabeth II’s eye was bloodshot during the meeting (Image: GETTY)

Harry and Meghan threw a first birthday bash for Lilibet at Frogmore Cottage on June 4 during their visit to the UK for the Platinum Jubilee.

However, the majority of the Royal Family did not attend.

A source told the Telegraph: “There was a bit of reluctance among the royals to admit to having any involvement in Lilibet’s birthday party.”

Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge did not attend the party.

The couple’s children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were also absent from their cousin’s birthday party.

Earlier this week a royal insider claimed that the monarchy wants to draw a line under tensions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex following the end of a bullying inquiry.

The source told Vanity Fair: “It was damage limitation, protecting the Royal Family and also the Duchess of Sussex.

“The Queen feels there has been enough drama around the Sussexes, and she wants a line to be drawn.”

Meghan and Harry stepped down from the Royal Family in March 2020 (Image: GETTY)

He said: “The Palace, faced with the possibility of a memoir by Harry later this year and who knows what else if the Sussexes, as budding philanthropists, were antagonised, has simply closed it down.

“This is obviously an olive branch to the Sussexes too.

“This is not a monument to transparency and those involved may well feel hard done by, especially considering the allegations that Meghan ill-treated staff.”


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