Harry and Meghan said ‘no chance’ of Queen and Lilibet photo

Harry and Meghan said ‘no chance’ of Queen and Lilibet photo

Depending on who you ask, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were cruelly rejected by royal aides when they asked Queen Elizabeth II to pose for photos with their daughter Lilibet Diana last week – or they were just too much polite to disturb her royal grandmother majesty.

Conflicting claims about an alleged photo request have gone viral since the California-based couple presented baby Lilibet, 1, to the Queen for the first time last Wednesday after flying to the UK to compete platinum jubilee celebrations.

Reports from several other outlets claim Harry, 37, and Markle, 40, wanted their personal photographer to take happy snaps of the Queen and Lilibet – but were shut down. According to an anonymous source, they were told: “No chance. It was a private family event,” the Sun originally reported. This leak also claimed that the Queen’s guardians are concerned that Harry and Markle will leak the photos to US television networks.

However, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Post that claim was false.

“They just enjoyed a private and intimate visit with the Queen,” the source said, adding that Harry and Markle didn’t even bother to ask for pictures because the 96-year-old monarch wasn’t feeling well.

Elizabeth’s communications secretary declined the Post’s request for comment on the conflicting reports.

Reports from other outlets say Markle and Harry were rudely dismissed by the Queen's aides when they asked for pictures.
Reports circulating on other outlets say Markle and Harry were rudely dismissed by Queen Elizabeth II’s aides when they asked for photos.
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Harry and Markle posted their own photo of Lilibet to mark her first birthday.
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Lilibet – who celebrated her first birthday in the UK – is the monarch’s great-granddaughter and namesake.

The source told the Post that Harry and Markle also took Lilibet to meet Elizabeth for the second time on Friday.

The next day, the couple threw a small party for their daughter on her first birthday. They then posted a photo of the tot, which was taken during this celebration.

The birthday portrait is just the second photo the couple have released of their daughter after she featured on the family’s Christmas card last year.

The birthday portrait is just the second photo the couple have released of their daughter after she featured on the family's Christmas card last year.  Big brother Archie is seen on Harry's lap.
The birthday portrait is just the second photo the couple have released of their daughter after she featured on the family’s Christmas card last year. Big brother Archie is seen on Harry’s lap.
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While Harry and Markle enjoy a warm relationship with Elizabeth, their ties to other royals are far more strained.

The couple – who notoriously left royal life in January 2020 – trashed the Royal Family in an infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey 14 months ago.

During the sensational encounter, the aggrieved couple made accusations of racism against an unnamed member of the royal family, saying there were “concerns about the darkness” of their son Archie’s skin.

Meanwhile, Markle claimed she was silenced by family employees and claimed her sister-in-law Kate made her cry during a debate over bridesmaid dresses before her marriage to Harry.

It is unclear if the two women have had any contact since the explosive interview.

Harry, meanwhile, would be estranged from his brother, Prince William.

Senior members of the Royal Family were seen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Thursday.  Harry and Markle were made to wait inside.
Senior members of the Royal Family were seen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Thursday. Harry and Markle were made to wait inside.

Harry and Markle’s visit to the UK was brief, with the couple landing in the country over the past week.

On Thursday, the couple were banned from appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside Elizabeth, Prince Charles and other senior members of the royal family.

On Friday, the couple were booed as they showed up for a Jubilee event at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Meanwhile, the couple flew out of the UK on Sunday, before the Jubilee celebrations even ended.

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