Depending on who you ask, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were ruthlessly refused by royal aides when they asked Queen Elizabeth II to pose for pictures with their daughter Lillibet Diana last week – or that they were too polite to not bother her royal grandmother’s majesty.
Contrasting claims about an alleged photo order have been circulating since the California-based couple introduced baby Lillipet, 1, 1, to the Queen for the first time last Wednesday, after they traveled to the UK to take part in the platinum jubilee festivities.
Reports from several other outlets claim Harry, 37, and Markle, 40, wanted their personal photographer to take happy photos of the Queen and 1-year-old Lilibert – but they were shut down. According to an anonymous source, they were told, “No chance. It was a private family event,” The Sun originally reported. The leaker also claimed that the Queen’s attendants were concerned that Harry and Markle would leak the photos to US television networks.
However, a source familiar with the situation told The Post that the claim was nonsense.
“They enjoyed a private and intimate visit with the Queen,” the source said, adding that Harry and Markle did not bother asking for pictures because the 96-year-old was not feeling well.
The Queen’s Communications Secretary declined a Washington Post request for comment on the conflicting reports.
Lillipet – who celebrated her first birthday while in the UK – is the Queen’s granddaughter and namesake.
The source told the newspaper that Harry and Markle took Lillipet to meet the Queen for the second time on Friday.
The next day, the couple threw a small party for their daughter for her first birthday. They then released a photo of a berry, taken at that celebration.
The Christmas photo is only the second photo the couple has released of their daughter after it appeared on the family’s Christmas card last year.
While Harry and Markle are said to have enjoyed a warm relationship with the Queen, their relations with other members of the royal family are more strained.
The couple – who quit royal life in January 2020 – broke up the royal family in an infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey 14 months ago.
During the sensational sit-in, the aggrieved couple leveled accusations of racism against an unnamed member of the royal family, saying there were “concerns about how dark” their son Archie’s complexion could be.
Meanwhile, Markle has claimed she was silenced by family staff and claimed that her sister-in-law Kate made her cry during an altercation over bridal outfits prior to her wedding to Harry.
It is unclear if the two women have been in contact since the bomb encounter.
Meanwhile, Harry is said to be estranged from his brother Prince William.
Harry and Markle’s visit to the UK was short, with the couple arriving in the country in the middle of last week.
On Thursday, the couple were banned from appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace alongside the Queen, Prince Charles and other senior members of the royal family.
On Friday, the couple was booed when they appeared at the jubilee event at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Meanwhile, the couple traveled from the UK on Sunday, before the jubilee festivities wrapped up.