Harry and Meghan ‘BANNED’ from capturing magic moment between Queen and great-granddaughter
The Queen prohibited Harry and Meghan from bringing a camera inside Windsor Castle to shoot their daughter Lilibet's first meeting with her great-grandmother. According to The Sun, the Sussexes introduced their daughter Lilibet to her great-grandmother for the first time on Thursday, June 2 amid the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Prince Harry returned to the UK with his wife Meghan Markle to join the four-day ceremony celebrating the Queen's 70th year of the reign.
An insider stated to The Sun that the Sussex Royal asked if they might bring in a private shutterbug to shoot their first face-to-face meeting, but they were ordered no. During the Platinum Jubilee, Prince Harry and Meghan were kept at arm's length by the royals and did not make any public appearances with the Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William or his wife Kate Middleton. The Royals were suspicious that any images taken by the couple's photographer of the Queen and Lilibet would be shared with US television networks. The Queen's childhood nickname, Lilibet, was controversially chosen, generating a stir amid accusations that she was "told not to ask" about the choice. On Sunday, June 5, Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, rushed back to California. It was the couple's first major public appearance in the UK since they announced their intention to step down as senior Royals in 2020. During the celebrations, even inside the church, Harry and Meghan were seated away from more senior members of the family, including Kate and William, and Charles and Camilla.
The couple was seen attending a Thanksgiving Service at St Paul's Cathedral in London on Saturday, June 4, when they were welcomed with a mix of cheers and boos by the crowd gathered outside. The couple had decided to stick to the script in order to maintain a low profile throughout the weekend, as there would be no Netflix cameras around. At the Queen's Thanksgiving Service at St Paul's on Friday, June 3, they had to do with second-row royal rank. On Sunday, June 5, they traveled back to California in a private plane.
An insider told The Sun: “Harry and Meghan wanted their photographer to capture the moment Lilibet met the Queen. But they were told no chance. It was a private family meeting.”
Harry and Meghan have often been at the center of public hate and mockery for their alleged attempts to stay in the media with their photographs. Their signing a deal with Netflix and having the crew follow them everywhere is also frowned upon by most royal family lovers. With their stepping down from the royal status, their actions have been scrutinized at every turn. Recently, when Meghan went to pay her respects to the victims of the Uvalde school shooting, she was photographed trying to keep a low profile but the public suspected it was an act for the Netflix cameras. She was criticized for making it a photo op. In the case of Lilibet meeting her great-grandmother too, the public was of the opinion that the Queen was right in telling them to do so since it was a private affair.