Queen’s meeting with Lilibet could heal rift between Harry and Meghan, royal expert says

Many royal commentators are hoping Buckingham Palace will release an official photo of Lilibet and her namesake the Queen, who never met

Pictures of Lilibet were rare

As the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations begin, all eyes will be on Harry and Meghan’s much-anticipated reunion with the royals after leaving the family more than two years ago.

In particular, spectators will pay close attention to members of the Royal Family as they gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch the RAF flyby.

Prince Harry and Meghan are expected to attend along with their children Archie, 3, and one-year-old Lilibet.

They are said to be joined by the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as other family members. The Queen will not attend.

At some point, however, Lilibet is supposed to meet her great-grandmother for the first time.

Archie meets his great-grandparents, the Queen and the late Prince Philip – the only photo of the Queen with Meghan and Harry’s firstborn



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While the Sussexes are not sharing in the pageantry of the palace gathering, the Queen has insisted they be given the same courtesies as the rest of the family, according to royal expert Richard Kay at the daily mail.

However, it’s unclear what kind of welcome Harry and Meghan will receive from the British public following their very public departure from the UK in 2020.

According to polling data from YouGov, just one in three Brits views Harry positively, while more than half see him in a negative light – his net approval rating is minus 26. Meghan’s approval rating has fallen to a new minus low of 42 from minus 39 in March. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, the Sussexes leveled allegations of racism and rifts within the royal family.

The Sussexes arrived in the UK on Wednesday and were escorted from the airport to their residence at Frogmore Cottage, Windsor, in a bulletproof Land Rover owned by Buckingham Palace, allegedly at the request of the Queen herself. Her daughter Lilibet, who was born after the Queen will be hosting a small birthday party at Frogmore for Her Majesty to attend. Lilibet turns one year old on Saturday.

Many royal commentators are hoping the Queen and Lilibet will be offered a photo op as a goodwill gesture after two years of friction and strained relations between the Sussexes and the rest of the royal family.

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