Jubilee Queen: Why doesn’t Megan and Harry’s daughter Lily have a photo with the Queen?

After the third day of the Queen’s platinum jubilee is over and dusted off, something interesting seems to be in store with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their family.

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The House of Windsor took to the stage this weekend as a new key player in the form of the Queen’s eldest grandson’s new girlfriend Peter Phillips.

They were first spotted at the platinum jubilee celebrations at the Epsom Derby (her hat was appropriately dizzying), then later Wallace and Phillips found themselves directly in sight of 1001 cameras, then sat behind his uncle Prince Charles at a party at the Palace concert.

However, the most interesting photo, the most fascinating shot from the Queen’s platinum jubilee knee so far, is the one we haven’t seen so far – the one in which the 96-year-old monarch meets his one-year-old Lilibet namesake Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

Lily, Harry and Meghan, the second child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, celebrated their first birthday in the UK on Saturday with reports suggesting some sort of small family party will be held at Sussexes Windsor, Frogmore Cottage.

More importantly, the same day was also dedicated to a great introduction to Lilibet senior with Lilibet junior.

Some reports suggest the meeting took place on Thursday after Trooping the Color at Buckingham Palace, but this has not been confirmed. It would also be an illogical way to do things – why would Harry and Meghan drag a baby for an hour in a car to central London to meet her great-grandmother when they are less than a 10 minute drive from each other in Windsor?

The Twitter accounts of the Queen, Prince Charles and William and Kate, Dukes and Duchess of Cambridge, quickly set off on Saturday morning, British time, and everyone shared warm and almost identical birthday wishes. In all the posts, any image is conspicuously absent.

So why Lily media blackout?

After all, the world first saw Her Majesty’s 11th great-granddaughter last December when the Sussexes released a Christmas card starring Lily and her adorable big brother Archie, now three, a shot so perfectly stylized and invented that he could have doubled as an advertisement for Ralph Lauren.

The most obvious argument against publishing a picture of Her Majesty and Lily is this – if the Palace released a video of them together, says the Queen holding the pimple sweetly, then it would throw all other jubilee articles out of the water and off the headlines, thus undermining the relentless focus they try to keep on the monarch who creates history and by placing King Charles III in the public imagination.

That’s an explanation that doesn’t hold water for me anyway. Many UK headlines on Saturday featured the Sussex Order at the Queen’s Thanksgiving Service held at St Paul’s, although their new low status meant they were kicked out to sit in the second row and behind the 31st row on the throne, Duke of Gloucester.

No matter how long the Palace will put the duo in their place and signal how expendable they are for the monarchy, the reality is that Harry and Meghan could have been made to sit behind a pole in the very back of the church with a sack over their heads, but the fact that they returned to the same room as Charles and Cambridges will always be represented in the media.

This was the first time both Sussex had met face to face with the Windsors in public since the detonation that was their interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which they made allegations of institutional racism at the Palace, and the Duchess revealed she had joined the royal ranks. led to suicidal thoughts.

My point is that if we just go back to the UK together, the mere presence of Harry and Megan will always be a distraction, so why not use it to benefit Buckingham Palace?

I think the courtiers and assistants really missed one trick.

Imagine we saw this photo of the Queen and Lily – it would be a powerful checkmate by Her Majesty in a PR chess match that the Sussexes seem to intend to play with the Palace.

The most obvious message would be that the jubilee is a bigger person and regardless of the sins of Lily’s parents in the prime time, the queen was and will always be a full grandmother. She would look like she forgives and loves, which is contrary to the image of the royal family as cold-blooded as Harry and Megan’s claims pointed them out.

This photo would also serve as something of a trait to underline the agitation and dramas evoked by Sussex. The man wants to move on.

In short, publishing footage of the Queen and Lily would mean that the Royal House would once again take command of the situation and restore the narrative, rather than allowing Harry and Meghan to call the media footage as it was.

An added benefit of our imaginary photography here is that it would also serve as some of an antidote to the prevailing whiff of anger that seemed to spread to Sussex’s jubilee performances.

So far, Harry and Meghan have obediently held the line and behaved best – there have been no public histories or attempts by the Netflix film crew to break into St Paul’s – nor do they seem to have made much effort.

On Thursday, after the Trooping, the whole royal family, working and non-working, went down to Buckingham Palace for a sweet lunch. (Hopefully the Queen sent someone to her 38,000-bottle cellar to procure a few decent bottles of plonka for the occasion.) Some reports suggest Harry and Meghan didn’t leave.

Also, the events on Friday. After the Thanksgiving service, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “refused” to attend a reception at London’s Guildhall, according to the Telegraph, although the rest of Windsor’s expanded troupe had gathered. (Thanks to Princess Anne’s son-in-law Mike Tindall for sharing a cheeky and fun video of his wife Zara and her cousin Princess Eugenie looking like they’re having lunch at lunch.)

Also at the concert on Saturday night at the Palace where the Sussex did not appear. (Yes, it was Lily’s birthday, but the breakup, starring, among many, Alicia Keys, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Lin-Manuel Miranda, began at 8 p.m., certainly after the kids went to bed.)

The general impression is that the couple does everything from the minimum to qualify to attend the event.

The question to be asked at this point is does the fact that the Sussex kept their distance from the royal family outside of major official events have anything to do with Harry’s upcoming memoirs and documentary series published “at home” that they are filming for Netflix? Or are the things between Charles and Diana, the sons of the Princess of Wales, simply so poisonous that they can’t bear to be even in the slightest proximity?

When Charles took the stage during a concert at the Palace, he asked an audience of 10,000 people to cheer so loudly that his “mom” could hear in Windsor Castle, 34 km away, and they accepted. Even the most stony-hearted and ardent Republicans among us could not help but be touched by such an outpouring of warmth and gratitude.

Although yes, the Jubilee is essentially an elaborate marketing exercise, a chance for the palace to regain support for the crown and sell the monarchy to younger generations, but it also speaks to a nation that thanks a non-minor who was adamant in his lifelong commitment to a job he never wanted. .

And that’s exactly what Sussexes ’return to the UK seems to be missing: they don’t seem to have entered the spirit that waved Union Jack over the four-day weekend and so far have failed in public to truly enthusiastically enter the momentum of this remarkable history-making moment.

One thing Harry and Meghan persistently advocated was their respect for the Queen, and yet at this time when the entire nation of Britain and much of the world is showing their gratitude for Her Majesty, the Sussexes have gone to AWOL.

Where is the enthusiasm? Where is any evidence of joy on their part that has reached such a remarkable milestone?

On Sunday, the entire royal family, including their children, is expected to appear at the afternoon’s jubilee election, which will take place along the mall and around St James’s Park. Will Harry and Meghan show up or will they continue to avoid any optional outings that would mean close proximity to William and Kate? (Surely the two couples could simply stay at a decent distance from each other and the princes will have a lifetime of experience casting a cheerful face in public.)

During Charles’ tribute, he said of the Queen: “You continue to make history.” Unfortunately, the Sussexes are doing the same thing for completely wrong reasons.

Daniela Elser is a royal expert and writer with over 15 years of experience working with a number of leading media titles in Australia.

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