Photo of Queen Elizabeth and Lili would have been a ‘checkmate’ against Meghan Markle and Prince Harry – commentator
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, reportedly met Queen Elizabeth II over the Platinum Jubilee weekend.
- A royal commentator said the failure to share a photo of Queen Elizabeth and Lili marked a major misstep for Buckingham Palace.
- They said it would have been a “powerful checkmate” in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s “PR chess match” with the Palace.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have shared a first birthday portrait of their daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. While royal fans were quick to point out Lili’s resemblance to her father, one royal commentator said a photo of Queen Elizabeth II and Lili would have been “powerful”.
Queen Elizabeth and Lili reportedly met in person during Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Platinum Jubilee visit
According to The Sun, Harry and Meghan’s daughter finally met her great-grandmother during a family trip to the UK for the Platinum Jubilee weekend. The reunion reportedly took place at Windsor Castle, where Meghan and Harry stayed at Frogmore Cottage with Lili and their 3-year-old son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Unlike Archie’s first encounter with Queen Elizabeth, which was documented, the outlet reported that no photos of Lili meeting her namesake were taken. They quoted a source as saying the Royal Family feared a photo could end up on television in the United States. As a result, no photos of Queen Elizabeth and Lili have emerged.
On June 6, 2022, a day after the Platinum Jubilee festivities officially ended, Harry and Meghan released Lili’s first birthday portrait along with a snapshot of her birthday party in the garden.
Royal commentator says Buckingham Palace ‘missed a trick’ by not sharing photo of Queen Elizabeth and Lili
Before landing in England, some royal commentators speculated that Harry and Meghan could derail Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. However, royal commentator Daniela Elser felt Buckingham Palace should have made the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit work in their favour.
How exactly? By posting a photo of Queen Elizabeth and Lili. Elser noted in the New Zealand Herald that the “most obvious argument” against sharing a photo would have “blown all the other Jubilee covers out of the water”.
She went on to say that the rationale “doesn’t really hold water” as heavy media coverage is a given with them.
“My point is that just going back to the UK together, the very presence of Harry and Meghan was always going to be kind of a distraction,” she said. “So why not use it to Buckingham Palace’s advantage?”
“I think the courtiers and assistants have really missed a trick here,” Elser added. “Imagine if we had seen this picture of the [sic] Queen and Lili – it would have been a mighty checkmate from Her Majesty in the PR chess match the Sussexes seem determined to play with the Palace.
A photo would have sent a strong message of the Royal Family ‘reclaiming the narrative’
A photo of Queen Elizabeth and Lili did not take place. However, if it did, Elser says it would have handed over control of the royal family. It would have sent them the message to “take back control of the situation and reclaim the narrative,” she said. Instead of “letting Harry and Meghan call the media,” she added.
Additionally, Queen Elizabeth would have been considered “the greatest person,” according to Elser. “No matter the sins of Lili’s parents in prime time, the [sic] queen was, and always will be, a beloved great-grandmother. Additionally, Elser said the monarch would have been the image of ‘forgiving and loving’, a misinterpretation of the ‘cold’ description suggested by Harry and Meghan’s claims.
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