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Harry and Megan DID invite William, Kate and their children to Lilibet’s first birthday party at Frogmore Cottage as an ‘olive branch’ but the Cambridges didn’t attend, source tells Page Six
Lilibet did not meet her cousins the Cambridges during her first trip to the UK for the Platinum Jubilee because Prince William and Kate Middleton snubbed an invitation to her first birthday party at Frogmore Cottage, a source has claimed.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle invited William, Kate and their children Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven and Prince Louis, four, to Lilibet’s first birthday party as ‘an olive branch’ — but the Cambridges did not attend, according to Page Six.
A source told the US paper that things between the warring brothers ‘still fraught’ and that ‘William is still wary of spending any time alone with Harry as you never quite know what may be reported back afterwards.’
The party took place on June 4, while the Cambridge family (pictured) were at Cardiff Castle to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.
William and Harry have been separated by a rift that began in March 2019 when William reportedly threw Harry and Meghan out of Kensington Palace over the alleged bullying of staff, with the Sussexes breaking up their joint foundation and setting up a new office at Buckingham Palace. The claims emerged in Robert Lacey’s book Battle of Brothers, published before Harry and Meghan went on Oprah (pictured) to accuse the Royal Family of racism and claim they were abandoned when the Duchess of Sussex was depressed and six months pregnant.
Harry also said his brother and father were ‘trapped’ by the institution of monarchy, and that feels ‘really let down’ by his father Charles.
It comes as Harry and Meghan gave the world a rare glimpse of Lilibet – and the grace-and-favour Windsor home they left for LA – as it is understood they were banned from photographing the one-year-old meeting the Queen for the first time. The Sussexes released a picture taken of the little girl – named in tribute to the Queen, whose childhood nickname was Lilibet – in the grounds of Frogmore Cottage.
Investigative journalist Tom Bower, who is working on a biography of the Duchess of Sussex, said: ‘Meghan must have been furious when she heard that photographs of their Windsor meeting were forbidden. Banned from the balcony for Trooping the Colour, no shot of her with the Queen in St Paul’s and then the final blow was no shot of Lilibet with her great-grandmother. Finally, the Palace is playing a good hand’. Pictured: Meghan at the party with Lilibet and other guests.
He added: ‘The Sussexes’ contract with Netflix is in jeopardy. The veto of photos will fuel the Sussexes’ resentment. Harry’s reprisal could be more revelations in his book billed to be published later this year. This is a dangerous game for both sides’.