Queen finally meets great granddaughter Lilibet in private as Harry and Meghan keep low profile

The Queen has met her great-granddaughter Lilibet for the first time in a private meeting as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle returned to the UK for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have introduced their little girl to the Queen – with the monarch's childhood nickname being the inspiration for Lilibet's name.

The pair are taking part in the Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen's 70 years on the throne, in their first appearance with the royal family after stepping down as working members of the family back in 2020.

A royal commentator has said that Meghan and Harry are hoping to be as “low-profile as possible” during their trip to the UK for The Platinum Jubilee – despite their appearance at the event being a significant occasion on its own.

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Omid Scobie, author of Finding Freedom, told BBC Breakfast: “I spoke with people close to the couple… who said that they want to be as low-profile as possible during this trip.

“It’s almost hard to believe, but I think yesterday Trooping the Colour was a great example. We didn’t really catch sight of them on TV cameras."

He added that the couple hold a “warm and close” relationship with The Queen. Prince Harry has always been protective of his grandmother, and opened up in April saying that he is "making sure the Queen is protected" and has "the right people around her".

The Royal author also spoke about Lilibet’s upcoming first birthday on June 4, and the importance of these "private" moments between the monarch and her great-granddaughter.

He said: “Those moments with Lilibet are very much private between them and the Queen” and that last evening at Windsor would have been the first time Her Majesty would have met her namesake in person.

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