The Queen was surrounded by the royal family during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations in early June, including, of course, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – aka Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – who visited from their US home with their children Archie and Lilibet (or Lili, as her parents call her).
Adorably, the visit marked the first time that the Queen met her great-granddaughter and namesake, one-year-old Lili – but it’s said that the moment was brief, even under an hour.
But according to reports, Her Majesty had a very good reason for keeping their meeting short but sweet – because she was simply trying to conserve her energy ahead of the long weekend of Platinum Jubilee events, which she hoped to attend.
Royal reporter Jonathan Sacerdoti told Us Weekly: “She was working very hard to maintain her strength. I think it’s totally understandable that she was saving her energy as best she could for all the events that she wanted to be at if she possibly could.”
“We’re talking about someone in their 90s and a baby,” he added. “We saw that she did manage to appear several times in public, and that’s great.”
The magazine reported that Meghan and Harry visited the Queen at Windsor Castle with their kids Archie and Lili at some point during the Platinum Jubilee weekend.
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In fact, the Queen did end up cancelling her appearances at a few events, including the service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral – which was attended by the rest of the royal family, including Harry and Meghan and Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The Platinum Jubilee was extra special for the Sussexes, too, because Lilibet also turned one during the weekend – with the family having a private celebration at their UK home in Windsor. We did get a sneak peek at the party, since the couple released some pictures to mark Lili’s big day – which included cake and face painting, as all first birthday parties should. So. Cute.