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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan | Duchess Kate and the late Queen Elizabeth | Source: Getty Images
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan | Duchess Kate and the late Queen Elizabeth | Source: Getty Images

Royal Family’s Messages on Lilibet’s 1st B-Day after Their Long-Awaited Meeting Spark Fans’ Mixed Reactions

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 07, 2022
04:30 P.M.

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee was attended by many people, including her great-grandchild, Lilibet. She had her first birthday during that time and got messages from the royals sparking differing reactions from fans.

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From June 2 until the 5th, 2022, UK royals gathered to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee for four days. The late monarch's grandson, Prince Harry, and his wife, Duchess Meghan, flew into the UK from the US for the celebrations.

The couple brought their children, Archie and Lilibet, to spend quality time with the late Queen Elizabeth. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex watched the Royal Air Force (RAF) fly past from the Major General's Office.

Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 3, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 3, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

The couple's children weren't seen with their parents at the time but were expected to attend June 3's Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral. Meghan and Harry's attendance was their first time in the UK together at a royal event since March 2020.

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That year, the pair stepped back from their senior royal roles and then relocated to the US. At the National Service of Thanksgiving, the couple was greeted with cheers in London as they entered St. Paul's Cathedral.

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The Queen failed to attend the service due to mobility issues. On arrival, the Sussexes were followed by Harry's father, King Charles, and his wife, Queen Consort Camilla, including his brother, Prince William, and his wife, Duchess Kate.

The day before the celebrations began, it was revealed that Prince Andrew would no longer be attending. A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said the royal tested positive for COVID-19 during a routine test.

Prince Andrew at Westminster Abbey for the Service of Thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh on March 29, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Andrew at Westminster Abbey for the Service of Thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh on March 29, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

The monarch pulled out of the second event of the four-day celebrations, the Epsom Derby, opting to watch it from her television in Windsor because of ill health. Harry and his wife were also going to miss the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on the event's last day.

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The couple also missed the Platinum Party on the previous day, held at the Palace. Instead, they allegedly had a special private celebration of Lilibet's first birthday.

Continued Rifts and First Meetings at the Jubilee

Prince Harry and Prince William during the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother Princess Diana at Kensington Palace, on July 1, 2021, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Prince William during the unveiling of a statue they commissioned of their mother Princess Diana at Kensington Palace, on July 1, 2021, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

One of the things most people hoped for during this visit to the UK by the Sussexes was that Harry and William would rekindle their tense relationship. However, reports stated that mending the rift was not on the cards for the pair, with a source saying:

“At the moment, it does not look likely that Harry and Meghan and William and Kate will meet up separately during the Jubilee celebrations.”

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The insider revealed that such a meeting was not "in the diary at the moment." It meant William and Kate's children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, would not be able to bond with their two cousins.

However, the late Queen was finally able to meet little Lilibet, born in the US. According to Page Six, when the Sussexes arrived in London on June 1, 2022, they officially took the little girl to meet the monarch.

On June 3, 2022, the couple and their children allegedly spent the evening with the late Queen at Windsor Castle. When Lilibet celebrated her birthday the following day, she received loving messages from her Royal Family members.

Lilibet's Birthday Messages and the Royal Fan's Reactions to Them

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Lilibet celebrated her first birthday on June 4, 2022, at the family's Frogmore Cottage home in the UK. Taking to her official social media account, the late Queen wished the little girl a happy first birthday with a little red balloon emoticon.

One fan replied on the Twitter post noting how difficult it had been for the monarch to have two great-grandchildren she could not protect. The person felt it was the Sussex's choice to leave the Royal Family, and the Queen couldn't help that.

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Someone else thought it was wise of the monarch to have her celebrations with her family by her side. After spending 70 years serving the crown and the public, the person felt that the royal deserved to spend the weekend the best way she could.

A third person thought it interesting that Harry's grandmother had wished Lilibet a happy birthday and expected her other great-grandchildren to receive the same courtesy from now on.

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Someone else also had the same criticism and asked if the monarch had extended the same courtesy to Louis. A fifth person just felt happy that Lilibet finally met her great-grandmother.

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Kate and William also extended their birthday wishes to the little girl and received differing opinions from royal fans. Someone thought the negative comments were unnecessary and urged people to refrain from saying anything if they didn't have anything nice to say.

While someone else thought it was "classy" of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to send a birthday wish to Lilibet. Replying to that comment and similar ones, another fan thought it wasn't "classy" but normal behavior to wish their family well on their birthdays.

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Another person found it odd that people were reacting to William and Kate's post as it was just an uncle and aunt wishing their niece a happy first birthday. Some else decided to drag William and Harry's late mother, Princess Diana, into the matter.

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The fan thought the People's Princess was "crying in heaven" while watching the rift that had grown between the siblings. The person urged the brothers to resolve their differences because they only had one of each other.

King Charles and his wife also took the time to honor Lilibet on her special day and got mixed reactions from fans. One person thought it was great that the Royal Family was reunited again and noted that mistakes had been made, but that family was everything.

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The fan encouraged the Royal Family and the Sussexes to "forgive and forget" and to emulate the late Queen Elizabeth's 70 years of building strong bridges that were steadfast. Someone else wished Lilibet a happy birthday and noted how "lovely" it was to see the family together again.

Another person thought it was sad that [King] Charles, Lilibet's grandfather, didn't even have a photo of his youngest granddaughter to post her.

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However, a third person wanted to know if King Charles and Camilla had even met Lilibet. They urged the royals to welcome the Sussexes as senior royals and to treat their children as the prince and princess they were.

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Another critic felt it would have been nice if King Charles and Camilla had treated Harry with some respect. The fan said they didn't blame the Sussexes for leaving the family and noted how the couple had made many mistakes.

However, the fan felt that didn't stop Harry and Meghan from being their family. Someone else thought it was sweet, kind, and classy of Charles and Camilla to congratulate Lilibet on her birthday.

While another person thought it was sad that Charles, Lilibet's grandfather, didn't even have a photo of his youngest granddaughter to post. The fan felt the little girl was loved by so many people who'd never get to meet her.

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