During June 2022's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Duchess Kate and her husband, Prince William, appeared to keep their distance from the latter's brother, Prince Harry, and his wife. Reports have since revealed why.
Prince Harry and his wife, Duchess Meghan, made it a point to travel from their US residence to the UK to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The four-day event was held from June 2 to June 5, 2022.
While in the UK, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex didn't attend all the events for the Jubilee. Also, tensions were allegedly quite high between them and other Royal Family members because of how openly they've called them out in the media.
Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 3, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
According to the Daily Mirror's Royal Editor, Russell Myers, the couple, who stepped back from their senior royal roles in 2020, got a "frosty" reception upon arrival at the Jubilee. The couple was said to have been "very, very quiet" about their arrival.
Myers claimed the hostile reception was from "some quarters" of the Royal Family at the beginning of the Jubilee. The editor alleged that some family members were quite nervous about the couple's attendance.
On June 2, 2022, the first day of the celebrations, Harry and Meghan kept a low-key presence. During the Trooping the Colour event, they chatted with the Queen's great-grandchildren.
The following day, the Royal Family held a ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral. Everyone noticed how the Sussexes were seated far away from Harry's brother, Prince William, and his wife, Duchess Kate.
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen, on June 3, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
According to a source, senior Royal Family members got to sit in the front row at the church while non-senior/working members were seated in the second. However, there was also another reason why the seating was arranged that way.
The goal was to draw away "any unwanted attention" from the Sussexes and the Cambridges at the Thanksgiving Service. The decision was made after the two couples received scrutiny at the 2020 Commonwealth Day Service.
Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan, Prince William, Duchess Kate, and Prince Charles at the Commonwealth Day Service on March 9, 2020, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
During the service, the Cambridges allegedly avoided eye contact with the Sussexes. After the church event, a reception was held at the Guildhall afterward, but Meghan and Harry didn't attend.
A The Sun insider claimed the couple refused an invitation to attend the reception as they were trying to avoid running into the Cambridges. Instead, they went to Frogmore Cottage, their home in the UK, with a source revealing this about the church service:
“But afterwards they were less keen to spend time hobnobbing with the family at the reception where they would rub shoulders with William and Kate.”
Prince William and Duchess Kate depart after the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 3, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
However, a different publication claimed that Harry and Meghan didn't attend the reception because they were no longer senior working royals. Another thing that happened to the couple after the service was that they got booed by the crowd.
The lousy reception happened as the pair left St. Paul's Cathedral. When Kate and William exited the church, they received overwhelming support, with the crowd cheering for them.
THE CAMBRIDGES MISSED LILIBET'S FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY
Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry departing St. Paul's Cathedral after the Queen's Platinum Jubilee National Service of Thanksgiving on June 3, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
For their first joint visit to the UK for an official royal event, Harry and Meghan brought their two children, Archie and Lilibet Diana. On June 4, 2022, besides it being the third day of the Jubilee, it was also Lilibet's first birthday.
The little girl's name was a tribute to her great-grandmother, the Queen, and her late grandmother Princess Diana. Lilibet, born in Santa Barbara, California, had her first name derived from the monarch's nickname.
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, with her daughters Princess Elizabeth, future Queen Elizabeth II, and Princess Margaret, in 1937. | Source: Getty Images
When the Queen was a toddler, she struggled to pronounce her first name, Elizabeth, leading to King George V interpreting his granddaughter's attempts to say "Elizabeth" as "Lilibet." The nickname stuck and was used by family members.
Lilibet's second name honors the late Princess of Wales, Harry's mother, who died in a car crash in 1997 when he was 12. The Sussexes had their daughter's first birthday celebrations at Frogmore Cottage.
The Windsor event allegedly included balloons, cake, picnic snacks, and party games. London's Violet Cakes was tasked with creating the pink birthday cake for Lilibet's party, posted on the company's Instagram page.
Some gifts Lilibet reportedly received included a pastel pink VW Beetle ride-on car, and her parents' supporters also donated to a charity in her honor. Her grandfather, Prince Charles, allegedly bought her a swing similar to her cousin, Prince George.
Through their friend and photographer, Misan Harriman, the Sussexes also released a photo of the birthday girl. The event was meant to be a great family reunion and a bonding session for the Sussex and Cambridge children.
Meghan and Harry invited close family and friends to the party, including William, his wife, and their three children - Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Sadly, the Cambridges missed the special event.
Instead, the family was seen in Wales for a surprise visit to Cardiff for the Jubilee. Some reports claimed they didn't attend because the Duke of Cambridge was "still wary of spending time alone with Harry."
She [Duchess Kate] also had alleged instances when she made [Duchess] Meghan feel welcome but was now done trying.
On the last day of the Jubilee, the Sussexes left before the day's events were concluded. It was revealed that the family left quietly by airplane back to the US, where they relocated after stepping back from their roles.
CAMBRIDGES NOT INTERESTED IN BEING NICE TO THE SUSSEXES
“It seemed clear that Kate had no interest in playing nice with Meghan. And sad as it is, William feels the same.”
The insider also claimed, "The view is that the Sussexes were lucky to receive any type of goodwill after the damage and embarrassment they've caused the monarchy. Neither side looks likely to back down."
Reports revealed that in the past, there were times when Kate made it possible for William and Harry to talk despite their rift. She also had alleged instances when she made Meghan feel welcome but was now done trying.