October 4, 2023

On the primary anniversary of the loss of life of Queen Elizabeth II, a supply for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is denying a declare by the late monarch’s onetime footman that they snubbed her invitation to have a good time Princess Lilibet’s first birthday and that they left the UK after attending her Platinum Jubilee with out saying goodbye.

“Even on Lilibet’s 1st birthday, the queen didn’t see her,” Elizabeth’s former private footman Paul Burrell advised the Mirror in an interview revealed Friday. “She noticed (Lilibet) the day earlier than. However on her birthday, the queen had a birthday cake made with one candle in it. And so they by no means turned up. That candle was by no means lit.”

Nevertheless, a supply near the Duke and Duchess of Sussex advised Web page Six that there’s “no reality” to Burrell’s claims.

“They did see the Queen to have a good time Lili’s birthday,” the supply stated, talking on behalf of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive on the Nationwide Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 03, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II is being celebrated from June 2 to June 5, 2022, within the UK and Commonwealth to mark the seventieth anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952. (Photograph by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Photos) 

The California-based couple, who’re estranged from most members of the royal household, stated they stayed in touch with the 96-year-old monarch till her loss of life on Sept. 8, 2022. Harry, specifically, has described the “particular relationship” he had together with his grandmother and has talked about how he and his American spouse have been a terrific supply of enjoyment and luxury to the queen within the final two years of her life.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex traveled to the UK in June 2022 to attend a number of the occasions associated to her Platinum Jubilee — on the identical weekend as Lilibet’s first birthday.

Harry and Meghan publicized the birthday celebration they held for his or her daughter on June 4, 2022 — a Saturday. Stories say they hosted a relaxed backyard celebration at Frogmore Cottage, the house they occupied close to Windsor Citadel once they have been senior working royals. A couple of different royal relations attended the intimate gathering, together with Harry’s cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips and their respective youngsters.

However King Charles, Prince William and Princess Catherine didn’t attend, which wasn’t essentially an indication of their estrangement from Harry and Meghan. Charles, William and Catherine additionally have been reportedly busy with Jubilee-related occasions.

On that Saturday, the queen additionally was scheduled to attend the Epsom Derby in Surrey as a part of the Jubilee festivities however was pressured to tug out resulting from her ongoing well being points, Web page Six stated. The following day, she requested Harry and Meghan in the event that they’d like to return to tea at her house at close by Windsor Citadel to have a good time Lilibet’s birthday, Burrell advised the Mirror.

“She requested if perhaps they’d like to return up for tea once more and was advised they’ve gone,” stated Burrell, who additionally was butler for the late Princess Diana. “‘What do you imply they’ve gone?’ she stated. ‘They’ve gone again to America.’ ‘Oh no, they by no means stated goodbye.’”

Burrell advised the Mirror that the queen was “confused” that Harry and Markle determined to go away the UK so shortly. That they had additionally introduced their 4-year-old son Prince Archie on that UK journey.

“How might you offend our queen?” Burrell stated. “Properly, I don’t perceive anybody that might try this. Not her household, why would you need to?” he stated.

Elizabeth’s crew made positive the royal household acknowledged her great-granddaughter’s first birthday, with a put up on social media.

“Wishing Lilibet a really Blissful 1st Birthday!” read the tweet from the Royal Household account.

From their official @KensingtonRoyal account, William and Kate Middleton additionally acknowledged Lilibet’s birthday, by tweeting: “Wishing a really comfortable birthday to Lilibet, turning one at the moment! .”

Nevertheless, the Prince and Princess of Wales didn’t concern 2nd birthday needs for Lilibet this previous June, a sign of the bitterness and anger that has arisen between William and Harry, following Harry’s public criticisms of his brother and the remainder of the monarchy in interviews, his memoir, “Spare” and the Sussexes’ Netflix docuseries.

Critics of Harry and Meghan will see Burrell’s claims as bolstering these made by a detailed pal of the queen. In an interview in June, the pal, who remained nameless, advised the Every day Beast that Harry prompted his grandmother anguish when she was dying and in bodily ache. He principally did so by the best way he and Meghan went public with their numerous grievances towards sure members of the royal household and the establishment she had represented for 70 years.

Within the remaining months, the queen’s well being declined to the purpose that “she couldn’t see very a lot, she couldn’t hear very a lot, and she or he was simply confused,” the pal stated within the interview with the Every day Beast.

“That was the time for Harry and Meghan to chunk their tongue,” the pal advised the Every day Beast. “As a substitute they produced this endless stream of extremely hurtful movies and interviews attacking her life’s work. For Harry to announce he was writing a memoir when his grandmother was not only in the near past widowed however really dying herself, as he should have recognized she was — properly, the cruelty of it takes the breath away.”