The Queen is ‘unlikely’ to ever meet her great-granddaughter Lilibet, who is named after Her Majesty, as Prince Harry announces his decision to miss Prince Philip’s memorial service.
Harry has confirmed he will not be returning to the UK for service later this month due to safety and security concerns.
Prince Philip died on April 9 last year aged 99, with the service due to take place on March 29 at Westminster Abbey with many senior royals likely to attend.
Now an expert has said that unless Harry attends the service and brings his family to the UK, the Queen is unlikely to ever meet Lilibet.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams said The Sun online: “I think it was planned because of the security problem, obviously he would have wanted to come if he could. I think it’s really a shame, what it means is unfortunate that the fault is not healed .”
Speaking about whether the Queen will ever meet Lilibet, he added: “It’s unlikely. If they don’t bring Lili, obviously it won’t happen. It’s something that clearly won’t be resolved in the foreseeable future. And it doesn’t look like they’re coming.”
The Duke of Sussex says he feels ‘unsafe’ in the UK but said he would come to see the Queen ‘as soon as possible’.
Harry launched a High Court battle over security last month, saying he wanted to bring Archie and Lilibet to the UK but “didn’t feel safe” under current security arrangements.
He was told his request to be allowed to pay for 24-hour armed protection when visiting the UK from the US was unreasonable as UK police are not ‘guns down’ .
According to documents filed by his lawyers, Harry believes the decision to withdraw his security after stepping down as a senior royal two years ago was “unlawful”.
His legal team said he wanted to return to the UK ‘to see his family and friends’, adding: ‘Above all, it is and always will be his home.
The Queen only received 15 minutes’ notice before Harry’s announcement
The Queen was only given 15 minutes notice before Harry’s announcement that he would not be returning for Philip’s memorial service was made public.
Harry’s announcement read: The Duke will not be returning to the UK at the end of March, but hopes to visit his grandmother as soon as possible.”
Angela Levin, Harry’s biographer said The sun that the Duke “really snubs the Queen”, describing her no-show as a form of “blackmail”.
She continued: “He’s got it all wrong. If he comes for a royal event, he gets police protection. What they won’t do is if he goes out with his friends, he gets the protection. security.
“He’ll probably use that same excuse to try and get out of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.”
Although Harry will not attend the memorial, it is not known if he will attend the Invictus Games in Holland in April.
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