Prince William and Prince Harry did not meet at the anniversary, Sussexes got 15 minutes with Queen

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Put 15 minutes on the clock, please

Observant readers will recall that The Daily Beast reported last Friday that it was “highly unlikely” that Queen Elizabeth “would attend an alleged first birthday party for her great-granddaughter Lilibet at Frogmore Cottage on Saturday”.

Now it turns out that not only did the Queen not attend the party, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were only given a “formal” 15-minute audience with the monarch to introduce their baby Lilibet to their great-grandmother.

Ouch.

A source said Sun: “It was quick in and out. It was all quite formal.” The palace declined to comment. However, the claim jibes with the message the royalist heard repeated over the anniversary weekend: that it was all about glorifying and worshiping the Queen and what Harry, Meghan or anyone else wanted was an entirely secondary matter.

No photos of Lilibet with her grandmother have surfaced, adding increasing credence to the extraordinary claims that the palace has effectively banned Harry and Meghan from taking such a photo for fear they would use it to boost their royal credentials.

In any case, it seems to have been a weekend that was not marked by grand gestures of reconciliation. The Sunday Times, for example, confirms rumors that have been circulating that William and Harry “have not spent any private time together over the anniversary and the broken relationship is not about to be mended”. Speaking about the way Harry and Meghan ditched their royal roles and subsequent actions, a friend said William was “still deeply upset and let down by it, but he’s moved on”.

As Royal Analyst and former Royal Editor of the SunDuncan Larcombe memorably told The Daily Beast this week: “The royal family looked like they were offering an olive branch, but it turned out to be a baseball bat.”

Queen was “overwhelmed” at the anniversary finale.

Queen Elizabeth was “brimmed with tears and overcome with emotion” during the finale of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, reports the Daily Mail. However, she almost didn’t appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. A source told the Mail: “The Queen only decided to go to London about three hours before the balcony appearance. She wasn’t feeling too well, but the Prince of Wales had telephoned her and told her to come if she could. He told her that so many people were dying to see her and he convinced her to come.”

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Arriving there and realizing the extent of the public’s feelings towards her, the Queen “was completely overwhelmed by the number of people waiting to see her – she had tears in her eyes before stepping onto the balcony”. said a source.

We should expect to see less and less of the Queen, according to a source. “Over time, the queen will become a more virtual queen with digital appearances and video calls.”

Cambridges will move to Windsor

The irony of Prince William, who sold the homeless newspaper The Big Issue this week, was not lost on The Daily Beast, which captioned its story on the subject “Prince William – who has 3 houses – cosplays as a homeless man for charity”.

Now it turns out that long-circulating rumors that William and Kate will indeed be moving to Windsor are true The Sunday Times’ The always well-informed Roya Nikkhah reports that the move will take place in time for the new academic year, with the couple set to move into a house on the Windsor estate before taking over Windsor Castle itself, as the Queen would put it, ‘the plenitude from time.”

Royal reporter Robert Jobson tweeted on Sunday that the move goes against much of what was said when KP’s hugely expensive renovation was carried out.

Williams ‘deep sadness’ over reality of succession

Nikkhah’s detailed analysis of William as he turns 40 The Sunday Times, mentioned above, is required reading. It quotes a “close collaborator” who said William, who has taken a decidedly thoughtful look at recent royal engagements, is not particularly looking forward to the next chapter of royal life.

“There is a sense of the future accelerating for him, tinged with a deep sadness – although he would never say it publicly – due to the implication that his grandmother would be gone, the added pressure on his father and family scrutinized even more closely.”

Following Prince Louis’ scene-stealing role at the anniversary, the report adds a comment from a source saying that William and Kate “appreciate that the children play a big part in public life and they see the anniversary as an opportune moment for them.” felt to be visible, which brings an additional beautiful dynamic that none of us expected.”

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Prince Andrew travels to Scotland. Maybe.

There’s an old royal tradition of sending troublesome family members far, far away. Edward VIII, for example, was sent to the Bahamas and then to Paris to keep him out of sight after his abdication. Now it looks like Prince Andrew may be deported to cooler and more penitent Scotland.

The disgraced Duke – who could make one of his last public appearances on Monday at the annual Garter gathering, which the Queen is unlikely to attend – is the subject of a palace intrigue to land him a new role.

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A senior palace source said so Daily Mail: “At some point, of course, you have to think about how you can support the duke when he tries to slowly rebuild his life in a different direction away from the public eye.”

That post says that while Andrew is “determined to keep his Royal Lodge estate” in Windsor, “an option for him might be to rebuild his life in Scotland”. Careful juxtaposition of the two diametrically opposed concepts suggests that Prince Andrew may have heard of his plan for the first time, like everyone else, when he opens the newspaper.

The Palace source added: “There is of course a real awareness and sensitivity to the feelings of the public. It is also recognized that the task of helping him rebuild his life will be the first step on a long journey and should not be left in the public spotlight every day.”

In other words, get out, buddy.

Andrew an “absolute fool,” says the former owner of his chalet

News of discussions about Andrew’s future comes as he was branded an “absolute fool” by French socialite Isabelle de Rouvre, who unwisely allowed him to defer paying millions of euros after he bought her ski chalet in Verbier – and subsequently had a nightmare withdrawing the money from him

De Rouvre spoke to that telegraph after reports surfaced of another Swiss couple embroiled in a legal battle over an alleged debt of around $2 million from Andrew. They have reportedly blocked the sale of the chalet, which may explain why it has taken so long. Moving vans were finally spotted there last week.

Ms de Rouvre, whose own money was finally repaid this year, said the Duke and Duchess of York were “so crazy”, adding: “He’s an absolute jerk and I just can’t understand how he’s leading his life. I am fortunate that a deal has been struck and the matter is settled for me. I’m fed up with the whole thing… I don’t understand how he’s doing it and I feel so sorry for the people who do business with him.”

This week in royal history

happy 4th Lena Tindall, Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall’s daughter’s birthday on April 18th!

Unanswered questions

Why is Prince Andrew attending the Order of the Garter on Monday? Do the Queen and her Royal Advisors really think the public wants Prince Andrew back in public life?

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