First “emotional” meeting of Prince Charles with his granddaughter Lilibet


Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and their two young children were only in town for a few days, but a royal source said it was “wonderful to have them back in Britain”.

The family flew from their California home for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which marked her historic 70-year reign. Prince Charles and Camilla were “absolutely delighted” to see them, according to the royal source.

Harry and Meghan, you may recall, stepped down from official royal duties in January 2020.

The Duke then revealed that his bond with his father, Charles, and brother, William, had suffered since the somewhat acrimonious split. He told Oprah Winfrey in an interview last year that at one point the heir to the British throne stopped taking phone calls altogether.

But as the old saying goes, time heals all wounds and it looks like the relationship could be on the mend.

“He hadn’t met Lilibet, his granddaughter, and so meeting her for the first time was very emotional, a very wonderful thing,” the source said.

The royal source also told us it was a “very, very special” reunion for Charles and his grandson Archie.

The children did not make an appearance at the Queen’s festivities. Harry and Meghan, however, made their first joint appearance at a royal event in two years when they attended a service of thanksgiving for the monarch on June 3 in the hallowed grounds of St Paul’s Cathedral. . They were also spotted watching the Queen’s annual birthday parade the day before.
Lilibet – whose name is a tribute to the Queen, as it was the monarch’s childhood nickname – celebrated her first birthday during the family’s trip to the UK. To mark the occasion, her fiercely protective parents chose to post their daughter’s first solo photo and said they were “incredibly touched by the countless birthday wishes”. She was previously seen on the family’s Christmas card last December.

While the visit was Charles’ first chance to meet his granddaughter, it was also possibly the Queen’s first chance to meet her namesake great-granddaughter.


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Buckingham Palace has revealed it has completed a review of its handling of allegations that the Duchess of Sussex bullied royal staff, but it declined to share the results of the investigation. Speaking at a press conference to discuss the Royal Household’s annual financial statements, Michael Stevens – the Crown Finance Officer – said the private firm contracted to investigate the allegations had completed its work. Stevens said several recommendations were made, but he did not reveal in detail what conclusions were reached or what recommendations were made. Because the review was privately funded, there was less pressure on the Crown to publish its findings. A senior royal source said the palace is keeping a low profile on the investigation to protect the anonymity of those who cooperated. Read more about this story here.

Kate pays tribute to the military on Armed Forces Day.

The Duchess of Cambridge expressed her gratitude to the “brave men and women” of the military, in a series of Twitter posts recognizing Armed Forces Day last Saturday. “Thank you for all you and your families sacrifice to keep us safe,” the Duchess wrote. Kate recalled her first-hand experience with the British Army last year as she trained new recruits, and includes several photographs. She added that she looked forward to learning more about the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy “in due course”, before signing her tweets with a “C”.


The Queen and several senior royals traveled to Edinburgh for Holyrood Week – or Royal Week, as it’s also known – and it’s fair to say the monarch didn’t have it easy.

Clearly thrilled to be back in Scotland, she’s been out every day – much to the delight of royal watchers, who may have been nervous after she only attended two jubilee events in early June.

The week – held around the end of June and beginning of July each year – is an opportunity for the Sovereign to recognize Scottish culture, achievement and community. We’ve taken the best shots of the past five days. Looked:

The monarch made her first public appearance since her Jubilee celebrations at the Keys Ceremony in the forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Monday.  She seemed to be in good spirits despite her recent mobility issues as she was symbolically presented with the keys to Edinburgh.
A day later, she paid tribute to the armed forces, appearing at a "act of loyalty"  parade to the delight of Scottish royal-watchers.
Prince Charles - known in Scotland as the Duke of Rothesay - appeared quite lively at a garden party at Holyroodhouse on Wednesday.  The event sees thousands of guests spend a relaxed afternoon in the leafy palace gardens, where the Royal Family mingle with guests, and regimental bands and the Royal Scottish Pipers' Society perform.
Meanwhile, the Queen met Scottish First Minister and Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon on Wednesday.  The meeting came a day after Sturgeon presented a proposal to the British government on holding a second referendum on Scottish independence.
Princess Anne attended Thistle Service at St. Giles'  Cathedral on Thursday.  Like the Order of the Garter in England, which we talked about a few weeks ago, the ceremony recognizes men and women who have contributed to the national life and installs them as one of 16 knights.  The Order of the Thistle is the highest order of chivalry in Scotland and the second largest in England after the Order of the Garter.


Meghan on abandoning Roe v. Wade.

The Duchess of Sussex said the US Supreme Court ruling on abortion tells women they “don’t matter”. In a wide-ranging chat with US activist Gloria Steinem and journalist Jessica Yellin for Vogue, Meghan said “women are already sharing stories of how their physical safety is being put at risk”. She said some travel for the procedure, while those without the resources might try to do it themselves or get pills from unregulated pharmacies. “Others who are pregnant and in a medical emergency will be at the mercy of doctors and lawyers to determine if a procedure necessary to save their life can even be performed,” the Duchess continued. “What does this say to women? It tells us that our physical safety doesn’t matter, and therefore we don’t matter.” Meghan also said the decision ‘is a blueprint to reverse rights’ and ‘feels like the tip of the iceberg and is part of why people are so scared’, before calling on the public to redirect their fear into action by vocalizing what he wants and voting in elections, whether local, state or national polls. “When you have anger, you have to channel that energy into something that makes a difference. That’s what activism is. It’s about how we show up,” she said. added. Read the full conversation here.


In the portrait, Diana is pictured wearing a Catherine Walker green velvet halter dress which she was also photographed in for a series in the June 1997 issue of Vanity Fair.
A rare portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales will go on public display for the first time after its recent auction. The oil sketch, a preparatory study for a formal full-length portrait of American artist Nelson Shanks, was completed in 1994, three years before his death in Paris. It made headlines in January when it sold at auction at Sotheby’s for $201,600, more than 10 times its original estimate. In the office, the late princess, whose eyes are lowered, appears deep in thought. The sketch was one of many used to capture “authentic expressions” that would ultimately be used as source material for the final portrait, according to a press release from Philip Mold & Co., the London-based gallery showcasing the work at The Masterpiece. London. Art Fair, from June 30 to July 6. Read the full story here.

“Our Commonwealth family must have something quite unique. After all, an increasing number of countries are seeking membership, with Mozambique and Cameroon joining in the 1990s and Rwanda in the 2000s; and now after a short break, Togo and Gabon are on the way to membership, others have also expressed interest.”

Prince Charles on the future of the Commonwealth.

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