THE QUEEN’S separation from her great-grandchildren Archie and Lilibet has been “difficult” for the monarch, veteran journalist Camilla Tominey has claimed. Queen Elizabeth II will this year celebrate her Platinum Jubilee to mark her historic 70-year reign. The landmark programme of events will be an opportunity for the Royal Family to come together and celebrate the monarch who will have reigned for 70 years this summer. It comes as the Queen has remained largely separated from some members of the Firm during the coronavirus pandemic, including her grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex famously stepped back from their royal roles two years ago and now live in Montecito, California. Their youngest daughter, Lilibet, who is named after the Queen’s family nickname, has never met her great-grandmother. But their first child, Archie, has met Her Majesty, even getting the chance to meet his great-grandfather Prince Philip, an event that took place at Windsor Castle with Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland in May 2019.
However, since then, Her Majesty is said to have found the distance between her and her great-grandchildren “difficult”, according to Camilla Tominey.The veteran journalist, who has written at length about the Royal Family, gave her verdict during Channel 5’s documentary, ‘2021: The Queen’s Terrible Year’.
Speaking about Archie and Lilibet, she said: “I’m sure the Queen was absolutely delighted to hear the news that the Sussexes were expecting a second child. “But it is difficult for the Queen because she hasn’t been able to see Archie. “I think the last time she actually saw him in the flesh was November 2019.
“The only time she’s ever going to see these great-grandchildren is if they come over to the UK. “Maybe she will see them next year as she marks her Platinum Jubilee. We have to wait and see.” Harry and Meghan announced their decision to step away from their royal duties in January 2020.
The Sunday Times reported soon after that the Queen was disappointed that she and other royals had not seen Archie as much as they would have liked. A source told the paper: “She will be very sad to have barely seen Archie and that he will miss out on growing up with his cousins and wider family.”
In all, Archie has only met his grandfather Prince Charles, and his cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, on a few occasions, according to the report. Meanwhile, details of which royals will be involved in the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations have not been released.
However, Buckingham Palace has revealed new plans for the celebration of Her Majesty’s lifetime of service. A four-day bank holiday weekend, including a concert featuring some of the globe’s “biggest entertainment stars”, will be held from June 2 to 5.
There will also be a competition to invent a new pudding to celebrate the occasion, the Palace has said. The finalists will be judged by an expert panel, including Dame Mary Berry and ‘Masterchef’ star Monica Galetti.The winning dish will be made available to the public and be enjoyed at Big Jubilee Lunches across the UK. A string of other events will also take place to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne – a feat not achieved by any other British royal.