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Inside Lilibet’s first birthday party: Photos reveal Meghan and Harry’s ‘intimate backyard picnic’

Harry and Meghan have given the world a rare glimpse of Lilibet – and the grace-and-favour Windsor home they left for LA – as it is understood that a photographer friend was banned from photographing the one-year-old with the Queen.

The Sussexes released a picture taken as the little girl – named in tribute to the Queen, whose childhood nickname was Lilibet – celebrated her first birthday in the grounds of Frogmore Cottage at Windsor on Saturday with birthday cake, balloons, party games and picnic snacks.

Among the gifts were apparently a pastel pink VW Beetle ride-on car, £75 from Selfridges, while Sussex supporters donated $100,000 to charity in her honour. Prince Charles may have bought her a swing similar to one he bought for Prince George.

In the first public picture of Lilibet since she was a babe-in-arms, it revealed that Her Majesty’s great-granddaughter smiling and dressed in a pale blue frock with a white bow in her strawberry blonde hair. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex invited close friends and family to an ‘intimate backyard picnic’ while in Britain for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, before jetting home to California on Sunday. 

The image of Lilibet sitting happily on the grass was taken by family friend Misan Harriman, who also shared an image of Meghan holding her daughter inside Frogmore – the home they spent £2.4million of taxpayers’ money refurbishing before quitting as royals and emigrating. 

Mother and her red-haired daughter were posing with the photographer’s blonde wife Camilla Holmstroem, a former Goldman Sachs banker turned entrepreneur, and their two daughters, who both had their faces painted, one of the activities laid on for guests. But while Mr Harriman also shared a picture of him smiling with his eldest child on Instagram and Twitter, there were no pictures of Harry and Archie released.

Last night it was claimed that the Queen banned Harry and Meghan from having a photographer capture the Monarch meeting her great-granddaughter Lilibet for the first time. The photographer has not been named – but it may be their friend Mr Harriman, who has photographed the Sussexes several times since they became a couple around six years ago.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released a new picture of Lilibet on her first birthday at Frogmore Cottage during the Platinum Jubilee

In this picture Lilibet is seen in her mother Meghan's arms inside Frogmore beside photographer Misan Harriman's wife Camilla Holmstroem and their two daughter

In this picture Lilibet is seen in her mother Meghan’s arms inside Frogmore beside photographer Misan Harriman’s wife Camilla Holmstroem and their two daughter

Mr Harriman, Lilibet's photographer, with one of his children in face paint in the Frogmore Cottage garden

Mr Harriman, Lilibet’s photographer, with one of his children in face paint in the Frogmore Cottage garden 

Birthday cake? The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked the baker who created their wedding cake to make a creation for their daughter Lilibet's low-key first birthday party. Claire Ptak shared a photo of this beautiful pink cake topped with peonies, which could be Lilibet's

Birthday cake? The Duke and Duchess of Sussex asked the baker who created their wedding cake to make a creation for their daughter Lilibet’s low-key first birthday party. Claire Ptak shared a photo of this beautiful pink cake topped with peonies, which could be Lilibet’s

So just when HAVE Harry and Meghan shared a glimpse of Archie and Lilibet with desperate royal fans?

8 May 2019 – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appear in photo-call for Archie at Windsor Castle.

When asked to expose more of their baby’s face to the cameras, the Duchess laughed as Harry joked: ‘He’s already got a little bit of facial hair as well, wonderful.’ 

6 July 2019 – Meghan and Harry hold private christening for Archie and release two images of the event on Sussex Royal. It offers royal fans their first real glimpse at Archie 

10 July 2019 – Meghan cradles Archie in her arms as they join Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at a polo match  

September 25 2019 – Meghan and Prince Harry appear in front of cameras with Archie as they meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah at the Tutu foundation in Cape Town 

24 December 2019 – Meghan and Harry release their holiday card for the year, with their son taking centre stage in the black-and-white snap 

31 December 2019 – Duke and Duchess also share a snap of Prince Harry cradling Archie during their ‘break’ in Canada on Vancouver Island on their Instagram page 

6 May 2020 – Meghan and Archie appear in a video for Save the Children to mark youngster’s first birthday where Duchess reads Duck or Goose

23 December 2020 – Duke and Duchess release an illustrated Christmas card in which Archie’s face is not visible

8 March 2021 – Archie appears briefly in Meghan and Harry’s Oprah Winfrey interview as he runs along beach, but his face is barely visible 

9 March 2021 – Meghan and Harry share a snap cuddling with Archie in their garden – but his face is buried in Meghan’s shoulder  

6 May 2021 – Meghan and Harry release photograph of Archie from behind for his 2nd birthday 

21 May 2021 – Archie, from behind, appears on swings with Prince Harry in The Me You You Can’t See documentary 

6 June 2021 – Meghan releases her children’s book the bench, in which both her children are illustrated 

7 June 2021 – Meghan and Harry announce their daughter Lilibet has been born, but do not release any photographs 

4 August 2021 – Meghan releases video to mark her 40th birthday, in which there appears to be a blurry image of Harry kissing a newborn in the background, thought to be Lilibet. There are also several blurry images of Archie.

18 November 2021 – Meghan shares another picture of Archie from behind as she appears on The Ellen Show 

23 December 2021 – The Duke and Duchess share an image of their family, including Archie and Lilibet, in which their faces are all visible to the camera

6 June 2022 –  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a new picture of Lilibet on her first birthday at Frogmore Cottage during the Platinum Jubilee. A second image was also shared by photographer Misan Harriman in which his family is pictured alongside Lilibet in Meghan’s arms 

The 96-year-old is said to have met Harry and Meghan’s daughter on Thursday. However, they were allegedly told ‘no chance’ of an official photo because it was a ‘private family meeting’, The Sun reported. Palace insiders may have worried any photos taken by Harry and Meghan would be shared with TV networks in the US or in Harry’s upcoming memoirs.

On Saturday they enjoyed the British summer sunshine to throw a birthday picnic for their daughter’s first birthday. East London baker Claire Ptak – who made the couple’s wedding cake in 2018 – created new treats for the low-key bash. She later shared a picture of a small peony-covered cake that could be the one enjoyed by guests.

A spokesman for the couple did not name family members who attended the party, but Zara and Mike Tindall are believed to have made an appearance. But Prince William, Kate, George and Charlotte were in Wales representing the Queen.

The Sussexes left for their California home the following day – on a gas-guzzling private jet – before the grand finale of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee even began on Sunday.

Mr Harriman took the portraits used by the Sussexes to announce Meghan’s pregnancy with Lilibet in February 2021. 

Those who are said to have also been at Frogmore Cottage include Zara and Mike Tindall’s three children, Mia, eight, Lena, three, and Lucas, one, as well as Savannah, 11, and Isla, 10, daughters of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly.

Three-year-old Archie’s godfather, Charlie Van Straubenzee, and his brother Tom, godfather to Princess Charlotte, were also invited, it is understood. 

Photographer Mr Harriman wrote on her Twitter: ‘It was such a privilege to celebrate the first birthday of Lilibet with my family and hers! Joy and face painting all around.’

Twitter royal commentator and friend of the Sussexes Omid Scobie said the couple invited close friends and family for an ‘intimate backyard picnic’ as he posted the picture. 

Mr Scobie added that Harry and Meghan’s wedding baker Claire Ptak made a special order for the party.

And was told by a spokesperson for the couple that they ‘remain incredibly touched by the countless birthday wishes for their daughter’ and have also been ‘amazed’ to learn that $100K (£79,000) was donated in Lilibet’s honour.  

The funds went to World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit organisation partnered with the couple’s Archewell foundation, according to a spokesperson for the Sussexes.

The organisation has provided support in Uvalde, Texas and Ukraine, the spokesperson said.

A spokesperson for the couple did not name specific family members who attended the event. 

A source spoke to The Sun, about the party, saying: ‘It was a lovely do and had everything you’d expect from a child’s birthday party.

‘The idea was for it to be very relaxed and casual, with people free to pop in and out as they wished.’

They said that it was a ‘nice opportunity’ for some of the royal children to meet little Lilibet, with this trip being her first time in the UK.

They added that ‘lots of discussion’ had been had about the best gifts for the ‘milestone’ birthday, with a ‘£75 pink Volkswagen Beetle ride-on toy’ proving a popular idea.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the Platinum Jubilee early – missing the Pageant and the Queen on the balcony yesterday – as they flew back in a private jet to California with luggage that appeared to include a wooden swing set which looked similar to the one gifted to William and Kate by Prince Charles. 

The California couple released the photograph hours after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge put pictures on social media showing hidden moments from the Jubilee including new pictures of Louis with his father, William, and Kate and the children including Princess Charlotte and Prince George waiting in a doorway. 

Harry and Meghan's entourage in California were seen with a blue child-size scooter (pictured) and wooden swing set which looked similar to the one gifted to William and Kate by Prince Charles

Harry and Meghan’s entourage in California were seen with a blue child-size scooter (pictured) and wooden swing set which looked similar to the one gifted to William and Kate by Prince Charles

Another assistant was seen reaching for a blue scooter that was sitting on top of a suitcase and though Lilibet and Archie were not seen during the Jubilee baby equipment could be seen being offloaded

Another assistant was seen reaching for a blue scooter that was sitting on top of a suitcase and though Lilibet and Archie were not seen during the Jubilee baby equipment could be seen being offloaded

Prince George standing on a swing, pictured at the family home in Norfolk back in 2016. The swing has the engravings of the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge's names William and Catherine. It appears Lilibet may have got the same

Prince George standing on a swing, pictured at the family home in Norfolk back in 2016. The swing has the engravings of the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge’s names William and Catherine. It appears Lilibet may have got the same

In a photograph of Harry at a similar age, also one, he is seen with his trademark reddish locks, similar to Lilibet now (see above), and wearing a blue dungaree and shirt

In a photograph of Harry at a similar age, also one, he is seen with his trademark reddish locks, similar to Lilibet now (see above), and wearing a blue dungaree and shirt 

Harry and Meghan celebrated their daughter Lilibet's first birthday in Windsor yesterday with a 'relaxed' birthday party ¿with royal second cousins invited to the festivities. Pictured, the couple with children Archie and Lilibet

Harry and Meghan celebrated their daughter Lilibet’s first birthday in Windsor yesterday with a ‘relaxed’ birthday party —with royal second cousins invited to the festivities. Pictured, the couple with children Archie and Lilibet 

Prince Harry looking glum as him and Meghan Markle returned to California. Here he can be seen wiping his eye after their private jet trip

Prince Harry looking glum as him and Meghan Markle returned to California. Here he can be seen wiping his eye after their private jet trip

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex pictured at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday, was one of the few Jubilee events that they attended

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex pictured at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, was one of the few Jubilee events that they attended 

Harry and Meghan’s Platinum Jubilee

WEDNESDAY

The Sussexes land in Britain on a private jet. The Queen sent three of her own protection officers, her royal Land Rover and a bullet-proof VW people carrier to meet the family at Farnborough Airport, taking them to Frogmore Cottage.

THURSDAY

A Range Rover with a modest escort swept them in to Central London and onto Whitehall, where they took up position in the Major General’s Office overlooking the parade ground ready for the other royals to arrive.

Among the first to greet them were Princess Beatrice and her husband, Edo, as well as the queen’s grandson Peter Phillips.

Meghan was seen kissing his elder daughter, Savannah, 11, as his younger daughter, Isla, 10, held Zara and Mike Tindall’s younger daughter Lena, almost four.

Meghan, wearing a large wide-brimmed navy and white hat, put her finger mysteriously to her lips as the girls mimicked her, laughing.

Her husband, Prince Harry, 37, who looked tanned in a lounge suit rather than military uniform, was also seen later entering into the spirit of things, apparently urging Lena to ‘shush’.

The couple were later seen chatting to the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Kent, 86, before he left the family gathering to join the monarch at Buckingham Palace, where they took the returning military salute together.

FRIDAY

The couple went to St Paul’s Cathedral for the morning’s service celebrating the Queen.

The couple arrived after the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and their two children, and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie along with their husbands.

Harry and Meghan held hands and were smiling broadly as they walked up the steps of the cathedral, while cheers and some boos could be heard from the crowd.

The Duke of Cambridge and his wife Kate sat on the front row alongside Prince Charles and Camilla, who were representing the absent Queen at the Service of Thanksgiving for her 70-year reign.

But Harry and Meghan were placed on the opposite side of the aisle, half-way down a second row of seats, along with other lower-ranking, non-working royals.

There was no chance for the once-close siblings to talk as William, 39, and Kate, 40, were part of the main party.

They arrived after Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, were seated and left before them in order to attend a post-service reception at the nearby Guildhall.

Notably, the California-based Sussexes were the only members of the extensive royal party who were absent from the second event.

SATURDAY

Instead of attending the concert at Buckingham Palace, Harry and Meghan celebrated their daughter Lilibet’s first birthday in Windsor on Saturday with a ‘relaxed’ birthday party —with royal second cousins invited to the festivities.

The little girl’s birthday party was open to Zara and Mike Tindall’s three children, Mia, eight, Lena, three, and Lucas, one, as well as Savannah, 11, and Isla, 10, daughters of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly.

The Queen was also rumoured to have been invited – but it is claimed that she met her great-granddaughter for the first time on Thursday or Friday.

SUNDAY

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their children reportedly flew out of Farnborough Airport at 1.30pm yesterday, an hour before the Jubilee Pageant began.

The California-based couple are believed to have been driven from Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, where they were staying, at lunchtime.

They landed in the US at around 5pm, LA time.

 

The Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, Kate Middleton and Prince William shared their greetings on social media at the exact same time. 

The official Twitter account for the Queen posted: ‘Wishing Lilibet a very Happy 1st Birthday!’,  the  account for Prince Charles shared an almost identical message.

The words posted on the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s social media read: ‘Wishing Lilibet a very happy 1st birthday today’ along with a cake emoji.

It is also very likely that Prince Charles met his grandchildren. It is understood that he and Camilla met Harry and Meghan privately. 

It comes after George Northwood, the Duchess’ hairdresser, who recently jetted out to the Netherlands to do Meghan’s beauty while she attended the Invictus Games with husband, shared a post on Instagram with several images of the Duchess. 

In a gushing caption, he posted: ‘So nostalgic and wonderful to be reunited Harry, Meghan and their family in the UK. Archie has grown to be the cutest, well mannered little boy and Lilibet is just beautiful.’

It comes after Harry and Meghan’s entourage were seen with a blue child-size scooter and wooden swing set which looked similar to the one gifted to William and Kate by Prince Charles. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appear to have come home with presents from their family after they left the Platinum Jubilee before festivities ended on Sunday and missed the Queen on the balcony. 

A member of their team was seen carrying a wooden swing with rope coming out of it and covered by a blue wrapping as Harry and Meghan’s team loaded their luggage from Santa Barbara Airport as their private jet touched down on Sunday evening. 

Another assistant was seen reaching for a blue scooter that was sitting on top of a suitcase to put it into an SUV which further indicated that Lilibet and Archie, who were not seen during the Jubilee, accompanied their parents. 

It was also reported that the Queen did meet her namesake for the first time as the Sussexes joined Her Majesty on Thursday or Friday and was invited to Lilibet’s first birthday at Frogmore Cottage. 

During their visit to mark Her Majesty’s 70 year reign, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seen rarely – once was at the Trooping of the Colour and another time at St Paul’s Thanksgiving Service – and had no official role during the festivities. 

In 2016, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son Prince George was seen playfully enjoying a wooden swing set that bore his parents’ names William and Catherine. 

The wooden roped-set was a wedding present from Prince Charles to the couple and was installed in their countryside home in Norfolk. 

In pictures taken on Sunday of Harry and Meghan’s luggage being unloaded as they landed back in California yesterday, an assistant was also seen carrying a wooden swing after the couple spent most of their time at their Windsor residence. 

Harry was pictured looking particularly glum as they landed back in California yesterday – with royal experts saying the sixth in line to the throne appeared angry, anxious and very uncomfortable during ‘fleeting glimpses’ of him and his wife during the UK visit. 

On Thursday they were relegated to the Major General’s Office with minor royals for the Trooping the Colour, where they were photographed playfully shushing children. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have been ‘really fed up’ at being sidelined by the palace’s ‘men in suits’ they have been so scathing about since quitting in 2020, it has been claimed.

And as they were met with some booing at their only public appearance at St Paul’s on Friday, the couple will have learned that the British public believe being a royal is ‘about service, not about self’, one critic said. 

Harry stopped to chat for a few moments with the Archbishop of York at the Thanksgiving Service but was not seen greeting his brother Prince William and his sister-in-law Kate. 

Another told MailOnline: ‘Their attitude seems to be if we’re not centre stage we don’t really want to be here’

 

This previously unseen picture was released by hours before the Sussexes shared the image of Lilibet. Pictured is Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George

This previously unseen picture was released by hours before the Sussexes shared the image of Lilibet. Pictured is Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George

Prince William is pictured in full military uniform with Prince Louis before Trooping the Colour on Thursday

Prince William is pictured in full military uniform with Prince Louis before Trooping the Colour on Thursday

Prince William and Kate at a Jubilee street party with royal fans in Kensington ahead of the Pageant on Sunday

Prince William and Kate at a Jubilee street party with royal fans in Kensington ahead of the Pageant on Sunday  

To mark the occasion, the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, shared their greetings on social media at the exact same time (pictured)

To mark the occasion, the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla, shared their greetings on social media at the exact same time (pictured) 

But with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fiercely protective of their daughters privacy, previously sharing just one photograph of the little girl over the last 12 months, both Prince Charles and the Queen were unable to post a snap of Lilibet

But with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fiercely protective of their daughters privacy, previously sharing just one photograph of the little girl over the last 12 months, both Prince Charles and the Queen were unable to post a snap of Lilibet

Instead they spent most of their stay at Frogmore Cottage with their children and hosted a ‘relaxed’ party for Lilibet’s first birthday at the Windsor residence, believed to be attended by the one-year-old’s British cousins.

The Sussexes arrived back in California at 6pm on Sunday. Equipment that appeared to be a high chair was seen being offloaded from the plane. Harry was then photographed in the passenger seat of a black Range Rover that had arrived to transport the family home, and looked very serious after almost five days away from the US.

The Duke and Duchess did not attend the Platinum Party and stayed in Windsor alongside the Queen to reportedly watch the concert with Her Majesty. 

Harry and Meghan then drove, according to The Sun, to Farnborough Airport at 1.30pm, an hour before the Pageant started at 2.30pm and made their way back to California.

This was hours before the Queen – who sources say was ‘determined’ to bravely overcame her painful mobility issues – returned to Buckingham Palace to personally thank the thousands of well-wishers in the crowd who had turned out to express their own gratitude.

She was flanked by her three heirs – son, Prince Charles, grandson, Prince William, and great-grandson, Prince George – offering a glimpse into the monarchy’s future.

The Platinum Jubilee Pageant was an afternoon of entertainment for members of the royal family, who all sat together alongside their siblings and cousins.

The parade told the story of her life, and the nation, with an eccentric, fun and imaginative carnival-like display.

An insider said: ‘There was no fanfare, they just went. They didn’t stick around for the Platinum Jubilee pageant which is a celebration of Britain and all of its quirks and eccentricities over the Queen’s 70 year reign.’

Before the festivities started an aide told The Telegraph: ‘The media might try to make them prominent, but in reality they are not going to be playing a prominent role. A line has been drawn.’

The 96-year-old monarch was absent for much of the extended Bank Holiday weekend, after finding the first day enjoyable but tiring, and in a message of thanks acknowledged this but said her ‘heart’ had been with well-wishers.

Surrounded by her family, including Prince Charles, Camilla, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, George, Charlotte and Louis, she was cheered by thousands of well-wishers after stepping on to the balcony following the Platinum Pageant, which told the story of her life, and the nation, with an eccentric, fun and imaginative carnival-like display.

Smiling as she acknowledged the spectators, she looked down on The Mall where tens of thousands had waited in hope of seeing her.

Confident George sits on the inscribed swing in the Amner Hall garden, holding on tightly

Confident George sits on the inscribed swing in the Amner Hall garden, holding on tightly

Harry and Meghan's team seen loading precious cargo as they arrive back in California after attending the Queen's Jubilee celebrations in London

Harry and Meghan’s team seen loading precious cargo as they arrive back in California after attending the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in London

More items are seen like a wrapped up rectangular item while a rope sits nearby with more luggage

More items are seen like a wrapped up rectangular item while a rope sits nearby with more luggage 

The private jet that the couple took is seen flanked by SUVs as Harry and Meghan's luggage is unloaded

The private jet that the couple took is seen flanked by SUVs as Harry and Meghan’s luggage is unloaded 

The couple's plane taxied head first into a hangar and it was not possible to see them depart the aircraft

The couple’s plane taxied head first into a hangar and it was not possible to see them depart the aircraft

The Queen said later in her message: ‘When it comes to how to mark seventy years as your Queen, there is no guidebook to follow. It really is a first. But I have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee.

‘While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family.

‘I have been inspired by the kindness, joy and kinship that has been so evident in recent days, and I hope this renewed sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come.

‘I thank you most sincerely for your good wishes and for the part you have all played in these happy celebrations.’

This was not her only surpises with her Paddington appearance seen as a much welcome appearance by the Queen.

A palace aide told the Sun: ‘As you saw she likes to spring a few surprises.’

After the outpouring of public affection during her balcony appearance, the Queen said she was ‘humbled and deeply touched’ so many people had taken part in marking her 70-year reign.

Investigative journalist Tom Bower, who is working on a biography of Meghan, told MailOnline that the Sussexes had been ‘trounced’ on their return to the UK.

He said: ‘I think Palace officials were unusually skilful in managing the Sussexes. Just enough exposure to please the Queen but at the same time so limited to show them that they have been sidelined. Harry’s grim expression exposed and confirmed the troubles he now faces. Meghan now faces problems about her status. Netflix are left with a problem: The Sussexes are no longer stars’.

Harry’s biographer Angela Levin said the couple were probably kept apart from Prince Charles and Prince William because of their ongoing rift and fears any private conversations could end up in Harry’s memoirs or on a US TV chat show.

She said: ‘I do wonder if they [Harry and Meghan] decided: ‘We’ve had enough of this, let’s go early’. I think they were furious. I think they believed they would come back and be welcomed with open arms – but the truth is that the world, and the Royal Family, has moved on without them. They thought that everyone would drop everything for them, but they didn’t’.

She added: ‘When Harry arrived at St Paul’s, he had a growling face. It was there throughout. They were really really fed up. William and Charles have grown closer – they have filled the gap left by Harry, that must be hard for him. I suspect his brother and father will have been worried about speaking to him in private in case it ends up in his memoirs or on US TV’.

Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant from the balcony at Buckingham Palace in London

Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant from the balcony at Buckingham Palace in London

A royal themed float due to be used in the Pageant waiting in Westminster this morning, June 5, 2022

A royal themed float due to be used in the Pageant waiting in Westminster this morning, June 5, 2022

People set up the tables for the Big Jubilee Lunch on The Long Walk in Windsor on June 5, 2022

People set up the tables for the Big Jubilee Lunch on The Long Walk in Windsor on June 5, 2022

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge on the balcony during the Platinum Pageant

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge on the balcony during the Platinum Pageant

Royal author Phil Dampier told MailOnline: ‘Their attitude seems to be if we’re not centre stage we don’t really want to be here.

‘They must realise they are no longer popular with the general public, and travelling in and out by private jet hardly helps their so-called green credentials.

‘I’m afraid that all the time Harry is writing a book and making Netflix fly on the wall programmes, Charles and William will not trust him. They would worry that any in depth conversations would be repeated in the media, and so I’m sure they are keeping him at arms length for the time’.

And after the Sussexes were met with some boos at St Paul’s on Friday, commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said: ‘This was about the Queen and the future of the monarchy, which they opted out of as senior working royals. Yet they owe their entire profile and contracts to the institution. This fabulous four days showed now strong it is and also how wrong they were to do the interview on Oprah, which caused it to lose support among the young and ethnic minorities and aired when Prince Philip was ill.

‘The Sussexes should have learnt a lesson over the last few days. When it actually comes to capturing hearts and minds it is about service, not about self’.

Coming full circle! Photographer who took ‘candid’ birthday photo of Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet is a trusted friend who ALSO took pregnancy announcement snaps, ‘helped to introduce them’ – and joined the Duke at the recent Invictus Games

  • Photographer Misan Harriman, 45, shared several images from Lilibet’s first birthday party 
  • He shared a ‘candid, spontaneous photograph’ of one-year-old Lilibet, as well as a black-and-white photo of Meghan and Lilibet posing with his wife, Camilla Holmstroem, and their two daughters
  • Harriman is the photographer behind Sussexes’s February 2021 pregnancy announcement photos
  • At the time, Harriman – who was the first black male photographer to shoot a British Vogue cover – revealed that he introduced Meghan, 40, to the mutual friend who then connected her with Harry, 37

By Charlie Lankston For Dailymail.com 

The photographer behind a new birthday portrait of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s one-year-old daughter Lilibet is the same trusted family friend who took the black-and-white images that the couple used to announce the news that they were pregnant with a second child back in February 2021. 

Misan Harriman, 45, shared a series of three images taken at a ‘casual, intimate backyard picnic’ hosted by the Sussexes at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor on Saturday in celebration of their daughter’s first birthday, having been invited to attend the small gathering as one of just a handful of select guests, alongside his wife and their two daughters. 

Among the images shared by Harriman – who rose to global acclaim when he became the first black male photographer to shoot a British Vogue cover in September 2020 – was a ‘candid, spontaneous’ shot of Lilibet, which Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, chose to share with the world to mark their daughter’s milestone birthday. 

As well as the sweet snap of the birthday girl, the Nigerian-born photographer also shared two other images from the party, including a black-and-white photo of proud mother Meghan holding her daughter in her arms while posing alongside Harriman’s wife, Camilla Holmstroem, and their two daughters. 

Photographer Misan Harriman, the man who took a birthday portrait of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's one-year-old daughter Lilibet while attending her birthday party with wife and two daughters on Saturday, is a close friend of the Sussexes. He is pictured with his older daughter at the 'intimate' gathering at Frogmore Cottage

Photographer Misan Harriman, the man who took a birthday portrait of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s one-year-old daughter Lilibet while attending her birthday party with wife and two daughters on Saturday, is a close friend of the Sussexes. He is pictured with his older daughter at the ‘intimate’ gathering at Frogmore Cottage

The 'candid, spontaneous' birthday image marks a full-circle moment for Harriman, 45, who was also the man behind Meghan and Harry's February 2021 pregnancy announcement photos, which he took remotely via iPad from London

The ‘candid, spontaneous’ birthday image marks a full-circle moment for Harriman, 45, who was also the man behind Meghan and Harry’s February 2021 pregnancy announcement photos, which he took remotely via iPad from London 

Harriman, who attended the party with his wife, Camilla Holmstroem, and their two daughters (seen with Meghan, 40, and Lilibet), actually played a 'small part' in bringing the Sussexes together, he revealed in 2021

Harriman, who attended the party with his wife, Camilla Holmstroem, and their two daughters (seen with Meghan, 40, and Lilibet), actually played a ‘small part’ in bringing the Sussexes together, he revealed in 2021

The final image saw Harriman posing with one of his daughters in his lap – and showed the little girl sporting some colorful face paint, which the photographer revealed was one of the highlights of the gathering. 

‘It was such a privilege to celebrate the 1st birthday of Lilibet with my family and hers!’ he wrote while sharing the trio of images on social media. ‘Joy and face painting all around.’ 

The photographer has become very close with Harry, 37, and even joined the Duke at the Invictus Games in the Netherlands in April. He posted several images and videos from the event on Instagram, including one clip from the closing ceremony (seen)

The photographer has become very close with Harry, 37, and even joined the Duke at the Invictus Games in the Netherlands in April. He posted several images and videos from the event on Instagram, including one clip from the closing ceremony (seen)

The release of the photos marks something of a full-circle moment for Harriman, who not only helped the couple to announce to the world that they were pregnant with Lilibet, but also played a hand in introducing them in the first place. 

While sharing one of the images from the remote pregnancy shoot – which he shot via iPad from London, while the couple posed in the backyard of their $14 million Montecito mansion – on social media, Harriman, who was a guest at the couple’s May 2018 wedding, opened up about the ‘small’ role he had in bringing the pair together. 

‘Meg, I was there at your wedding to witness this love story begin, and my friend, I am honored to capture it grow,’ he wrote at the time. ‘Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on this joyous news!’

Speaking to British Vogue following the baby announcement, Harriman added: ‘To be asked to help share this absolute joy after such an unimaginable loss and heartache is a marker of true friendship.

‘Meg reminded me that had I not introduced her to a mutual friend then she wouldn’t have met Harry. I’m grateful for whatever small part I played.’

According to Finding Freedom, a biography written about Meghan and Harry by their journalist friend Omid Scobie, Harriman even enjoyed dinner with the Duchess of Sussex the night before she went on her first date with her future husband, Grazia reports.  

It has long been reported that Meghan and Harry were introduced by the Duchess’ longtime friend, designer Misha Nonoo, who is based in New York City, but is thought to have been the person who first brought the Sussexes together.  

While confirming the couple’s pregnancy news, a spokesperson for the Sussexes shared an insight into the close friendship they have with Harriman, saying at the time: ‘The photograph of the Duke and Duchess was was taken by the couple’s longtime friend Misan Harriman. What wonderful news for the Sussexes!!’

It is not known whether Harriman has had the chance to visit the couple’s California home in person, however he did pay a visit to Los Angeles earlier this year in order to photograph celebrities on the red carpet at Elton John’s Academy Awards party. 

Harriman won worldwide acclaim in September 2020 when he became the first black male photographer to shoot a cover of British Vogue (pictured)

Harriman won worldwide acclaim in September 2020 when he became the first black male photographer to shoot a cover of British Vogue (pictured)

The father-of-two (seen with his wife and their older daughter) has only been working as a photographer since 2016, having previously had a career in finance

The father-of-two (seen with his wife and their older daughter) has only been working as a photographer since 2016, having previously had a career in finance 

Taking to Instagram to share some of his images from the event, Harriman revealed that he photographed everyone from Demi Lovato and Ed Harris to Elton’s husband David Furnish. Elton and David are longtime friends of Harry and Meghan’s, and the latter was actually due to team up with the Duchess of Sussex on an animated series for Netflix, before it was canceled by the streaming company amid cutbacks as a result of plummeting stock prices and dwindling subscriber numbers. 

The show – titled Pearl – was understood to be based loosely on Meghan’s own childhood, and filmmaker David was going to serve as a producer on the series. 

Netflix shelled out a $100million to ink a production deal with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in September 2020, however as of yet, the couple has yet to produce any published content for the streaming giant. 

His British Vogue cover (pictured) was released exactly one year after Meghan guest-edited the September 2019 issue of the magazine

His British Vogue cover (pictured) was released exactly one year after Meghan guest-edited the September 2019 issue of the magazine 

However, the couple have been working on an upcoming documentary about Harry’s military sporting event, the Invictus Games, and were trailed by a Netflix camera crew when they traveled to the Netherlands in April in order to host the latest instalment of the competition – which Harriman also attended with the Duke. 

The photographer shared several images and videos from his time at the Invictus Games, including several snaps of Harry interacting with veterans and military servicemen and women during the event. 

One shot shows the Duke comforting an emotional participant from the UK team, who was seen tearing up while sitting with a Union Jack wrapped around his shoulders. Another snap showed Harry and Harriman sitting alongside one another, while engaged in conversation.  

It is not known whether Harriman took part in any filming for the couple’s Netflix documentary, Heart of Invictus.  

Although Harriman only became a professional photographer in 2016 following a career in finance, he already boasts an impressive and lengthy resume, having quickly become one of the UK’s most prominent snappers. 

In fact, he had a hand in helping another member of the royal family announce some special news back in 2019, when Princess Beatrice enlisted him to take an engagement portrait of her and her now-husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, which they released to the world when they announced their betrothal. 

In September 2020, he became the first black male photographer to shoot a British Vogue cover in its then-105-year history. 

The activist-themed cover featured England footballer Marcus Rashford and model Adwoa Aboah, with Mr Harriman working with a predominantly black team on set.

A year before, the Duchess of Sussex guest edited the September issue, which is traditionally the magazine’s most important of the year. 

Speaking about his 2021 pregnancy shoot for the couple (seen), Harriman told British Vogue: 'Meg reminded me that had I not introduced her to a mutual friend then she wouldn't have met Harry. I'm grateful for whatever small part I played'

Speaking about his 2021 pregnancy shoot for the couple (seen), Harriman told British Vogue: ‘Meg reminded me that had I not introduced her to a mutual friend then she wouldn’t have met Harry. I’m grateful for whatever small part I played’

Harriman’s work has also featured in Vanity Fair, Harpers Bazaar and People Magazine, a biography on his website states.

As well as Meghan, the Nigerian-born photographer has snapped a host of celebrities including actors Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Cate Blanchett and Olivia Colman and singer Rihanna.

He is a self-described activist supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, as well as a mental health campaigner with an interest in dyslexia.

Before his British Vogue cover, the photographer won praise with a series of photographs that he took during the Black Lives Matter protests in London earlier that same year, with many showing profiles of demonstrators holding signs advocating racial justice.

Speaking last August about the positive public reception to many of his BLM pictures, he told CNN: ‘Through my lens I have seen the beating heart of London.’

Many of the pictures taken at the protests were profiles of activists holding signs advocating racial justice.

Among them was a photograph of England youth hockey player Darcy Bourne outside the US Embassy, holding up a sign reading ‘Why is ending racism a debate?’

The photographer, who runs a media company called ‘What We Seee’, also covered demonstrations against former President Donald Trump and protests by Extinction Rebellion.

More recently, Harriman, who is the chairman of the Southbank Centre in London, was appointed as the head of a collection of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) created by ‘up-and-coming’ artists from Africa and Asia. 

The collection is funded by the blockchain company the Tezos Foundation’s non-profit arm, which donated £1 million to be used for the procurement of digital artwork from ‘underrepresented’ communities, The Art Newspaper reported. 

‘The Tezos Foundation Permanent Collection will support and celebrate a new generation of artists that have chosen a smart contract-enabled path to be their true selves,’ Harriman said of the project. ‘As the first curator of this collection I want to make sure the world sees the diverse voices that are making truly extraordinary work with crypto art. We will be the custodian for this new community of creatives.’

Queen ‘banned Harry and Meghan from having a photographer capture the moment she met her great-granddaughter Lilibet’ 

The Queen reportedly banned Harry and Meghan from having a photographer snap the Monarch meeting her great-granddaughter Lilibet for the first time.

The 96-year-old is said to have met Harry and Meghan’s daughter on Thursday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wanted a private photographer to capture the moment their daughter met her namesake, The Sun reported.

However, they were allegedly told ‘no chance’ because it was a ‘private family meeting’.

Palace insiders may have worried any photos taken by Harry and Meghan would be shared with TV networks in the US.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex pictured at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday, was one of the few Jubilee events that they attended

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex pictured at the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, was one of the few Jubilee events that they attended

The Queen reportedly banned Harry and Meghan from having a photographer snap the Monarch meeting her great-granddaughter Lilibet for the first time

The Queen reportedly banned Harry and Meghan from having a photographer snap the Monarch meeting her great-granddaughter Lilibet for the first time

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released a new picture of Lilibet on her first birthday at Frogmore Cottage during the Platinum Jubilee

Harry and Meghan celebrated their daughter Lilibet's first birthday in Windsor yesterday with a 'relaxed' birthday party ¿with royal second cousins invited to the festivities. Pictured, the couple with children Archie and Lilibet

Harry and Meghan celebrated their daughter Lilibet’s first birthday in Windsor yesterday with a ‘relaxed’ birthday party —with royal second cousins invited to the festivities. Pictured, the couple with children Archie and Lilibet 

Prince Harry looking glum as him and Meghan Markle returned to California. Here he can be seen wiping his eye after their private jet trip

Prince Harry looking glum as him and Meghan Markle returned to California. Here he can be seen wiping his eye after their private jet trip

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge on the balcony during the Platinum Pageant

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cambridge on the balcony during the Platinum Pageant

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex insisted their interview with Oprah Winfrey would be the 'last word' on them quitting as senior royals. They made a number of allegations that were later proved to be false

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex insisted their interview with Oprah Winfrey would be the ‘last word’ on them quitting as senior royals. They made a number of allegations that were later proved to be false 

The Sussexes’ relationship with the Queen was said to have been damaged when the couple reportedly ‘told not asked’ the Monarch that their daughter would be called Lilibet, which was Her Majesty’s nickname as a child. 

It comes as Harry and Meghan were reported to have left the UK and flown back to America an hour before the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration ended.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seen for the last time in public on Friday at the Thanksgiving service in St Paul’s Cathedral before they flew back home when the Jubilee Pageant started on Sunday.

The couple, who have been largely absent from the fanfare, spent a lot of time at Frogmore Cottage during their stay and hosted a ‘relaxed’ party for Lilibet’s first birthday at the Windsor residence.

They did not attend the Platinum Party and stayed in Windsor alongside the Queen to reportedly watch the concert with Her Majesty.

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