Prince Harry's sad reality over Archie and Lilibet's lost chance - 'it was never to be'

The Duke of Sussex had reportedly failed attempts to get a photo of the Queen with his two children before she died.

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Prince Harry's sad reality over children Archie and Lilibet is revealed as royal expert opens up on his lost chance - claiming 'it was never to be'.

Prince Harry reportedly missed the chance to get a photograph of the Queen with his two children Archie and Lilibet before she died, a royal expert has revealed.

The late Majesty met her 11th great-grandchild for the first time earlier this year but it is claimed the Duke of Sussex was refused a photograph of his grandmother with his two children - and she died months later.

Prince Harry is said to have been 'persistent' with his attempts to get the family snap taken officially during the 'very private' encounter at Frogmore Cottage during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations but the request was rejected at the time.

According to royal expert Camilla Tominey, who writes in The Telegraph, the Queen denied them the photo opportunity, "When the couple made another beeline for Windsor Castle, travelling straight there after landing at Farnborough Airport, she refused their request to have professional photographs taken with Archie, three, and her namesake Lilibet, one.

"Claiming she had a bloodshot eye, she adroitly denied the Sussexes the photo opportunity they craved.

She added, "Harry was 'persistent', according to those party to the meeting, expressing a desire to get an official snap of the two Lilibets together at some point in the future. But of course, it was never to be. She died three months later."

It comes after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new Netflix series is released. The official trailer has already sparked controversy and the series finale is set to air same day as Kate's Carol Concert.

And Prince Harry's tell-all memoir called Spare is to be released next month, and it's feared the revelations with further distance them from the Royal Family as the couple recently won an award for 'anti-racism' in which Meghan made a stunning red carpet return wearing Princess Diana's 'freedom' ring.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)