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 (opens in new tab) and Lilibet before she died (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab) but the request was rejected at the time.

According to royal expert Camilla Tominey, who writes in The Telegraph (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab). The official trailer (opens in new tab) has already sparked controversy and the series finale is set to air same day as Kate's Carol Concert (opens in new tab).

And Prince Harry's tell-all memoir (opens in new tab) called Spare (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) wearing Princess Diana's 'freedom' ring.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.