Charles thrilled to see Meghan in emotional Lilibet meeting, expert claims

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When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attended the historic Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, there seemed to be a distance between the couple and the rest of the Royal Family – both emotionally and physically.

But behind closed doors, it was a very different story, a senior royal source has revealed.

At the briefing for Clarence House’s annual review, the palace insider said it had been “wonderful” to have the Sussexes back in the UK at the beginning of June.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, met baby Lilibet for the first time, in an encounter that was described as “very emotional”.

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The relationship between Charles and Harry has been strained since the young prince stepped back from his position as a senior working royal in early 2020.

But all that was put aside when the future king met his granddaughter for the first time.

“The prince and the duchess were absolutely thrilled to see them,” the source told the Mirror.

“The prince, of course, hasn’t seen his grandson Archie for a bit of time," the insider continued, "and so it was very, very, very special to have some time with him.

“He hadn’t met Lili, his granddaughter, and so to meet her was very emotional, a very, very wonderful thing.”

Lilibet celebrated her first birthday at the historic Grade II listed Frogmore Cottage in Windsor while the Sussexes were in the UK for the Jubilee.

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While Lilibet’s cousins, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, were all away on a royal engagement there were still plenty of guests at the “intimate backyard picnic”, which featured face painting and a bespoke birthday cake from posh peoples’ baker Claire Ptak.

Lilibet’s second cousins, Mike Tindall and Zara’s children Mia, eight, Lena, three, and Lucas, one, were present as were Savannah, 11, and Isla, 10, daughters of Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly.

While it’s not known when, or if, the Sussexes will be back in the UK, “it was fantastic to see them. It was wonderful to have them back in Britain,” the royal source said.

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