Queen Elizabeth II gave Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “the biggest smackdown” when she attended the recent double royal christening, a commentator has claimed.
After recent battles with illness, the monarch attended the double christening of Zara and Mike Tindall’s son Lucas, and Princess Eugenie’s son August last week.
The Queen’s health scares had only recently prevented her from attending the Remembrance Sunday commemorations at the Cenotaph, when she was forced to pull out after suffering from a bad back.
Now speaking on his YouTube channel, royal commentator Neil Sean has claimed that the Queen’s attendance at this royal christening was a “smackdown” for Harry and Meghan.
During the video, Neil speculated that Meghan and Harry “were hoping for a royal christening” in the presence of the Queen for Lilibet, who was born in June.
The Queen is yet to meet her daughter Lilibet, with Meghan having not travelled to the UK since 2020. But, Neil noted that she had made the effort to attend the recent joint christening.
“As we know, it was a little bit touch and go with Her Majesty as to whether she would make this particular Christening even last Sunday in Windsor,” he continued. “But she rallied through and was able to attend.
“Now, six-plus days down the line, it’s not gone down well with the two ex-royals over in the US.”
He claimed, quoting a source, that the two christenings were "exactly" the type of event the Sussexes were hoping for for Lilibet.
The Sussexes have made no official comment about a desire for their daughter to receive a royal christening in Windsor, and have not yet publicly committed to where they might be spending Christmas this year.
But multiple royal commentators, including the Daily Mail's Richard Eden, have claimed they had intended for Lilibet to follow in the footsteps of her brother Archie, who had a public celebration with Royal Family members in 2019.
Neil suggested that Harry and Meghan “don’t understand that they’re not on the royal radar” since they stepped down from royal duties in March 2020.
He alleged: “They wanted to be normal people out of the limelight, and her gracious majesty the Queen, possibly, even after a bout of illness, has just given them the biggest smackdown royally [with the two royal christenings], that one could give one former favourite grandson.”
Neil did also point out that the Covid pandemic and Her Majesty's health would have made it hard to organise any such christening.
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