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Royal Expert Says It Wasn’t “Fair” for Harry and Meghan to Expect Will and Kate to Attend Lilibet’s Birthday

If you were hoping the royal family feud might be put to rest during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee then, first of all, same (I’m stressed out for them at this point) and second of all, sorry for not having better news for you. On the other hand, if you live for the vicarious drama of the seemingly-unending deluge of stories about strife within the Windsor fam, then, I guess yay for you (again x infinity).

Earlier this month, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter, Lilibet Diana, turned one while the Sussex family were all in the U.K. for the Jubilee. Harry and Meghan, like most other parents of tiny humans celebrating the anniversaries of their arrival on the planet, threw baby Lili a birthday party. Because they were in Windsor at the time, the birthday party was in Windsor (specifically at Frogmore Cottage, where the family stayed during the trip).

While several members of the royal family and Harry’s longtime inner circle were reportedly on the guest list, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and their three kids (Prince George, 8, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4) were definitely absent, considering they were out and about making public appearances many miles away in Wales that day.

At the time, Page Six reported that Harry and Meghan had invited the entire Cambridge family to Lilibet’s birthday party “as an olive branch,” but that Will and Kate more or less snubbed the invite and made other plans instead.

“Things are still fraught—William is still wary of spending any time alone with Harry as you never quite know what may be reported back afterwards,” a royal insider said at the time.

Since Lili’s birthday was on June 4 and reports of the “snub” were concentrated in the first/second week of June, you may have thought this particular bit of royal controversy was over. But you would be wrong because Baby Birthday Gate is still buzzy in the royal-verse.

The latest take comes from royal expert Jonathan Sacerdoti, who weighed in on the drama for Express, and FWIW, he doesn’t think the Cambridges snubbed the Sussexes by skipping the party.

“We certainly didn’t see any overt public displays of affection between the two brothers. We don’t know if they’ve spoken since, we know that also, William and Kate are said not to of gone to the birthday party for Lilibet their daughter,” Sacerdoti explained. “And Harry and Meghan’s daughter and that again was seen by some as a snub, but of course, it wasn’t a snub.”

Why wasn’t is a snub? Basically, Sacerdoti doesn’t think it was fair to expect them to go to the party to begin with (although it’s not totally clear if he’s attributing those unfair expectations to Harry and Meghan or to the general public who followed the story).

“They had other engagements, they were in Wales fulfilling their duties as still working Royals, during the Jubilee celebration long weekend,” he continued. “So I think it was not really fair to expect them to attend a private birthday party, even of William’s brother’s daughter. I think that just shows their dedication to duty and service, following the rules that are there for them in their role. And their sense of responsibility, and I don’t think it’s fair to criticize them for not having been there.”

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