Prince Harry: The Royal asked The King to change Lilibet's gift

Prince Harry reportedly disapproved King Charles' original plan for Lilibet's birthday and instructed his father to opt for this kind of gift.

Prince Harry King Charles' Lilibet Gift
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Prince Harry King Charles' Lilibet Gift

Birthdays in the royal family are always an affair of great interest and anticipation. This time, the attention turns to Princess Lilibet as reports emerge about a birthday gift dilemma involving Prince Harry and King Charles III. It appears that Prince Harry had reservations about the initially planned gift for his daughter's second birthday and offered an alternative suggestion.

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Lilibet's different birthday celebration

Princess Lilibet Diana recently reached the milestone of turning two years old on June 4th. Unlike her first birthday, which was celebrated in the United Kingdom, this year's celebration took place in Montecito, California, where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex currently reside after stepping back from their royal duties in 2020. Many can't believe how similar the little princess looks to her great-grandmother and namesake, Queen Elizabeth II.

Prince Harry King Charles' Lilibet Gift Samir Hussein/Getty ìmages

This marked a significant difference in the birthday festivities for the young royal and her family. Last year, a small and intimate garden picnic was organized at Frogmore Cottage, with the presence of British relatives.

According to The Independent, among the attendees were Mike and Zara Tindall, along with their children Mia, Lena, and Lucas. The celebration also included photographer Misan Harriman, chair of the Southbank Centre, and his family, who captured a portrait of Lilibet on that special day. Notably absent from the gathering were close relatives, including King Charles and Prince William.

On Lilibet's second birthday, it is believed that the Sussex family celebrated with an intimate get-together at their Los Angeles residence.

Prince Harry's request for his daughter

Prince Harry, known for his independent voice and desire for a more down-to-earth approach, reportedly intervened when it came to Princess Lilibet's birthday gift. The Duke of Sussex expressed his reservations about the 'custom-made cubby houses' that King Charles III planned to give his granddaughter. Harry believed the gift to be too extravagant and instead proposed something more practical and personal.

According to OK!, Harry wanted to give Lili 'something she will use and be hers', ensuring a lasting memory and the ultimate surprise. OK! quotes a source saying:

He wants to give Lili something she will use and be hers. She’ll remember it forever — it’s going to be the ultimate surprise.
Prince Harry King Charles' Lilibet Gift Max Mumby/Getty Images

While Prince Harry provided his input, it remains unclear what gift King Charles ultimately selected for Princess Lilibet's birthday.

No wishes from working royals

One notable deviation from previous royal birthday celebrations was the absence of a public social media tribute from the royal family.

On her first birthday, Princess Lilibet received a heartfelt Twitter post from Queen Elizabeth II, her namesake who many say the young princess looks like. However, her second birthday passed without a public acknowledgement. A source suggests that this deviation stems from the family's policy to 'not mark the birthdays of non-working members'. However, behind closed doors, King Charles and Queen Camilla undoubtedly wished Lilibet a very happy birthday, even if not shared through official channels, as reported by The Mirror.

Prince Harry King Charles' Lilibet Gift Max Mumby/Getty Images

As of now, there have been no public birthday wishes from Prince William and Kate Middleton, who had sent their regards via a Twitter post for Lilibet's first birthday.

The lack of public birthday wishes for Princess Lilibet reflects the ongoing strains in the relationship between Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and the royal family. Since they departed from official royal duties and subsequent media ventures, tensions have escalated. The couple's Netflix documentary series and Prince Harry's forthcoming memoir, Spare, have further exacerbated the rift between the Sussexes and the monarchy.

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