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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry release first candid photo of their daughter Lilibet on her birthday


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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry shared a candid first photo of Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor at a party at their Frogmore Cottage home as they celebrated their daughter’s first birthday on Saturday while at the UK for the Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee long weekend.

According to a spokesperson, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex invited close friends and family for a ‘casual and intimate picnic in the garden’ for their youngest child, who showed off a full head of red hair a much like his father.

“It was such a privilege to celebrate Lilibet’s 1st birthday with my family and hers! Joy and makeup all around,” photographer Misan Harriman captioned an Instagram image of the little one playing in the grass.

Another heartwarming black and white image showed Meghan cradling her daughter in her arms as she smiled while posing with friends. The couple, who also have three-year-old son Archie, have been married since 2018.

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The couple enlisted the help of Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery in East London to create a special cake for Lilibet. Ptak also created the Duke and Duchess’ wedding cake.

A spokesperson confirmed to Fox News Digital that the couple remain ‘incredibly touched’ by the outpouring of love for their daughter when she was one year old, and were grateful to learn of the more than $100,000 in donations made at the World Central Kitchen (WCK) in his honor.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle share the first photo of their daughter Lilibet.
(Misan Harriman)

They noted that WCK recently provided frontline support in Uvalde, Texas, where Meghan paid tribute to the victims of last month’s shooting massacre at Robb Elementary.

Meghan and Harry returned to London for the first time in years in honor of the monarch’s 70 years on the throne, and were seen celebrating with members of the Royal Family at the Trooping the Color parade on Thursday. They were not allowed on the balcony, which was intended for serving senior royals.

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Although they didn’t appear on the balcony, Harry and Meghan were filmed shushing some young royals in a moment that has since gone viral. On Friday, they also attended the thanksgiving service.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry release first candid photo of their daughter Lilibet on her birthday

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex leave the National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral on June 03, 2022 in London, England. The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II was celebrated June 2-5, 2022 in the UK and Commonwealth to mark the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession on February 6, 1952.
(Chris J. Ratcliffe)

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They no longer attended Jubilee events and left the country before the end of the Queen’s celebrations.

On Saturday, royal Twitter accounts kicked off the weekend’s Platinum Jubilee festivities by wishing Lili a happy first birthday.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall tweeted: “Wishing Lilibet a very happy 1st birthday today!” on the official Clarence House Twitter account. Prince William and Kate Middleton also wished Lilbet a happy first birthday from their Twitter account.

Lilibet reportedly met her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II in person last week. When Lili was born, the couple quickly introduced the monarch to her namesake via video call.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry release first candid photo of their daughter Lilibet on her birthday

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attended the Thanksgiving service with other members of the Royal Family as part of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
(Getty)

Lili’s name honors both Queen Elizabeth II, whose surname is Lilibet, and Harry’s late mother, princess diana.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry release first candid photo of their daughter Lilibet on her birthday

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex ride down the Mall in a horse-drawn carriage during Trooping The Colour, the Queen’s annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England.
(Samir Hussein)

Harry and Meghan stepped away from frontline royal duties and moved to California in 2020, nearly two years after they married at Windsor Castle.

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