Why Kate Middleton and Prince William Are Skipping Meghan and Harry’s Daughter Lili’s 1st Birthday Party

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will return to the U.K. this week for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations with their two children, Archie and Lilibet. While in England, Lili will celebrate her first birthday on Saturday, June 4—and her aunt Kate Middleton and uncle Prince William will be missing from any quiet family party, Page Six and Daily Mail point out.

This has nothing to do with strained family relations after Meghan and Harry stepped back from their senior royal family roles two years ago. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge just have to work.

The couple is slated to be in Wales as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee festivities. They will meet performers and attend a concert at Cardiff Castle.

Prince Harry last spoke about his relationship with William at the end of April during the Invictus Games at The Hague. He dodged a question about their current state of affairs. Hoda Kotb initially asked Harry whether he misses his family back home. “Yes, I think especially over the last two years, most people, do you not miss your family?” Harry responded.

When she asked whether he missed seeing William or Charles directly, he hedged, saying, “Look, I mean—for me, at the moment, I’m here, focused on these guys [Invictus Games competitors] and these families and giving everything I can, 120 percent, to them to make sure they have the experience of a lifetime. That’s my focus here. When I go back, the focus is my family [Meghan, Lili, and Archie], who I miss massively. Of course I do [miss Archie and Lili], they’re two little people.”

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