William and Kate skipped Lilibets first birthday despite having special invite

Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton caused a stir after failing to attend their niece Lilibet's birthday party.

Some royal fans have been left wondering why they were unable to join Lilibet's first birthday over the Jubilee weekend as Harry and Meghan appeared publicly in the UK for the first time since leaving the royals.

Reports indicate the Cambridges were invited, along with their three children, Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and four-year-old Prince Louis.

Lilibet's birthday was celebrated with a picnic at Frogmore Cottage reportedly attended by Zara and Mike Tindall's three children, and the chilled event included face painting, games, birthday cake and balloons.

So why did William and Kate skip the party?

Why did William and Kate miss Lilibet's birthday?

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Despite some controversy, the real reason Prince William and Kate Middleton missed Lillibet's birthday was simply thanks to a busy schedule.

One source told Entertainment tonight: "It's simply a coincidence they fell on the same day. There was no intended slight."

Lillibet's party was seen as something of an 'olive branch' extended by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after a difficult relationship between the two royal feuding brothers.

Pade Six reported a source who said: "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."

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared in Wales instead, and it was also Prince George and Princess Charlotte's first official visit to Wales, while cheeky chappie Prince Louis remained at home.

They attended concert rehearsals at Cardiff Castle, which was part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee schedule.

Did Harry and William meet at the Jubilee?

Princes Harry and William did not meet at all over the Jubilee weekend, according to reports.

The pair have had a difficult relationship in recent years, resulting in Harry stepping back from royal duties with his wife Meghan and moving to California.

The couples sat on different sides of the aisle at St Paul’s Cathedral for the Service of Thanksgiving and did not appear to speak, though Kate Middleton did react when the pair walked in.

The Mirror's royal editor Russell Myers told Australian news show Sunrise: "It was very, very frosty inside the church. You could cut the atmosphere with a knife. The brothers didn’t lock eyes or make eye contact at all. Harry was craning his neck to look at William and William didn’t look back at him."

The brothers were also in the same room behind the Buckingham Palace balcony while Meghan played with Savannah Phillips and Mia Tindall, but reports still suggest the frostiness remained.

Reports about the pair's relationship have been swirling since late November 2018, when royal reporter Katie Nicholl claimed they were not getting along since falling out over what Harry felt was Meghan not being welcomed into the family.

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