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Queen only gave Harry and Meghan as much time as ‘new ambassador,’ claims expert

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were only given as much face-to-face-time as “a newly-appointed ambassador” during their flying visit to the UK for Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee according to one royal commentator.

The fifteen-minute formal audience with the monarch over the extended bank holiday weekend was “the humiliating cherry on a mortifying Jubilee cake”, according to royal critic Daniela Elser.

But the potential humiliation of a frosty reception from most of the royal family was a risk worth taking for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Elser says, and the not-so-secret reason for it is the Paddington Bear effect.

Writing for News.com.au, Elser points out that the viral video featuring Her Majesty’s chat with the marmalade-loving animated bear was worth some $350million (£200m) in “free publicity” for the owners of the Paddington franchise.

That sort of exposure, she says, would have been very welcome as the Sussexes prepare for their upcoming “at home” documentary series on Netflix.

The expert claims: “All the snubbing and frostiness of the Jubilee would have been worth it if it had paid serious dividends and they had walked away with this priceless PR coup.”

But, as was later reported, Her Majesty had in fact “banned” any photographers or film crews for her first meeting with baby Lilibet.

The meeting was kept "formal" by Buckingham Palace aides and lasted only a quarter of an hour according to a source who said: "It was a quick in and out job. It was all quite formal".

It’s unclear whether the Duke and Duchess would have known about Her Majesty’s rule before setting off on the pricey trip – which included a private jet across the Atlantic which is likely to have set the couple back somewhere in the region of £150,000.

Buckingham Palace and a representative for Meghan and Harry have been contacted for comment.

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