Queen Keeps Rare Snap of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Among Family Photos at Long-Awaited Meeting
The picture was taken to celebrate Meghan and Harry's engagement, although it was never officially released to the public
Queen Elizabeth is keeping her family close.
The monarch, 95, had her audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday, marking their first time being face to face for the weekly meeting since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The audience took place at Buckingham Palace in London, where the Queen returned after spending most of the past year carrying out her royal duties from Windsor Castle.
As usual, the Queen had a collection of family photos displayed - including a rare shot of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry framed next to a bouquet of flowers. The picture was taken to celebrate their engagement, although it was never officially released to the public and seen only in the background of other photos by eagle-eyed fans.
Meghan, 39, and Prince Harry, 36, welcomed a daughter earlier this month and named her Lilibet, which was the Queen's family nickname.
Harry and Meghan spoke to the Queen before using her pet name for their daughter, a spokesperson for the couple previously told PEOPLE.
"The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement, in fact, his grandmother was the first family member he called. During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honor," the representative said. "Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name."
Royal historian Robert Lacey notes that the name shows the close bond between Harry and his grandmother.
"She was a sort of stepmother for both Harry and William," he told PEOPLE. "We have all focused on her coaching of William as the future King, but we are realizing now the importance of the emotional bonds that she's been able to establish with Harry, and their ability to talk to each other directly. That affection remains."
Although Meghan and Prince Harry stepped back from their royal roles last year and relocated to California, Harry said on an appearance on The Late Late Show in February that he kept in touch with his grandparents over video calls.
"Whatever decisions are made on that side, I will never walk away," Harry added in reference to the royal family. "I'll always be contributing. My life is public service, so wherever I am in the world, it's going to be the same thing."