The Queen Is Going To Meet Her Great Granddaughter Lilibet For The First Time At Her First Birthday Party
Queen Elizabeth II is reportedly set to meet Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's daughter Lilibet for the first time at the soon-to-be one-year-old's birthday party, during the upcoming weekend Jubilee celebrations.
The 96-year-old monarch and her young namesake Lilibet are reportedly set to meet at the youngster's birthday celebrations next Saturday at Frogmore Cottage, just a stone's throw away from neighbouring Windsor Castle.
Since the birth of the couple's second child on June 4, 2021, parents Prince Harry and Meghan have only been to the UK once, as a brief detour to see Her Majesty ahead of their appearance at the Invictus Games in April. And during this quick stopover, they did not bring their children.
The Queen will reportedly miss her favourite sporting event, the Derby horse races at Epsom, in order to attend the little one's birthday. Princess Eugenie and her family are said to have vacated the Cottage ahead of Duke and Duchess of Sussex's arrival and stay during the Jubilee celebrations.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have reportedly been invited to appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony during Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, but that's not the only news relating to the royal couple.
During the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's quick visit to Windsor castle for Easter Sunday, ahead of arriving in Holland, Netherlands for the Invictus Games, they were understood to have engaged in a conversation about their two children - Archie, two and Lilibet, 10 months.
It marked the couple's first visit to the UK since they left for California in 2020.
Prince Harry and Markle were believed to have told the Queen that she would get to hug her great-grandchildren 'in the near future'.
Having met with his grandmother during his latest UK visit, Prince Harry also said 'it was great to see her'.
The occasion saw him reunite with Prince Charles, too, though just for 15 minutes.
Earlier reports revealed that Her Majesty, as well as Prince Charles, was yet to meet her great-granddaughter, who was born on June 4 and whose name pays homage to the Queen's nickname.
The Duke of Wales last saw Archie when he was just six months old.
Since stepping back as senior royals and making a permanent move to the US in 2020, where they now reside in an £11 million mansion in Montecito, Santa Barbara, Prince Harry has spoken about not flying to the UK due to security concerns.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Here's a beautiful photo of Duke and Duchess with Lilibet and Archie. ❤ pic.twitter.com/cEvdi0LJqo
— The Duke and Duchess of Sussex (@PHarry_Meghan) December 23, 2021
As for now, it seems his fears have been allayed, as the couple could make another trip to the UK in a matter of months.
According to the Telegraph, during the four-day Bank Holiday weekend to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, after the 96-year-old monarch's 70 years on the throne, Prince Harry and Markle won't be invited to take part in official events, such as Trooping the Colour, but may be welcome to certain other parts of the festivities.
This is reportedly due to them stepping down as senior royals. It follows news that Her Majesty, who is set to permanently live in Windsor Castle, will limit the number of Jubliee events she attends due to her frailty.
In January, news surfaced that Prince Charles had invited his son and daughter-in-law to stay with him, amid Prince Harry's security battles.
At the time, a source told the Mirror: 'The Prince of Wales has been saddened that he hasn’t had the opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren, which he really does miss.
'This is something he is hoping to remedy which is why he made the gesture for Harry, Meghan and the children to stay with him if they wanted to, whenever they may come home for a period of time.'
A previous statement released by Prince Harry's legal spokesperson addressed the Sussexes' safety in the UK, which read: 'The UK will always be Prince Harry’s home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe in. With the lack of police protection, comes too great a personal risk.
'Prince Harry hopes that his petition — after close to two years of pleas for security in the UK — will resolve this situation.'
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