Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are hoping to fly to the UK from California so that the Queen can meet her new great-granddaughter Lilibet, it has been reported
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have offered to introduce the Queen to her namesake great-granddaughter Lilibet in the coming weeks, it has been reported.
Despite reported fractures between Prince Harry and his brother Prince William, the Duke of Sussex is said to still be on good terms with Her Majesty.
There have also reportedly been several “olive branch” calls to the palace after the fallout from the Oprah interview.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have asked the Queen if they can fly in so Lilibet, who’s just four months old, so she can meet her.
This would be Harry’s third return to the UK, and Meghan’s first since the couple renounced royal duties in March 2020.
Insiders report Harry has been calling home in preparation of Lilibet’s christening, with Windsor Castle being a possible venue, the Sun reports.
Royal sources told the publication that courtiers are “shocked by the sheer nerve” of the Sussexes’ request to see Her Majesty.
A source said: “Harry and Meghan have made this offer but a lot of people are shocked by the sheer nerve of it. They may genuinely want to see the Queen but it’s breathtaking given what they’ve put her through this year.
“Her Majesty’s staff have not responded so far. In fact there has also been discussion about Christmas — and whether an invitation should be sent to Harry and Meghan, after they spurned one last year.”
The source added that the Queen is very fond of Prince Harry and would love the opportunity to see her great-grandchildren Archie and Lilibet.
The Sussexes, now based in California, gave birth to Lilibet in June, but it’s unknown whether they asked the Queen for permission to name her with her nickname.
Though the Queen may still like her grandson, according to reports earlier this year, she may respond to his upcoming tell-all book with an “insult”.
The royal expert said she may ‘insult’ the couple by depriving them of a reaction.