Prince Harry and Meghan announce birth of baby daughter
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The Queen and Prince Harry share a “remarkable bond” that has grown since the untimely death of Princess Diana, according to royal author Robert Lacey. The monarch, the expert believes, became “sort of a stepmother” for both Prince Harry and Prince William in 1997.
Speaking to People magazine, he added: “We have all focused on her coaching of William as the future King, but we are realising 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.”
This comes after Meghan and Harry paid tribute to the Queen by giving their daughter the monarch’s childhood moniker Lilibet as her first name.
Following the announcement of the birth of the baby, it was widely reported Prince Harry had told Her Majesty he wanted to call his daughter after her.
This morning, the BBC reported a palace source saying the Queen was “never asked” by the Sussexes for permission to use the nickname Lilibet.
However, a source close to Prince Harry hit back, saying the Duke of Sussex had shared his desire surrounding the baby name with the Queen ahead of the announcement of her birth, adding “had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name”.
During his public appearances this year, Prince Harry always spoke highly of the Queen.
In February, speaking to James Corden, he revealed he has kept in regular touch with his grandmother.
Saying both the Queen and late Prince Philip had mastered the art of video calls to remain in touch with loved ones during the pandemic, Prince Harry said: “Both my grandparents do zoom.
“They’ve seen Archie running around.”
Prince Harry also said the Queen shipped across the Atlantic a waffle maker after hearing that was what Archie wanted for Christmas.
In March, during the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry spoke again about the good relationship he has with his grandmother.
Denying he ever blindsided the Queen with his announcement to step back as senior royal, he said he has “too much respect for her”.
Asked by Oprah about his relationship with his family, the Duke said: “I’ve spoken more to my grandmother in the last year than I have done for many, many years.”
Harry went on adding they also carry out video calls to show the Queen how Archie is growing up.
He continued: “My grandmother and I have a really good relationship and an understanding.
“And I have a deep respect for her.
“She’s my Colonel-In-Chief, right? She always will be.”
Meghan also said to have been able to create a good relationship with the Queen during her time in the UK.
Speaking about the difference between the Royal Family as a family and as an institution, she said: “It’s important to be able to compartmentalise that, because the Queen, for example, has always been wonderful to me.
“I mean, we had one of our first joint engagements together.
“She asked me to join her, and I…”
After confirming to Oprah she was speaking about their day of engagements in Cheshire in 2018, Meghan continued: “We had breakfast together that morning, and she’d given me a beautiful gift, and I just really loved being in her company.”
The gift, Meghan added, consisted of “beautiful pearl earrings and a matching necklace”.
Prince Harry last saw the Queen in person in April, when he travelled back to the UK to attend the funeral of Prince Philip.
Meghan hasn’t returned to Britain since March 2020, when the Sussexes completed their last engagements as senior royals.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son Archie was last in the UK in mid-November 2019, when he left with his parents for an announced six-week break to Canada.
The tot remained in British Columbia while his parents flown twice to London in January and March 2020 and later moved with them across the North American border to settle down in California.
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