Prince Harry 'told Queen he'd name child after her' says expert
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Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, nicknamed Lili, was born at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and is now settling in at home in Montecito. She is the first of the Queen’s great-grandchildren to be born overseas. Her Majesty, 95, no longer travels abroad due to her age and so if she is to meet the newest member of her family, they will have to come to her.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are strict travel restrictions making journeys to the UK from the US difficult at the moment.
Prince Harry is expected to return to London to unveil the Princess Diana statue in the Sunken Gardens alongside his brother Prince William on July 1.
However, it is believed Meghan Markle will likely stay in California with baby Lili and son, Archie Harrison.
This means the Queen will miss out on a perfect opportunity to see her great-grandchildren ‒ both the new baby and two-year-old Archie, who the family have not seen since he was six months old.
Royal author Phil Dampier said there is “real danger” the Queen will never see Archie again and will never get to meet Lili at all.
He said: “I think there is a very real danger the Queen will never see Archie again or never see her new granddaughter, which is tragic.
“I can’t see how when they [Meghan and Harry] go on about compassion and family problems, but don’t let their grandfather or great-grandmother see Archie.”
Mr Dampier, speaking to The Sun last month, added that he thought it was “grossly unfair” that Archie has never met his grandfather on his mother’s side, Thomas Markle.
Meghan is no longer in contact with her father after a falling out around the time of her wedding to Harry.
However, her mother Doria Ragland does not live too far away in Los Angeles and they are on good terms.
Harry flew back to the UK for the first time since stepping down as senior royal for the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip in April.
Meghan stayed in the US because she was heavily pregnant at the time.
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Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty Magazine, does not share Mr Dampier’s pessimism that the Queen will never see the Sussex children again.
She said: “I’m sure the Queen will see Archie again, I’m certain she will, it will be important to Harry and Meghan and his future that he knows his other grandma.
“At some stage Archie will come over, definitely.”
Meghan and Harry announced to the world they were having their second child in February and revealed they were having a girl in their interview with Oprah Winfrey.
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Lilibet was born on American soil and so is granted automatic US citizenship under the Fourteenth Amendment.
Both she and Archie likely hold dual citizenship, although the family’s immigration status has not been made public.
Lilibet is eighth-in-line to the throne after Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Harry and Archie.
She has bumped Prince Andrew down to ninth place, and his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie to tenth and eleventh.
Despite not being able to meet in person, Archie is said to have met the Queen on Zoom, so no doubt Her Majesty will get to meet Lili that way too.
Ms Seward said not seeing Archie in person is a “source of sadness” for the Queen, but that she did get to wish him a happy birthday over video link when he turned two.
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