Queen unlikely to meet Harry and Meghan’s daughter Lilibet for months

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Meghan Markle, 40, and Prince Harry, 37, stepped away from royal duties in 2020. The couple, along with their first child Archie, now two, moved to the US to pursue a “financially independent” life away from the Firm.

Since then, the Sussex family has grown, with the latest addition being baby Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana who was born in June.

The baby, who is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild, was named after Her Majesty, although it is understood the pair are yet to meet.

Since their move to the US, Prince Harry has only returned to UK soil on two occasions, and neither times with his wife and children in tow.

The Duke of Sussex returned to Britain in April to attend the funeral of Prince Philip, who died aged 99.

He also returned in July to unveil a statue of his late mother, Princess Diana.

The Duke was joined by his brother Prince William as they unveil the commemorative work of the Princess of Wales at the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace.

Since then, he has returned to his Montecito property with his family.

The couple undertook a three-day visit to New York back in September, marking their first public appearance since the birth of their daughter.

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However, over the past week, a heavily mutated Covid variant has been identified which has been rapidly labelled a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization.

The new variant, named Omicron, makes any potential UK visits from the Sussexes unlikely.

Stricter measures requiring people travelling to the UK to take a PCR test and isolate in the days following their arrival were announced by the Government on Saturday.

The variant has mutations that theoretically help it to spread more quickly, meaning there could be further restrictions placed on travel that would prevent the family from coming across the pond.

This means it may be a little while longer before Queen Elizabeth II, 95, can meet her namesake.

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This is not the first time that COVID-19 has impacted the couple though.

Following the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April, Harry is understood to have returned to Frogmore Cottage – the property he and wife Meghan were gifted by the Queen following their 2018 wedding.

This was in line with Covid rules in force at the time, which stated that people travelling to the UK must isolate for 10 days.

It is understood that he was allowed to attend the funeral on compassionate grounds, but the rules stated he must remain in isolation “at all other times”.

At the time, Meghan was pregnant with baby Lilibet and was advised not to travel by her doctors.

The Duchess recently offered an insight into the lives of her children after appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

During the interview, she noted that for Halloween Archie was a dinosaur, but that lasted “about five minutes” and Lili dressed up as a skunk “like Flower from Bambi”.

She also noted that Lilibet has begun to teeth and that two-year-old Archie “loves to dance.”

She also said that her husband “loves” their life in California, adding: “We’ve just been able to spend a lot of time at home, and creating our home. We’re just happy.”

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