Queen Elizabeth has not met Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s second baby, Lilibeth, yet. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their first daughter in the United States after they decided ditching the royal life for good in January 2020.
Now, new reports are claiming that Queen Elizabeth might not be able to see her great-granddaughter at all, especially with an enormous effort is required by both sides to make it a reality. Keep on reading to know more.
Will Queen Elizabeth Ever Meet Lilibet?
Royal commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti said it would be difficult for Queen Elizabeth and the Sussex couple right now given the fact that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not on good terms with the other members of the royal family. Though Harry and Meghan can bring Lilibeth back to the United Kingdom anytime, it would still be unlikely given the current situation in the Palace.
Sacerdoti told Express UK:
“I think it's so difficult for both sides of this equation, by which I mean the American side and the British side. I think whatever happens now it attracts masses of publicity and speculation about what's going on and how relations are. It's a shame really, that they can't just step aside from all that and allow the Queen to meet the newest members of the family, especially Lilibet who she's never met as far as we know.”
The Spectator contributor furthered that any move on the part of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to visit Britain would add fuel to the fire. Sacerdoti stated:
“I think that that makes it very hard for them and I don't think we should put the blame on them for that entirely. Whatever they do, now, it's virtually impossible to see how it could happen smoothly without masses of speculation and complication.”
The Sky News regular added it would be “massive shame” if Queen Elizabeth never met Lilibet in person, saying:
“I think many of us don't get to meet great grandparents, and even those who do often don't remember them in adulthood, but that’s not to say it's irrelevant or doesn't matter. Of course it does and it's symbolically important in this case as well, especially as she's named after the Queen. That said, they are believed to have ‘met’ online through video calls although that might be a strange way to meet in this era, especially as a baby wouldn't really be very aware of it. But babies of that age aren't aware of too much."
“I think if there is an opportunity, both sides would gladly take it for the Queen and Lilibet to meet and indeed for the Queen to meet with Harry and Meghan privately perhaps. But I don't see how that's possible right now without some very careful planning.”
Though Prince Harry and Meghan Markle getting reunited with Queen Elizabeth and the other members of the royal family for Christmas is a very good idea, Sacerdoti said it would still be unlikely, especially since it would be subject to intense scrutiny. He suggested that the best way, as of the moment, is for the Sussex couple to meet Her Majesty in private before adding:
“I think there are obstacles in the way of reconciliation within the family, which is not to say they can't necessarily be overcome, but it will take some really careful planning and some very good intentions on both sides to overcome those obstacles.”
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle have yet to comment on Jonathan Sacerdoti’s recent statements. So, devoted supporters of the royal family should take these claims with a huge grain of salt until everything is proven true and correct.
Queen Elizabeth Reportedly Travels To Sandringham
Meanwhile, Town & Country reported that Queen Elizabeth departed the Windsor Castle on Friday to spend a private weekend in Sandringham days after her shocking hospitalization. Daily Mirror, as per the entertainment news outlet, claimed that the mother of Prince Charles is “delighted” to be able to stay at Sandringham where she allegedly plans to spend Christmas break with her extended family.
An unnamed royal source told Daily Mirror:
"Her Majesty is very much looking forward to hosting her family at her Norfolk home for the Christmas holiday and there is much preparation to be done in time to accommodate everyone who has been invited. The Queen has many happy memories of being at Sandringham with the family over Christmas and was in the firm belief that she was far better off being there in person to oversee everything as much as possible."
Doctors reportedly cleared Queen Elizabeth to travel even after a brief period of stay in hospital last week. It was reported that the British Monarch was rushed to a medical facility on Oct. 20 for some preliminary investigations.
Though it was made clear that Queen Elizabeth’s recent trip to the hospital was not related to COVID-19, no other pieces of information were given to the public. Her Majesty then returned to work at Windsor Castle a day after she was discharged to complete some light duties, which include completing numerous virtual engagements amid her recuperation.
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