In the COVID-19 era, even Queen Elizabeth II has been forced to adapt to a new reality. Royal insiders have revealed that the Queen has been keeping in touch with her family via Zoom calls.
The 94-year-old monarch spoke on numerous occasions with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle since they left their royal duties behind for a new life in California.
The Queen, who has been missing her great-grandson, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was thrilled to see him when she called the Sussexes for Harry’s birthday celebration.
According to a family friend, the Queen was delighted to see baby Archie’s hair — which is red/orange like Harry’s.
Since Her Majesty noticed Archie’s reddish locks, she has been obsessing about it with her close entourage.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl revealed to Vanity Fair: “They always talk on important days like that. The Queen reportedly enjoys seeing her great-grandson the most. According to a family friend, The Queen loves watching Archie on-screen and has commented on his streak of red hair.”
Many predict that Archie will grow up to look like Prince Harry. Like many other children, Archie often accidentally pops up while his parents are on important Zoom calls.
Finding Freedom author Carolyn Durand told The Today Show: “When Harry and Meghan do video-conferencing calls with their team and with members of the community, you will often see Archie pop into the camera. He’s now walking a bit. They’re very, very hands-on parents.”
While Prince Harry rarely shows his baby boy to the world, he beams with joy and pride when talking about him. During a recent video call, Harry confessed said this about his new life in California and the plans he has for his son: “I am loving it. It’s fantastic. What I need is a few mini rugby balls that I can get Archie involved with the game… I’ve got a little bit of space outside, which we’re fortunate enough to have. We’ve got a whole Rugby League world cup coming next year. I definitely plan on coming back. I would have been back already had it not been for COVID.”
While Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are said to be happy in the new mansion, they still miss the royal family and planning a trip to London for Christmas, where Archie can spend some time with his great grandparents and other relatives.
A source told Us Weekly: “There’s a lot of tradition surrounding the holidays with his family, and they both have really loved that in the past. With the uncertainty of COVID, they have been taking it one day at a time and are hopeful that they can all go back together and spend it as a family.”
Critics are ready to welcome them back to England.