It is being claimed that Queen Elizabeth II is unlikely to meet her new great-granddaughter when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcome their second royal baby this summer.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they are expecting a daughter this year. Still, after stepping down as senior working members of the royal family and moving to California, they are a long trip away from the rest of the royal family back in London.
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in global travel restrictions, which has made visits between the US and the UK challenging.
And according to royal experts, the monarch has “barely” seen her great-grandson, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, since he was born in 2019. However, she is believed to have spoken to him on Zoom for his second birthday earlier this month.
Ingrid Seward, a royal biographer and commentator, says the Queen has experienced “sadness” because she has not seen Archie much over the last two years and is unlikely to meet the Sussexes’ new baby when she is born.
Seward said: “The Sussexes, who have barely set foot in the UK since relocating to the US and are unlikely to return any time soon after their Oprah interview sent shockwaves through the Royal Family. Meghan is due to give birth to their daughter – the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild – imminently, but unless Meghan and Harry bring the baby to Britain, the Queen won’t get to meet her.”
Seward went on to reveal that the Queen’s many grandchildren and her great-grandchildren are “what keep her going” after the sad passing of her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
She went on to say: “In fact, her family of eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren is what keeps her going.”
Prince Harry returned to the UK last month for the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip, but he reportedly got a “frosty” reception from several members of the family.
He is set to travel to London again next month to join his brother, Prince William, in unveiling a statue to mark what would have been their late mother, Princess Diana‘s 60th birthday on July 1st.
However, doubt has been cast over the visit after Prince Harry’s recent interviews where he seemed to criticize the parenting skills of his father, Prince Charles.
Royal author Phil Dampier has also weighed in on the conversation of whether the Queen will see her great-grandchildren, describing the prospects of never seeing Archie again or meeting her new great-granddaughter as “tragic.”
Dampier also claimed it was “grossly unfair” that Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, had not met his grandson, Archie.
The royal expert said he hopes Meghan Markle will not all of a sudden treat Queen Elizabeth whom she claimed was nice to her like her estranged father, Thomas Markle.
Dampier further explained: “I think there is a very real danger the Queen will never see Archie again or never see her new great-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. Harry has never met Thomas Markle, and he’s never seen his grandson – I think it is grossly unfair.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have always said they will choose their mental wellbeing over other considerations.