Meghan and Harry request meeting with Queen to introduce baby Lilibet
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have had a tense relationship with some senior royals since the bombshell interview with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey, have requested the Queen for permission to visit so their four-month-old daughter may meet her, according to The Sun.
In the aftermath of the bombshell interview, Harry is said to have made many “olive branch” calls to his family, indicating that he is still on excellent terms with Her Majesty.
A source told the publication;
“While Harry and Meghan have made this offer, many people have been taken away by their boldness. They may really want to see the Queen, but it’s incredible given everything they’ve put her through this year.
“Her Majesty’s staff has yet to reply. In fact, there has been talk over whether or not Harry and Meghan should be invited to Christmas this year, after they declined last year.
“The Queen adores Harry and longs to see Lilibet and her brother Archie.”
“However, Meghan’s action has taken courtiers by surprise, especially given what has happened.”
The Sun reports that Harry and Meghan are arranging Lilibet’s baptism, with Windsor Castle listed as a possible venue. If Meghan’s request is approved, it will be her first trip back to the UK since the couple retired from royal responsibilities in March of last year.
In April, Harry returned alone for Prince Philip’s burial, and then again in July with his brother Prince William to erect a statue to his mother Diana.
The Sussexes, who live in California, welcomed Lilibet in June, although there was some debate about whether they contacted the Queen before choosing her moniker for the baby.
The Sussexes have begun a new life in the celebrity enclave of Montecito, California, where they have purchased a multimillion-dollar property and formed a non-profit foundation.
Harry and Meghan have also negotiated lucrative partnerships with Spotify and Netflix, estimated to be worth well over £100 million, allowing them to pursue their new lifestyle and public objectives.