Did Queen Elizabeth II meet Prince Harry’s youngsters Archie and Lilibet?

Sophie Hamilton

Queen Elizabeth II sadly handed away on 8 September and is presently mendacity in state in Westminster Corridor, London, forward of her funeral on Monday.

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The late monarch’s grandson, Prince Harry, launched a press release celebrating the lifetime of Her Majesty, thanking her for his or her particular instances collectively and making reference to the primary second she hugged her beloved grandchildren.

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Harry wrote: “Granny, whereas this remaining parting brings us nice disappointment, I’m perpetually grateful for all of our first conferences – from my earliest childhood recollections with you, to assembly you for the primary time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the primary second you met my darling spouse and hugged the one you love great-grandchildren. I cherish these instances shared with you, and the various different particular moments in between.”

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The late Queen Elizabeth II

So far as we’re conscious, the Queen met her great-grandson, Archie, twice and her great-granddaughter Lilibet, as soon as. Lilibet is known as after the monarch’s childhood moniker, utilized by shut household. They might effectively have spent extra time collectively than the general public is conscious of, nonetheless.

The Queen first met Archie at his Christening in Windsor Citadel on 6 July 2019. Alongside along with her husband Prince Philip, the monarch was pictured doting over her new child great-grandson beside Duchess Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland.

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Duchess Meghan with child Archie

It is also believed that Her Majesty met Archie and Lilibet collectively in Windsor throughout her Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June this 12 months.

On the time, royal commentator and good friend of the Sussexes, Omid Scobie, informed BBC Breakfast that Harry, Meghan, Archie and Lilibet had a non-public household lunch with the Queen, which coincided with Lilibet’s first birthday on 4 June. 

Sadly for the royals, Archie and Lilibet’s first years coincided with the COVID pandemic which saved households aside. The Sussexes additionally relocated to reside in America, which means household gatherings between the monarch and themselves had been harder.

Prince Harry’s daughter Lilibet     Photograph credit score: Archewell Instagram

Harry and Meghan are presently staying at their British dwelling, Frogmore Cottage on the royal Windsor property, as they mourn the Queen and put together to attend her funeral. It is not recognized whether or not Archie and Lilibet are being cared for at their Montecito dwelling in California, presumably by Meghan’s mom, or if the youngsters are within the UK with their dad and mom.

HELLO!’s royal correspondent, Emily Nash, stated: “I do not suppose we will see the Sussex youngsters, I would be very stunned, given their younger age it is not likely an acceptable second for them to be in public. Nothing is being stated about whether or not Archie and Lili are coming to hitch their dad and mom and that is for very apparent causes of safety, amongst others.

“However I’d not think about, given their very younger ages, that they’d be concerned in any ceremonial points.”

As but, there isn’t a information from the Sussexes as as to if they’ll now confer with their youngsters as Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet. Guidelines set out by King George V in 1917 imply that Archie and Lili, as the youngsters of a son of a sovereign, may use an HRH title ought to they need.

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