Lilibet Diana: Royal expert says birth won’t heal ‘differences’
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s announcement of their baby daughter’s safe arrival might not be enough to “turn things around” between the couple and the Royal Family. Whilst Buckingham Palace and senior royals have said they are ‘delighted’ at the news, royal expert Chris Ship said “it’s going to take a lot more” to heal the rift that has been created since Megxit. The couple announced the birth of their daughter, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, on Sunday.
Mr Ship told Sunrise Australia, “I think they’ve all put out social media posts to say that they are delighted with the news, but I think it’s going to take a lot more than the birth of a baby for them to heal the very big differences that have been created since their departure from the Royal Family.”
He said that healing the rift would be difficult because of the couple’s actions “since they left the UK and went to live in California, and of course, since that Oprah interview when they made all those allegations against Prince Harry’s family.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have had a strained relationship with the Royal Family since they announced they were stepping back from their roles as senior royals in January 2020.
Dubbed Megxit by the press, the shock split sent the Royal Family into a crisis as officials tried to negotiate a way for the couple to become financially independent.
Since then, they have moved to California and have signed a number of multi-million pound deals with Netflix and Spotify to produce media content.
In a 2-hour tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, the couple detailed their reasons for leaving the Royal Family.
They strongly criticised the British tabloid press for their harrassment and accused the monarchy of neglecting the couple’s mental health.
Their revelations ranged from Meghan’s suicidal thoughts to the monarchy denying the couple’s son a title and refusing to provide their family with security.
One of the most damaging allegations was that a senior unnamed member of the Royal Family had voiced concerns over the skin colour of their unborn child.
Prince Harry spoke about his estranged relationship with Prince William and Prince Charles. He characterised his relationship with his brother as “space” and said he felt “really let down” by his father.
In later interviews with Dax Shepard and a recent Apple TV+ series with Oprah, he has continued to speak of his disappointment with the Royal Family and his difficult experiences of life within the British monarchy.
His comments are said to have ‘deeply upset’ the Queen and have increased the tension between the Royals and the California-based couple.
Although Prince Harry was reunited with his family for the funeral of Prince Philip, reconciliatory talks were reportedly unproductive.
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Mr Ship added: “We thought the funeral of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh might turn things around and we know there were some discussions, but Prince Harry went back off to America without resolving his differences with his brother Prince William and his father Prince Charles.”
Prince Harry is next expected to be reunited with this family for the unveiling of a statue dedicated to Princess Diana in July.
Both William and Harry are expected to attend the ceremony and to give speeches.
Meghan Markle safely delivered the couple’s daughter at 11:40am on Friday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
She has been named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, in a nod towards both her great-grandmother the Queen, and her grandmother Princess Diana.
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