Lilibet and Archie could delight Queen and Charles with visit to UK this Christmas

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Meghan Markle, 40, and her husband Prince Harry, 37, are reportedly planning to bring their two children Archie, two, and baby Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana to the UK for the Christmas period this year, an event which would delight Queen Elizabeth II, 95, and her son Prince Charles,72, according to a royal expert. The occasion would be the first time the Queen could meet baby Lilibet, her great-granddaughter who was born in June.

The young royal’s name pays a tribute to Her Majesty as Lilibet has been the Queen’s nickname among family since her childhood.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic’s travel restrictions and the family being located in the US, Harry and Meghan’s daughter has been unable to meet her namesake as of yet.

A festive visit would also provide Prince Charles with the opportunity to meet the newest addition to the Sussexes’ family, as he hasn’t seen his grandson Archie, Meghan and Harry’s first child since the family relocated to the US.

The future king became a grandfather for the fifth time when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter was born, and his eldest son Prince William, 39, has previously described Charles as being a “brilliant” grandparent.

Charles has previously said “it is very important to create a bond when they are very young” when asked about being a grandfather, and meeting Lilibet would give them a chance to bond.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex last spent Christmas in the UK in 2018, and since the pair stepped down as working members of the Royal Family, Prince Harry has only been seen in the UK twice.

Speaking to Closer, royal author Katie Nicholl said the festive period is being “looked at as an opportunity” that could “pave the way for a healing of the family rift”.

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Prince Harry and Meghan made sensational claims against the Royal Family in an explosive tell-all interview with US host Oprah Winfrey in March this year.

Following allegations made by the pair, a statement issued by Buckingham Palace said that “recollections may vary”, but the issues raised were taken “very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately”.

Katie Nicholl claims that the festive meet-up might provide an “opportunity” to “move on and sort things out” in the aftermath.

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She said: “When Harry and Meghan left, they made it clear they didn’t want to give up their home in Britain. They still have Frogmore Cottage and their plan was to come back to the UK.

“Christmas is being looked at as an opportunity. There may be a softening, which could pave the way for a healing of the family rift.

“It’s certainly what the Queen wants. Prince Charles would like to see his grandchildren. A meet-up suggests they hope to move on and sort things out.”

If a meet-up is on the cards, Meghan and Harry may also reunite with Harry’s brother Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 39 and their three children eight-year-old Prince George, six-year-old Princess Charlotte and three-year-old Prince Louis.

The brothers have only been seen together twice since Harry stepped back from the monarchy, including the unveiling of a statue of their late mother Princess Diana in July.

The brothers attended the funeral of their grandfather, Prince Philip, together in April too.

In both instances, the visits were short allowing Prince Harry to stay for a quarantine period ahead of his attendance at each event before he returned to his California home.

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