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Meghan Markle and Harry tipped for UK return – Chance for Queen to meet Lili

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Meghan and Harry would be expected to travel back to the UK together for the first time since March 2020 to mark the Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee, according to a royal commentator. This trip would also represent an occasion for the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana to meet, it is suggested.

Joe Little, the managing editor of Majesty magazine, told the Guardian: “You would expect the Sussexes to return to the UK for that, if not beforehand.

“So that could be the first opportunities for the Queen to meet the newest member of the Sussex family, Lilibet.”

Meghan and Prince Harry named their daughter after Her Majesty using the moniker given by her grandfather King George V and later widely adopted by her husband Prince Philip.

Lilibet was born in June at a Santa Barbara hospital, and is yet to leave the States. 

The Duke and Duchess first released a picture of the tot in the run-up to the holidays, as part of their e-Christmas card.

In the snap, taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski during the summer, Meghan holds a laughing Lili above her head as the rest of the family look cheerfully at the newborn.

Meghan has not returned to the UK since she officially stepped back as senior royal almost two years ago.

Prince Harry is known to have crossed the pond on two occasions since the spring of 2020. 

First, he travelled to Windsor in April, in the wake of the death of Prince Philip, to attend his grandfather funeral and meet his grieving family.

The Duchess could not be at his side as she was heavily pregnant with Lili.

In late June, only weeks following the birth of his daughter, he returned to London to unveil alongside his brother Prince William a bronze statue of Princess Diana on what would have been her 60th birthday.

Archie was born in May 2019 and lived in England until mid-November. 

He then travelled with his parents to Canada for their announced six-week break from royal duties.

Unlike Meghan and Harry, he has never returned to the UK but crossed the Canadian border at the end of March 2020 to relocate to California.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the first to ever be marked in British history, will officially begin on the anniversary of her father King George VI’s death, February 6.

Senior royals are expected to travel across the country and the Commonwealth throughout the year to mark this milestone in the monarch’s reign. 

But the main celebrations will take place between June 2 and 5, on a prolonged Bank Holiday weekend, which will feature a series of events.

The long weekend will kick off with a Trooping the Colour parade – set to be the first in two years to take place in London – and end with the traditional royal gathering on Buckingham Palace’s balcony.

Celebrations will also include a concert at Buckingham Palace, pageantry and the Queen attending the Epsom Derby. 

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