Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, on May 6, 2019. In 2021, the couple shared that they were expecting their second child. “We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother,” a spokesperson for the pair said.
But now that the duke and duchess live abroad many are wondering when and if their new baby will meet Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the family. While there’s been friction between the Sussexes and royals, experts believe there’s another reason why the monarch will never meet Meghan and Harry’s second child unless they go to her.
How Prince Harry and Meghan revealed the sex of their baby
Royals don’t usually find out and publicly reveal the sex of their baby before they’re born but Prince Harry and Meghan have no need to follow that protocol anymore. The two shared that they found out this time if they were expecting a boy or a girl during their interview with Oprah Winfrey.
“It’s a girl,” Harry told Lady O after he and Meghan playfully argued over who would make the announcement.
The duke added: “To have any child, any one or any two, would have been amazing. But to have a boy and then a girl, what more could you ask for? Now we’ve got our family, the four of us and our two dogs. It’s great.”
Queen Elizabeth won’t meet Sussexes’ daughter unless they go to her
Since the interview aired, it’s been a talking point for many royal experts. But instead of just being about Meghan and Harry some of the discussion has shifted to their unborn daughter and if she will ever meet the queen. Royal biographer Ingrid Seward thinks that won’t happen unless the Sussexes go to the U.K.
“The Sussexes, who have barely set foot in the U.K. since relocating to the U.S. and are unlikely to return any time soon after their Oprah interview sent shockwaves through the royal family,” Seward said (per Express).
“Meghan is due to give birth to their daughter — the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild — imminently, but unless Meghan and Harry bring the baby to Britain, the queen won’t get to meet her,” the royal expert opined.
Queen Elizabeth does not travel abroad anymore because of her advanced age. The last time she made a trip to the U.S. was in 2007. Given that the duke and duchess live in California now what Seward says could be a reality.
Last time the queen saw Archie
According to Seward, the queen is close to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “She is close to them all, mentioning them in her Christmas speeches, in her letters, and in conversation,” Seward noted. “In fact, her family of eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren is what keeps her going.”
The last time she saw Archie in person though was when he was just 6 months old. “[The queen] has barely seen Archie since he was born, a source of sadness for her — though she is said to have wished him a happy birthday via Zoom when he turned 2,” Seward said.
Royal author Phil Dampier agreed and discussed the possibility that the monarch might not ever see Archie in person again either. He told The Sun: “I think there is a very real danger the queen will never see Archie again or never see her new great-granddaughter which is tragic. I can’t see how when [Meghan and Harry] go on about compassion and family problems but don’t let their great-grandmother see Archie.”
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