Prince Charles "Really Wants to Meet His Granddaughter" Lilibet, Royal Expert Says

Lilibet was born in June 2021.

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Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, daughter of Prince Harry (opens in new tab) and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) and younger sister to Archie (opens in new tab), was born in California in June 2021 (opens in new tab). Since then, the baby has stayed put, and none of her British relatives have made the trip over the pond to meet her—in part due to the divisions (opens in new tab) that still exist between various family members following the Sussexes' decision to step down from their royal duties (opens in new tab).

That said, according to one royal expert, this isn't due to a lack of interest in baby Lili—at least not for her grandpa, the Prince of Wales. "I think Prince Charles (opens in new tab) really wants to meet his granddaughter," Nick Bullen told Us Weekly (opens in new tab). "Prince Charles is incredibly sad about everything that’s gone on. So the family will want to meet each other."

Bullen implied that the Queen's (opens in new tab) Platinum Jubilee—which will mark her 70 years of reign (opens in new tab) in 2022—could be a great time for such a meeting to happen. "The Jubilee is a perfect opportunity for that because if Harry and Meghan do come back … because they have to be seen supporting Queen Elizabeth II," Bullen said. "It’s a great moment for everyone to be together. And everyone’s going to have to play nicely and behave well because it’s the Queen’s moment."

Reconciliations (opens in new tab) between the Sussexes and various UK-based members of the royal family have made the object of much speculation (opens in new tab) recently, and it's hard to tell what their relations really look like these days. Hopefully, they can make a trip to the UK with Archie and Lili at some point—whether for the Jubilee or not—and they can all be a happy family for a little while. Is that wishful thinking (opens in new tab)?

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windsor, england april 17 prince charles, prince of wales walks behind the duke of edinburgh’s coffin during the ceremonial procession during the funeral of prince philip, duke of edinburgh at windsor castle on april 17, 2021 in windsor, england prince philip of greece and denmark was born 10 june 1921, in greece he served in the british royal navy and fought in wwii he married the then princess elizabeth on 20 november 1947 and was created duke of edinburgh, earl of merioneth, and baron greenwich by king vi he served as prince consort to queen elizabeth ii until his death on april 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday his funeral takes place today at windsor castle with only 30 guests invited due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions photo by leon nealwpa poolgetty images

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