Queen's desperation to meet baby Lilibet in the UK revealed

The Queen has reportedly only met Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's daughter on video calls

Queen's desperation to meet baby Lilibet in the UK revealed
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The Queen would 'desperately like' to meet baby Lilibet in person, a royal insider has revealed. 

The Queen 'desperately' wants to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's daughter face-to-face, having reportedly only met the adorable baby through video calling. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their second child, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor, on 4 June 2021 in Santa Barbara hospital, a year and a half after their high-profile withdrawal from the Royal Family. 

The couple has chosen to keep the adorable tot out of the spotlight, releasing their first—and only—photo of Lilibet to the public in December 2021. 

Despite heavy speculation over the past year that Meghan and Harry are planning a holiday trip to the UK, the Queen is still waiting to meet their one-year-old in person. It's understood that she has only seen 'Lili'—whose name was inspired by her childhood moniker—on Whatsaap video calls, and is now growing anxious for a proper introduction. 

"I have heard from people I know within the Royal Household, she really would desperately like to see the baby in this way," royal author Brian Hoey revealed. 

"I think she would love to, I wonder whether it is going to happen, I would love to think it could."

However, fears are growing that the Queen may never meet Lilibet due to the Duke's recent security debacle with the UK.  Prince Harry has claimed it is unsafe to return to London without Scotland Yard police protection and is now threatening to sue the UK government over its refusal to provide the service. The Home Office has also rejected his offer to pay for the security himself rather than have the British taxpayer foot the bill. 

Prince Harry and the Queen

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In a February hearing, Harry's lawyer, Shaheed Fatima QC, told the High Court that her client has every wish to return to the UK if he can do so safely. 

"It goes without saying that he does want to come back to see family and friends and to continue to support the charities that are so close to his heart," she said. "Most of all, this is and always will be his home."

The conflict has also shed doubt over hopes that the Sussexes would attend Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee 2022 in June. The Queen has officially invited Harry and Meghan to the celebrations, but it has yet to be confirmed whether or not the couple and their two children will make the historic event. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.