Updated on 5/5/2022 at 14:26
- Queen Elizabeth II has not met her great-granddaughter Archie in person for two and a half years.
- She has never even met her great-granddaughter Lilibet directly.
- It is said that the monarch is extremely sad about this – but the upcoming anniversary raises hopes for a meeting.
Two figures show that in the Queen’s anniversary year, not everything is sunshine and praise for the royals. Archie, son of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, turns three on Friday (May 6). But Queen Elizabeth II has not seen her great-granddaughter in person for two and a half years.
The monarch is very sad that she only sees Archie via video, quoted British newspapers from palace circles to say. Archie’s sister, Lilibet, who is eleven months old, has never even met the queen – after all, the namesake through her family nickname.
Not much is known about how Archie grew up on the American west coast – more privacy was also one of the goals his parents pursued with the move. Harry rarely gives personal insight.
He recently said that the seventh heir to the throne would be an astronaut, a helicopter pilot and sometimes the cartoon character Kwazii from the series “Octonauts”, depending on his mood.
The boy is said to go to a kindergarten that primarily teaches “emotional education”, mindfulness and sustainability. Here, too, Harry and Meghan, who often comment on social issues, take a course that probably would not be possible as a “working royal”.
Broken relationship between Harry and Meghan and the palace
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor was less than a year old when he moved to North America with his mother Meghan and father Harry. Since then, he has not returned to his home country. The pandemic, of course, made travel impossible for a long time, even for the royals, who followed all the corona rules very closely. It is over. Archie and Lilibet’s relationship with the Queen says so much more about the relationship between Harry (37) and Meghan (40) and the royal family.
Toxic messages flew back and forth between California, where the Sussex have lived for two years, and Britain. The TV interview that Harry and Meghan gave to US presenter Oprah Winfrey in March 2021 still has an impact.
In it: Lots of accusations against the palace for lack of support given the huge pressure, especially on Meghan and even for racism. Harry in particular followed up later in podcasts and other formats. The target was especially father and heir to the throne Prince Charles. The relationship with his older brother Prince William is said to be on earth.
Does the anniversary herald reconciliation?
So maybe it’s no coincidence that William was on a skiing holiday with his family when Harry and Meghan recently traveled to Europe together for the first time. On their way to the Invictus Games, a sports competition for war invalids initiated by ex-soldier Harry, the two made an unannounced stop at Harry’s grandmother at Windsor Castle.
The British media then reported that the reunion was “very cordial” and “incredibly cordial”. It may have been the door opener for a new start for the family, it was promptly speculated.
Especially since Father Charles is said to have been present. However, the two great-grandchildren Archie and Lilibet were not there. Perhaps the Sussex would first pave the way for a larger-scale meeting, it is said in England.
The “Mirror” then reported that Harry and Meghan had promised the queen that she would be able to hug her great-grandchildren “in the near future”. An appropriate date: in early June, the central celebrations of the Queen’s 70th anniversary travel. Not ruled out that four guests from California will be there. (dpa / thp)
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are currently in the Netherlands to accompany the Invictus Games on site. The couple inspires with warm gestures, emotional speeches and breathtaking fashion moments from Meghan’s side. Before that, the royal couple should have paid a visit to Windsor Castle.