Prince Charles was ‘very emotional’ during his ‘wonderful’ first meeting with Lilibet

Prince Charles Lilibet - Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attends a reception with the staff, students, donors, the welfare team, and academic Fellows, to learn about the Colleges approach to student and staff wellbeing during a visit to Homerton College at the University of Cambridge, on November 23, 2021 in Cambridge, England.
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Prince Charles had a ‘very emotional’ first meeting with his granddaughter Lilibet over the Jubilee weekend, according to a royal insider. 

Prince Charles had a ‘very emotional’ first meeting with his granddaughter Lilibet, after expressing his ‘incredible sadness’ over not having met her since her birth in June 2021.

Prince Harry and Meghan returned to the UK for the first time together, for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bringing their two children, Archie and Lilibet. 

This trip marked the first time Lilibet had spent time in the UK and also saw her celebrate her very first birthday over the milestone weekend.

Their visit was also the first time several members of the Firm had met the Sussexes' youngest, including her grandfather, Prince Charles.

Their meeting is said to have been "very emotional" for Charles, who already shares a close bond with his other grandchildren - especially Prince Louis, who he was spotted on ‘grandad duty’ with over the Jubilee weekend. 

According to the BBC, a royal source claims that Charles and Camilla were "thrilled to see them" after such a long wait. 

They added that seeing Archie again was "very, very special" for Charles and that his meeting with Lilibet especially was "wonderful".

Detailing their time together, the royal insider said, “He hadn't met Lili, his granddaughter, and so to meet her was very emotional a very, very wonderful thing.”

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It had been claimed that Prince Charles was feeling down about having not been given the chance to meet his youngest granddaughter prior to the long-awaited meeting. 

"I think Prince Charles really wants to meet his granddaughter," royal expert Nick Bullen previously told US Weekly. 

"Prince Charles is incredibly sad about everything that’s gone on. So the family will want to meet each other."

The Queen is also said to have cleared time in her busy Jubilee schedule to spend time with Lilibet on her first birthday. 

Sadly though, Prince William and Kate missed her birthday as they and their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte paid a visit to Cardiff Castle as part of their scheduled Jubilee engagements.

Naomi Jamieson
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