Prince Charles facing 'incredible sadness' over granddaughter Lilibet

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Prince Charles is said to be “incredibly sad” at the situation with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as he “really wants” to meet his granddaughter Lilibet.

Prince Charles has yet to meet his youngest grandchild, Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor and reportedly finds it “incredibly sad”. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced the birth of their daughter (opens in new tab) in June and baby Lilibet is the Queen’s eleventh great-grandchild (opens in new tab). She and her older brother Archie are being raised in the US, where their parents settled after “stepping back” (opens in new tab) as senior royals. And whilst it’s been suggested that Meghan and Harry have 'shared the first picture' (opens in new tab) of her with the Royal Family, they have not seen the new arrival in person yet. 

This is something that the Prince of Wales is said to be very sad about. Royal expert Nick Bullen has now opened up to Us Weekly (opens in new tab), expressing his belief that Charles is eager to meet Lilibet.

“I think Prince Charles really wants to meet his granddaughter,” he explained, claiming, “Prince Charles is incredibly sad about everything that’s gone on. So the family will want to meet each other.”

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception to mark the 50th Anniversary of the investiture of The Prince of Wales

Earlier this year, Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah Winfrey aired, leading to speculation about a “rift” between them and The Firm (opens in new tab). The “tell-all” special saw the Sussexes open up about royal life, with Harry claiming his father stopped taking his calls (opens in new tab) after they revealed their decision to “step back”.

Whilst just months later, the Duke of Sussex spoke of the “cycle of pain and suffering” (opens in new tab) he alleged was “passed on” to him growing up. Following this, rumors of distance between father and son in particular have persisted, though Harry also told Oprah he wanted to heal their relationship. 

“I will always love him – but there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened and I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try and heal that relationship,” Harry declared at the time. 

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the "Our Planet" global premiere

With Harry, Meghan and their children living in the US, they have yet to visit Charles as a whole family. Though the Prince of Wales’ reported “incredible” sadness and desire to meet Lilibet is a wonderful indication of his love for the Sussexes.

And royal expert Nick Bullen has suggested that the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (opens in new tab) in 2022 might be the ideal place to reconnect. 

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“The Jubilee is a perfect opportunity for that because if Harry and Megan do come back … because they have to be seen supporting Queen Elizabeth II. It’s a great moment for everyone to be together,” Nick claimed. “And everyone’s going to have to play nicely and behave well because it’s the Queen’s moment.”

Next year’s Platinum Jubilee will mark the Queen’s 70th year on the throne and the entire Royal Family is expected to come together in celebration.

It’s thought Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been invited to the Jubilee (opens in new tab) and it would certainly be wonderful to see the whole family reunite with their royal relatives.