Queen's 'disheartening' pain as likelihood of her 'desperation' being realised is 'next to zero'

Queen Elizabeth II arrives with for the opening of the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament on October 02, 2021 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The ceremony, which opened the new session of the devolved Scottish government, paid tribute to “local heroes” from across Scotland who have supported their communities throughout the coronavirus pandemic
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The Queen is set to endure heartache over the realisation that her likelihood of meeting baby Lilibet in person are "next to zero", a royal expert says.

Since their exit from the Royal Family two years ago, Meghan and Harry haven't been in the UK together. Lilibet has never visited her father's homeland, while Archie, two, has not visited since the move.

The Queen is said to be "desperate" to meet baby Lilibet for the first time, according to royal sources, but the Sussexes' major trip to the UK for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations this year appears to be in doubt. Meanwhile, Prince Harry confirmed last week that he will not be returning to the UK for Prince Philip's memorial service at the end of March.

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The Sussexes currently live in Montecito, California, over 5,000 miles from Windsor Castle, where Her Majesty now spends the majority of her time - and, it's believed that Princess Eugenie is the only royal to have paid a visit across the pond.

Other members of the family, including the Queen and Prince Charles, are said to have only spoken to Lilibet over video call.

Speaking in Channel 5 documentary 'Harry & Meghan Vs The Monarchy', author of Royals At War, Dylan Howard said, "The chances of the newborn reaching England in the foreseeable future is next to zero.

"And one must sympathise with the Queen. That’s disheartening and heartbreaking."

Royal expert and journalist Richard Kay questioned Harry and Meghan's relationship with the Royal Family. In the documentary, he noted, "Increasingly, one wonders how much influence the Royal Family will even have. "

The Duke is said to want to bring his wife and children back to his homeland, but he does not "feel safe" doing so right now. Harry has requested a judicial review of the Home Office's decision not to allow him to pay for his and his family's police protection while in the UK.

According to royal author Brian Hoey, the Queen is "desperate" to see Lilibet in person. He added, "I have heard from people I know within the royal household, she really would desperately like to see the baby in this way."

Kudzai Chibaduki
Features Writer

Kudzai Chibaduki joined Future as a trainee news writer for Good To, writing about fashion, entertainment, and beauty. She's now a freelance fashion wardrobe stylist and helps direct magazine photoshoots.