Queen to meet Lilibet for first time if Harry and Meghan visit UK, says expert

The Queen could be set to meet her great-granddaughter Lilibet Diana for the first time with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle planning a UK return this year, according to a royal expert.

During an interview with Pod Save The Queen podcast host Ann Gripper, royal commentator Russell Myers claimed that the Sussexes could make the trip across the pond in spring for some of Harry's projects.

Myers explained: "It’s been a busy year and it probably is a good time to let this year go, see what happens in the new year and hopefully we will see them back in the UK.

"Because Harry has got the Invictus Games, fingers crossed [in May/June], so one would assume he will come back and see his family.

"And again, one would assume Meghan will come to the Invictus Games as well, with the children.

"So, I think that that’s probably a fair bet to say that we may see them in the springtime next year. But who knows?"

Harry and Meghan welcomed their first daughter Lilibet on June 4, 2021 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.

Lilibet became the Queen's eleventh great-grandchild but didn't remain the youngest for long, with Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi welcoming their daughter Sienna Elizabeth on September 19, 2021.

Speculation over whether Harry and Meghan would return to the UK this year has been rife with the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations scheduled for June, and another expert recently claimed that the couple are 'keeping their diaries free' for the trip.

Royal commentator Neil Sean also warned that a grand return may 'take focus away from the Queen' as she marks 70 years on the throne.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Sean said: "I'm sure that her gracious Majesty the Queen would have enough people helping to serve the teas and possibly clearing up at Windsor Great park, who knows.

"You can only imagine what on earth they [Harry and Meghan] could possibly offer.

"I don't mean that in a cruel way but you know it's going to be very difficult for Her Majesty the Queen and of course, His Royal Highness Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

"What could they offer?

"That would take away a lot of focus away from the Queen.

"What I'm suspecting is there will be some kind of banquet, perhaps low-key, that they possibly could get invited to.

"What we do know, however, is their diaries are remaining free."

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