Meghan and Harry: Pundits on possible return to UK with Lilibet
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Harry and Meghan have endured a tense relationship with the Firm since they quit the Royal Family in January 2020 and moved to California two months later. Their subsequent tell-all CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey widened the rift between the Sussexes and the royals, after the couple were deeply critical of Palace life. Amid the family tension however, Meghan gave birth to the couple's second child ‒ Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor ‒ on June 4.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to travel to the UK to christen their daughter in Windsor Castle, just as they did with their son Archie Harrison in 2019.
A UK christening would also offer an opportunity for the Queen to meet her great-granddaughter for the first time.
A royal expert claimed that tensions between the Harry and Meghan and the Royal Family were "still very raw", and a christening held in the UK would be important for "optics".
Pod Save the Queen is a podcast hosted by Zoe Forsey and featuring Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
The fall is “still very raw” between the Royal Family and the Sussexes (Image: Getty)
Lilibet’s older brother Archie was christened in the UK in 2019 (Image: Getty)
Mr Myers said: "Does it matter? Yeah, it probably does matter in terms of optics.
"I suppose on their side it would be a welcoming back into the family.
"Things are still very, very raw ‒ the Oprah interview and everything that has been said since then has not just been swept under the carpet.
"I think there is a lot to be discussed across the family.
Prince Harry has reportedly upset senior royals with his future projects (Image: Getty)
"My understanding is that those discussions have not happened."
Since Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview, a number of the Sussexes proposed projects, including a Netflix deal to produce original content and a memoir written by Harry, have reportedly caused further friction in the Royal Family.
This year Harry has only returned to the UK for Prince Philip's funeral, and to unveil a statue of his late mother Princess Diana, while Meghan hasn't been back since March 2020.
Mr Myers added: "I would have thought if they were going to do it in the UK it would be a great opportunity to come over, have the christening and see the family at Christmas.
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Harry returned to the UK for his grandfather, Philip’s, funeral (Image: Getty)
"It doesn't look like that's going to happen.
"I know there had been certain discussions whether the family had certain views as to whether Lilibet should be christened in the United Kingdom.
"However, let’s look at the facts here.
"Archie was christened over here, Lilibet and Archie's great-grandmother is the head of the church in the United Kingdom, so it would make perfect sense for her to be christened here like her brother was.
Prince Harry was in good spirits during the unveiling of his mother’s statue (Image: Getty)
"But will it happen in the US, I don't know, I think there are certain discussions to be had, maybe they have certain views on it."
The royal expert added: "I'll put my neck out ‒ I don't think she will be christened in the United Kingdom."
Mr Myers also commented on an announcement that the Duke of Sussex would not attend a reception in the UK next Tuesday for the donors who raised money to erect a statue of Diana.
In July, Prince William and Harry came together for a ceremony in Kensington Palace's Sunken Garden to unveil a statue of the Princess of Wales on what would have been her 60th birthday.
Mr Myers said: "Prince Harry's not coming back for this Princess Diana reception that has been put on for the donors who raised money for the statue.
"People like Sir Elton John raised money for the statue to be erected, the boys were very happy and smiling when the statue was unveiled, and should he be there? It probably would have been a nice gesture for him to come."
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