Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have offered to introduce the Queen to her namesake great-granddaughter Lilibet in the coming weeks, it has been reported.
Despite reported fractures between Prince Harry and his brother Prince William and other royal family members, the Duke of Sussex is said to still be on good terms with Her Majesty.
There have also reportedly been several “olive branch” calls to the palace after the fallout from the Oprah interview.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have asked the Queen if they can fly in so Lilibet, who’s just four months old, so she can meet her.
This would be Harry’s third return to the UK, and Meghan’s first since the couple renounced royal duties in March 2020.
Insiders say Harry has been calling home in preparation of Lilibet’s christening, with Windsor Castle being touted as a possible venue, the Sun reports.
Royal sources told the publication that courtiers are “shocked by the sheer nerve” of the request to see Her Majesty.
A source said: “Harry and Meghan have made this offer but a lot of people are shocked by the sheer nerve of it. They may genuinely want to see the Queen but it’s breathtaking given what they’ve put her through this year.
“Her Majesty’s staff have not responded so far. In fact there has also been discussion about Christmas — and whether an invitation should be sent to Harry and Meghan, after they spurned one last year.”
The source added the Queen is very fond of Prince Harry and would love the opportunity to see her great-grandchildren Archie and Lilibet.
The Sussexes, now based in California, welcomed Lilibet in June, but it’s unknown whether they asked the Queen for permission to use her nickname to name her.
Though the Queen may still “be fond” of her grandson she may respond to his upcoming tell-all book with an “insult”, royal experts claimed earlier this year.
She may ‘insult’ the couple by depriving them of a reaction, they added.
In July, Ingrid Seward, the editor of Majesty magazine, said she doesn’t see the Sussexes attending Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London next year.
She said the Queen won’t react to the situation, because she would be playing into Harry and Meghan’s hands.
Despite tensions with his brother and father, Prince Harry has always maintained a strong relationship with the Queen, insisting she’s still his ‘Colonel-in-chief’.
When the Sussexes stepped back from royal duties last year, it was reported that the news had ‘blindsided’ the Queen, but the duke has always insisted he has too much respect for his grandmother to make the decision without consulting her.
Royal experts said last month that while it would have caught the British public off-guard, it is likely that the monarch planned for that very eventuality.
During a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Queen was one of the only members of the royal family spared from Harry’s criticism.
He claimed brother Prince William was “trapped” by the royal system and told the world his dad Prince Charles had cut him off financially.
Since Harry and wife Meghan left the UK at the beginning of 2020, Harry has only returned twice – for the funeral of Prince Philip in April and for the unveiling of a statue of his mother Princess Diana in July.