Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are reportedly being ignored by Palace staff who are “shocked” over the “sheer nerve” over their proposed visit to the UK to visit the Queen.
The Duke of Duchess of Sussex are said to be planning a return to the UK in a matter of weeks and want to have Lilibet christened at Windsor Castle.
It would be the first time Her Majesty would meet four-month-old Lilibet, who is her youngest great-grandchild and named after her.
But it is rumoured Meghan and Harry have been ignored by Palace staff, who are “shocked” by the request after the couple’s behaviour since leaving the UK in March 2020.
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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 Queen is still very fond of Harry, and would love to see Lilibet and her brother Archie. But courtiers are surprised by the move, especially from Meghan, after what has happened.”
The visit would be Harry’s third return to the UK, and Meghan’s first since the couple renounced royal duties in Megxit.
Harry has only returned from their new home in California for the funeral of Prince Philip in April and then in July to unveil a memorial statue of his mother in July.
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.
There have also reportedly been several “olive branch” calls to the palace and senior family members to build bridges after the fallout from the Oprah interview.
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.
There is also growing concern over Harry’s proposed tell-all books about his life growing up as part of the Royal Family.
Though the Queen may still “be fond” of her grandson she may respond to his upcoming 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.
The Mirror has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.