Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, got to spend some long overdue quality time with their family during the Platinum Jubilee, meeting their granddaughter Lilibet Diana for the very first time.
The Prince of Wales apparently had an “emotional” visit with his son Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their two young children, three-year-old Archie and one-year-old Lilibet. A royal source told People, “It was a fantastic visit. The prince was delighted to see his grandson and meet his granddaughter for the first time,” adding that it was “wonderful” to have the Duke and Duchess of Sussex back in the UK again. The couple’s trip to London for Queen Elizabeth‘s Platinum Jubilee also marks Lilibet’s first ever visit to the country as she was born in California on June 4, 2021. And although their older son Archie was born in the UK in 2019, he had not been back to visit since he was six months old.
The insider continued, “The Prince and the Duchess [of Cornwall] were absolutely thrilled to see them,” as Charles had not seen his grandson Archie “for a bit of time.” They went on to say, “It was very special to have some time with him. He hadn’t met Lilibet, his granddaughter, and so to meet her for the first time was very emotional—it was a wonderful thing.” During the trip, Lilibet was also able to meet her great-grandmother for the first time. The infant is named after the monarch, as Lilibet was the queen’s childhood nickname.
Harry and Meghan also apparently paid for their own trip from California to the UK to be there for the long weekend full of festivities, as palace sources recently revealed that the couple are completely financially independent from the royal family. They said, “Great credit to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. When they decided they wanted to live overseas and forge an independent path, independent of support from the royal family, they said they wanted to transition to financial independence. And that they have achieved.” They also highlighted that the Sussexes have fully paid back the $2.9 million dollar price tag on their former UK home, Frogmore Cottage, to the Sovereign Grant.
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