Harry and Meghan Announce Birth of Their Baby Daughter Lilibet

Published June 7th, 2021 - 06:02 GMT
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Despite alleging to have once been close, Thomas has never met his grandson Archie and claimed he only learned his daughter was pregnant when he heard it on the radio. 

Harry and Meghan have gone on parental leave after they announced the birth of their baby daughter Lilibet yesterday afternoon.

The 7lbs 11oz baby – whose middle name is Diana – was born on Friday evening, British time.

It is understood the Queen was informed by Prince Harry that her great-grandchild would be named in her honour, ahead of their official announcement which was made on their official website.

However, Buckingham Palace appeared to be caught off guard by the timing of the Sussexes' news with a spokesman for the palace congratulating the couple 90 minutes after the announcement broke.

‘Lilibet’ was coined by the 95-year-old monarch when she was too young to pronounce her own name. Harry and Meghan’s daughter will be known as Lili Diana. Her late grandmother’s 60th birthday would have been next month.

Last night the delighted Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced: ‘On June 4, we were blessed with the arrival of our daughter, Lili.

‘She is more than we could have ever imagined, and we remain grateful for the love and prayers we’ve felt from across the globe. Thank you for your continued kindness and support during this very special time for our family.’

Lili – who is eighth in line to the throne – was born in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, a private facility where births cost up to £20,000.

Omid Scobie, a journalist favoured by Harry and Meghan, tweeted that the couple would ‘not be sharing a photograph at this time’ of Lili and that they were now on 'parental leave'.

He said the couple’s office was encouraging anyone who wanted to send gifts to support organisations working for women and girls.

The Queen, senior royals and the Prime Minister led worldwide tributes, with Boris Johnson tweeting: ‘Many congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their daughter.’

Meghan’s estranged father Thomas Markle, who has met neither Harry nor grandson Archie, said last night: ‘I am very pleased with the announcement of the safe and healthy delivery of my new granddaughter, and I wish her and her mother all my love and best wishes!’

Lili is the couple’s second child after Archie, who is two years and one month older than her.

The new baby is the Queen’s 11th great-grandchild, and the first to be born outside the UK.

The tribute to the Queen may be seen as an olive branch after Meghan, 39, and Harry, 36, plunged the Windsors into crisis with their explosive Oprah Winfrey interview in March, when they accused an unnamed royal of making a racist remark about Archie’s skin tone and claimed the royals failed to help the duchess when she was suicidal.

Buckingham Palace officials were unaware the baby had been born until the announcement came out at 5pm last night on social media.

They finally released a statement hailing the ‘happy news’ at 6.34pm, emphasising the gulf that now exists between the Sussexes and the palace.

Buckingham Palace declined to discuss when the Queen was informed of the safe arrival of her newest great-grandchild or whether she was advised of the tribute to her in Lili’s name.

The name Lilibet was coined by the Queen and used by her younger sister Margaret and their parents.

George VI once said: ‘Lilibet is my pride. Margaret is my joy.’

Lili arrived six days before what would have been the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday.

It is less than a month since Harry reportedly upset the Queen by making ‘very personal’ criticisms of her and Prince Charles’s parenting skills. 

He said in a podcast in the US that he and Prince William had been made to ‘suffer’ as children with their father, telling them: ‘Well, it was like that for me, so it’s going to be like that for you.’

The Buckingham Palace statement came more than an hour after Hollywood stars such as William Shatner had shared their best wishes on Twitter.

The palace said: ‘The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.’

Lili is entitled to become a princess and Archie a prince when the Queen dies and Charles becomes king.

She is eighth in line to the throne, coming after Archie, and before Prince Andrew, who has dropped down a place to ninth. 

When Archie was born in 2019, Harry and Meghan went to extraordinary lengths to keep it a secret and even refused to confirm, either before or after the birth, where he was delivered.

The Daily Mail later revealed that the Duchess had given birth in the exclusive London Portland Hospital. It is not known when the Royal Family will get to see their newest member. They have not seen Archie since his parents left the UK in November 2019.

The California hospital where Meghan Markle gave birth to a baby girl called Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor on Friday is a large not-for-profit foundation set up in 1888 by a group of 50 women that oversees 2,400 births a year. 

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is proud of its all-female founders, a heritage that is likely to strike a chord with the Duchess of Sussex due to her interest in female empowerment.  

Located in downtown Santa Barbara, it is one of the closest hospitals to their £11million mansion in nearby Montecito, which is roughly ten minutes away by car. 

A natural birth will cost £10,000 while a Caesarean section is £20,000. Lili is one of 2,400 babies to be delivered at the hospital in the last year.

A local source suggests pop star Katy Perry, neighbour to Meghan and Harry in Montecito, also had her baby Daisy there last August.

The prince recently revealed he is friends with Miss Perry’s film star husband Orlando Bloom.

Harry said they keep in touch by text so it is possible that he and Meghan chose the hospital on their personal recommendation.

Built in the Spanish Colonial style, it boasts a feeling more like a home than a hospital. Or perhaps even a hotel.

Every room has wifi, a video monitor and computer keyboard. There is a menu for food orders and room service, as well as a pantry so women in labour and loved ones can help themselves to snacks at any time they wish.

As well as a bed with lots of pillows to help keep the mother-to-be comfortable, each birthing room also has a recliner, a rocking chair and a sofa.

These would help the anxious father-to-be or other birthing partner so Harry would have been able to make himself comfortable too.

There are also outside terraces to walk off labour pains and hot tubs for hydrotherapy.

Meghan and Harry’s son Archie, two, was born at the private Portland Hospital, central London.

The couple have always refused to confirm this but it is listed on his birth certificate.

The Cottage Hospital oversees sees 20,000 annual admissions and is run by parent company Cottage Health. 

It consists of a 519-bed acute care teaching hospital and trauma center, the largest of its kind between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. 

According to Cottage Health's website, it opened on December 8, 1891, when Santa Barbara's population was less than 5,000. 

The wider group now includes branches in Goleta and Santa Ynez and a rehabilitation centre, provides  a comprehensive range of services. 

They have been ranked among the most efficiently managed in California, according to Cottage Health's website. 

The Santa Barbara hospital has a staff of around 600 medics and has been undergoing a $700million rebuilding plan to make it earthquake proof, 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's baby girl was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40am. She was born weighing 7lb 11oz, and is said to be settling in at home.

The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to her first child Archie at the private Portland Hospital in Westminster, on May 6 2019. 

Archie's birth certificate confirmed the place of birth as the Portland Hospital and dismissed speculation that Meghan, who married Harry a year ago on Sunday, had a home birth in the sanctuary of Frogmore Cottage - the Sussexes' home on the Windsor Estate.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the seventh in line to the throne and an eighth great-grandchild for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, arrived at 5.26am on May 6, weighing 7lb 3oz.

The birth was shrouded in mystery however, with the duke and duchess keen to  keep the birth location private and details of their medical staff a secret.     

Archie was christened in a private chapel at Windsor Castle on 6th July.

In keeping with royal tradition, he wore the hand-made replica of the royal christening robe, made by Angela Kelly, dressmaker to the Queen.

The Lily Font and water from the River Jordan were also used during the baptism.

However unlike other royal births, just 25 guests were present at the baptism, and the couple only released photographs celebrating with their immediate family. 

They have never revealed the identities of his godparents, but sources revealed last year Tiggy Pettifer, Harry and William's former nanny, and Mark Dyer, Harry's minder, were among them. 

Both confidantes were relatively unknown figures among a star-studded pool of candidates touted to fill the role, which included Meghan's celebrity friends Serena Williams and Misha Nonoo.   

Kate remained in hospital for just over 24 hours when she gave birth to her first child, George, on July 22, 2013.

She gave birth 10-and-a-half hours after being admitted to the Lindo Wing, at 4.24pm.

At the time, George was named the heaviest future king to be born in recent history, at 8lb 6oz.

Two days after Prince George was born, and one day after Kate left hospital, an announcement was made confirming his name as George Alexander Louis.

Prince George was christened on Wednesday, 23rd October 2013 at The Chapel Royal, St James's Palace by The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose the following people to be godparents to Prince George: Oliver Baker, David Jardine-Paterson, Earl Grosvenor (Hugh), Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, The Hon Mrs Michael Samuel, Michael Tindall and William van Cutsem. 

When Princess Charlotte was born on May 2, 2015, Kate was in and out of the hospital in just 10 hours.

Kate was admitted at 6am and Charlotte was born two hours and 34 minutes later, weighing 8lb 3oz.

At 11am on May 2, Kensington Palace announced the birth via Twitter and a website statement.

Princess Charlotte was named two days after she was born, on May 4, with a formal announcement revealing her name as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

As the second child of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge she is fourth in line to the throne.

Charlotte was christened at St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham, her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth's country estate in Norfolk.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge asked the following people to be godparents to Princess Charlotte: Sophie Carter, James Meade, Adam Middleton, The Hon. Laura Fellowes and Thomas van Straubenzee.

The duchess was taken to the private Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, before 6am on Monday in the early stages of labour, with the Duke of Cambridge at her side.

At 8.24am Kensington Palace confirmed she had been admitted to hospital in the early stages of labour.

At 11.01am, she gave birth to a baby son and at 1.02pm Kensington Palace announced the birth of the prince and revealed the baby weighed 8lb 7oz.

Soon after the birth the duchess headed home to the sanctuary of Kensington Palace, just as she did with Charlotte in 2015 - but not before introducing the new royal baby to world on the steps of the Lindo Wing. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge asked the following people to be godparents to Prince Louis: Nicholas van Cutsem, and Lucy Middleton, along with Guy Pelly, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher, Lady Laura Meade, and Mrs Robert Carter. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's second child is eighth in line to the throne despite being born a US citizen after the couple moved to LA to quit royal life.

Lilibet, who was born on Friday weighing 8oz and is a sibling for Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, two, has entered the line of royal succession behind her older brother and is set to nudge senior family members further from the throne.

The first seven places in the line of succession will remain unchanged - Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Prince Harry, and Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

However, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new addition will bump her great-uncle, Prince Andrew, down to 9th place. When he was born in 1960 he was second-in-line to the throne behind his older brother, Prince Charles. 

Although Princess Eugenie will soon move one more place down the line when her niece or nephew arrives later this year.

Eugenie's son August, who was born in February, is in 12th place following the birth of Baby Sussex but will move down to 13th when his cousin arrives.

Lilibet will not be entitled to be an HRH nor be a prince or a princess like Kate and Williams' children, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three.

This is due to rules set out more than 100 years ago by George V, who limited titles within the family during the First World War.

She is allowed to be a Lady, but, in keeping with Harry and Meghan's wishes, will be a plain Miss (first name) Mountbatten-Windsor instead.

As the first-born son of a duke, Archie could have become Earl of Dumbarton - one of Harry's subsidiary titles - or been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

The Duke and Duchess broke with royal convention by making a personal decision not to use a title, thought to be inspired by Harry's wish to have been a normal child, rather than a prince, as he grew up.

Harry and Meghan's baby is the fifth grandchild for Prince Charles, and the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh's eleventh-great-grandchild.

The monarch's great-grandchildren so far are: Savannah and Isla Phillips; George, Charlotte and Louis; Mia, Lena and Lucas Tindall; Archie, and Princess Eugenie's baby boy, August Brooksbank.

Prince William and Kate have joined other senior royals in congratulating Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the 'happy news' of their daughter's birth.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they were 'delighted' by the arrival of baby Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor who was born on Friday at 11.40am at a Californian hospital.

The couple passed on their best wishes and 'congratulations' to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as well as their son Archie.

They well-wishes were joined by Harry's father Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall who shared congratulations on social media.

The Prince of Wales also noted Lilibet's middle name, Diana, given in honour of his late wife and Harry's mother Princess Diana. 

'Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie on the arrival of baby Lilibet Diana. Wishing them all well at this special time,' they said.

Earlier, The Queen sent her best wishes in a joint statement with the Cambridges and the Prince of Wales who had made a touching tribute to her by naming their daughter 'Lilibet', short for Elizabeth.

The official Royal Family Twitter account tweeted: 'Congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of Lilibet Diana!

'The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted with the news. Lilibet is Her Majesty's 11th great-grandchild.'

An earlier shortened statement had been given out by Buckingham Palace, confirming that the senior royals had been 'informed' of the birth. 

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: 'The Queen, The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge have been informed & are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.'

A source has told Us Weekly that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have also 'sent Lilibet a gift' after hearing of her birth.

The royals have not met the Duchess of Sussex or baby Archie in person since they left in March 2020 initially for Canada before settling in the US. 

They were however reunited with Prince Harry in April after he flew back from California to attend the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip. 

News of the royal birth took two days to be announced, with Meghan confirmed to be back at home settling in the newborn today after her press secretary broke the news earlier.

Unlike with their son Archie who was born in 2019 the couple Harry have not yet released a photo of their daughter.

Thomas Markle and Prince Charles are unlikely to meet their new grandchild anytime soon due to ongoing rifts with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, royal experts have claimed.

Prince Harry and Meghan who are based in Montecito, California, welcomed their second child Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, on Friday 4 June.

Their daughter weighed 7 lbs 11 oz, and the couple announced her birth at 5pm today through their Archewell website, rather than through Buckingham Palace, like they did for their son, Archie.

The statement from the couple - who have quit royal duties since the birth of their firstborn - also used American spellings such as 'honor' when revealing the news.

It's thought that Meghan's mother Doria Ragland has been among the first relatives to greet the newborn, as she was close by her daughter's side after the arrival of Archie in 2019.

However, royal biographer Robert Jobson, has explained why it's unlikely we'll see the other grandparents sharing in the joy of a face-to-face meeting.

He told FEMAIL: 'As it stands it seems unlikely that either grandfather will meet their new granddaughter for some time. Thomas is not the only one facing problems with Harry and Meghan.' 

But he added: 'Any baby's birth is a blessing. I am delighted for them both. Let's hope little Lilibet will help heal some of the pressing issues that have been at the heart of the Royal Family in recent months.' 

In the early days of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's relationship, Thomas Markle was rarely seen in public and seemed to be making a conscience effort to maintain his privacy.

However, the 76-year-old was said to have collaborated with a British paparazzi photographer to stage a series of snaps just days before Harry and Meghan's wedding at Windsor Castle in 2018.

Among the photos was Thomas being measured for a suit to wear to the monumental event, browsing for a book of British landmarks and working out to get in shape.

He was supposed to walk Meghan down the aisle, but pulled out of the ceremony because of health problems.

In an interview, he claimed to have hung up on Prince Harry, who he has still not met, in a heated exchange following the staged snaps for cash.

Thomas's relationship with his daughter seemed to have soured following the row as he gave interviews following the wedding, claiming he had been 'cut off' as a punishment.

The retired Hollywood lighting director who lives in Mexico, went on to give an interview, claiming he didn't receive an invitation to Harry and Meghan's wedding, meanwhile his ex-wife Doria Ragland was hand delivered a scroll bearing the Queen's formal announcement by two representatives at her Los Angeles home.

Thomas said: 'No one came to my door in Mexico. I would have liked the engagement announcement too.'

He has appeared in a series of explosive interviews since Meghan and Harry tied the knot, which is said to have caused a further rift. 

 

Meghan lived with her father between the ages of 11 and 18, with Thomas Markle claiming he paid for her school fees and college tuition 

Despite alleging to have once been close, Thomas has never met his grandson Archie and claimed he only learned his daughter was pregnant when he heard it on the radio. 

Nigel Cawthorne who is author of Call Me Diana: The Princess of Wales on Herself, believes Thomas won't meet his grandchildren until the distant future. 

'In due course he very likely will, but at the moment he won't be at the top of the couple's list for obvious reasons,' Nigel said.

'Harry is likely to channel his mother's inclusive philosophy. While it may be satisfactory to exclude a grandfather from seeing a grandchild for certain reasons, there is also a grace in being forgiving. 

'Diana possessed such grace even if at times it took a conscious effort to do the right thing.'  

The comment comes as Harry's relationship with his father Prince Charles and grandmother the Queen is also under scrutiny, as he alleges that his father failed him as a child.

In a recent US mental health podcast, he claimed to have moved to California with his family to 'break the cycle' of 'pain' he suffered as a member of the Royal Family.  

He likened his experience to the upbringing Charles received from the Queen and Prince Philip, saying the Prince of Wales had 'treated me the way he was treated', calling it 'genetic pain'. 

He also admitted that he wanted to quit The Firm in his 'early 20s' due to 'what it did to my mum' and said Meghan encouraged him to have therapy and had herself now concluded: 'You don't need to be a princess'.

Prince Harry had just months earlier accused a member of the Royal Family of racism towards his son Archie, two, as one of many truth bombs during a sit down with Oprah Winfrey.   

Royal sources have claimed the Queen is 'deeply upset' by what she considers a series of 'very personal' criticisms of the family. 

The monarch saw Prince Harry for the first time in more than a year at the funeral of her husband Prince Philip and hasn't seen her two-year-old great-grandson, since November 2019. 

Royal author Phil Dampier recently told The Sun, the 95-year-old may never see Archie again, as he hasn't seen any of his British relatives since he was six-months-old.

Phil said: 'I think there is a very real danger the Queen will never see Archie again or never see her new great granddaughter which is tragic.

'I can't see how when they [Meghan and Harry] go on about compassion and family problems but don't let their grandfather or great-grandmother see Archie.'

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new baby girl is likely to possess dual citizenship - just like big brother Archie.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their new addition on Friday, June 4 at 11.40am, with Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor weighing 7lbs 11oz.

Following the couple stepping down as senior royals, they announced the news in their own statement, shared on the Archwell Foundation website and not through the official channels of the Royal family, in a departure from the announcement of her brother Archie in 2018, in a post written in American English.  

Given Meghan, 39, is an American, having been born in California, her children are automatically entitled to citizenship in the US.

The same goes for Harry, who was born in the UK and is thereby a British citizen. Under British law, citizenship can be passed down one generation, so Harry's children are eligible to inherit that status.

Unlike his sister, Harry and Meghan's son Archie, two, was born in the UK - at the Portland Hospital in London - but both children possess dual British and American citizenship. 

When the couple married in 2018, it was announced that Meghan intended to become a British citizen, however it can take several years.

It's believed that the Sussexes chose to step down as senior royals and move across the pond before the process was complete; it's unclear whether they are continuing to see it through now that they've settled in Montecito.

It appears that Meghan remains an American citizen; she voted in the presidential election last year - making her the first member of the British Royal Family to do so.

When Harry moved to the US last year, sources told the Times that he didn't intend on applying for a green card or dual citizenship 'in the foreseeable future'.

If Harry applied for US citizenship, it would require him to renounce his titles and expose him to US taxation on his earnings worldwide, according to the Immigration and Nationalization Act.

It's not known whether he has a diplomatic or other special visa; it's highly unlikely he has a tourist visa because that would forbid him from working. 

His wealth - previously estimated to be around £30million - may qualify him for visas available to entrepreneurs willing to invest in America. Another option is the O-1 visa for 'individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement'.

In order to be granted a O-1 visa, Harry must be sponsored by an organisation that plans to work with him and can identify the areas where he excels - most likely his philanthropic endeavours. 

It's usually approved for three years, and renewed every year after that.

The Sussex children aren't the first royals with dual citizenship. Peter Phillips' estranged wife Autumn is Canadian, and retained her citizenship when they married in 2008.

Their daughters Savannah and Isla have Canadian and UK citizenship. 

Among the oldest in Harry and Meghan's baby group is Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian's three-year-old daughter Alexis, known as Olympia. 

The family are understood to spend most of their time in Florida but will no doubt be popping on a plane to visit Lilibet as soon as possible.  

Meghan and Serena have been close friends since 2014 after having their first 'real hangout' at the DirecTV Beach Bowl, although they briefly crossed paths in 2010 at the SuperBowl.

The pair have been determined not to let distance come in the way of their friendship, with Serena and Alexis travelling to the UK for Harry and Meghan's wedding and Meghan jetting to New York just to cheer on Serena in the U.S. Open in September 2019.

Serena was among the first friends to meet Archie following his birth in May 2019 and the tennis champion will no doubt be planning a trip to California to meet the new arrival.  

She recently described her royal BFF as the 'strongest person she knows' and described her as the 'epitome of confidence', 'the epitome of selflessness'. 

Meghan Markle's BFF Misha Nonoo revealed in February she is pregnant with a baby girl - weeks after the Duchess announced she was expecting.

The British-Bahraini fashion designer, who lives in New York and is known for her eponymous clothing line, is credited with helping to introduce Harry and Meghan. 

Her first husband, Alexander Gilkes, went to school with Prince William and Prince Harry. 

Now married to oil heir Mikey Hess, Misha welcomed her son Leo in March 2020 - less than a year after Harry and Meghan welcomed Archie.   

During her first pregnancy, Misha told People, that the Duchess of Sussex had been sharing her advice about becoming a first-time mother.

The designer revealed: 'As with all friendships, you share lots of tips and everything.'

While Mikey and Misha currently call New York home, reports suggest the couple have been looking at property in Montecito - maybe they could soon be on Harry and Meghan's doorstep.  

The Duke of Sussex, 36, told Dax Shepard's 'Armchair Expert' show that he has struck up a bond with his new neighbours Orlando Bloom, 44, and singer Katy Perry, 36, who live 'just down the road' from Harry and Meghan's £11million mansion in Montecito, California

Speaking in a 90-minute interview on the podcast, Prince Harry described how the Lord of the Rings star tipped him off about a photographer and that the pair 'keep in touch' over text.

But the pair's close proximity and the fact they are now both Brits abroad is far from the only parallel between the duo, who have both seemingly been moving in the same circle for years - having common connections with US designer Misha Nonoo, popstar Ellie Goulding and also a reported interest in spirituality.

Handily, Orlando and Katy are also the proud parents of a little girl, Daisy Dove, who was born in August 2020. 

It means there will be less than a year between Lilibet and Daisy as they grow up down the road from each other.

Prince Harry's childhood friend Tom 'Skippy' Inskip and his wife Lara welcomed their first child together, a boy named Arthur, in May last year.   

The two men used to be inseparable, with Skippy known as Harry's wingman thanks to their wild holidays together.

Harry was an usher at Skippy's wedding to literary agent Lara in Jamaica in 2017 but the pair grew apart.

Although Skippy and his wife Lara were invited to the wedding ceremony at St George's Chapel, Windsor, in 2018, they were notably absent from the lavish evening reception at Frogmore House.

Instead, they had to watch as the Royal couple's new friends such as Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney made their way to the event. 

However it is understood the pair have put their differences aside and patched things up.

Both men are now parents and fatherhood has given them some much-needed perspective, the Mail On Sunday reported in May last year. The pair had plans to meet up after the lockdown ended in the United States, where they both live.  

Skippy, who lives in Washington DC and works at US tech giant Afiniti, was reportedly making plans to take his company's private jet to Los Angeles with his son Albert to meet Harry and Archie. 

It is not known whether the planned meeting went ahead but it certainly bodes well for warmer relations between the two families going forward. 

While Prince Charles might not be close by, Prince Harry will have a 'father figure' on hand in the form of music producer David Foster, who welcomed a son with wife Katharine McPhee in February. 

The couple live in a stunning Los Angeles apartment but there are rumours they are looking to snap up a place to be closer to Harry, Meghan, Archie and Lilibet.

Music producer Foster, 71, who has been married five times, has become a close friend to Harry and Meghan and the foursome have been spotted dining out together.    

Katharine previously said her musician husband 'has a really, really beautiful relationship with Harry,' and that they are 'like father and son'.

The actress, who first found fame on American Idol, was at school with Meghan, albeit several years below her.  

There are reports that they spent last Christmas together at the Sussex home in Montecito.   

Foster was instrumental in the couple's stay at the £10.7 million Mille Fleurs house in Vancouver, Canada, from November 2019 to March 2020. The house was secured for them by Foster, whose friend owned the house. Harry and Meghan reportedly paid a rent that was 'well below market value'.

Meanwhile, Foster has been friends with Oprah Winfrey for years. Oprah was one of the highest profile stars to travel to Canada to lend wattage to his Miracle Gala in 2017 which celebrated 30 years of charity work by the mogul.  

Although it seems difficult to imagine now, there was a point in time when Prince William and Prince Harry no doubt would have imagined their children growing up the best of friends. 

If the Sussexes had chosen to live in the UK and continue on as working royals then Archie and Lilibet would have had a special bond with their cousins, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, who they would have seen at family events and at royal engagements as they got older. 

One only has to look at the bond the brothers share with their own cousins, namely Zara, Eugenie and Beatrice, to see the type of relationship and experiences their children might have shared.   

Prince Harry was also a hands-on uncle to the Cambridge children, particularly to Prince George.  

Although there are a few years between George and his newborn cousin, the future king is well practised at entertaining his younger siblings and would have felt at ease with a little one around. 

Archie too would have benefited, particularly given there is just a year between him and Louis. 

Harry and William are expected to reunite in July to unveil a statue of their mother in Kensignton Palace Gardens to mark what would have been Princess Diana's 60th birthday. 

It will be the first time they have been together in person since Prince Philip's funeral and Prince Harry's most recent round of bombshell Oprah interviews.    

Eugenie and Harry enjoy a particularly close relationship and the princess knew Meghan (the pair have mutual friends including Misha Nonoo) before the then actress met the prince. 

Indeed Eugenie and her then boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, were at a party in Soho House in Toronto in 2016 when Harry and the Suits star were first seen together. 

Eugenie was instrumental in keeping her cousin's relationship secret.

Despite the distance between them, Eugenie and Jack are understood to still be on good terms with Harry and Meghan. 

The young parents live at Frogmore Cottage, the house on the Windsor estate renovated by the Sussexes before they emigrated to North America.   

With so much in common, it is easy to imagine Lilibet and August, who was born in February would have grown up the best of friends.

Like the Cambridges, the children would have seen each other at family events as well as official royal engagements. 

Princess Eugenie's older sister, Princess Beatrice, is also expecting her first child this year with husband Edoardo - adding another to the Sussexes' British playdate options.  

Like August Brooksbank, Zara and Mike's son Lucas is the perfect age to be best friends with the Sussexes little girl.  

Prince Harry enjoyed a close relationship with Zara and Mike while he was living in the UK, with ex-rugby player Mike previously speaking about how he was part of a WhatsApp group with Harry.  

Harry is goddaughter to the Tindall's younger daughter Lena, two. Oldest child Mia is seven.  

The Tindalls live at Gatcombe Park, Princess Anne's Gloucestershire estate, meaning they would have seen the Sussexes less than the family members in London or Windsor.  

But the families were excellent in making an effort to see each other when Harry lived in the UK so no doubt it would have been the same had the Sussexes chosen to raise their children there.  

Meghan's best friend from college, Lindsay Roth, is understood to be raising her sons, Alexander, two, and James, one, in London, where she lives with her English husband Gavin. 

Meghan and Lindsay have been friends since they met in a Toni Morrison literature class during their freshman year at Northwestern, from which they graduated in 2003.

They remained close as Meghan went on to pursue acting, eventually earning her high-profile role on Suits.

Lindsay also acted for a bit, appearing as an extra in Mona Lisa Smile alongside Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst, and Raise Your Voice, with Hilary Duff.

She has since gone on to work as a producer for Larry King Now, The Real Girl's Kitchen, and Queen Boss.

All the while, the two were in each other's lives. Though Meghan has deleted her personal Instagram account, Lindsay still has several photos of the star up and tagged on her page.

TV producer Roth married Englishman Gavin Jordan in 2016, with Meghan serving as maid of honor. 

Prince Harry's childhood friend and Archie's rumoured godfather Charlie van Straubenzee welcomed a daughter Clover with wife Daisy in February last year.  

The families have been friends for decades, with their uncle, William van Straubenzee, a close friend of Princess Diana.

Harry and Charlie have been friends since their time at Ludgrove Prep School in Berkshire. Charlie's older brother Thomas is Princess Charlotte's godfather.  

Charlie and Thomas were both Prince Harry's ushers at his Windsor Castle wedding to Meghan in May 2018, and Charlie gave a speech alongside Prince William at the evening reception at Frogmore House. 

Meanwhile the Duke of Sussex acted as Charlie's best man at his wedding to Daisy, a society wedding and party videographer who runs a company with her sister Kitty, on August 4 later that year in Frensham, Surrey - also Meghan's 37th birthday.

Harry made annual summer visits to the Straubenzee family home in Cornwall while he was growing up. 

Charlie's older brother, Henry, died in a car crash in 2002 at the age of 18. Prince William and Prince Harry are joint royal patrons of the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund. 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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