Why Kate Middleton ‘Hopes’ to Reunite With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘Soon’

Could the Cambridges and the Sussexes be reuniting soon?

After a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey, explosive remarks on Dax Shepard’s podcast, and other mudslinging at his family, Prince Harry may be trying to heal the rift with his relatives and now his sister-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has commented on reuniting with him “soon.” Here’s what the Duke of Sussex did after the birth of his daughter and what Kate has told reporters about her new niece.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Kate Middleton sitting onstage together at the Royal Foundation Forum
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Kate Middleton sitting onstage together at the Royal Foundation Forum | Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Harry texted Kate Middleton after the birth of his daughter Lilibet

On June 4, 2021, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released a statement that they had welcomed their second child — a daughter named Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital not far from their home in California.

Following that announcement, several royals including Prince William and Kate posted congratulatory messages to the Sussexes via social media. The Daily Mail reported that Harry had actually texted his sister-in-law, instead of William, when he shared the happy news. According to the publication, “a palace source said Harry sending the text message to Kate was a way of cementing her role as a bridge between him and his brother.”

Kate says she ‘can’t wait’ to meet Lilbet

Day after Lilibet arrived, the Duchess of Cambridge had a joint appearance with first lady Dr. Jill Biden at the Connor Downs Academy, which focuses on educating children from the ages of 4 to 11, in West Cornwall. During the press conference, Kate was asked by NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell about the new addition to the royal family.

“I wish her all the very best. I can’t wait to meet her, because we haven’t yet met her,” the duchess replied. “So, hopefully, that will be soon.”

Harry is set to reunite with his brother and possibly Kate when he travels to the U.K. for the unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue on July 1. Both the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex are scheduled to speak at the event. Because Harry’s wife and children likely won’t be in attendance, Kate will have to wait a little longer to meet her niece in person.

Did Harry and Meghan get permission from Queen Elizabeth to use the nickname Lilibet?

Since Meghan and Harry’s announcement of the name they chose to give their newborn daughter, the big question has been about if they asked Queen Elizabeth II for permission to use the name Lillibet, which is the nickname people have been calling her since she was a child.

A spokesperson for the Sussexes recently told CNN that the queen was aware of the name choice ahead of time. “The duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement. In fact, his grandmother was the first family member he called,” the spokesperson said. “During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honor. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.”

This statement came after a BBC report in which an unnamed palace source alleged that Harry and Meghan did not ask the queen about their name choice.