Will the Queen Fly to America to Meet Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s New Baby, Lilibet Diana?

Royal fans are abuzz with the news of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s new baby, Lilibet Diana. Normally, when a British royal baby is born, Queen Elizabeth II is one of the first people to see the tiny tot. But since Harry and Meghan now live in the U.S., will Elizabeth travel to see her new granddaughter?

Queen Elizabeth II in a blue hat and suit, Meghan Markle in a navy dress and hat, and Prince Harry in military attire
Queen Elizabeth II Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

The birth of Lilibet Diana

On Sunday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a statment about their new baby.

“It is with great joy that Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, welcome their daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, to the world,” the statement read.

The statement explained the importance of Lili’s name.

“Lili was born on Friday, June 4 at 11:40 a.m. in the trusted care of the doctors and staff at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA. She weighed 7 lbs 11 oz. Both mother and child are healthy and well, and settling in at home,” the statement continued. “Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales.”

“This is the second child for the couple, who also have a two-year-old son named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The Duke and Duchess thank you for your warm wishes and prayers as they enjoy this special time as a family,” the noticed finished.

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Will the queen travel to America?

Queen Elizabeth doesn’t come to America often. The last time the queen came to the White House was in 2007. Now that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a factor, it is very unlikely that the queen will do any nonessential travel to the U.S. What is more likely, is that Harry and Meghan will fly back to the U.K. to physically introduce Lilibet to the queen when the baby is old enough.

Royal congratulations for the birth of Lilibet Diana

Despite tensions in the royal family following Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, several members of the family have congratulated the Sussexes.

“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,” a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said in a statement after the news was announced.

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Harry’s brother William and sister-in-law Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge sent their well wishes via Instagram.

“We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili,” they captioned the post. “Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie.”

Harry previously revealed in his interview with Oprah that he and his father were not speaking. He also said he and William were taking space from one another. At least the family was able to come together to celebrate Lili’s birth.