While many thought Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to name their daughter after Queen Elizabeth was a peace offering of sorts, one royal editor thinks they still have to go one step further to mend the family rift.
"I think it works to a certain extent in extending an olive branch. Anyone that’s had or experienced family conflict can confirm that sometimes the arrival of a new baby is the kind of event that can bring people together," noted The Telegraph's Camilla Tominey. "Having said that, I think the strongest olive branch will be for the Sussexes to come over and visit the Queen and introduce her to her new great grandchild."
The pair named their little girl "Lilibet," which is the Queen's nickname. Some thought the moniker choice was distasteful, but the parents' spokesperson claimed the matriarch gave her seal of approval.
"The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement, in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called," the statement read. "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."
Since the Queen is OK with the name, Tominey thinks a family reunion would work wonders — especially since the Queen won't have many more opportunities to interact with her great-grandchildren, though she has seen them via Zoom.
"I think it was November 2019, that would have been the last time the Queen saw Archie," she noted. "He’s grown a great deal since then, once a babe in arms he’s now a toddler."
"Equally I suppose at 95, there’s only a limited amount of time left for the Queen to spend with her great grandchildren," she added. "So there will be this sense of urgency of trying to see them again."
Baby Lilibet was born on June 4, while Harry and Meghan's son Archie turned 2 in May.