Meghan Markle forced to 'bear brunt' of 'sad' reality about Archie and Lilibet's royal relationships

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Meghan Markle may potentially "bear the brunt" of the "sad" repercussions of her children, Archie and Lilibet, not developing a close bond with their royal cousins in the UK according to a royal commentator.

The two Sussex children have made very few visits to the UK, sparking concerns among royal observers about whether the siblings will be able to connect meaningfully with their royal lineage.

Despite this, Prince Harry has made it clear in the past that he would like his kids to grow up with an understanding of their family history, the Mirror reports.

An insider told Royal biographer Tom Quinn that Meghan harbours some regrets about leaving the UK, fearing Archie and Lilibet might one day resent missing out on relationships with their relatives and a life filled with British traditions.

They shared: "Meghan does miss some aspects of life in the UK and worries that her children will blame her if they never get to see their cousins and feel as adults that they have been deprived of what might have been a fun and meaningful existence in the UK."

File photo dated 25/09/2019 of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex holding their son Archie during a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mrs Tutu at their legacy foundation in Cape Town.
Archie and Lilibet have made very few visits to the UK with their parents -Credit:PA

Jennie Bond, a former BBC Royal correspondent, concurs that this is "a legitimate point". Speaking to OK!, she said: "Children grow up and are innately curious about their heritage and background... and when your heritage is one of the most famous families in the world, it will undoubtedly seem rather odd and perhaps sad that you hardly know or remember them."

She added: "Imagine Archie, aged 15, telling his friends, 'My grandpa is/was King! And my Uncle is/will be King too.' But he hardly knew or met them. How sad... and Meghan would have to bear the brunt of the responsibility for that."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's little girl, Princess Lilibet, marked her third birthday yesterday. Born on June 4, 2021, at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, she is the sister of Prince Archie and the youngest granddaughter of King Charles.

Originally named Lilibet Diana Mountbatten Windsor, it was confirmed in 2023 that she and her older brother would carry princely titles, as their parents didn't want to deny them their "birth right".

Despite being seventh in line to the throne, Lilibet has spent minimal time in the UK and holds the distinction of being the first of the late Queen's great-grandchildren to be born overseas.

Jennie had some insights on how the young Royal would have spent her day as she said: "Three-year-old birthday parties are all about bouncy castles and little girls in princess dresses.

"Of course Lilibet is already a princess, but I'm sure her mum will still want to dress her up for her big day. After all, that's half the fun of having a little girl.

"If Lilibet is anything like my three year old granddaughter, now is the time that she will be pining for a pet to cuddle...and a makeup bag full of child friendly (and washable) lipsticks and nail varnish. So I hope Harry is ready for guinea pig cage cleaning duties! "

This image shows Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, after celebrating her first birthday
The King's youngest grandchild, Princess Lilibet turned three years old this week -Credit:PA

She added:"I expect her birthday will be full of sunshine, squabbles with her brother, fun games with her toddler friends and some delicious home cooking from her mum. It will no doubt be an all American affair at their Montecito mansion and I would expect to see a sprinkling of celebrities and a laid-back party, which hopefully will include some other toddlers.

"It would be nice to think the day might include a video call to Lilibet's grandfather, King Charles and hopefully some sort of gift has been arranged and will be delivered to Montecito for her birthday."

The infrequent visits of Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet to the UK have raised questions about their connection to their royal heritage and their three cousins, George, Charlotte and Louis, who are the children of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Jennie further remarked: "I'm sure that, like Harry, she wants the very best for their children... and that will include an understanding of their background. I just hope that by the time Archie and Lili grow up, things will be calmer and the family more united, even if they continue to live thousands of miles apart.

"This is not the children's fault or responsibility so let's hope the adults can make it a better world for the next generation of royals."

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