The Prince of Wales enjoyed a “very emotional” first meeting with his granddaughter, Lilibet, a senior royal aide has revealed.
Both Prince Charles, 73, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, were said to have been “absolutely thrilled” to see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their children earlier this month, when they travelled from California for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
It comes after the Duke of Sussex described feeling let down by his fatherrevealing that he had stopped taking his calls at one stage.
The Sussexes left the monarchy in crisis after using an interview with Oprah Winfrey to accuse an unnamed royal of being racist towards their son, Archie, before he was born. They also accused the wider institution of failing to help Meghan when she had suicidal thoughts.
But a senior royal source said it had been “wonderful” to have the Sussexes back in the UK.
“It was fantastic to see them. It was wonderful to have them back in Britain,” the source said.
“The Prince, of course, hasn’t seen his grandson Archie for a bit of time and so it was very, very, very special to have some time with him.
“He hadn’t met Lili, his granddaughter, and so to meet her was very emotional, a very, very wonderful thing.”
“What grandparent wouldn’t think that was a good day all round?”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared at the jubilee service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, but sat far across the aisle from the Prince of Wales and the Cambridges. They also did not take part in any other public jubilee festivities.