There’s nothing like the news of a pregnancy to bring a family together, but will this work for the British Royal Family? On the heels of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s exciting announcement, it’s a curious time for the monarchy given the fact that the stateside couple hasn’t reunited with the rest of the royals after their big exit last year.
Of course, the pandemic created some major travel issues and it was best for Meghan and Harry to safely stay in California. But how do the senior royals feel about their new family member? A palace spokesperson told Entertainment Tonight, “Her Majesty, [the] Duke of Edinburgh, [the] Prince of Wales and the entire family are delighted and wish them well.” The message was short, but sweet — but we wouldn’t read any negativity into it.
With another grandchild for Prince Charles and a great-grandchild for Queen Elizabeth on the way, this is the perfect icebreaker for the feuding families. Nothing softens hard feelings when there is a new baby in the room — all of the focus is on the child and not the issues at hand. Yes, the continuation of Megxit will still have to be addressed, but it’s easy to see that the new life Meghan and Harry have created for themselves is a happy one.
With the pregnancy news and no clear understanding of Meghan’s due date just yet, the family might not be able to travel to the big family celebrations this summer. Royal author Robert Lacey explained to SheKnows that the upcoming events are crucial to mending the family feud.
“They have committed to come back next July the 1st which will be the 60th [birthday] of Diana’s. William and Harry will stand side by side and unveil the statue they’ve commissioned in their mother’s honor, ” Lacey said. “The Duke of Edinburgh will celebrate his 100th birthday in June, and presumably both boys will be at that. So there are certainly signposts we can see ahead to moments of reconciliation.”
A lot is happening at once, but it feels like positive news all around. The only tricky detail to work out will be Meghan’s ability to travel based on what is safe for her as a pregnant mom. Otherwise, we might start seeing thawing relations as the year moves forward — which has to be a relief for Meghan and Harry, who have finally found their happy ending in the United States.
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