Prince Charles extends olive branch to Harry and Meghan in hopes of meeting Lilibet

Doubts linger over the royal reunion after security row, but it appears Charles is eager to see his granddaughter Lilibet


                            Prince Charles extends olive branch to Harry and Meghan in hopes of meeting Lilibet
Prince Charles and Harry attend the "Our Planet" global premiere at the Natural History Museum on April 04, 2019, in London, England. (John Phillips/Getty Images)

Since moving to the US in 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have put quite the distance between themselves and the Royal family. Even the death of Prince Philip didn't bring them back together, but it appears Prince Charles is still trying to change that. On January 17, reports emerged that Charles reached out to the couple and invited them to stay with him in the UK so that he could see his granddaughter Lillibet for the first time.

On June 4, 2021, Harry and Meghan welcomed Lillibet, their second born in California. Shortly after, they also bought the internet domain, Lilibet Diana, with many calling it an insult to the Queen. However, so far, the Royal family has only seen Lilibet via video call, a fortune it appears Meghan's own dad has not received to date. In July 2021, Thomas Markle revealed he was considering legal action so that he could see his grandchildren and slammed the couple of playing politics with them.

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While many challenges stand between Harry and Meghan and a return to the UK, it appears one is causing a particularly major headache - security. Since they are no longer working Royals, the family is not entitled to British police protection, for which Harry has now sued the government. But amidst the confusion and chaos, there appears to be one glimmer of hope for a Royal reunion, thanks to Prince Charles.

Prince Harry and Prince Charles attend the 'International Year of The Reef' 2018 meeting at Fishmongers Hall on February 14, 2018 in London, England. (Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

 

Security puts reunion in doubt

Just before Christmas, Charles reached out to Harry and offered to let the family stay with him in the UK. If accepted, it would be the first time Meghan is meeting the family since their high-profile split and also offer Charles his first face-to-face with Lillibet. "The Prince of Wales has been saddened that he hasn't had the opportunity to spend time with his grandchildren, which he really does miss," one source told The Mirror. The source added, "He feels there is something missing from his life without the ability to get to know Harry’s children.
“This is something he is hoping to remedy which is why he made the gesture for Harry, Meghan, and the children to stay with him if they wanted to, whenever they may come home for a period of time."

Harry is expected to return to the UK in April when a memorial service for the late Prince Philip is planned at Westminister Abbey in London. However, the major thorn in that plan appears to be security. Harry is reportedly refusing to return to the UK without adequate protection, which his American team cannot provide on foreign soil. Therefore, he has sued the British government, asking to bear the expenses of his protection, as long as he and his family are protected by the Metropolitan Police. 

At the moment, the security issue appears to be the only thing stopping Harry from accepting his father's invite. But as some social media users noticed, it appears to be a bit of a non-issue, which Harry was drumming up.

'They are spoiled brats'

"His security would be able to protect H & co by extension if staying with Prince Charles. Its only if go of on their own PR stunts that security won't be given. It's a compromise by Prince Charles & olive branch. If they don't find acceptable they are the spoilt brats," one user tweeted. Another replied, "<The offer.. was made by the heir in the lead up to Christmas, it is understood> So they'd be staying with Charles, protected by the same security Charles has. And could have their own US security as well, to a lesser degree. So what's Harry's problem?" One user asked, "Sincere question here: Isn’t there already a degree of royal security on hand at Windsor for them to stay at Frogmore as well?" One person slammed, "Remember how Meghan threw a fit in Australia as she wasn’t given a whole wing of Australia house, just a few rooms? She won’t like staying in a few rooms of Charles house. Not grand enough for her."