Prince Harry and Meghan’s children Archie and Lilibet stayed back at Montecito home as Sussexes attended Queen's vigil
LONDON, ENGLAND: Earlier, reports claimed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are considering flying their children, Archie and Lilibet to the United Kingdom to attend the funeral of the Late Queen Elizabeth II. But the whereabouts of the youngest members of the Sussex family remained unknown last night in the final hours before the state funeral of Queen.
The youngest Sussex family members, Archie, 3, and 15-months-old Lilibet are believed to have remained behind at the royal couple’s new mansion in California while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the vigil for the late queen at Westminster Hall in London, claimed a report by DailyMail.
As per the report, the two children stayed at the couple’s home in Montecito, California, where the couple shifted after stepping down from their royal duties in January 2020. The children are currently under the care of nannies and Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland. However, Ragland was spotted stepping out alone in Los Angeles on Friday, September 17.
Earlier this week, a source close to Harry and Meghan told the Telegraph, that the couple is considering flying their children with their grandmother to the United Kingdom to attend the funeral of the Late Queen, who died on Thursday, September 08. The reports about the royal couple’s plan came out after they extended their UK trip and decided to stay in Harry’s homeland until Queen’s state funeral.
The two small children got very less chances to spend time with their grandmother. Archie, born in 2019, shares just one picture with the Queen, which was taken shortly after he was born. The two children last met the Queen at a private lunch in Windsor around the time of Lilibet’s first birthday in June. Prince Harry referred to this meeting of the Queen with her great-grandchildren in a statement released shortly after the demise of the queen. "Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings — from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren," the Duke of Sussex said in his statement.
It has been reported that the new King Charles is not going to reveal the new royal titles for Archie and Lilibet until the official royal mourning period is over on Sept 26. There are speculations that the duo will receive Prince and Princess titles but will not get His and Her Royal Highness (HRH) titles as their parents Prince Harry and Meghan are not fulfilling their royal duties. For the time being, Archie and Lilibet are referred to in the line of Succession as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and Miss Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor on the official royal website.