A royal expert has speculated that Thomas Markle will not get to meet the baby for some time yet

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A royal author has speculated that Thomas Markle and Prince Chares may not get to meet their newest grandchild for some time.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their second child Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, on Friday 4 June.

Their daughter weighed 7 lbs 11 oz, and the couple announced her birth at 5pm yesterday through their Archewell website.

Lili was barely a day old before speculation as to how she would be greeted by some members of the family began to rage.

It's thought that Meghan's mother Doria Ragland has been among the first relatives to greet Lilibet.

Royal biographer Robert Jobson suggested it was less likely that the other grandparents will be sharing in the joy of a face-to-face meeting in the near future.

Harry and Meghan announced the arrival of Lilibet on Saturday
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"As it stands it seems unlikely that either grandfather will meet their new granddaughter for some time," he told Mail Online.

"Thomas is not the only one facing problems with Harry and Meghan."

Meghan's relationship with her father are said to be strained after he collaborated with the British press and appeared on Good Morning Britain to question her mental health issues.

Harry's relationship with his father Prince Charles and is also under scrutiny at the moment.

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The 36-year-old recently claimed to have moved to California with his family to "break the cycle" of "pain" he suffered as a member of the Royal Family.

He suggested his dad, like himself, had suffered a "genetic pain" as a result of his upbringing.

It is unclear when Charles and the Queen will meet the newborn
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It is also logistically difficult for Harry and Meghan to introduce their daughter to members of the Royal Family at the moment, due to coronavirus travel restrictions between the US and UK.

Charles' warm wishes to his son and daughter-in-law following the happy news came in the form of a statement from Buckingham Palace.

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"The Queen, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news of the birth of a daughter for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex," it read.

Charles, William and Kate also released personalised messages via their official Twitter account.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wrote: "We are all delighted by the happy news of the arrival of baby Lili.

The Queen is said to be "delighted" with the news
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"Congratulations to Harry, Meghan and Archie."

Harry and Meghan said Lilibet's middle name was chosen to honour her grandmother, Princess Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997.

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Both mother and baby – who is eighth in line to the throne – were doing well and were back at home, their press secretary said.

The nature of the announcement, almost two days after the birth, reflects the new life the couple have chosen in the United States.

Kate and Will sent their best wishes to the couple
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When William's wife Kate gave birth to her three children in recent years, she emerged each time alongside her husband from a London hospital just a few hours later to be photographed by the world's media that had camped out in the street.

The couple said they would be taking parental leave from their charity Archewell and have asked people who want to send gifts to support or learn about charities doing work for women and girls, the Archewell website said.

The names given to the baby also echo those given to the only daughter of Prince William, Harry’s elder brother, who is called Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

The new arrival is a little sister for Archie, who was born in 2019, and a new cousin for Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

She is the Queen's 11th great-grandchild – the first of the monarch and Philip's great-grandchildren to be born since the death of the duke in April.