After a tumultuous year involving a string of explosive revelations that put the couple at odds with palace sources and both future Kings of England, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are reportedly just trying to “keep the peace” with the royal family and focus on their children.
“It’s no secret that the last year Harry and Meghan have been at war with the royals,” a source told Us Weekly of the increasingly strained relationship between the former senior royals and their family. “All is not forgiven, but after all the backlash regarding their interviews—which by the way, the pair have no regrets about—they’re trying their utmost to maintain a good relationship with the queen in order to keep the peace.”
And the birth of their daughter, Lilibet Diana, named after Harry’s late mother Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth’s childhood nickname, is doing much to help ease those familial tensions. The monarch was the first to receive a video call from the couple following the baby’s arrival, as well as the first to find out about Meghan’s second pregnancy.
In response to a report by the BBC claiming the Queen was “never asked” about the child’s name, a spokesperson for the Sussexes said, “The Duke spoke with his family in advance of the announcement, in fact his grandmother was the first family member he called. During that conversation, he shared their hope of naming their daughter Lilibet in her honor. Had she not been supportive, they would not have used the name.”
Now that their second baby has finally arrived, Meghan and Harry are reportedly turning their focus away from all of these tabloid headlines and back towards the future of their family. A friend of the royal couple told People that, since giving birth, Meghan has been in “good spirits and absolutely glowing. She was just ready to have this baby!” After experiencing what she described as the “unbearable grief” of a miscarriage last summer, Meghan also wanted to be able to enjoy this pregnancy in private, according to their friend who said, “They just took it one day at a time, they wanted to have this moment for themselves.”
As for how Meghan and Harry are settling in to life on the West Coast, the insider said that Montecito “is very quiet and perfect for them. They are close to the beach, which they enjoy, and they also have friends in the neighborhood that they spend time with. They spend a lot of time at home with Archie but have also managed to get a few date nights in as well.
This feels like their first proper home together, because they were able to find a house that they both love. It’s nice to see them enjoy life.” In addition to all of the preparations they’ve been putting in place in anticipation of Lilibet’s arrival, Meghan also apparently recently enrolled 2-year-old Archie in a morning program at a preschool a few days a week. The source said, “He is big enough that he is now starting to have his own life too.
He enjoys preschool and outdoor activities.” With the addition of their daughter to their family, the source concluded, “They’re so happy. This baby solidifies that they are creating roots here in the States. It’s like a clean slate—almost like a new beginning.”