Kate reveals she hasn’t met baby Lilibet yet but she ‘hopes that she will soon’ as she is asked about the arrival of her niece on school visit
Kate Middleton today revealed she has not yet met her new niece Lilibet on a video call, one week after her brother-in-law Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle welcomed their second child.
Speaking while visiting a school in Cornwall during the G7 summit today, the Duchess of Cambridge said she could not wait to meet the girl, whose full name is Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.
Appearing alongside US First Lady Jill Biden this afternoon, Kate told reporters: ‘I wish her all the very best, I can’t wait to meet her because we haven’t yet met her yet so hopefully that will be soon.’
Asked if she had spoken with her on Facetime, the Duchess replied: ‘No I haven’t.’ Kate was asked the question about Lilibet by NBC journalist Andrea Mitchell, an American pool reporter.
Kate Middleton spoke while in Hayle, Cornwall, today (left) – one week after Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle welcomed their second child who is a younger sister to Archie (right, pictured together in South Africa in September 2019)
The Duchess of Cambridge and US First Lady Jill Biden visit Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall, this afternoon
The Duchess of Cambridge and US First Lady Jill Biden laugh together during a visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle today
The Duchess and Dr Biden were visiting an academy school for four to 11-year-olds today to highlight issues surrounding the early years development of children during their meeting as the G7 summit began.
The two women met for the first time at Connor Downs Academy in Hayle in Cornwall, where world leaders have gathered for their summit, as they toured a classroom and spoke to some of the younger children at the school.
They also brought carrots which were fed by the children to the school’s pet rabbits. Kate and her husband Prince William are taking part in their first G7 events, another milestone in their progression as senior royals. Later today, William and Kate will join the Queen, Prince of Wales and Camilla at the G7 Leaders’ reception at the Eden Project.
Prince Charles and William will host a reception for the leaders and chief executive officers from some the world’s largest companies to discuss how the private sector can work with governments to tackle the climate emergency.
The Queen is then set to host Dr Biden and her husband, US President Joe Biden, at Windsor Castle for tea on Sunday, one day after celebrating her official birthday with a scaled-back Trooping the Colour ceremony.
Kate Middleton and the First Lady at the Connor Downs Academy in Cornwall today looking at a project with the children
Dr Biden showed children a picture of the White House, where she lives in Washington with the US President Joe Biden
The pair, who have never met before, shared a laugh as they arrived for the official visit in Cornwall this afternoon
The Duchess of Cambridge talks with children in the Hayle school’s reception class during her visit this afternoon
Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, named after Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and his late mother, Princess Diana, was born one week ago at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California.
Her birth comes almost a year and a half after Harry and Meghan announced that they intended to step down from their royal roles, plunging the family into crisis, before moving into an £11million mansion in Montecito.
Their relationship with the royals further deteriorated after an interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, in which they accused one of making a racist remark and said Meghan’s pleas for help when she felt suicidal were ignored.
Then this week, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex launched an unprecedented legal attack on the BBC after the corporation claimed the couple did not ask the Queen if they could name their daughter Lilibet.
The extraordinary row exploded after days of claim and counter-claim over whether the Queen had been consulted or just informed of her new great-granddaughter’s name and when.
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