The Sussexes are said to have asked if they can visit the Queen so their four-month-old daughter, the second after Archie, can meet her great-grandmother.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have offered to fly in to see the Queen and introduce her to her namesake great-granddaughter Lilibet in the coming weeks, it has been reported.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are said to have a rocky relationship with some senior royals, but Harry is thought to remain on good terms with Her Majesty.
He has reportedly made several ‘olive branch’ calls to his family in the wake of the Sussex’s explosive interview with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey.
According to The Sun, Harry and Meghan have been making plans for Lilibet’s christening, with Windsor Castle touted as a potential venue.
The visit would be Meghan’s first return to the UK since they stepped back from royal duties in March last year.
Harry came back alone for Prince Philip’s funeral in April and then again in July to unveil a statue to his mother Diana alongside his brother Prince William.
But royal sources told the newspaper they were ‘shocked by the sheer nerve’ of the request for a meeting with the Queen.
One said: ‘Harry and Meghan have made this offer, but a lot of people are shocked by the sheer nerve of it. They may genuinely want to see the Queen but it’s breathtaking given what they’ve put her through this year.
‘Her Majesty’s staff have not responded so far. In fact, there has also been discussion about Christmas — and whether an invitation should be sent to Harry and Meghan, after they spurned one last year.’
The source went on to say that the Queen is ‘still very fond of Harry and would love to see Lilibet and her brother Archie’.
The Sussexes have established a new life for themselves in the celebrity enclave of Montecito in California, buying a multimillion-pound home and launching a non-profit foundation.
Harry and Meghan have also signed lucrative deals – thought to be worth well over £100 million – with Spotify and Netflix that have given them the capital to pursue their new lifestyle and public goals.