Royal experts today questioned whether the Queen and Prince Philip would ever get to meet Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s second child.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who now live in California, announced their pregnancy last night on Valentine’s Day, saying they were ‘overjoyed.’
The baby will automatically become a US citizen if born across the pond and will also be entitled to a British passport through Harry.
Harry, Meghan and Archie left Britain for Canada in November 2019, meaning their firstborn, who now speaks with a North American twang, has not seen any of his British relatives since he was six months old.
They are now living in an £11 million mansion in Montecito where they have signed multi-million pound deals with Netflix and Spotify
The Duke is expected to return to the UK this summer to see his family for the first time since the couple quit Britain and the Royal Family last March – dubbed ‘Megxit’.
Meghan was unlikely to join him for ‘personal and practical’ reasons, sources previously revealed, so it remains unclear when the new baby will meet his grandfather Charles or his great-grandmother the Queen.
One Royal expert told MailOnline that the couple’s new arrival may never meet the Queen or Prince Philip, while another said the baby won’t travel to Britain before Christmas.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle released a photograph yesterday which showed them beaming with delight following the announcement they are expecting a second baby
Veteran Royal correspondent Phil Dampier told MailOnline: ‘It does beg the question, when will the Queen – who is 95 in April – and Prince Philip – who is 100 in June – actually meet the new child.
‘It may be that they never actually see the baby.
‘But also Archie – they haven’t seen him for many months and it’s very sad. They’ve had Zoom calls but it’s not the same as seeing them in person.
Does a child born in America get automatic US citizenship?
Any child born in the US gets automatic US citizenship under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
This states: ‘All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.’
The only exception applies to the ‘jurisdiction’ element, which means children born to diplomats and other recognized government officials from foreign countries don’t get US citizenship if born on American soil.
Anyone born in the US gets citizenship for their life unless they make an action to give it up such as filing an oath.
‘You know, the Queen is very family orientated and loves seeing her great-grandchildren. I think it will be very, very sad if they (the Queen and Prince Philip) never see the baby in person.
‘Not only them but Prince Charles, I think he sees a lot more of Will and Kate’s kids than he did before because they’re at Anmer Hall.
‘He sees a lot more of George, Charlotte and Louis than he did a year or two before. So he also will be very sad to see Archie and the new baby grow up more without seeing them.
‘Obviously there are difficulties with Covid, but it underlines the difficulties of Megxit.’
The new Sussex baby will become eighth in line to the throne, after Prince Charles, Prince William, William’s three children George, Charlotte and Louis, Prince Harry and his eldest child 21-month-old Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
Harry retained his place in the line of succession despite his decision to quit royal life.
The couple announced last night on Valentine’s Day that they were expecting – the same day Princess Diana revealed she was expecting Harry in 1984.
They are yet to reveal when they are expecting the baby, who will be a younger brother or sister to Archie who turns two in May.
Royal biographer Angela Levin said news of Meghan’s pregnancy was tinged with sadness for the Royal family because they are unsure when they will get to meet the new baby, not having seen Archie for months.
She told ITV: ‘The worrying thing, of course, is will this new baby ever see their father’s family?
‘I think there’s a doubt over that. They’ll be a little American, they can also be English too. But will the royals ever see them?’
Ms Levin added: ‘I think the Queen made a very nice comment that everybody’s delighted, and of course they are.
‘But there is a sadness underneath that she hasn’t seen Archie as a person for a very long time.
‘So there’s a sorrow even though they will be her eleventh great-grandchild, which will be quite amazing.
‘But I do think it’s quite sad as well as being happy.’
Prince Harry is due to return to Britain in the summer for the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday in June or for the unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue outside Kensington Palace on July 1 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her death.
It is also possible that Harry may attend for the Trooping of the Colour – the official celebration of Her Majesty’s birthday on June 12.
Royal author Robert Jobson told MailOnline: ‘It’s difficult to know when the rest of the royal family will meet the new baby. Firstly, it is unclear when the baby is due in the late summer or autumn.
‘Travel restrictions may also be in place. Given that it appears that Meghan is not planing to return to the UK this summer for the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday or the unveiling of the Diana statue.
‘I would think, apart from zoom calls, it will be some time before the baby will be introduced, possibly at Christmas time 2021 could be the earliest.’
As any child born in the States, the baby will be entitled to US citizenship under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.
He or she will also be automatically entitled to UK citizenship because father Harry is British.
To celebrate the news yesterday, the couple released a black and white photograph which showed them beaming with delight.
Meghan lay with her head in her husband’s lap, her hand resting on her visible baby bump.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are seen with Archie in Cape Town on September 25, 2019
Barefoot Harry cradled her head in his hand as the couple relaxed together under a tree on a sprawling sunlit lawn.
The picture was shot by photographer Misan Harriman, a friend of the duke and duchess. It was believed to have been taken in Montecito.
A spokesman for the couple said: ‘We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child.’
The announcement comes after Meghan, 39, suffered a heart-breaking miscarriage last year.
Mr Harriman said being asked to take the photograph felt especially poignant after the duchess’s miscarriage.
He said: ‘To be asked to help share this absolute joy after such an unimaginable loss and heartache is a marker of true friendship.
‘Meg reminded me that had I not introduced her to a mutual friend then she wouldn’t have met Harry. I’m grateful for whatever small part I played.’
The couple have been hunkering down at a sprawling nine-bedroom mansion in Montecito that they purchased for $14.65million last June (pictured)
It comes almost exactly 37 years after Princess Diana was confirmed to be pregnant with her second child – Prince Harry.
Buckingham Palace made that announcement on February 13, 1984.
Harry and Meghan chose to put out a statement themselves yesterday, in keeping with their decision to move away from their traditional roles within the Royal Family.
Buckingham Palace said that Her Majesty, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and ‘the entire family’ were ‘delighted’.
Bookmakers immediately began offering odds for royal names last night, with Alfie and Alexandra emerging as early favourites.
The names Alfie and Alexandra are the favourites with one bookmaker to be picked by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their second child.
Ladbrokes has Alfie and Alexandra as frontrunners, both with odds of 4-1, and the betting on the baby’s sex has seen both a boy and girl priced at 10-11.