Duchess of Cambridge says she 'can't wait' to meet new niece Lilibet - and hopes it will be soon

·Royal Correspondent
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The Duchess of Cambridge has said she "can't wait" to meet her new niece Lilibet and hopes it will be soon, her first public remarks about the birth of Harry and Meghan's second baby.

Kate, 39, was asked about the newest royal baby while carrying out engagements at a school in Cornwall with US first lady Dr Jill Biden.

She said: "I wish her all the very best, I can't wait to meet her.

"We haven’t met her yet, I hope that will be soon."

The duchess responded "no" when NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell if they had "FaceTimed" with Harry and Meghan.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed baby Lilibet Diana on 4 June, announcing her birth two days later explaining their little girl was named after the Queen and Princess Diana.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a round table discussion during her visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall on the sidelines of the G7 summit on June 11, 2021. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge during a round table discussion while on a visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall. (AFP)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and US First Lady Jill Biden visit Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall on the sidelines of the G7 summit on June 11, 2021. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / various sources / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Kate was joined by Dr Jill Biden for the visit to the school. (AFP)

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It sparked some controversy in the UK, where some saw it as problematic for the couple to use the Queen's childhood nickname for their daughter - though others defended the Sussexes as offering a "nod of affection" to her.

Kate has previously been touted as a peacemaker in the Royal Family and was praised for appearing to engineer a brief chat between Prince William and Prince Harry after the funeral of Prince Philip in Windsor in April.

The brothers are in the midst of something of a rift, though they are expected to reunite on 1 July, when they will unveil a statue of their mother, Diana, in the sunken garden at Kensington Palace.

However it is thought Meghan and baby Lilibet will stay at home with son Archie, so Kate may be left waiting longer to meet the newborn.

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and US First Lady Jill Biden chat with children feeding a rabbit during their visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall on the sidelines of the G7 summit on June 11, 2021. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Kate and Dr Biden chat with children feeding a rabbit during their visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall. (AFP)
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talks with US First Lady Jill Biden as she carries carrots to feed a pet rabbit during their visit to Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall on the sidelines of the G7 summit on June 11, 2021. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / various sources / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Kate and Dr Biden, as she carried carrots to feed the rabbits, at the school in Cornwall. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP)

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The Duchess of Cambridge marked another milestone in her royal life on Friday by taking on engagements at the G7 summit in Cornwall, the first time she and her husband Prince William have taken part.

They will also join the Queen and other world leaders at the Eden Project later on Friday.

Kate and Dr Biden toured Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, west Cornwall, seeing how the children got on in English and Maths projects, before accompanying them to feed the rabbits.

Then they sat on a panel with experts in Early Years development, a project which Kate has been working on for some time, and which she formally launched last year.

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