Prince Harry and Meghan Markle count actors, fashion designers and royalty among their inner circle, so newborn daughter Lilibet will have no shortage of glittering celebrity offspring by her side as she grows up.
But the young royal’s star-studded California play date posse will be decidedly different to the one she would have had if Harry and Meghan had decided to raise their children in the UK.
A-list power couple Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry, who welcomed daughter Daisy Dove in August 2020, live just down the road from the Sussexes in Montecito, while Meghan’s BFF Misha Nonoo, who is expecting a daughter of her own this summer, has reportedly been looking for a house in the neighbourhood.
Further away are Serena Williams and her daughter Olympia, who spend most of their time in Florida, and Toronto-based Jessica Mulroney and her three children, although distance doesn’t matter too much when you’re mingling with the mega-wealthy.
Some of the British crew have also moved Stateside, with Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip – Prince Harry’s onetime wingman – now calling Washington D.C. home with his wife and young son.
Back in the UK it would have been a largely family affair, with Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall’s sons (born in February and May, respectively) and Princess Beatrice’s new baby (due this autumn) born just a few months apart from Lilibet.
Violet von Westenholz, the socialite and royal family friend who is said to have introduced Harry and Meghan, has a two-year-old daughter, while Archie’s godfather Charlie van Straubenzee welcomed a daughter with wife Daisy last year.
On the showbiz side of the friendship group there is George and Amal Clooney, who live just a stone’s throw from Windsor with their three-year-old twins Ella and Alexander.
Here, FEMAIL takes a closer look at the young movers and shakers you need to know.
FRIENDS IN THE US
ALEXIS OLYMPIA OHANIAN JR.
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s daughter
Sporting superstar: Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s three-year-old daughter Alexis, known as Olympia, will no doubt grow up with Lilibet
Among the oldest in Harry and Meghan’s baby group is Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s three-year-old daughter Alexis, known as Olympia.
The family are understood to spend most of their time in Florida but will no doubt be popping on a plane to visit Lilibet as soon as possible.
Meghan and Serena have been close friends since 2014 after having their first ‘real hangout’ at the DirecTV Beach Bowl, although they briefly crossed paths in 2010 at the SuperBowl.
The pair have been determined not to let distance come in the way of their friendship, with Serena and Alexis travelling to the UK for Harry and Meghan’s wedding and Meghan jetting to New York just to cheer on Serena in the U.S. Open in September 2019.
Serena was among the first friends to meet Archie following his birth in May 2019 and the tennis champion will no doubt be planning a trip to California to meet the new arrival.
She recently described her royal BFF as the ‘strongest person she knows’ and described her as the ‘epitome of confidence’, ‘the epitome of selflessness’.
LEO AND BABY HESS
Misha Nonoo and Mikey Hess’s son and future daughter
Bosom buddies! Meghan Markle’s BFF Misha Nonoo revealed in February she is pregnant with a baby girl – weeks after the Duchess announced she was expecting. The fashion designer, pictured, also has a son Leo, who is less than a year younger than Archie
Meghan Markle’s BFF Misha Nonoo revealed in February she is pregnant with a baby girl – weeks after the Duchess announced she was expecting.
The British-Bahraini fashion designer, who lives in New York and is known for her eponymous clothing line, is credited with helping to introduce Harry and Meghan.
Her first husband, Alexander Gilkes, went to school with Prince William and Prince Harry.
Now married to oil heir Mikey Hess, Misha welcomed her son Leo in March 2020 – less than a year after Harry and Meghan welcomed Archie.
During her first pregnancy, Misha told People, that the Duchess of Sussex had been sharing her advice about becoming a first-time mother.
The designer revealed: ‘As with all friendships, you share lots of tips and everything.’
While Mikey and Misha currently call New York home, reports suggest the couple have been looking at property in Montecito – maybe they could soon be on Harry and Meghan’s doorstep.
DAISY DOVE BLOOM
Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry’s daughter
Celebrity neighbours: The Duke of Sussex , 36, told Dax Shepard’s ‘Armchair Expert’ show that he has struck up a bond with his new neighbours Orlando Bloom, 44, and singer Katy Perry , 36, who live ‘just down the road’ from Harry and Meghan’s £11million mansion in Montecito
Bouncing baby girl: Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are proud parents of daughter Daisy Dove
The Duke of Sussex, 36, told Dax Shepard’s ‘Armchair Expert’ show that he has struck up a bond with his new neighbours Orlando Bloom, 44, and singer Katy Perry, 36, who live ‘just down the road’ from Harry and Meghan’s £11million mansion in Montecito, California.
Speaking in a 90-minute interview on the podcast, Prince Harry described how the Lord of the Rings star tipped him off about a photographer and that the pair ‘keep in touch’ over text.
But the pair’s close proximity and the fact they are now both Brits abroad is far from the only parallel between the duo, who have both seemingly been moving in the same circle for years – having common connections with US designer Misha Nonoo, popstar Ellie Goulding and also a reported interest in spirituality.
Handily, Orlando and Katy are also the proud parents of a little girl, Daisy Dove, who was born in August 2020.
It means there will be less than a year between Lilibet and Daisy as they grow up down the road from each other.
Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip and wife Lara’s son
Moved to the US: Prince Harry’s childhood friend Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip and his wife Lara welcomed their first child together, a boy named Arthur, in May last year
Prince Harry’s childhood friend Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip and his wife Lara welcomed their first child together, a boy named Arthur, in May last year.
The two men used to be inseparable, with Skippy known as Harry’s wingman thanks to their wild holidays together.
Harry was an usher at Skippy’s wedding to literary agent Lara in Jamaica in 2017 but the pair grew apart.
Although Skippy and his wife Lara were invited to the wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, in 2018, they were notably absent from the lavish evening reception at Frogmore House.
Instead, they had to watch as the Royal couple’s new friends such as Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney made their way to the event.
However it is understood the pair have put their differences aside and patched things up.
Both men are now parents and fatherhood has given them some much-needed perspective, the Mail On Sunday reported in May last year. The pair had plans to meet up after the lockdown ended in the United States, where they both live.
Skippy, who lives in Washington DC and works at US tech giant Afiniti, was reportedly making plans to take his company’s private jet to Los Angeles with his son Albert to meet Harry and Archie.
It is not known whether the planned meeting went ahead but it certainly bodes well for warmer relations between the two families going forward.
Katharine McPhee and David Foster’s son
A-list pal: Katharine McPhee welcomed her first child with husband David Foster in February. Pictured, the actress and singer while pregnant with her son Rennie
Hollywood pals: Music producer Foster, 71, who has been married five times, has become a close friend to Harry and Meghan and the foursome have been spotted dining out together
While Prince Charles might not be close by, Prince Harry will have a ‘father figure’ on hand in the form of music producer David Foster, who welcomed a son with wife Katharine McPhee in February.
The couple live in a stunning Los Angeles apartment but there are rumours they are looking to snap up a place to be closer to Harry, Meghan, Archie and Lilibet.
Music producer Foster, 71, who has been married five times, has become a close friend to Harry and Meghan and the foursome have been spotted dining out together.
Katharine previously said her musician husband ‘has a really, really beautiful relationship with Harry,’ and that they are ‘like father and son’.
The actress, who first found fame on American Idol, was at school with Meghan, albeit several years below her.
There are reports that they spent last Christmas together at the Sussex home in Montecito.
Foster was instrumental in the couple’s stay at the £10.7 million Mille Fleurs house in Vancouver, Canada, from November 2019 to March 2020. The house was secured for them by Foster, whose friend owned the house. Harry and Meghan reportedly paid a rent that was ‘well below market value’.
Meanwhile, Foster has been friends with Oprah Winfrey for years. Oprah was one of the highest profile stars to travel to Canada to lend wattage to his Miracle Gala in 2017 which celebrated 30 years of charity work by the mogul.
… AND THE ONES IN THE UK
PRINCE GEORGE, PRINCESS CHARLOTTE AND PRINCE LOUIS
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children
Close bond: If the Sussexes had chosen to live in the UK and continue on as working royals then Archie and Lilibet would have had a special bond with their cousins, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, who they would have seen at family events and at royal engagements as they got older. Pictured, the Cambridges in 2020
Although it seems difficult to imagine now, there was a point in time when Prince William and Prince Harry no doubt would have imagined their children growing up the best of friends.
If the Sussexes had chosen to live in the UK and continue on as working royals then Archie and Lilibet would have had a special bond with their cousins, Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three, who they would have seen at family events and at royal engagements as they got older.
One only has to look at the bond the brothers share with their own cousins, namely Zara, Eugenie and Beatrice, to see the type of relationship and experiences their children might have shared.
Prince Harry was also a hands-on uncle to the Cambridge children, particularly to Prince George.
Although there are a few years between George and his newborn cousin, the future king is well practised at entertaining his younger siblings and would have felt at ease with a little one around.
Archie too would have benefited, particularly given there is just a year between him and Louis.
Harry and William are expected to reunite in July to unveil a statue of their mother in Kensignton Palace Gardens to mark what would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday.
It will be the first time they have been together in person since Prince Philip’s funeral and Prince Harry’s most recent round of bombshell Oprah interviews.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s son
Baby Brooksbank! Eugenie and Jack with son August, who is just a few months older than Lilibet
Eugenie and Harry enjoy a particularly close relationship and the princess knew Meghan (the pair have mutual friends including Misha Nonoo) before the then actress met the prince.
Indeed Eugenie and her then boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, were at a party in Soho House in Toronto in 2016 when Harry and the Suits star were first seen together.
Eugenie was instrumental in keeping her cousin’s relationship secret.
Despite the distance between them, Eugenie and Jack are understood to still be on good terms with Harry and Meghan.
The young parents live at Frogmore Cottage, the house on the Windsor estate renovated by the Sussexes before they emigrated to North America.
With so much in common, it is easy to imagine Lilibet and August, who was born in February would have grown up the best of friends.
Like the Cambridges, the children would have seen each other at family events as well as official royal engagements.
Princess Eugenie’s older sister, Princess Beatrice, is also expecting her first child this year with husband Edoardo – adding another to the Sussexes’ British playdate options.
Zara and Mike Tindall’s son
Baby Tindall! Like August Brooksbank, Zara and Mike’s son Lucas is the perfect age to be best friends with the Sussexes little girl. Pictured, Zara with Lucas in Mary
Close: Harry enjoys a good relationship with Mike and Zara and is godfather to Lena, two
Like August Brooksbank, Zara and Mike’s son Lucas is the perfect age to be best friends with the Sussexes little girl.
Prince Harry enjoyed a close relationship with Zara and Mike while he was living in the UK, with ex-rugby player Mike previously speaking about how he was part of a WhatsApp group with Harry.
Harry is goddaughter to the Tindall’s younger daughter Lena, two. Oldest child Mia is seven.
The Tindalls live at Gatcombe Park, Princess Anne’s Gloucestershire estate, meaning they would have seen the Sussexes less than the family members in London or Windsor.
But the families were excellent in making an effort to see each other when Harry lived in the UK so no doubt it would have been the same had the Sussexes chosen to raise their children there.
ALEXANDER AND JAMES JORDAN
Lindsay Roth and Gavin Jordan’s sons
College BFFs: Meghan’s best friend from college, Lindsay Roth, is understood to be raising her sons, Alexander, two, and James, one, in London, where she lives with her husband Gavin
Meghan’s best friend from college, Lindsay Roth, is understood to be raising her sons, Alexander, two, and James, one, in London, where she lives with her English husband Gavin.
Meghan and Lindsay have been friends since they met in a Toni Morrison literature class during their freshman year at Northwestern, from which they graduated in 2003.
They remained close as Meghan went on to pursue acting, eventually earning her high-profile role on Suits.
Lindsay also acted for a bit, appearing as an extra in Mona Lisa Smile alongside Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst, and Raise Your Voice, with Hilary Duff.
She has since gone on to work as a producer for Larry King Now, The Real Girl’s Kitchen, and Queen Boss.
All the while, the two were in each other’s lives. Though Meghan has deleted her personal Instagram account, Lindsay still has several photos of the star up and tagged on her page.
TV producer Roth married Englishman Gavin Jordan in 2016, with Meghan serving as maid of honor.
CLOVER VAN STRAUBENZEE
Daughter of Charlie and Daisy van Straubenzee
Proud parents: Prince Harry’s childhood friend and Archie’s rumoured godfather Charlie van Straubenzee welcomed a daughter Clover with wife Daisy in February last year
Best man duties: Prince Harry acted as Charlie’s best man at his wedding to Daisy, a society wedding and party videographer who runs a company with her sister Kitty, on August 4, 2018 in Frensham, Surrey – also Meghan’s 37th birthday. Pictured, the couple at the wedding
Prince Harry’s childhood friend and Archie’s rumoured godfather Charlie van Straubenzee welcomed a daughter Clover with wife Daisy in February last year.
The families have been friends for decades, with their uncle, William van Straubenzee, a close friend of Princess Diana.
Harry and Charlie have been friends since their time at Ludgrove Prep School in Berkshire. Charlie’s older brother Thomas is Princess Charlotte’s godfather.
Charlie and Thomas were both Prince Harry’s ushers at his Windsor Castle wedding to Meghan in May 2018, and Charlie gave a speech alongside Prince William at the evening reception at Frogmore House.
Meanwhile the Duke of Sussex acted as Charlie’s best man at his wedding to Daisy, a society wedding and party videographer who runs a company with her sister Kitty, on August 4 later that year in Frensham, Surrey – also Meghan’s 37th birthday.
Harry made annual summer visits to the Straubenzee family home in Cornwall while he was growing up.
Charlie’s older brother, Henry, died in a car crash in 2002 at the age of 18. Prince William and Prince Harry are joint royal patrons of the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund.