The Duchess of Cambridge wishes baby Lilibeth 'all the very best'

Good Morning DC. The Duchess of Cambridge comments for the first time on Meghan's newborn baby Lilibeth.

Good Morning DC with Chief White House Correspondent  Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer

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The Duchess of Cambridge broke silence on Harry and Meghan's newborn. Asked if she had any wishes for her new niece Lilibeth Diana the Duchess said, “I wish her all the very best. I can’t wait to meet her,” she said. “We haven’t met her yet. I hope that will be soon.”
Asked if she Face-timed with her, the Duchess' response was simple.  
“No I haven’t,” she said. 

The Duchess of Cambridge and Jill Biden met for the first time in person today. They visited Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, Cornwall, to tour a classroom and hold a round table on early education. The school works with students who have experienced trauma in their lives. 

The two women arrived separately at about 12:26 BST. The Duchess, in a fuchsia dress, arrived first and greeted Jill Biden, in a white dress and bright pink blazer. The two chatted together as they walked toward the school. After the arrival, the two had about five or ten minutes of private time to chat before going into the classroom for the visit. 
A staffer reminded them to put on face masks as they went inside. 
“Thank you for reminding us,” the Duchess said. 

As they walked into a classroom, the two ladies were greeted by silence. 
“They’ve scared to death,” Jill Biden joked of the kids.  
“It’s the quietest class I’ve ever been to. How old are you?” the Duchess said. 
They met the teachers and learned about how the kids were learning about how to make the world a better place. 
The Duchess and the First Lady sat next to each other but talking to a different group of kids. Duchess asked their names and looked at their drawings. She also helped the kids sound out words. 
Kids were reading “Greta and the Giant.”
“Do you know this series?” Duchess asked Jill. 
“I know Greta of course,” the First Lady responded. 
They also visited the other table of kids. Biden helped some with legos. They watched the kids draw. 
Jill Biden answered a question on the importance of early childhood education. 
“It's very important to the foundation. As a teacher at the upper levels if they don't have a good foundation they fall so far behind. This is amazing to see how far advanced they are.” 

Yesterday, against the backdrop of Biden’s demarche against Boris Johnson and his government, the two leaders played down their differences in front of the press. 

At the arrival, the two leaders were seen together on a deck overlooking the water, both accompanied by their wives. Biden stated, “It’s gorgeous. I don’t want to go home.” The four then climbed stairs to go inside a building where Biden and Johnson looked at the old charter. 

Inside the room, as they looked at the charter documents and photos, Johnson noted that Churchill showed up in his naval uniform. Biden responded that he could because of his previous life. Johnson pointed out a photo of Averell Harriman at the conference and Biden said that he had spoken to Harriman shortly before he died about the signing of the Atlantic Charter. Johnson pointed out a section of the charter that embraces labor rights and said that it’s rumored that Chamberlain got it inserted. Biden made a fist of approval. They looked at a photo of one of FDR’s sons who accompanied his father to the same 1941 meeting.

In a brief meeting with the traveling press, Biden stated, “I told the prime minister we have something in common, we both married above our station.” Johnson responded, “I’m not going to dissent from that one, I’m not going to disagree with the president there or indeed on anything else, I find it highly likely.” 

As world leaders meet in Cornwall ahead of G7 there is a real chance to center on climate talks and rebuilding of international cooperation post-Trump presidency. G7 is committed to fighting against corruption, stabilization of world trade, and defense of democracy. 

Coming back to the US news, the Biden Administration official told the Pavlovic Today that they’re taking a “holistic” approach to immigration and the recent border numbers. 

The administration official called on Congress to improve the situation by improving the visa system and passing funding requests for technology and infrastructure, as well as the Dream and Promise Act. 

The bill, if passed, would provide DACA recipients (or Dreamers) the opportunity to apply for permanent legal residence and eventual citizenship. 

The official still stressed the state of the asylum system after the Trump administration. “The asylum system was demolished and we had insufficient policies, procedures, and training in place to administer immigration laws.” 

And that's a wrap for this Friday morning, June 11, 2021.Thanks for waking up with me. For all updates about Biden's foreign trip, you can follow our coverage at Good Morning DC will be back on Monday bring you the latest first. 


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