Madonna’s new daughter, Mercy James, arrived in Britain yesterday to be reunited with the singer. The four-year-old was flown from Malawi to Heathrow while Madonna flew into Britain from New York with her three other children hours earlier. It is thought to be the first time that the Material Girl has seen her new daughter since she traveled to Malawi in April when her adoption bid was initially rejected before being approved this month. Mercy’s trip out of Africa was a page out of the fabulous life which involved the Malawian police arranging for the airport terminal in Lilongwe to be shut down so Mercy and her new nanny, Joanne, could leave privately on a private six-seater Cessna Citation plane. They headed to Johannesburg on the first leg of their journey and then flew first-class on a night flight to Heathrow, landing at 6.30am. Mercy was said to be filled with excitement at leaving her temporary home at Kumbali Lodge in Malawi. One member of staff said: ‘She was running around, singing to herself and telling everyone how she would be flying for the first time.’
The orphan will be joining big sister, Lourdes, brothers Rococo and David Banda, another adopted three-year-old from Malawi, to live with her new family in New York. Madonna won custody of the Malawian orphan earlier this month, three years after first falling for the child on a visit to the African country. Madonna’s children were introduced to their little sister in April and were reportedly distressed to have to leave her behind when Malawi’s high court turned down the singer’s application because she was not resident in the country. This decision was overturned by the Supreme Court, which ruled the lower court had erred in its decision.
Mercy will leave behind the orphanage for a new home in New York. It has been reported that Madonna has just splashed out $40million on a Georgian-style townhouse in the Upper East Side. The 26-room property is said to have 13 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms.