3 Ways Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Received Support from Queen Elizabeth II Amid Their Royal Exit

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex have completed every event on their final royal schedule. They’ve bid farewell to their lives as senior members of the British royal family and are looking forward to what’s next. With the Duchess of Sussex already back in Canada with the couple’s son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, we’re rounding up the ways Queen Elizabeth II has shown her support for Meghan and Harry during their royal exit. 

Following a six-week hiatus at the end of 2019, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex returned to London, England, to thank their host country, Canada. A day later on Jan. 8, 2020, they announced they’d be stepping down from life as senior working royals but would “continue to collaborate” with the queen and the rest of the British royal family as they carved out their new roles.

In the following days and weeks there were talks — one, in particular, dubbed the “Sandringham Summit” — but even now, more than two months after Harry and Meghan’s initial announcement — there’s still much to figure out. Through all the uncertainty and scrutiny the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have received for their decision, it appears Queen Elizabeth II has been a source of support.

1. She made a show of support in a public statement

Following Meghan and Harry’s bombshell announcement, the queen issued a written statement on Jan. 18, 2020, in support of their decision. One of the most personal messages ever issued by Queen Elizabeth II, she made it clear in her statement she wants Meghan and Harry to be happy even if it means stepping out of the royal spotlight.

 “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,” the queen said in the statement. She also backed up their decision to step down as working royals saying she does indeed “support their wish for a more independent life.” 

Not only did the queen remind the world she’s a grandma and first and foremost wants her grandson to be happy, but she also made a special shoutout to the Duchess of Sussex. Before wrapping up her statement the queen said she’s “particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.”

Overall, the message proved to be a very personal and supportive one from the queen who is usually more reserved in the public eye. 

2. Queen Elizabeth II invited Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to church

When Duke and Duchess of Sussex returned to the U.K. to complete their final duties as senior working royals, they added one more event to their schedule: attend church with the queen.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Queen Elizabeth II on June 26, 2018
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Queen Elizabeth II on June 26, 2018 | John Stillwell – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Following an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan and Harry went to church with the queen in Windsor. It proved to be a sweet gesture, showing the world that despite the couple’s decision to step down as senior royals, they’re still part of the British royal family. 

3. Fans think Queen Elizabeth II showed her support by wearing a specific brooch 

Attending a church service in early Feb. 2020, the queen wore not just any brooch but her Canadian sapphire brooch, which David Johnson, the former Governor-General of Canada, gifted her in 2017. 

Fans have interpreted the queen’s choice to wear that particular brooch as a quiet statement of support for Meghan and Harry because they’ve been spending a lot of time there are said to be setting up a home there following their departure from royal duties. 

Stay tuned to see how Queen Elizabeth II shows her support for Meghan and Harry in the future.