Have Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Spoken to Queen Elizabeth Since Their Royal Exit?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to leave the royal family was the exit heard around the world. The two returned from a holiday break only to announce that they would “step back” from their roles as senior royals. Now, Harry and Meghan have been officially living in North America for just over a month. But have they spoken to the queen since they left?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Queen Elizabeth
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Queen Elizabeth | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Harry and Meghan left the family for several reasons

The couple’s decision to leave the royal family wasn’t an irrational one. Ever since Harry and Meghan wed, they had been bombarded by negative media attention and a public who, for the most part, didn’t believe in them. It became difficult for the two to do their jobs, and it took an emotional toll. It ultimately became one of the reasons they decided to give up their HRH titles.

When they welcomed Archie, they realized there was another reason to live a more peaceful life — so that their son could have one, too. Harry and Meghan wanted to raise Archie away from the fanfare of the royal family.

The two have already made scheduled public appearances in North America

Since their move, Harry and Meghan have been living a much more peaceful life. They’ve settled into a rental home on Vancouver Island in Canada, and they’ve already made public appearances as non-royals. They recently spoke at a conference in Miami and even more recently met with professors at Stanford University for a charity they plan to launch.

The couple has kept themselves under the radar, though they were spotted returning home from a trip to California earlier this week — and they looked extremely happy and comfortable. 

The couple recently closed their Buckingham Palace office — and likely spoke with the queen

Since Harry and Meghan left the U.K. in January, they have not returned. And it’s made us question how their relationship is with the queen. It’s reported that Harry and Meghan recently closed their Buckingham Palace office, which means they more than likely spoke with Queen Elizabeth to finalize that.

Since the two aren’t official royal members, there was no longer a need for them to have an office at the queen’s home. Though Harry and Meghan have likely spoken about business with Harry’s grandmother, it’s unclear if they’ve yet made any plans to return to the U.K. for a visit.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Queen Elizabeth
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Queen Elizabeth | John Stillwell/AFP via Getty Images

They seem to still be on good terms with the queen

Regardless of whether Harry and Meghan have chatted with the queen, there doesn’t seem to be any bad blood over their decision. Queen Elizabeth saw firsthand the struggle the two were having with royal life, and she likely only wants her grandson and his family to be happy. It’s possible she’s called to check in on them, and it wouldn’t surprise us if that’s the case. She seems to genuinely want the best for Harry, and she liked Meghan from the start. Despite being queen, she’s still a grandmother with a big heart.