Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Queen Elizabeth II Visit Opportunity to Prove Royal Family Can Trust Them, Expert Says

TL;DR:

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Queen Elizabeth II in England on their way to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games. 
  • A royal expert says details on the visit will likely remain private because Meghan Markle and Prince Harry need to prove to the British royal family they can be trusted. 
  • If details were to get out, Prince Harry would be in a “very, very difficult” position.
Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace wearing blue
Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Queen Elizabeth II on their way to the Invictus Games in April 2022. Did the Duke and Duchess of Sussex talk about the British royal family? Life in California? Their two children, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor? The details, according to a royal expert, will likely not be revealed because Harry and Meghan have to earn the royal family’s trust.  

Harry and Meghan visited Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle

Harry and Meghan had a busy weekend. They were in The Hague, Netherlands, for the start of the Invictus Games. But that’s not all they did. Before heading to the Netherlands, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stopped in England to visit Harry’s grandmother.

On April 14, 2022, Harry and Meghan visited Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, which a spokesperson later confirmed.

“A Sussex spokesperson confirms that, prior to arriving in The Hague for @InvictusGamesNL, Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan stopped in the UK this morning to visit the Queen,” Omid Scobie, royal commentator and Finding Freedom co-author, tweeted. “It was a Windsor visit that their team recently revealed the duke ‘hoped to do.’”

The visit was a significant one. It marked the first time Meghan and Harry returned to the U.K. together since stepping down from their roles as senior royals in 2020. 

Royal expert says details of Meghan and Harry’s Queen Elizabeth II visit will likely stay ‘watertight’

Want more on what happened at Harry and Meghan’s Queen Elizabeth II visit? Royal expert and author Katie Nicholl thinks it’s unlikely. 

“For the meeting with the queen, it was just the queen, Meghan and Harry, and very few details of that meeting has been leaked,” the author told ET. She explained that it’s that way by design. Because the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have to prove themselves trustworthy. 

“I suspect it’s going stay quite watertight,” she said. “I think the Sussexes really have to prove that they can be trusted now and that they are now back in touch with the family. 

“Harry has met with his father, and with Camilla [Parker-Bowles],” she added. “He’s now had a private meeting with him, Meghan, and the queen.”

Harry provided some details on what happened during the visit with Queen Elizabeth while at the Invictus Games. He told BBC they discussed the competition, saying, “She had plenty of messages for Team U.K., which I have already passed on to most of them.” 

“It was great to see her,” he added, saying “I’m sure she would love to be here if she could.”

Details of the visit leaking could be disastrous for Prince Harry

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stand next to each other while Queen Elizabeth II stands in the background
Prince Harry, Queen Elizabeth II, and Meghan Markle | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

What would happen if what took place during Harry and Meghan’s Queen Elizabeth visit were to leak? What would that mean for Harry? As Nicholl explained, it would likely spell disaster. 

“I think if details of, particularly that meeting with the queen come out, that’s going to put him in a very, very difficult position,” she said.

“They need to know that they can trust the Sussexes because the queen will be hoping that this will have been an ice breaker,” The Kate: The Future Queen author explained. “It will be the first of more meetings and trips over to England to come in the future.”

If Nicholl’s correct in thinking Harry and Meghan’s Queen Elizabeth visit comes down to trust, and they pass, there’s a chance the couple may attend Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

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