Prince Harry Met With Queen Elizabeth II Privately at Least Twice While He Was Visiting the U.K.
Prince Harry‘s return to the U.K. was a somber affair. Though he was expected to head home in July 2021 for the unveiling of a statue of his mother, Princess Diana, the death of his grandfather, Prince Philip, brought him home earlier than he expected.
The prince has been living in California with his pregnant wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and toddler son, Archie Harrison. The pair have resigned from royal life, launched their own foundation, Archewell, and signed million dollar deals with Netflix and Spotify.
However, they haven’t been as quiet as people expected them to be post-Megxit. In a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Sussexes unpacked the reasons they left royal life behind and why they felt the royal family did little to help or support him.
While we’re sure it was a tad awkward for Prince Harry to return home following the interview, it’s been said that he’s taken great care to maintain a good relationship with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Prince Harry accused the British royal family of being unsupportive
In their CBS interview with Oprah that aired on March 7, the Sussexes touched on the lack of support they received from the royal family as Meghan was dealing with the horrific racist and sexist British tabloids. She explained that when she asked for help amid a mental health crisis, she was turned away.
Prince Harry said he felt very let down by his father and that the relationship between himself and Prince William was simply one that involved “space.” Prince Harry also accused Prince Charles of cutting him off financially and refusing to take his phone calls.
Most shockingly, the couple spoke about an unnamed family member who questioned their son, Archie’s skin tone, presumably since Meghan is mixed-race.
Prince Harry returned to the U.K. for the first time since Megxit
Prince Harry returned to the U.K. alone for Prince Philip’s funeral since a heavily pregnant Meghan was not cleared to fly. Though he was cordial with his family, this was not a time for the royals to iron out their issues.
“This trip was to honor the life of his grandfather and support his grandmother and relatives. It was very much a family-focused period of time,” royal expert Omid Scoobie told Harper’s Bazaar. “Saturday broke the ice for future conversations, but outstanding issues have not been addressed at any great length. The family simply put their issues to one side to focus on what mattered.”
Prince Harry met with Queen Elizabeth II privately at least twice
While he didn’t exactly clear the air with Prince William or Prince Charles, Prince Harry did make sure to speak with Queen Elizabeth on multiple occasions.
“The love and respect he has for his grandmother will always be unwavering,” Scoobie explained. The Finding Freedom author reported that Prince Harry spoke privately with his grandmother on a minimum of two occasions.
In a recent interview with James Corden, Harry revealed that he’s spoken more with his grandmother in the past year than he has in the last several years. We’re glad to hear that their bond continues to be very strong.