Is Prince Harry Still Close to Prince Philip, Despite Megxit?

When Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex announced Megxit in January 2020, it took the British royal family by surprise. Though the royals knew that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were experiencing a great deal of unhappiness in their roles as working royals, they reportedly felt blindsided by the duo announcing their intent to step away from royal life publically.

Since then, most of the royals, including Queen Elizabeth have had a tactile and polite response to the Sussexes’ decision to step back. Now that Prince Harry and Meghan are living in Los Angeles, it seems like some of the tension between them and the remaining royals has eased up.

However, there is one voice that has remained silent during this time. Prince Philip used to be one of the most vocal members of the royal family. However, following his 2017 retirement from public life, he has mostly kept to himself. Has his relationship with his beloved grandson, Prince Harry, changed because of Megxit?

Prince Philip and Prince Harry have always been extremely close

Though he’s been by the queen’s side for over 70 years, the Duke of Edinburgh has always been seen as a rather gruff figure in the public. He’s been known to speak his mind without regard for tack. However, he is beloved by his grandchildren, especially Prince William and Prince Harry.

“You can see how close they are when the male members meet up at Christmas or other events,” royal reporter Philip Dampier told Harper’s Bazaar. “It is touching to see and in contrast to his gruff public image.”

For many who knew the duke’s public persona, it was especially striking to see him with his grandsons. “What I’ve observed–mainly with Prince William and Prince Harry– is the relationship between grandparent and child is a very different one to the relationship between father and son or daughter,” royal correspondent Duncan Larcombe explained to Harper’s Bazaar.” Philip is the epitome of stiff upper lip–he is never photographed crying or showing emotion publicly. But his relationship with the boys is much warmer.”

Prince Philip was not happy about Megxit

Though the Duke of Edinburgh was initially apprehensive about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, he did warm up to her. “The Duke of Edinburgh really got on with her,” a source told Express. “He liked Meghan’s personality, so he felt it was OK if she dated his grandson. The reason he liked her was because she was very bold.”

However, it seems like Megxit was much too bold of a move, even for the duke. “I strongly doubt that he would have made a special appearance as he has a strong sense of duty and he would not have endorsed their wish for independence and certainly not the way they handled it,” royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express. “He had his own struggles against at establishment figures who didn’t like him or want him involved in matters of state when she ascended the throne. His (Prince Philip) views may be from a different generation, but since he is 99 in June it would have been a charming gesture if Harry and Meghan had brought Archie to see him and the Queen, who, after all, is 94 in April.”

It has been reported that the Susssexes were unable to see Prince Philip during their final royal engagements, which many assumed hinted at a rift between them and the 98-year-old Duke.

Prince Harry and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, England
Prince Harry and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, England | Max Mumby/Pool/Indigo/Getty Images

Prince Philip and Prince Harry are still close

Though they might disagree about Megxit, it is doubtful that the grandfather and grandson’s relationship is shattered as a result. In fact, we do know that tensions between the Sussexes and the royals have eased considerably amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“Things are in a better space now between the couple and the royal family,” an insider told Entertainment Tonight. “While of course there have been tensions, the family is getting through it.”

Also, we do know that the Sussexes and baby Archie video chatted with the queen for her 94th birthday on April 21. Since she is quarantining with Prince Philip at Windsor Castle, the duke was presumably on the call as well. Despite the eight-hour time difference, Vanity Fair is reporting that the Sussexes along with Archie spoke to the queen during her tea time.

It appears that all is well.