Prince Harry’s Critics May Also Be ‘Having a Go’ at Queen Elizabeth, Former Royal Aide Says

Those who criticize Prince Harry could also be criticizing another member of the British royal family. A former royal aide says it’s possible when someone takes aim at the Duke of Sussex they may also be criticizing Queen Elizabeth. 

Harry has a close relationship with Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry smile at one another in May 18, 2019.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry | Steve Parsons/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Despite stepping down as a senior working royal in 2020 Harry maintains a relationship with Queen Elizabeth. After all, they’ve been close for many years. It was Harry, now 37, who convinced Queen Elizabeth to appear in a video for the 2016 Invictus Games. The brief clip demonstrated, according to royal biographer Angela Levin, Queen Elizabeth “would do almost anything for her grandson.”

Since Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, stepped back from their royal duties they’ve stayed in touch with Queen Elizabeth. As Harry revealed during a 2021 appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, his grandmother sent over some Christmas gifts. Among them was a waffle-make for him and Meghan’s 2-year-old son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. 

What’s more, Queen Elizabeth’s nickname inspired the name of their five-month-old daughter, Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. Furthermore, Harry’s grandmother gave her blessing before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made the name official.

A former royal aide warns Harry’s critics ‘blood is thicker than water’

Photos of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry side by side
(L-R) Queen Elizabeth and Prince Harry | Chris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images; Steve Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Grant Harrold, who worked as a royal butler from 2004 to 2011, issued a warning to Harry’s critics in November 2021. He told Express those who are quick to attack him should remember Queen Elizabeth is still his grandmother. 

“I was on GB News the other day and I was trying to explain that because a lot of people, if I put up anything about Harry, they attack,” he said. “And I said people have got to remember that at the end of the day, they are a family, blood is thicker than water.”

“Even though there’s been some sort of issues, if you keep attacking Harry, for all we know he could be talking to his grandmother, he could be the one fixing relationships,” he added. 

Harrold continued, comparing the situation to friends continuing to find fault in family members even after a dispute has ended. “Say if you have a family falling out and all your friends say awful things about them because they know it’s caused upset,” he began. “Suddenly you patch it up with them and then your friends keep going on. You almost think, ‘I don’t want to speak to my friends.'”

Harrold concluded with a final message to Harry’s critics. “What I say to these people is, if you have a go at Harry, for all we know you could be having a go at the Queen.”

Harry will reportedly be spending Christmas with Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth ll, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF)
Queen Elizabeth, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry | Anwar Hussein/WireImage

It’s going to be a royal Christmas for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Instead of a quiet holiday at home in Montecito, Calif., Harry and Meghan will reportedly head across the pond. They’re said to be trading beaches for England and opting to spend Christmas with Queen Elizabeth. The decision comes after Harry reportedly felt “helpless” when his grandmother briefly entered the hospital in October 2021. If the couple spends Christmas with Queen Elizabeth their daughter will finally get to meet her namesake in person. 

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