Throughout her seven-plus decades as the Queen of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms, a lot has been said about Queen Elizabeth. People have suggested that the queen is stuffy and unfeeling. However, over the course of her time in the royal spotlight especially during a time where she railed against sexism, she has never wavered.
The queen has the ability to withstand everything that has come her way. Even the year 1992 when the British royal family was overrun with various scandals, the queen quietly endured. This grace and dignity have earned her tons of respect and admiration across the globe.
Though she appears one way in the public, the queen’s grandchildren, Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie, Prince William, and Princess Beatrice have always talked openly about how loving she is. We know for a fact that despite the upheaval Megxit caused, the queen will never turn her back on Prince Harry.
Queen Elizabeth is disappointed with Megxit, but she understands the Sussexes position
Queen Elizabeth was well aware that Prince Harry and Meghan were struggling in their royal roles prior to Megxit. However, she assumed that they would be able to press through it. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Though she did not anticipate the couple leaving the royal fold, she certainly understands their position. Royal biographer Robert Lacey told People,
She has a particular sensitivity to what Harry has been going through because of her closeness to Margaret and seeing the same dramas and tensions played out two generations ago.
After watching the late Princess Margaret and Princess Diana struggle in the royal spotlight, the queen decided that the best approach this time would be to let her grandson and his family go.
Queen Elizabeth II thinks Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will return to royal life
Though the queen was disappointed, she was willing to let Prince Harry go and try and create a life for himself. However, that doesn’t mean she did not have stipulations. The Sussexes have been effectively banned from using their royal titles or any association.
In fact, though Prince Harry tried to push back against it, the queen has a 12-month review of Megxit in place since she doesn’t quite know what to expect. “Putting that 12-month review in place goes to show you that the Queen will be watching them like a hawk,” Julie Montagu Viscountess Hinchingbrooke explained in the documentary Royals: A family in crisis. “She will want to see everything that they are doing, what they are making money from and how it is affecting the Royal Family. So there must be some concern from the Queen about what their intentions are.”
Queen Elizabeth II will never turn her back on Prince Harry
In addition to keeping a pulse on the Sussexes in their non-royal life, the 12-month review will also allow the young couple the option to return to the royal fold. After all, the queen would never turn her back on her grandson.
According to Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand’s new book Finding Freedom via Town & Country, the prince had a major heart to heart with the queen when he was in the U.K. for his final royal engagements in March 2020. The authors wrote,
There were no titles at the lunch, just granny and grandson. The queen was still one of the most important women in [Prince Harry’s] life. As they tucked into a roast lunch, the queen made it clear to Harry that she would always support him in whatever he decided to do.