Queen Elizabeth Still Adores Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The British royal family has faced a number of challenges in recent months. In the fall of 2019, Prince Andrew’s relationship with late American businessman, Jeffrey Epstein came to light following Epstein’s suicide. The businessmen had been imprisoned on charges of child sex trafficking. The Duke of York went on BBC News Night in an attempt to defend his 20-year friendship, but it backfired and he was forced to step away from royal life.

Then in January 2020, after a lengthy holiday hiatus, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry announced their intent to step back as senior working members of the British royal family. Though they’d hoped to continue on with their duties part-time, the royal family shut down that proposition. Now, the Sussexes are in Canada ready to carve out the next phase of their lives as financially independent private citizens.

In late February 2020, the Sussexes returned to the U.K. for the first time since announcing Megxit to complete their final royal duties. Despite their final royal event, Commonwealth Day, which appeared to have some awkward moments, it’s clear that Queen Elizabeth still adores the duke and the duchess.

Queen Elizabeth respects Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to leave the royal family

Though it appeared to come out of the blue, and they had to iron out several logistics, the queen understands why Meghan and Prince Harry are choosing to leave the royal fold. During her early years as queen, she witnessed how challenging royal life was for her younger sister, Princess Margaret.

“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,” royal biographer Robert Lacey told People.

Additionally, no matter what has occurred behind the scenes, the queen has always spoken highly of the Sussexes. “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved members of my family,” she said in a statement following Megxit. “I recognise the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.”

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This afternoon, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day, alongside Her Majesty The Queen and Members of The Royal Family. The Commonwealth is a global network of 54 countries, working in collaboration towards shared economic, environmental, social and democratic goals, and the Service today seeks to highlight the vast community which spans every geographical region, religion and culture, embracing diversity amongst its population of 2.4 billion people, of which 60 percent are under 30 years old. As President and Vice-President of the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been passionate advocates of the Commonwealth having spent many years working closely with the next generation of Commonwealth leaders. The theme of the Commonwealth for 2020 is ‘Delivering A Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming', placing emphasis on youth, the environment, trade, governance, and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) and innovation. From working to protect the earth's natural resources and preserving the planet for generations to come, to championing fair trade and empowering the youth of today to transform the communities of tomorrow, the Service celebrates the Commonwealth's continued commitment to delivering a peaceful, prosperous and more sustainable future for all. Photo © PA

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Queen Elizabeth has invited Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to spend the summer with her

Since there certainly has been some hurt feelings following Megxit, and the Sussexes left Archie in Canada during the final royal engagements due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, the queen has invited the Sussexes to visit her in Scotland this summer.

“Harry and Meghan are believed to have accepted the Queen’s invitation to visit her this summer at Balmoral, her Scottish retreat, and are planning to take their son with them,” The Sunday Times reported. “The Queen would love to see more of Archie, as would Prince Charles and the rest of the family.”

Queen Elizabeth still adores the Sussexes

Despite the rumors that swirl in the British press and though she often has to think of The Crown above all, Queen Elizabeth’s personal feelings about Prince Harry and Meghan have not changed.

 According to People’s royal correspondent, Simon Perry, Queen Elizbeth believes Meghan and Harry are still “much-loved members of the family.” A family friend told Perry, “That stuff runs deep. There is an element of working things through.”

Maybe Megxit is the best for everyone.