Queen Elizabeth Just Subtly Showed Support for Harry and Meghan At a Major Event

For several years now, people have wondered how the queen feels about the drama between Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and the rest of the royal family. There have been constant rumors that Harry and Meghan have made decisions without informing the queen — including when the couple called out libel over rumors about their daughter’s name, Lilibet Diana.

Now, though, the queen might have just subtly showed support for Meghan and Harry in a major way at an important event.

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle have a conversation in 2018
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle have a conversation in 2018 | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle praised the queen despite drama with royal family members

When Harry and Meghan first met, life was blissful. The two moved quickly, becoming engaged in November 2017 and planning a wedding in only a few months. They wed in May 2018, but from there, rumors began to swirl that Harry and Meghan weren’t loving life as married royals. Rather, there was reported tension between the couple and the rest of the family. In March 2020, the two officially stepped down, and one year later, they sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a tell-all interview.

Despite admitting to tension with the royals, Harry and Meghan both praised Queen Elizabeth. Harry noted that he speaks more to his grandmother now than he did as a royal member, and Meghan had nothing but kind words for her grandmother-in-law.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Queen Elizabeth in June 2018
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, and Queen Elizabeth in June 2018 | John Stillwell/WPA Pool/Getty Images

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Queen Elizabeth might have just subtly showed support for Harry and Meghan

Though rumors suggested things weren’t great between Harry, Meghan, and the queen, Harry and Meghan have both said otherwise. Queen Elizabeth released a statement earlier this year noting that Harry and Meghan still have her full support despite that they will not be returning as working royals. And now, she might have even just showed another, more subtle sign of support.

According to Marie Claire, the queen wore her “millet” brooch to this year’s G7 Summit in Cornwall. The queen has been known to give subtle signs through her outfits, and this appears to be no exception. The brooch symbolizes the main crop of Botswana and was once given to the queen by the President of the Republic of Botswana.

Botswana holds significant value to Harry and Meghan. It’s the place where they took their first trip as a couple — and notably the place where the couple realized they were in love. When Harry proposed to Meghan, he did so with a ring that had a center diamond from the African country. Many suspect the queen’s public wearing of the brooch was meant to indicate that Harry and Meghan will always have her full support.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle faced drama surrounding their daughter’s name

Queen Elizabeth’s move comes not long after media outlets reported that the queen allegedly was never informed of Harry and Meghan’s name for their daughter. Variety reported that Harry and Meghan’s spokesperson clapped back at BBC, the outlet that initially reported the rumor, saying the couple never would have named their daughter Lilibet Diana if it hadn’t had the family’s support.

Though the royals never spoke out about the drama, the queen’s brooch might have been her own way of making it clear that she stands behind Harry and Meghan’s daughter’s name.