Queen Elizabeth Would Welcome ‘Prodigal Son’ Prince Harry Back Home With Open Arms, Royal Expert Claims

When the details of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s exit were finalized it was evident that Queen Elizabeth was supportive of their decision. The statement she issued at the time reflected that — though she hoped they would stay, she understood their decision to leave their royal duties.

Queen Elizabeth II speaks with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex as they leave after the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor to Thomas Kingston
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The queen supported their exit

Prince Harry and Meghan announced the plans of their exit in January and the queen worked to get everything in order so they could live a more peaceful life. After everything was hashed out, she issued a statement that shared her thoughts on their drastic decision.

“Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family. 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,” the queen’s statement noted.

It continued: “I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family. It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”

Prince Harry shared how Megxit was their only choice

After the details of their exit had been announced, Prince Harry gave a speech that shed more light on the reasons behind their choice to step back.

“Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful and we were here to serve… The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly,” he shared at a dinner for supporters of Sentebale.

He continued, “It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.”

The queen reportedly would be thrilled if Prince Harry returned

Queen Elizabeth’s support of their exit plan was no doubt reassuring for the couple and many believe that she would be happy to welcome them back again, should they change their minds.

“I think she’s looking at Harry like the prodigal son, that he will come home and she will welcome him with open arms,” Ingrid Seward, the editor of Majesty Magazine, shared with Sky News.

She shared, “The one thing that she has really carried her through her long life is her Christianity and her deep religious beliefs, and one of the Christian teachings is forgiveness.”

Seward shared that despite any disappointment over her grandson’s decision to exit the royal family, she would never publicly criticize the Sussexes. “I think she’s very loathed to criticize anything he’s doing,” she explained. “Privately, she might feel very sad about it but she would never ever comment on it, even probably to her family.”

“She would keep her feelings very much to herself,” Seward added.