In March 2021, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gave a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey where they discussed the strained relationship they have with Prince Charles and Prince William over their withdrawal as senior members of the Royal family in 2020. With accusations of neglect and racism, Harry said it would take time for the family to heal its wounds.
Now a year later, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made their first official return to the UK since leaving in 2020 for life in North America. Harry spoke briefly with BBC about their private reunion.
In a conversation about the Invictus Games (FYI: the 2017 games in Toronto marked the first public appearance of Harry and Meghan), Harry was asked if Queen Elizabeth II had any thoughts for those participating in the sporting events that is held exclusively for wounded servicemen and women, whether in active duty or retired.
“She had plenty of messages for Team UK, which I have already passed on to most of them,” he revealed.
He then added a cheerful note about their reunion, saying, “So, it was great to see her. I’m sure she would love to be here if she could.”
The Duke and Duchess made a quick stop to see the family before the Queen’s 96th birthday before moving on to The Hague in The Netherlands for the games. Prince Charles was also in attendance, however Harry and Meghan’s two young children, Archie and Lillibet, stayed behind in California, meaning the Queen still has yet to officially meet in person her great-granddaughter.
However, sources speaking to The Mirror have revealed the meetings between grandmother and grandson as “incredibly warm and good natured” and “very cordial”.
The Sun has reported that the reunion between grandmother, father, and son was the brainchild of Harry who intended the meetings as “an olive branch, and made in an effort to clear the air. He made the approach to Charles who was obviously very happy, and accepted."
The royal insider said Prince Charles is keen to heal the rift between him and his youngest son, and he also wants to see his grandchildren.
In March, Harry and Meghan did not attend the “thanksgiving” service to mark the philanthropic contributions of the late Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the Queen’s consort. Their absence was blamed on a lack of protection from the UK home office.
Meghan’s return to the UK marked the first time since stepping back as senior members of the Royal family in early 2020. Harry, however, has returned twice before: for his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral, and for the unveiling of the Princess Diana memorial statue.
At the opening of the Invictus Games over the weekend, Harry and Meghan shared a sweet kiss onstage after the Suits star, and former Toronto resident, introduced her husband with glowing praise.
“It is my distinguished honour to introduce someone that I think you’ll all be very excited to hear from,” she began. “I could not love and respect him more and I know that all of you feel the same. He’s the founder of the Invictus Games, and the father to our two little ones, Archie and Lili. Please welcome my incredible husband, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex.”