Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not spend time with the Queen in the years before her death due to disagreements within the royal family.
The Duke of Sussex arrived in Balmoral an hour and a half after the death of his 96-year-old grandmother was announced.
Despite strained relationships with other senior members of the royal family such as his brother William, Harry has always maintained a good relationship with the Queen.
According to daily mailThe Sussexes’ decision to leave the monarchy and start a new life in the US in 2020 meant that Harry spent very little time with the Queen in her later years.
At the time, the Queen released a statement showing her support for her grandson and his wife.
“Today my family had very constructive discussions about the future of my grandson and his family,” she shared in an interview. statement.
“My family and I fully support Harry and Meghan’s desire to start a new life as a young family.
“While we would prefer that they remain full members of the royal family, we respect and understand their desire to live a more independent family life while remaining a valuable part of my family.”
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During a 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, the couple stated that they share a close but distant relationship with the Queen.
Former Suits The actress had nothing but good things to say about her grandmother-in-law.
“The queen has always been beautiful to me. I enjoyed being in her company,” she said.
“She was always warm, welcoming and welcoming.”
However, the Duchess’s comments were overshadowed by accusations of racism against the royal family.
They said the royal was worried about their son Archie’s skin color.
The Sussexes were also upset that Archie was not given the title of prince and was also “financially cut off” after their move to the US.
Days after the revelation, the Queen released a statement saying: “The entire family is saddened to learn how difficult the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“The issues raised, especially racial ones, are worrisome. While some memories may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be discussed privately by the family.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be beloved members of the family.”
Meghan was last publicly pictured with the Queen at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day in March 2020, when the Duchess was the last royal engagement.
Harry returned to the UK to attend the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip, and then flew back to America, missing the Queen’s 95th birthday in April 2021.
Megan was unable to attend as she was pregnant with their second child, Lilibet.
Harry returned a few months later for the unveiling of a statue of his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
In April 2022, there was a breakthrough when Harry and Meghan visited the Queen at Windsor Castle before flying to Holland for the Invictus Games.
After a 30-minute Olive Branch speech, the Sussexes were reportedly invited to attend the platinum anniversary celebration.
In an interview with an American TV show Todaythe duke spoke of his meeting with his grandmother.
“It was great. It was so nice to see her… She’s in great shape,” he told the program.
“She always has a great sense of humor and I just make sure she is protected and has the right people around her.
“Meghan and I had tea with her, so it was really nice to meet her.”
Even though Harry spoke fondly of his grandmother, he said he wasn’t sure if he would attend the anniversary celebration.
The Duke said there were “many” security issues that needed to be resolved so that his children could meet the Queen.
The monarch’s decision to invite the Sussexes to the jubilee celebration was seen as unfavorable among some members of the royal family, especially William, who was hurt and enraged by his brother’s actions.
In June, the Sussexes hosted an event and watched working members of the royal family take to the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
It was during this trip that the 96-year-old woman was able to meet her great-granddaughter Lilibet.
The one-year-old baby was named after the Queen’s childhood nickname. This will be their only personal meeting.
A few days before their last visit to the UK, Meghan dealt a new blow to the monarchy.
Speaking with sliceThe Duchess said that she and Harry were “happy” to part ways and “disrupted the dynamics of the hierarchy… just by their existence.”
During their current trip, reports surfaced that the Sussexes had no intention of visiting the royal family despite being 115 meters from William and his wife Kate’s new home.
William and Kate were keen to avoid the Sussexes until they learned what the couple planned to feature in their Netflix documentary and Harry’s forthcoming book. Sun reported.
According to the publication, William “feels like he can’t trust his little brother not to repeat their conversations” in his autobiography.
“They have lost the chance to earn their trust as there is a chance they will take advantage of any conversation,” royal biographer Angela Levin said. Sun.
Harry and Meghan have turned down an invitation to stay at Prince Charles’ home during their stay in the UK. Mirror.
Insiders told the publication that Charles thought the couple staying with him would be “a good opportunity for everyone to take stock and relax.”
“But the invitation was rejected, as it was before,” the source said.
In the days leading up to the Queen’s death, relations between the Sussexes and the royal family were cold.
One disgruntled palace insider said Sunday Times: “Everyone hoped that they would leave to become financially independent, continue their charitable efforts and be happy – and that, going their own way, they might no longer feel the need to oppose the system as much as they do now.
“But then their star power requires a connection to the royal family, and family disagreements are the fuel for that flame.”
After the death of the queen, it is not known how relations between the Sussexes and the royal family will develop.