Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have paid a secret visit to England, where they have visited Windsor Castle, where they have met the Queen.
It is not believed that they will be accompanied by their children, Archie and Lilibet. Lilibet has not previously met the Queen and there has been considerable pressure on the couple to bring her to the UK for a meeting.
A spokesman for the couple confirmed to The Daily Beast that they had actually visited the queen, but said nothing about a meeting with Charles, as some British media reported on Thursday.
The reunion, as the spokesman said, is taking place as the couple heads to a high-profile three-day event in the Netherlands to support the Invictus Games, the Paralympic-style event for wounded servants that Harry helped find in 2014. will do much for to raise hopes that Harry and Meghan will show up at this summer’s anniversary celebration, which culminates in the first week of June.
The meeting marks the first time the couple has seen the Queen in person since an awkward meeting at the Commonwealth Day service in 2020, just over two years ago. It was the last time before now that Meghan stepped on British soil, even though Harry came home to his grandfather’s funeral in 2021.
The relationship between Harry and Meghan and the rest of the Windsors has deteriorated dramatically since they left the UK, reaching a nadir after accusing an unnamed family member of racism in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The couple’s presence in the UK became public after they were seen walking through the Windsor property by a busload of churchgoers who arrived at the church inside the castle for the traditional Maundy Thursday service before Easter, which honors the elderly.
One told Sun: “I could not believe it when I saw who it was. We waved and they waved back. They looked happy and relaxed and waved to everyone on the bus. Charles and the Queen were at Windsor Castle at the same time, so they must have met them both.
Speculation that they met Prince Charles and Camilla was driven by the presence of the future King and Queen in Windsor, where they were in charge of the service in the Queen’s place after she withdrew, apparently for health reasons.
It is not known if they have plans to meet William and Kate, and Harry’s office did not answer that question.
That Daily mail reported that they are believed to be staying at Frogmore Cottage, the home that was reused for them and given to them when they first got married, which is not far from Windsor Castle.
However Sun said their fears for safety were allayed after Charles offered them to use his home and security details.
As The Daily Beast recently reported, Harry and the Queen have kept in touch with regular video calls, but he is not believed to have seen his grandmother in person since Prince Philips’ funeral in April 2021.
The surprising performance comes ahead of Harry and Meghan’s return to the limelight with a three-day engagement in the Netherlands, where they cheer on athletes in the Invictus Games.
A tale of reconciliation is likely to benefit both sides, where Windsors and Sussexes can demonstrate that they are serious about trying to rebuild or repair broken bridges.
For Harry and Meghan, the surprise visit will allow them to stay focused on their service work as they prepare to take on a lead role at this weekend’s Invictus Games in the Netherlands.
The event could otherwise have been overshadowed by negative comment that the couple could not visit the queen, who is due to celebrate her 96th birthday on Thursday next week, when they were only a few hundred kilometers away.
Harry helped establish the Games, a Paralympic-style event for wounded former servants, in 2014 and has been a leading advocate and fundraiser for them ever since. He is officially the main protector of the games.
In 2016, he persuaded his grandmother to appear in a promotional video for the bi-annual struggles with Obama.
The 2020 Games were canceled due to Covid, meaning this year’s event is the first iteration of the signature performance of Harry’s former royal life with him in a new non-royal role.
While the tale of provisional reconciliation will undoubtedly be welcome, there is likely to still be a significant royal discomfort surrounding Harry’s deeply unwelcome memoir, to be published later this year.
Although the palace has officially been careful to maintain a investigated reluctance around the book, which is expected to tell the inner story of the breakdown of his parents’ marriage, there is little doubt that Harry’s decision to write an all-story has done considerable damage to levels of trust with his or her family of origin.
To further complicate the picture, Harry has also initiated lawsuits against the British state, claiming that the government’s removal of his automatic right to police protection when he is on British soil makes it unsafe for him or his family to visit the country.
There is a perception in royal circles that at least part of Harry’s reluctance to plan a visit to Britain so far was that he feared he would undermine his own argument if he suddenly had to announce that he would in fact come to the UK after all.
Team Sussex’s unwillingness to admit at this point is thought to have been behind Harry’s still unexplained non-appearance at his grandfather’s memorial last month.
But the fact that security issues have apparently been overcome to the point where Harry and Meghan have been able to feel safe by calling Windsor will do much to raise hopes that they will show up during the summer. anniversary celebration.
There are still some complications over the next few days: for example, there have been rumors that the couple has been cold-shouldered by the Dutch royal family, who have given them neither a private audience nor accommodation at the Royal Palace in The Hague, with few tenants instead. rooms in a luxury hotel.
However, the couple will reportedly be with the Dutch royals for the opening ceremony of the games, according to a report in Page six.
Page six adds a quote from a source saying the couple “needs a win” on the trip to Holland.
A victory would no doubt be good.
And scheduling a meeting to wish the esteemed resident of Windsor Castle an early birthday is, make no mistake, a smart move when it comes to pushing the compassionate brand Team Sussex forward.