Queen adored grandson Prince Harry ‘right to the end’ and wished to patch things up: Royal historian


LONDON, UK: Even after Prince Harry decided to give up his position as king and travel to California, Queen Elizabeth’s affection for her grandson reportedly remained unswerving. Royal historian and author of ‘Queen of Our Times: The Life of Elizabeth II’ Robert Hardman said in this week’s People magazine: “[She] adored Harry to the end, and Harry adored her. I think she was one of the liaisons between Windsor and California and that would have been one of her greatest wishes [the family] fix things.”

Following what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex alleged was the British media’s harassment and racist attitudes towards 41-year-old former ‘Suits’ actress Meghan Markle, they retired from royal duties in 2020. With their two children, the family is currently settling in the coastal community of Montecito. Following the couple’s choice, Queen issued a statement at the time supporting her 38-year-old grandson. The statement read: “My family and I fully support Harry and Meghan’s desire to start a new life as a young family. I want to live a more independent life as a family while also remaining a valued part of my family.”

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Although the Royal Family and the Sussexes had difficult relationships, they all used to gather to mourn the Queen. The Sussexes also strolled with Prince William and Kate Middleton at Windsor Castle to meet well-wishers. A state funeral was held for the UK’s longest-serving monarch on Monday 19 September. The Queen died on September 8 at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, aged 96 after more than seven decades of reign.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry attend the annual Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 18, 2015 in London, England.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry attend the annual Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 18, 2015 in London, England (Julian Simmonds – WPA Pool / Getty Images)

After the Queen’s death, Prince Harry released a statement from the official website Archewell to pay tribute to her beloved grandmother. The statement said: “As we celebrate the life and mourning of the life and loss of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, we are all reminded of the compass she was for so many in their commitment to service and duty. She was admired and respected worldwide. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and now her eternal legacy. Let’s reiterate the words she spoke after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, words that can now bring comfort to all of us: ‘Life, of course, is made up of final goodbyes as well as first encounters.’”

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Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England.  Crowds have gathered outside the gates of Windsor Castle to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II who died at Balmoral Castle on September 8, 2022.
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England (Kirsty O’Connor – WPA Pool /GettyImages)

“Although this final farewell brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first encounters – from my earliest childhood memories of you, to first meeting you as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my beloved wife and your beloved great-grandchildren hugs. I cherish those times I’ve shared with you and the many other special moments in between. You are already greatly missed, not only by us but by the whole world. And as for the first encounters, we now honor my father in his new role as King Charles III. Thank you for your commitment to service. Thank you for your good advice. Thank you for your contagious smile. We too are smiling knowing that you and grandpa are now reunited and both in peace together,” the statement added.

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Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pay their respects following the procession for the Reclining State of Queen Elizabeth II at the Palace of Westminster on September 14, 2022 in London, England.  The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried in a procession on a carriage of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where her burial will last until the early morning of her funeral.  Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on 8 September 2022 and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex turn out on 14 pictures)





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