According to royals experts, Queen Elizabeth II would have been thrilled to see Prince Harry and Prince William’s recent reunion at Windsor Castle.
Royals historian Robert Hardman, author of Queen of Our Times: The Life of Elizabeth II, recently told People that the queen maintained her close bond with the Duke of Sussex despite his physical and emotional distance from the rest of the royal family.
“The Queen adored Harry right to the end, and Harry adored her,” Hardman told People. “I think she was one of the conduits between Windsor and California, and it would have been one of her dearest wishes that they patch things up.”
“She knew that conflicts were a part of life, and she didn’t hold grudges,” a source close to King Charles III also told the publication. “Most of all, she wanted to see her family happy.”
Although Meghan Markle has been on the receiving end of royal family tensions and vicious tabloid fodder since well before she and her husband made their big move to the United States in 2020, the royal rift took a dramatic turn following their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021.
In response, his father (now King Charles III) reportedly chose to “freeze out” Harry—a move that supposedly “frustrated” the queen. Meanwhile, the relationship between the royal brothers became more fractured than ever.