Prince Harry and Meghan have traveled to the United Kingdom to visit the Queen, as the 95-year-old is receding from the public eye.
Harry and Meghan traveled to the UK yesterday for a secret, face-to-face meeting with the Queen.
The couple also saw Prince Charles on a whistle-stop visit to Windsor Castle – their first joint UK trip since leaving royal service in March 2020.
The couple, who had stopped on their way to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands, smiled and waved at the stunned visitors, who were in Windsor for the traditional Maundy Thursday party, the sun reports.
One of them said, “I couldn’t believe it when I saw who it was. We 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.
“It was a quiet scene. We knew we might see Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at the party but we never believed we’d meet Harry and Meghan.”
Harry and Meghan’s secret visit comes as royal aides have been “worried”, fearing that the Queen’s limited mobility will lead to her infrequent public appearances in the future.
The Queen is expected to miss another traditional event of the Easter period, the Sunday Mass that the royal family attends this weekend.
There are also fears that she might miss key events at the upcoming Jubilee festivities.
Royal biographer Angela Levine told Sky News that Her Majesty’s absence could affect audience numbers.
“I imagine the aides are worried that if the public doesn’t see her, people might think that if she’s not there it’s not worth us to go,” she said.
Harry and Meghan, who quit their royal duty for life in the US in 2020, have sparked outrage with a string of criticism across the Atlantic.
Harry is also suing the government for withdrawing his armed guards, claiming he “doesn’t feel safe in the UK”.
However, Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, said yesterday’s visit was welcome on all sides.
She said: ‘It’s a great opportunity to clear the air and offer an olive branch. After all that has happened, Harry and Meghan must have taken a lot of time to go to Windsor.’
“Thursday is also a very special day for the Queen because it is about forgiveness. She is not one to hold grudges and I think she would have welcomed them happily with open arms.”
It is not known if the couple brought along their son Archie and 11-month-old daughter Lilibit – whom the Queen has never met.
Yesterday’s silent stop was the first time Harry and Meghan have been back in the UK together since March 2020.
It comes weeks after Harry chose not to attend a memorial service for his grandfather Philip at Westminster Abbey – although he promised he would see his grandmother “as soon as possible”.
Last March, Harry and Meghan gave an interview to Oprah Winfrey on American television, accusing a member of the royal family of racism.
Harry arrived alone the following month for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh while Meghan remained in the United States, pregnant with Lilibet.
Harry is seen talking with William and his father Charles after the ceremony at Windsor Castle.
But weeks later, he criticized his father and upbringing, saying on a podcast that he took his family to the United States to “break the cycle of pain.”
Charles is believed to have offered his security and homes if Harry and Meghan stayed in the UK.
Harry saw his brother William when he returned last summer to unveil a statue of their mother, Princess Diana.
Last July, it was also revealed that he is writing an autobiography in which he expects to attack Charles and his stepmother Camilla.
Courtiers close to Charles only discovered the plans when they were made public.
Then in February of this year, Harry claimed in legal papers that his family felt “unsafe” in the UK without armed protection.
Harry says the Home Office’s decision in 2021 to remove his bodyguards from the taxpayer-funded Met Police was “unfair” and “unlawful”.
His lawyer, Martyr Fatima Q.M., told the Supreme Court that he wanted to go back to see his family.
She said: “This claim relates to the fact that the claimant does not feel safe when in the UK given the security arrangements that were put in place for him in June 2021 and will continue to apply to him if he returns.
“And, of course, he should go without saying he wants to come back: to see family and friends and continue to support the charities so close to his heart. Most of all, this is and always will be his home.”
Harry and Meghan are scheduled to appear tomorrow at the opening ceremony of the Harry Invictus Games in The Hague.
Harry is due to remain in the Netherlands for the week-long event, which he helped organize for wounded soldiers. The participants will include a team of champions from Ukraine.
Meghan is set to be by her husband’s side for “a few days”.
Their every move will be documented by a team from Netflix as part of a $200 million deal with the streaming giants.
They were told they could not use private armed bodyguards, but the Dutch authorities classify them as VVIPs, which means they get five-star protection.
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