Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday on their way to the Invictus Games.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have returned to the United Kingdom after relocating to Meghan’s home state of California in 2020. They visited the Queen at Windsor Castle, where she has lived since she was 95. Spokesperson of the couple that visited Harry’s grandmother the Queen.
The couple is in Europe for Prince Harry’s sixth Invictus Games, which begin this weekend in the Dutch city of The Hague.
Meghan, 40, hasn’t been to Europe since March 2020, when she and Prince Harry, 37, wrapped up their final round of official engagements before stepping down at the end of the month as working royals.
Prince Harry visited the UK in 2021 for his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021 and to unveil a statue of his late mother Princess Diana alongside his older brother Prince William in July 2021. However, Meghan Markle recently gave birth to their daughter Lilibet Diana in June 2021, who was named after the Queen’s childhood nickname Harry’s mother.
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It was the first time Harry and Meghan had stepped foot on UK land together since March 2020 during their trip yesterday.
A busload of ecstatic well-wishers had been waiting to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Windsor Castle. The royal couple were greeted by onlookers who had gathered for the annual Maundy Thursday service on the banks of the River Windsor.
One onlooker stated: “I couldn’t 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.”
“It was quite the sight. We knew we might see Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at the ceremony but never believed we would bump into Harry and Meghan.”
With a series of broadsides from across the Atlantic, the couple, who left royal duties for a life in the United States in 2020, have shown anger. Harry is also suing the government for removing his armed bodyguards, stating that he “does not feel safe in the United Kingdom.”
However, Majesty Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Ingrid Seward, said yesterday’s visit would have been welcomed by all sides.
The Invictus Games were supposed to take place in 2020, but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Monday, a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed Meghan will join Prince Harry for the first few days of Invictus Games organized by Harry, an international sporting competition for wounded service members and veterans.
Meghan, on the other hand, will be no stranger to the Invictus Games because it won’t be Meghan’s first invictus experience. She made her first official appearance with Harry during the Toronto Games in 2017, marking the couple’s first official debut together. She was at his side again in 2018 for the Sydney Olympics, just a few months after the pair announced their first child, son Archie Harrison.
The couple made a good impression on the Queen during their stay. For the Queen, It was a very meaningful day because it is all about forgiveness. She doesn’t hold grudges, so I’m sure she would have welcomed them with open arms.