Queen Elizabeth II has reportedly told her grandson Prince Harry he will “always be welcomed back” into the royal life, as he prepares to step down as a senior member of the royal family.
The 35-year-old royal and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are set to step back from royal life at the end of this month in favour of a new life in Canada with their nine-month-old son Archie.
Last Sunday, Harry held a four-hour meeting with his grandmother Queen Elizabeth, during which she reportedly told him the door is always open if he and his spouse change their minds. The 93-year-old monarch is believed to have ended the talk by saying: “You are much loved and will always be welcomed back.”
Harry’s talk with his grandmother took place in Windsor Castle, where he joined the Queen for a light lunch and tea as they discussed his future. A royal source told The Sun newspaper, “The Queen had a lot to talk to Harry about and this was the ideal time for them to both say their piece.
“When Harry and Meghan announced they wanted to quit it all happened very quickly and it was very stressful for all concerned.
“Sunday was the first time the Queen has had the chance to talk to Harry on his own and really find out what his plans are. It was a much more relaxed environment and they were both able to speak their mind.”
The Queen is believed to be “very upset” by Harry and Meghan’s decision to leave, but talks over the weekend are said to have “cleared the air” between them.
The insider added, “It’s fair to say she is very upset about him and Meghan leaving and she would love to see more of Archie, as would Prince Charles and the rest of the family.