A royal historian claims that despite Prince Harry making the decision to move to California and relinquish his role as a senior royal Queen Elizabeth II’s love for her grandson remained strong to the end.
A historic reign of over seven decades was brought to an end when the British monarch passed away on Sept. 8 in Balmoral Castle in Scotland at the age of 96.
In this week’s issue of People magazine, Robert Hardman, royal historian and author of “Queen of Our Times: The Life of Elizabeth II,” claimed that she “adored Harry right to the end, and Harry adored her.”
“I think she was one of the conduits between Windsor and California, and it would have been one of her dearest wishes that [the family] patch things up,” he told the outlet.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began a very public split from much of the royal family, starting in 2020, over what they described as the British media’s intrusions and racist attitudes towards Harry’s wife and former actress, Meghan Markle. Their family now lives in Montecito, a coastal town, with their two children.
Following the couple’s decision, Elizabeth issued a statement in support of her grandson, saying, “My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family.”
Although relations haven’t exactly improved between the Sussexes and the rest of the royal family, they all reunited to mourn the queen’s passing. Harry and Meghan joined Prince William and Kate Middleton for a walkabout at Windsor Castle at one point. While tensions remained, the involved parties were able to put aside their differences for Elizabeth’s state funeral on Monday.
“It was awkward,” an insider claimed to the outlet. “Both couples found it hard. They were in a stoic spirit of just getting through it for the queen.”
“It’s such an extraordinary historical moment and also a deeply personal one for the family that you’d hope and think that all members of the family would unite and support [King Charles III] especially,” said one palace insider. “And perhaps some of those wounds can be healed in the process.”
A source also claimed that Elizabeth’s dying wish would have likely been to have her family members solve their differences.
“She knew that conflicts were a part of life, and she didn’t hold grudges,” said the insider. “Most of all, she wanted to see her family happy.”
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