Reports have come in that Prince Harry took a stroll over to Windsor Castle and had a light lunch and tea with his grandmother (as you do.) However, the chat they had was probably a bit heavier than your average, “So, when am I getting another great grandchild?” variety.
The last few weeks have been full of media speculation that the Queen has been vindictive and is getting her revenge by not allowing the Sussexes to use the word “royal” in their branding.
The Sun has reported that the Queen ended their talk by saying, ““You are much loved and will always be welcomed back.”
They are kind, and sentimental words coming from the 93 year old monarch, who has, it’s been said, always had a soft spot for Harry, even considering him one of her favorite grandchildren. The two have always been close, and there was a fear that there would be a rift between Harry and his grandmother.
It also makes one think about the death of Princess Diana. It was during that period that the Queen showed she was more than a monarch, she was a grandmother.
While the nation criticized her for not returning to Buckingham Palace, she was comforting Princes William and Harry, despite the harsh words from the press. It was an example of the monarch putting her family above the institution.
Of course, the Queen is still very protective of said institution, something she has also shown in the last couple of weeks.
She did not bend over backwards to accommodate everything Harry and Meghan wanted, but drew a line in the sand when it came to certain things.
The most recent point of contention was about the Sussexes desire to use the word “royal” in their branding, something the Queen would not allow. They released an extraordinary statement, claiming the palace does not have the right to tell them that.
Now, it appears Harry is ready to clear the air with his grandmother. A source told The Sun, “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.”
The source continued, “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.”
Clearly though, she will continue to put a panty-hosed foot down about certain issues, whether she and Harry hash things out or not.
The source said, “However she also wanted to make it clear that the arrangement can only work if they do not exploit their royal status and try to ‘cash in’ — that’s why she wouldn’t let them use the word ‘royal’ for their foundation.”
Will Harry also be visiting Prince William and Kate Middleton? We’ll have to wait and see, but we can only hope so.