Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday for the first time since leaving their royal roles behind for a life in America.
Harry and Meghan had a short visit with the Queen at Windsor Castle, ahead of the Invictus Games in the Netherlands. The Thursday visit coincided with “Maundy Thursday,” when the Queen traditionally hands out silver coins (“Maundy money”) to senior citizens at church.
This is the first time the couple has visited with Harry’s grandmother since stepping down from their roles as senior working royals in 2020. The couple left their positions amid pressure and the British media’s treatment of Meghan.
“The Windsors are a fractured family, with hurt on all sides. A brief visit is a start, but not the resolution. It’s notable that Harry and William didn’t attempt to meet up — their relationship clearly remains profoundly damaged,” Royal commentator Peter Hunt tweeted.
Harry and Meghan maintain their titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but forfeited their police guard when they left their formal roles. Harry is currently suing the British government for restricting his ability to pay for his own security protection when visiting the British Isles.
The couples two children, 3-year-old Archie and 10-month-old Lilibet, did not travel with Harry and Meghan as it was deemed too risky without security.
The Harry and Meghan participated in an event at The Hague on Good Friday before the Invictus Games started Saturday.