Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, had a face-to-face meeting with Queen Elizabeth on Thursday. This comes amid claims that the Queen’s poor health is alarming aides and family alike.
The couple stopped by the United Kingdom on their way to The Hague to attend The Invictus Games, where Harry had previously said he hoped to see his grandmother. Harry is the founder of the Paralympics-style competition for wounded, injured, and sick military veterans, which runs from April 16 through April 22 in The Hague.
However, the royal couple, who officially stepped away from their duties as senior members of the royal family in 2020, have not announced any plans to visit the queen.
The Sun said Harry and Meghan also saw Prince Charles during a visit to Windsor Castle, which it said was their first joint trip to Britain since they quit royal duties in March 2020.
Harry, who moved to the United States with Meghan, did not attend last month’s memorial service for his grandfather, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April last year.
His non-attendance followed a disagreement with the government over security protection.
A lawyer for Harry and Meghan said in January that the couple feels Britain is not safe for them to visit without police protection. Harry has challenged the British government’s decision not to allow him to pay for his police protection when he returns to the U.K. The Duke of Sussex wants to pay for the protection himself rather than having British taxpayers pick up the tab, but said the government has not allowed him to do so.
The queen, who turns 96 later this month, has been suffering from mobility problems and did not attend the annual Maundy service at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel on Thursday. She will also not attend an Easter Sunday service at Windsor.
Royal aides have been left ‘worried’ as they fear the Queen’s limited mobility will cause Her Majesty’s appearances to be far and few between.
Royal biographer, Angela Levin told Sky News that Her Majesty’s absence may impact crowd numbers.
She said: “I imagine that the aides are worried that if the public don’t see her, people may think that if she’s not there it’s not worth us going.”
Angela Levin also said that she was sure Prince Harry will not come overseas to celebrate his grandmother’s reign.
Ms Levin added: “It’s quite painful to watch him. She [Her Majesty] would love to see him. She adores Harry. It doesn’t seem to bother him.”
Since the Sussexes left the firm they are no longer entitled to royal protection and have also been denied paying for private police protection by the UK Home Office.