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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a secret visit to the Queen of England in Windsor this Thursday. This is the first time the couple have returned to the UK together, as they decided to become active members of the British royal family just two years ago.
as it progresses wireA spokesman for the Duke confirmed the couple’s visit to Elizabeth II: a stop on their way to the Netherlands, where Harry and Meghan will attend the Invictus Games.
Meghan and Harry will be ‘very important people’ in the Netherlands for the Invictus Games
The couple may also have seen Prince Charles during the visit, not knowing if they have met the Duke of Cambridge, William and Kate.
Harry and Meghan arrived in the UK on Wednesday and are said to have stayed at Frogmore Cottage next to Windsor Castle. According to the Telegraph, the couple’s children, two-year-old Archie and 11-month-old Lilibet, whom the Queen is yet to meet, are not meeting them.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were seen by a group of tourists for Thursday’s Maundy ceremony in Windsor. “I couldn’t believe it when I saw who it was,” said one of the tourists. sun, “He looked happy and relaxed and shook everyone on the bus. Prince Charles and the Queen were at Windsor Castle at the same time, so he must have seen them both.
The visit comes weeks after Harry decided not to attend his grandfather Prince Philip’s memorial at Westminster Abbey. The absence was noticed and received many criticisms.
This was not the first controversy the couple was involved in. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, shocking revelations were made, including accusations of racism, with Meghan claiming that a member of the royal family wondered “how dark” her son Archie’s skin would be.
A month after the interview, Harry appeared alone at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral in April. Meghan, then pregnant, did not attend the ceremony, with doctors advising her not to travel. Several members of the British royal family were “quietly pleased” that the Duchess was not present, revealed the biography “Finding Freedom”.
Fearing “circus” and “spectacle”, the royal family was “delighted” that Meghan did not attend Prince Philip’s funeral
Thursday’s visit is also Meghan’s first visit by the Queen since the couple left the UK in March 2020.
It’s been almost two years since the couple announced they were stepping down as members of the royal family they’ve turned to for life in the United States.
The Duke’s return to the country has been embroiled in some controversy for security reasons, with Prince Harry protesting the English government’s decision to stop paying for police protection in the United Kingdom.
Prince Harry protests British government’s decision to stop paying for police protection in Britain
The same level of concern about security does not apply to a trip to the Netherlands, where Harry and Meghan will be in the next few days. They have been accorded the status of “Very Important People” (VVIPs) and will be guarded 24/7 by a private security team as well as local authorities.
A film crew is expected to go to the Games with the couple as part of filming for the Netflix series.
The Invictus Games is a sporting event founded by Prince Harry for former military and service wounded veterans. The 2020 edition, postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, takes place in the city of The Hague between 16 and 22 April.