Meghan Markle and Prince Harry popped in to see the Queen and Prince Charles this week, and while the visit was a big surprise to fans it turns out the royals had lots of time to prepare for the meetings
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s secret flying visit to the UK has been in the diary for several weeks, an insider has claimed.
The couple stopped off in Windsor on their way to The Hague for the Invictus Games, which kicks off on Saturday.
They stayed at their old home Frogmore Cottage and sat down for “clearing the air” meetings with the Queen and Prince Charles.
However they weren’t able to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are believed to be on a skiing holiday with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
It’s the first time Meghan has returned to the UK or seen her in-laws since making a series of shocking allegations in her bombshell Oprah interview. It’s only the third time Harry has been back since quitting royal life back in 2020.
They couple stunned tourists in Windsor when they were spotted walking around. One member of the public told the Sun: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw who it was. We waved and they waved back.
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“They looked happy and relaxed and waved at everyone on the bus. Charles and the Queen were at Windsor Castle at the same time so they must have met them both.”
Senior royal sources have described Meghan and Harry’s meetings with the Queen and Charles as “incredibly warm and good natured” with another saying they were “very cordial”.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told Her Majesty their plan on returning so the Queen can once again spend time with Archie, two, and for the first time meet 11-month-old Lillibet while she is still able to enjoy them.
The Queen has suffered from a catalog of health issues in recent months including an overnight hospital stay for an unexplained condition, suffering from Covid in February and increasing mobility issues.
A source close to the Sussexes said: “Both the Duke and Duchess are very mindful that the Queen is getting older and has had health issues associated with her great age in recent months.
“They have made it clear they certainly plan to return to see the Queen with their family in the near future.”
The Queen’s record breaking 70 years on the throne will be celebrated throughout the country during a special bank holiday weekend from June 2-5.
The royals will come together for the annual Trooping the Colour, which returns to London for the first time since the pandemic, as well as a gathering at St Paul’s cathedral to commemorate the monarch’s extraordinary contribution to the country.
The Queen also hopes to attend the Epsom Derby and the royals will be at a special music concert outside Buckingham Palace for 10,000 lucky ticket holders.
Our source said: “It’s certainly a possibility the Duke and Duchess could attend the celebrations in honor of Her Majesty.”
Harry and Meghan’s extraordinary “clear the air” talks with the Queen and Prince Charles was the first time the Duke of Sussex had seen his grandmother or father since Prince Philip’s funeral 12 months ago.
Their decision to stop off on route to the Invictus Games which officially begins tomorrow in The Hague was made “several weeks ago”, one source revealed.
Harry is understood to have told his grandmother during a telephone conversation prior to the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service at Westminster Abbey last month that he missed.