Queen 'offers olive branch to Prince Harry with invitation to lunch'
Queen has offered olive branch to Prince Harry following the birth of his daughter Lilibet with an invitation to lunch when he returns to UK to unveil Princess Diana statue next month, source says
She has been accused of handing down ‘genetic pain and suffering’ and her family tarnished by racism claims, but the Queen clearly does not hold a grudge against Prince Harry.
I hear the monarch has invited her grandson to join her for lunch at Windsor Castle when he flies over from California for the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue next month.
‘It’s a typically magnanimous gesture by Her Majesty,’ a courtier tells me. ‘The lunch will be a chance for them to talk things through.’
I hear the monarch has invited her grandson to join her for lunch at Windsor Castle when he flies over from California for the unveiling of the Princess Diana statue next month
Pictured: Meghan and Harry sit next to the Queen during her Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace in March
The invitation is said to have been made before the birth of the Duke and Duchess’s daughter last Friday. Harry and Meghan announced that they had called her Lilibet after the Queen’s family nickname.
Meghan is expected to stay behind at the couple’s £11 million mansion in Montecito, California, with baby Lilibet and their two-year-old son, Archie.
It would be the first time that Harry has had a tete-a-tete with his grandmother since he and Meghan announced that they were quitting Britain more than a year ago.
In his and Meghan’s now infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey (pictured), they made a string of distressing claims about the Royal Family and accused an unnamed royal of racism
After the rancour of the Sandringham summit and tense ‘Megxit’ negotiations, she hosted an informal Sunday lunch for Harry in March 2020 — a month before he and Meghan formally stepped down as working members of the Royal Family. They ate in the Queen’s dining room in her Windsor Castle apartment. When Harry attended the funeral of his grandfather, Prince Philip, he spoke to the Queen only outdoors with other members of the Royal Family.
They will certainly have much to discuss. In his and Meghan’s now infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey, they made a string of distressing claims about the Royal Family and accused an unnamed royal of racism. In a string of public appearances since, Harry has blamed his family for his mental anguish and said just the thought of flying back to London was enough to fill him with dread.
The Queen, by contrast, has made clear that Harry and Meghan will be ‘much-loved family members’. A Buckingham Palace spokesman declines to comment.
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