Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex recently visited Queen Elizabeth II, marking the couple’s first return to the UK together since moving to California in 2020.
A spokesperson for Prince Harry, 37, and former Meghan Markle, 40, confirmed to TODAY that the couple visited Queen Elizabeth II on their way to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games , which begin this weekend.
News of their meeting surfaced after the Queen missed Maundy Thursday services at St. George’s Chapel. She is also not expected to attend the traditional Sunday Easter services.
Queen Elizabeth II revealed last week that she was ‘tired and exhausted’ after battling COVID-19 in February.
But that didn’t stop her from working.
“She’s actually achieved a new work-life balance, if you will,” NBC News royal expert Daisy McAndrew told TODAY on Thursday.
Queen Elizabeth II had to cancel some planned virtual rages after she recently tested positive for COVID-19 and experienced mild flu-like symptoms.
The Duchess of Sussex has not publicly returned to Europe since March 2020 after it was announced that she and her husband had decided to officially “step back” as senior royals.
In the years since, the two have done an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey and welcomed their second child, daughter Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who turns 1 on June 4.
The two are also parents to Archie, who turns 3 on May 6.
Earlier this year, Prince Harry challenged the UK government’s decision not to allow him to pay for his police protection when he returned to the UK.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are personally funding a private security team for their family, but this security cannot replicate the police protection needed in the UK,” his legal representative said in an emailed statement in January. .
Last month, his spokesperson confirmed to NBC News that he would not be traveling to the UK to attend a memorial service for his late grandfather, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His grandfather died on April 9, 2021, at age 99.
Prince Harry was present at Prince Philip’s official funeral in 2021 in Windsor, England.
Queen Elizabeth will celebrate her first birthday without her husband for more than seven decades. The monarch will turn 95 on April 21 – but don’t expect a celebration as the Queen observes an official period of mourning until April 23 following the death of Prince Philip. The royal will likely spend her special day heading to one of her favorite parts of Windsor to walk her new dogs, Fergus and Muick, according to the Daily Mail. Reportedly, she also won’t be posting an official birthday portrait like she did last year.
This will be Prince Harry’s fifth Invictus Games. He launched the multi-day athletic competition, which honors injured service members and veterans, in 2014.
The international sports competition takes place this year from April 16 to 22 in the Dutch city of The Hague.
In 2017, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made her first public appearance at one of her events when she attended the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in Toronto to show her support for then-little Prince Harry. friend.
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