Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently made a trip to the UK for the Invictus Games, one of Harry’s favorite annual charity events. And this was a big deal, because Harry and Meghan seemed to be more than happy to keep it warm n’ sunny in Montecito, California. Who could blame them really? One of the biggest tourism draws to the UK is the Royal Family, and The Sussexes have made it pretty clear that’s not their vibe at the moment. But they returned to Harry’s home for a bit, and it was rumored they even had a little visit with Harry’s grandma, Queen Elizabeth. Well, Harry is confirming that rumor as 100% true, because he spoke about chatting with Granny Liz during an interview with the BBC.
We already learned that Harry and Meghan helped fill in for The Queen at a Maundy Thursday service last week, who decided she’d be skipping this year’s Easter festivities (she officially put Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla on the Maundy beat). And TMZ had previously reported that Harry and Meghan would be seeing The Queen during their stop across the pond. But now Harry is letting everyone know that he really did visit with his grandmum, so the whispers can stop, in the event there were still any whispery types suspiciously whispering about Harry doing the good grandson thing or not. Harry spoke to the BBC yesterday about the Invictus Games, specifically, but he did manage to casually name drop his most famous relative as well. Sadly, Harry didn’t reveal any juicy conversation topics. He simply said that The Queen was asking he pass on some messages of support to the athletes competing at Invictus this year. via People magazine:
Harry and his wife Meghan Markle stopped in the U.K. for a visit with the monarch at Windsor Castle last week as the couple made their way to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games. One of the topics they discussed was the games, which Harry started in 2014.
“She had plenty of messages for Team U.K., which I have already passed on to most of them,” the Duke of Sussex told the BBC on Monday. “So, it was great to see her. I’m sure she would love to be here if she could.”
Harry didn’t say anything else about his visit with his grandmother, The Queen. But considering he said it was “great” to see her, one could assume there was some good energy in the room that day. Neither Harry nor Meghan are ones for faking how they feel or sugar-coating the truth. So if Harry says it was great, that probably means he and The Queen were tossing back gin fizzes and laughing about Harry forgetting which side of the road people drive on over in jolly old England.
But what else did they talk about? I mean, well-wishes for the Invictus athletes is all well and good, but also – that’s pretty standard for The Queen (what is she going to say? “I hope everyone does poorly and has a terrible time“?). Harry needs to know that we’d also like a little gossip to go with that PR-approved message of support. Did The Queen avoid asking Harry and Meghan about their choice to deliberately not visit Prince William and Duchess Kate? Please, give us something. I want to believe The Queen said something like, “I won’t bring up the you-know-whos if you don’t bring up you-know who, you know what I’m saying? Let’s keep this chat light and lively, red.”