Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made a surprise visit to Queen Elizabeth II before they headed to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who skipped Prince Philip's memorial service last month, reportedly spent a night in London.
Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Reunited With Queen Elizabeth After Skipping Prince Philip's Memorial
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not make any announcement that they would be visiting his grandmother this week. However, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's rep confirmed that they just did.
"We can confirm that they visited the duke’s grandmother, as we previously said he hoped to do," a Sussex spokesperson told Page Six. "They stopped by the U.K. on their way to the Hague to attend the Invictus Games."
Prince Harry and Markle visited the Queen at Windsor Castle just days before Her Majesty's 96th birthday. Prince Charles was also present during the reunion.
However, the Queen and Prince of Wales still didn't meet Prince Harry and Markle's daughter as the couple traveled without their children. The Sussexes are reportedly already in the Netherlands.
Last month, Prince Harry and Markle's rep announced that they would not fly to the U.K. for his grandfather's special memorial service. However, the couple expressed their interest in meeting the 95-year-old monarch.
"The Duke will not be returning to the UK in late March but hopes to visit his grandmother as soon as possible," their rep told Page Six.
One Local Spotted Prince Harry And Meghan Markle On Maundy Thursday
Prince Charles and Camilla stepped in for the Queen for the first time on the Royal Maundy Thursday Service. One eyewitness claimed that they were surprised to see the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and the royal couple even waved back when they waved at them.
"They looked happy and relaxed and waved to everyone on the bus. Charles and the Queen were at Windsor Castle at the same time so they must have met them both," the anonymous source told The Sun. "It was quite the sight. We knew we might see Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at the ceremony but never believed we would bump into Harry and Meghan."
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, said the Sussex couple probably extended an olive branch to the Queen. She also noted the timing of the visit.
"Maundy Thursday is a very special day for the Queen as it is about forgiveness. She is not one to hold grudges and I think she would have happily welcomed them with open arms," Seward explained.
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