Meghan Markle and son Archie Mountbatten Windsor spoke to the Queen before Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday, a royal source told People magazine.
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, also spoke with her husband before his grandfather was laid to rest, and ‘knows the trip to England has been difficult for him’.
Prince Harry, 36, returned home to California from London yesterday, missing the Queen’s 95th birthday today and with the Windsors’ family row unresolved after meeting only once with his father and Prince William following the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
His chauffeur-driven MPV was seen leaving the private terminal at LAX, reserved for celebrities and the super-rich, and was spotted again arriving at the Montecito mansion he shares with Meghan, who is pregnant with their second child, at around 4pm.
The source told the publication: ‘Meghan and Harry have been in touch every day. She knows the trip to England has been difficult for Harry. He didn’t want to leave Meghan and Archie alone. Meghan has insisted to him every day though that they are fine. She hasn’t wanted him to worry.’
Meghan Markle and son Archie Mountbatten Windsor (pictured together in September 2019) spoke to the Queen before Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday, a royal source told People magazine
Prince Harry, 36, returned home to California from London yesterday, missing the Queen’s 95th birthday today (pictured: Her Majesty at Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday)
They added: ‘Meghan spoke with Harry before his grandfather’s funeral. Meghan and Archie also spoke with the Queen earlier this week.’
Harry previously revealed during an interview with James Corden that his grandparents ‘do Zoom’, adding: ‘They’ve seen Archie running around.’
A well-connected royal insider told People the past year has been a ‘very difficult time’ for the Royal Family, made all the more so by Prince Philip’s passing on April 9, aged 99.
‘The Duke was the head of the family, and if there were any time they were going to come together, it’s now,’ they said.
After Saturday’s emotional funeral William and Harry took ‘baby steps’ towards healing their relationship after they walked back to Windsor Castle from St George’s Chapel together, having been pushed together by peacemaker Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.
After Saturday’s emotional funeral William and Harry took ‘baby steps’ towards healing their relationship after they walked back to Windsor Castle from St George’s Chapel together
Later there was a face-to-face meeting within the grounds of the castle between the brothers and their father Prince Charles, but, in an unprecedented development that lays bare the depth of their rift, Charles and William preferred to meet with Harry together so that nobody’s words could be misconstrued afterwards, MailOnline’s Dan Wootton revealed yesterday.
Harry had been widely reported to have been planning to stay for the Queen’s birthday, although sources said he was ‘conflicted’ about the decision and wanted to get home to Meghan and one-year-old Archie.
He had flown into the UK on an American Airlines flight just over a week ago and spent most of his British trip in quarantine at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor.
Father-of-one Harry will now begin a second 10-day quarantine – a requirement for international travelers journeying to the US, although it is not mandatory unlike in the UK.
Harry’s brief visit to the UK for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh was his first trip back to Britain in a year.
Pregnant Meghan, who is expecting a baby girl in the summer, was told not to travel with him but did send a handwritten note and a wreath.
Pregnant Meghan, who is expecting a baby girl in the summer, was told not to travel with Harry to the funeral but did send a handwritten note and a wreath
The trip also marked the first time he has seen his family since making explosive allegations about royal racism during an interview with Oprah last month and claiming his father and brother are ‘trapped in the system’.
Sources told the Mail on Sunday Harry received a frosty reception when he appeared at Philip’s funeral on Saturday and was largely ignored by senior royals, among them Princess Anne and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
His presence also caused problems for courtiers – although the Duke of Edinburgh had wanted military uniform to be worn for his funeral, Harry is not entitled to wear it having given up his military roles as part of the Megxit deal.
Instead, the Queen decided to spare Harry’s blushes by having the royal party wear morning suits to the funeral.
He reportedly texted with his father and brother beforehand but didn’t see them in person until shortly before the service began.