Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s UK visit could ‘clarify’ where the ‘situation lies’ with the Queen

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s UK visit is set for September and according to a former royal butler it could be 'interesting'...

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's UK visit could 'clarify' situation with Queen, seen here at different events side by side
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s UK visit could reportedly “clarify” where the “situation lies” with the Queen, a former royal butler has claimed.


Since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle “stepped back” (opens in new tab) as senior members of the Royal Family the couple have settled in their new LA home (opens in new tab) and have only been back to the UK together a few times. The most recent and perhaps most high-profile of these was their appearance over the Platinum Jubilee weekend for a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen. They have recently confirmed that they will soon be back on UK soil as they visit charities close to their hearts in September. 

Now a former royal butler has suggested that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s UK visit could “clarify” the “situation” with Her Majesty.

Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex watch a flypast to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force

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Released last month, Tom Bower’s book, Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the War Between the Windsors contains multiple shocking claims about The Firm (opens in new tab) and royals’ relationship with Prince Harry and Meghan. Amongst those included was the allegation that the Queen expressed relief (opens in new tab) that Meghan Markle was unable to make the trip to the UK to attend Prince Philip’s funeral last April. 

The claim is understood to have been met with scepticism by many and Buckingham Palace hasn’t commented on it. At the time of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral the Duchess of Sussex was seven months pregnant with her and Harry’s daughter Lilibet and was supposedly advised not to fly, with reports suggesting that Meghan made herself present (opens in new tab) in another way.

Former royal butler Grant Harrold has recently expressed his belief to OK! (opens in new tab) that if Meghan has read about these new allegations, it could be an “awkward” subject that will “never be discussed”. 

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II at the Queen's Young Leaders Awards Ceremony

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"Meghan will have read what The Queen allegedly said about her not going to Prince Philip's funeral,” he claimed to the publication. "I don't see Meghan sitting down with her and asking if it's true. It's one of those awkward things that will hang in the air and never be discussed. It just won't be brought up."

However, Grant also went on to suggest that whilst the “diplomatic” Queen isn’t the “type to bring it up”, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s UK visit could “clarify” the situation. 

He added, "The Queen is such a diplomatic lady, she's not the type to bring it up. I think people forget that Prince Harry probably does speak to her so nothing will be a surprise. What will be interesting about this visit is that it will clarify exactly where the situation lies."

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the National Service of Thanksgiving

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Whilst Grant believes that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s trip could be “interesting” when it comes to their relationship with Her Majesty and indicating how things might lie, it’s not yet known if they might visit her. The Queen is currently enjoying her annual summer break at Balmoral which typically lasts until October and the Sussexes have a busy schedule for their UK visit.