Queen adored grandson Prince Harry ‘right to the end’ and wished to patch things up: Royal historian

‘…And Harry adored her, I think she was one of the conduits between Windsor and California,’ said Robert Hardman

Queen adored grandson Prince Harry ‘right to the end’ and wished to patch things up: Royal historian
Queen Elizabeth's affection for her grandson reportedly remained unshakable 'right to the end' (Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Even after Prince Harry decided to leave his position as a royal and travel to California, Queen Elizabeth's affection for her grandson reportedly remained unshakable. Royal historian and author of ‘Queen of Our Times: The Life of Elizabeth II’ Robert Hardman said in this week's issue of People magazine, “[She] adored Harry right to the end, and Harry adored her. I think she was one of the conduits between Windsor and California, and it would have been one of her dearest wishes that [the family] patch things up.” 

Due to what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed were the British media's intrusions and racist attitudes against 41-year-old former ‘Suits’ star Meghan Markle, they withdrew from their duties as royals in 2020. With their two kids, the family currently settles in the seaside community of Montecito. Following the couple's choice, Queen made a statement at that time endorsing her 38-year-old grandson. The statement said, "My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family."

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Earlier, even though the royal family and the Sussexes had troubled relations, they all gathered together to mourn the queen. The Sussexes also went on a walk at Windsor Castle with Prince William and Kate Middleton to meet well-wishers. On Monday, September 19, there was a state funeral for the longest-serving monarch of the United Kingdom. The Queen died on September 8 in Scotland's Balmoral Castle at the age of 96 after more than seven decades in reign.

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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry attend at the annual Chelsea Flower show at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 18, 2015 in London, England.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry attend at the annual Chelsea Flower show at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 18, 2015, in London, England (Julian Simmonds - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

After the passing of the Queen, Prince Harry released a statement from the official website Archewell to pay tribute to her beloved grandmother. The statement said, “In celebrating the life of my grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen—and in mourning her loss—we are all reminded of the guiding compass she was to so many in her commitment to service and duty. She was globally admired and respected. Her unwavering grace and dignity remained true throughout her life and now her everlasting legacy. Let us echo the words she spoke after the passing of her husband, Prince Philip, words which can bring comfort to all of us now, ‘Life, of course, consists of final partings as well as first meetings.’”

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Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England. Crowds have gathered and tributes left at the gates of Windsor Castle to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on 8 September, 2022.
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022, in Windsor, England (Kirsty O'Connor - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

“Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings—from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren. I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over. And as it comes to first meetings, we now honor my father in his new role as King Charles III. Thank you for your commitment to service. Thank you for your sound advice.Thank you for your infectious smile. We, too, smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace,” the statement added. 

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Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pay their respects in The Palace of Westminster after the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is taken in procession on a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where she will lay in state until the early morning of her funeral. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex pay their respects in The Palace of Westminster after the procession for the Lying-in State of Queen Elizabeth II on September 14, 2022 (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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