The Queen isn’t one to make home visits, so you know if she’s doing it, it’s a pretty big deal. According to recent reports, Her Majesty has been making private visits to Frogmore Cottage, home of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The two have been maintaining a low profile since wrapping up royal duties for their break, which will be through the end of the year. Harry and Meghan spoke candidly about what they’ve been going through in Harry & Meghan: An African Journey. Now we’re learning about reactions from the rest of the royal family in the wake of Harry and Meghan’s revelations.
It seems that Queen Elizabeth has stepped in for the young family in a major way. She’s reportedly been visiting them at home, according to Hello! The monarch and grandmother has reportedly been talking them through ways to cope with the struggles they’ve faced.
It’s beautiful to see that while the Queen may not agree with how Harry and Meghan are handling things, she’s still supportive.
Queen Elizabeth isn’t just a sovereign. She’s also a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother. As such, you can imagine she has a degree of sympathy for the struggles that other members of the royal family face. That’s clear when it comes to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Queen Elizabeth was very young and pretty newly married when she ascended to the throne. Naturally, she understands the stress royal life can put on a young marriage and family. It makes her the perfect fit to help Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Hello! reports that the Queen has been trying to help out the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Harry and Meghan revealed the stresses and pressures of their unique situation in Harry & Meghan: An African Journey. Their candid discussions of what they deal with have started a larger conversation.
Just because Harry and Meghan will reportedly not spend Christmas with the Queen and other members of the royal family at Sandringham doesn’t mean she has any hard feelings. In fact, she’s reportedly been visiting Harry, Meghan, and Archie at Frogmore Cottage. The visits take place when she has business at the nearby Windsor Castle.
“Courtiers have confirmed the Queen often drives around to see the couple at their Frogmore Cottage home when she is at nearby Windsor Castle,” said royal correspondent Richard Palmer, according to Hello! The visits are to show her support for the troubles they’ve expressed. It began shortly after the documentary aired.
“It is understood she disagrees with Harry and Meghan’s approach to some of the coverage,” Richard also pointed out. There have been reports that indicate that while she feels for the family, she wishes that Harry and Meghan handled things differently. Richard says the Queen felt the approach to be confrontational.
Harry and Meghan have dealt with tabloid attacks throughout their marriage. The couple has been the subject of many false stories and harmful narratives. In the documentary, Meghan even said British friends warned her what she would be up against.
In the wake of the documentary’s airing, the couple decided to knock off of royal duties a little early this year. After the Remembrance Day event last week, the couple will not return to their duties until after the New Year. Instead, they’ll regroup and spend time as a family.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time towards the end of this month,” Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement last week. “Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, [the couple] will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’ mother Doria.”
It’s not entirely unusual. Prince William and Kate Middleton have also gone back and forth between spending the holidays with the royal family and the Middletons. This year, they’ll be in Buckleberry with the Middletons.
William has also been sympathetic to Harry and Meghan’s situation. Harry spoke about his relationship with his brother, which has been rumored to be shaky in recent years. “Part of this role and part of this job, this family, being under the pressure that it’s under, inevitably stuff happens. But look – we’re brothers, we’ll always be brothers,” Harry noted.
It’s been previously reported that Harry and Meghan are looking forward to taking Archie to the United States at the end of this month. There, Harry and Archie will celebrate Thanksgiving for the first time. Now we’re learning they’ll likely be there for the majority of their six-week break.
Christmastime in Los Angeles may hardly sound low-key to some, but for the Sussexes, it will be. The couple is hoping the time is spent with little attention from the media. What will happen when they’re there remains to be seen.
The Queen supports Harry and Meghan in their decision to take some time away. She’s also supportive of their holiday plans. These small concessions on her part make things just the slightest bit easier for the Sussexes as they find a way to navigate royal life without sacrificing their safety and sanity.