Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have proven that distance could not keep them from staying close to Queen Elizabeth's heart; they have actively been in contact from their Los Angeles abode.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's exit from the royal house birthed several uncertainties about the couple's relationship with the rest of the royal family.
However, these days, there have been reports that the duo has a cordial relationship with the Queen, and she has been keen on seeing her great-grandchildren.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry appear together at the Wheelchair Tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. | Source: Getty Images
Harry and Meghan have come full circle in their relationship following several appearances in tabloids and their headlining history-making moment. However, their love story started with the inclination of a mutual friend.
Following their engagement in 2017, Harry and Meghan sat for their first joint interview with BBC, opening up about how they met. The lovebirds made it known that it was in 2016, and a friend of theirs orchestrated a blind date.
Before then, Harry was quite wary of how to go about finding a life partner, but that mutual friend thought they had the perfect girl for him. While speaking about the individual, Prince Harry and Meghan decided to keep the name private.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, visit Abel Tasman National Park on October 29, 2018, in Wellington, New Zealand | Source: Getty Images
However, it would later be revealed that Harry's childhood friend, Violet Von Westenholz, had been the matchmaker. Harry and his wife kicked it off right from the start, and in a few weeks, they went on two dates in London.
From there, the Duke of Sussex invited Meghan for a trip to Botswana, where they built their bond and started a personal relationship.
Meghan shared in their interview that before they met, she did not know much about Harry. She recalled asking their mutual friend if he was nice.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at the Invictus Games at Zuiderpark on April 17, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands | Source: Getty Images
Harry also stated that he never knew her and did not watch "Suits," the series she was famous for. Harry and Markle needed no pointer after meeting, and they knew they were perfect for each other.
According to royal biographer Andrew Morton, years before Harry met Meghan, he had troubled times and was often in tabloids for misconduct. He left the army and helped launch the Invictus Game, which was the turning point.
MARKLE MEETS THE ROYALS
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Royal Albert Hall on January 16, 2019 in London England | Source: Getty Images
A few months into their relationship, it became clear that Harry and Meghan were serious, and an engagement was somewhere in the future. The duo was in the news as Harry reportedly introduced the Hollywood actress to his father, Prince Charles.
Meghan also met Queen Elizabeth II, and it was quite an exciting moment. In her interview with Oprah Winfrey, she revealed that she had to learn a last-minute curtsy which she was to direct at the Queen.
She revealed how Harry had asked if she knew how to curtsy, and Meghan had no idea how to do it properly. At this moment, she realized there was more to being a royal family member.
The Duchess of Sussex talks with Prince Charles at the Westminster Abbey Commonwealth day service on March 11, 2019 in London, England.
Meghan had met the Queen at the Royal Lodge, and it was right at the entrance that Harry taught her how to do the deep curtsy. Meghan described that her first meeting with the Queen was warm and easy.
Even before the TV star met the monarch, she seemed to have had her support. The Queen was said to have approved of their relationship. And after they met, they had breakfast, and Queen Elizabeth once offered Meghan her blanket.
Meghan described the Queen as always gracious to her. She stated that the long-serving monarch had an inviting demeanor. She ultimately shared that their relationship was positive.
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, as members of the Royal Family attend events to mark the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland, also supported her daughter's relationship with harry. She once accompanied Meghan to London, where she met the Prince. While speaking to BBC, Harry described his mother-in-law as "amazing."
On the other hand, Meghan's relationship with her father, Thomas Markle, is estranged. Thomas had many dramatic moments towards the time of her royal wedding, and he ultimately didn't walk her down the aisle.
At the time, it was said that he had some health complications. Later, he would reveal that his daughter did not invite him to her wedding. He shared that Meghan froze him out, but friends revealed that she reached out with a handwritten letter.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at the WellChild awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on October 15, 2019 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
One other family member in the Royal house also seemed to have a controversial stance on Meghan and Harry's relationship.
Prince William was said to have not approved that Harry should go public about his relationship, but he would later refute the claims in a public statement.
Harry and Meghan became man and wife on May 19, 2018, with a wedding ring made with diamonds from Botswana and parts of the late Princess Diana's gems. They tied the knot at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle with millions of fans cheering them.
LIFE AFTER THE ROYAL WEDDING
Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle visit Reprezent 107.3FM on January 9, 2018 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
Meghan and her spouse welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in 2019, and since then, he has been a delight to them. The young boy is three years old and gradually coming into his own.
Archie, who is said to have an endearing and sweet nature, is currently a big brother to Lilibet, born in 2021. According to Harry, the little one's first word was "Grandma," in reference to Princess Diana. Archie was born when his parents resided in their royal home.
As it has become evident, life in the royal family was not a fairytale for Harry and Meghan. The strain of royal protocols affected their mental health, and against the rules of The Firm, the couple voiced out.
Queen Elizabeth II is joined by members of the royal family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their children, Prince Louis, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince of Wales, Princess Royal, Duke of York, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Peter and Autumn Phillips and their children Savannah and Isla, on the balcony of Buckingham Place watch the flypast after the Trooping the Colour ceremony, as she celebrates her official birthday. | Source: Getty Images
Soon enough, there were rumors of a rift between Harry and William, which Harry confirmed by noting that they were on different paths. Then, in June 2019, he and Meghan were on the news for splitting from their joint Royal Foundation with Prince William and his wife, Duchess Kate.
By January 2020, Harry and Meghan made a joint announcement stating their exit from Royal Family duties. The couple said they wanted to be financially independent while supporting the Queen.
While Meghan and Harry's exit was quite jaw-dropping for the public and many royal members, the Queen reportedly knew before they announced it. She was said to have seen subtle signs when the couple left with their dogs.
MARKLE AND HARRY'S LIFE IN LOS ANGELES
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry walk through a trench during the commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 2017 in Lille, France. | Source: Getty Images
After exiting their royal home, Meghan and Harry acquired a luxury home in Montecito, California, and have since welcomed their second child. Their new life also signified a slimmed-down royal administration.
Lilibet was born on June 4, 2021, and according to her dad, she is pretty "chilled." Harry and Meghan have been sharing cute updates about her since her birth. When Lilibet was born, she met her namesake and great-grandmother, the Queen, via video chat.
In 2021, Meghan and Harry had a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, signifying the second jaw-dropping moment since their royal issues started. The couple shared explosive details during the interview, including racism and mental health problems.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend day two of the Invictus Games 2020 at Zuiderpark on April 17, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands. | Source: Getty Images
Meghan also opened up about her rift with her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton. She said about their Wimbledon rift, which was masked by smiles:
"My understanding and my experience for the past four years is that it's nothing like what it looks like."
The other royal family members had varying reactions as the Queen issued a statement addressing it. Prince Charles resorted to body language when he was asked about the interview. The longest-serving heir reportedly giggled and walked away. Prince William denied the racism claims.
This photo illustration shows people wearing face masks, watch a televised conversation between Britain's Prince Harry with his wife Meghan Markle and US host Oprah Winfrey, in Arlington, Virginia March 7, 2021. | Source: Getty Images
THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ROYAL FAMILY SO FAR
It seems as though the dust has settled, and according to royal expert Katie Nicholls, Prince Harry is looking to fix the rift with his brother. Nicholls noted that he would seek the help of a mediator.
In light of this, Harry and his wife have visited the United Kingdom to celebrate the Queen's platinum jubilee.
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Athletics Competition during day two of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020 at Zuiderpark on April 17, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands. | Source: Getty Images
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were said to have arrived incognito and jetted off to The Hagues afterward.
During the visit, Harry and Meghan stayed at their former home, Frogmore Cottage. The meeting with the Queen and Prince Charles signified the first time that Meghan saw her again in two years.
Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF 100th anniversary flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth II has expressed her wish to see her great-grandchildren. Royal author Brian Hoey stated that the Queen was "desperate" to meet Lilibet and Archie.