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Queen Elizabeth ll | Prince Harry, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie | Source: Getty Images
Queen Elizabeth ll | Prince Harry, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Archie | Source: Getty Images

Queen Was Left 'Hurt' and Regretted Not Being Able to See More of Archie and Lilibet, New Book Claims

Oyin Balogun
Sep 22, 2022
02:10 P.M.
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  • A few days after the Queen's funeral, a recent publication allegedly shared her feelings concerning the rift in the royal family.

  • The Queen was upset when one of her favorite grandsons, Harry, decided to exit the family with his wife.

  • She never wanted to talk about it.

  • Despite having quite a handful of great-grandkids, she regretted not being able to see Harry and his kids, Archie and Lilibet.

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In January 2020, royal fans were shocked as Harry and Meghan shared their exit statement via social media platforms. Surprisingly, his family members were unaware of his decision, not even his brother, William.

While that set the template for their rift, royal insiders testified that the Prince of Wales and his wife, Kate, were relieved when the Sussexes relinquished their positions as senior royal family members.

Queen Elizabeth II tours Queen Mother Square on October 27, 2016 in Poundbury, Dorset. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II tours Queen Mother Square on October 27, 2016 in Poundbury, Dorset. | Source: Getty Images

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The sources claimed that William felt at ease because "the drama was gone". Consequently, royal fans realized that the King was neither pleased with his youngest son.

However, the Queen's reaction was different. She still extended warm regards to her grandson.

King Charles III and Queen Elizabeth III in Braemar, England 2017. | Source: Getty Images

King Charles III and Queen Elizabeth III in Braemar, England 2017. | Source: Getty Images

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Recently, according to the deets revealed by a close source to the former monarch, she was "hurt and exhausted" by the megxit episode.

The Queen Truly Felt Hurt about Her Grandson's Exit

Reportedly, an insider close to the Queen told royal author Katie Nicholl, who wrote "The New Royals - Queen Elizabeth's Legacy and the Future of the Crown", that the deceased royal did not like to think or talk about Harry and Meghan's exit.

Harry suggested that the family enlist the help of an external mediator to help quell the tension. But this was a rather unexpected suggestion, as an insider claimed that the King was "bemused," and Camilla spat into her tea.

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Queen Elizabeth II arrives to greet the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani to her Windsor residence on October 26, 2010 in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II arrives to greet the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani to her Windsor residence on October 26, 2010 in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images

According to the informant, "[The Queen] was very hurt and told me, I don't know, I don't care, and I don't want to think about it anymore."

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Even though the Queen never liked to discuss the move, she regretted that the Sussexes were far away in the US with their kids, Archie and Lilibet.

This was because she could not spend her desired time with her grandkids. Following the Queen's death on September 8, family members gathered from far and near to honor her. This included Harry and Meghan.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan leave after a service for the reception of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin at Westminster Hall, in the Palace of Westminster in London on September 14, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan leave after a service for the reception of Queen Elizabeth II's coffin at Westminster Hall, in the Palace of Westminster in London on September 14, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

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The couple traveled from their $14 million mansion in Santa Barbara, California, to join other royals in grieving the legendary monarch.

Despite the shared sadness during the funeral processions, there was heightened hope for reconciliation among the royal family.

King Charles, who immediately passed the baton of leadership after his mother's death, appeared eager to repair the burned bridges between his sons, Harry and William.

Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Princess Kate, Prince Harry, and Duchess Meghan at the state funeral and burial of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain, on September 19, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Princess Kate, Prince Harry, and Duchess Meghan at the state funeral and burial of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain, on September 19, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

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On September 9, during his TV address, the King spoke about William and Kate's new roles while acknowledging Harry and Meghan. He said:

"I also want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas."

While royal fans still speculated that the King had extended an Olive branch to the Sussexes, the brothers made a surprise appearance outside Windsor Castle the following day.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017, in London, England | Source: Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017, in London, England | Source: Getty Images

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William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan walked closely as they greeted the mourners who had gathered to honor their grandmother. The couples waved at the fans as they threw flowers and loveable remarks at the team.

Much later, Harry and Meghan joined the family in a match. The King also granted his son the privilege of wearing his beloved military uniform to pay his last respect to the Queen.

Following the walkabout, including the brothers and their wives—reportedly, William had invited Harry to join him, many concluded that their shared grief would facilitate an easy reunion.

Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince George of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Catherine, Princess of Wales, during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince George of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Catherine, Princess of Wales, during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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Author Jennie Bond focused on how it would have made the deceased feel. She explained that the Queen would have been "relieved and proud", adding:

"If there is a positive legacy from this saddest of weeks, it is the sight of the Queen's feuding grandsons William and Harry united, at last…It was the greatest gift the Queen could have hoped for."

Bond mentioned that the last time the royal bonded publicly was in 2020, during the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey, which happened to be one of Harry's last official duties.

Prince William, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales and Prince Harry cheer on runners as they start the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon on April 23, 2017 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince William, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Princess of Wales and Prince Harry cheer on runners as they start the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon on April 23, 2017 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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Although the writer claimed that the much-awaited reconciliation might take longer than expected, she stated that the unity displayed outside the walls of the Windsor Castle showed that the brothers can be supportive of each other when needed, and "they can act with decorum and dignity".

How Harry Reacted to the Olive Branches Extended

Undoubtedly, Harry and Meghan showed respect to the Queen as they engaged in the funeral arrangements and honored invitations.

The couple extended their stay in the UK, living in the Frogmore Cottage. But in the end, a close source to the couple revealed that they left the UK without a "peace deal".

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Queen Elizabeth II at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace on December 11, 2019, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace on December 11, 2019, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

TV host Gayle King, who began befriending Meghan after the tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, explained that the royals are still embittered about the information spilled during the process. Sources claimed that even though they presented a united front, the senior royal members were unwilling to bury the hatchet.

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Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown stated that Harry's new mode of operation, sharing intimate details about the royals in interviews, docuseries, and plans to release a tell-all memoir, might contribute to their fears. She advised:

"Unless he gives up his book and these tell-all documentaries and stops doing the interviews, there can be no trust."

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during the royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. | Source: Getty Images

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during the royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. | Source: Getty Images

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Royal author Nicholl wrote that Harry has been interested in settling the tension. The Sussexes even visited his father and the Queen Consort, Camilla, to "clear the air".

Harry suggested that the family enlist the help of an external mediator to help quell the tension. But this was a rather unexpected suggestion, as an insider claimed that the King was "bemused," and Camilla spat into her tea.

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry at the European Premiere of 'Star Wars on December 12, 2017 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Prince William, Prince of Wales and Prince Harry at the European Premiere of 'Star Wars on December 12, 2017 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

According to the author, the Queen Consort described the idea as "ridiculous" and noted that it would be best to repair their relationship intimately.

Although nothing is known about their next line of action, it is commendable that the royals found an avenue to fix the tense relationship while sharing an emotional and historic moment in their lives.

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