Signs of a royal rapprochement! After weeks of understandable tension following the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are intending to step down from their royal duties, it appears that relations between the top members of the royal family are thawing.
Despite her reported disappointment over their decision, Queen Elizabeth II told Harry he will “always be welcomed back” to the royal family. The Duke of Sussex met with his grandmother for a fireside lunch of poached salmon and salad, before a tea of scones and cucumber sandwiches, and a rousing heart-to-heart, The Sun reports.
It was the “first time the Queen has had the chance to talk to Harry on his own and really find out what his plans are,” a royal source told the paper. “It was a much more relaxed environment and they were both able to speak their mind.”
Still, the Queen is determined that the pair will not be able to profit from their royal status, but, she told him he was “much loved and will always be welcomed back.”
A final sticking point for the Queen, however, is access to their 9-month-old Archie. He will reportedly remain in Canada when the Sussexes visit the U.K. this month.