After his recent reunion with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry reflected on the “great” stop that was made prior to his appearance at the Invictus Games with Meghan Markle.
“She had plenty of messages for Team U.K., which I have already passed on to most of them,” the Duke of Sussex, 37, told BBC OneReporters during a special TV program dedicated to Invictus Games. The special aired Monday, April 18. “So, it was great to see her. I’m sure she would love to be here if she could.”
Harry’s comments come after a spokesperson for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, 40, confirmed on Friday, April 15, that the couple stopped by Windsor Castle to spend time with the monarch, 95. This is the first time Harry & Meghan have made a combined trip to the U.K. in over a decade since Meghan stepped back from their senior royal duties.
The couple, who were married in 2018, made headlines in 2018 when they announced that they would be leaving their roles in 2020. They confirmed their decision in February 2021, and moved to Montecito (California) amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The California native later spoke out about the struggles she had during her time in Britain.
“I just didn’t see a solution. I would sit up at night, and I was just, like, I don’t understand how all of this is being churned out,” Meghan said in a CBS tell-all interview in March 2021, referring to the British press. “I realized that it was all happening just because I was breathing. I was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry, especially, because I know how much loss he’s suffered. But I knew that if I didn’t say it, that I would do it. I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought.”
Harry, for his part, reflected on his late mother Princess Diana‘s death and the role that the U.K. press played. “I know the story all too well. I lost my mother to this self-manufactured rabidness, and I don’t want to lose the mother of my children to the same thing,” he added at the time about his mother’s 1997 car crash.
Since their move, Harry has returned for his late grandfather Prince Philip‘s funeral in April 2021. Three months later, he returned to unveil the statue of Princess Diana together with his brother. Prince WilliamIn July 2021. Meghan, for the most part, remained in America during her second pregnancy. The SuitsAlum shares her son Archie, 2, with her husband, and Lilibet (10 months) with him.