Queen Elizabeth II has always been supportive of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle even after they decided to step back from their royal duties. Her Majesty even ensured that they could get back to their royal post by including a safety catch in the royal exit agreement.
Queen Elizabeth Didn't Close Doors From Meghan Markel And Prince Harry After Royal Exit
In Channel 5's documentary The Queen's terrible year, several royal commentators and experts weighed in on the Queen and the Sussexes' agreement when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to leave their royal posts. According to Lord RobinButler, former Cabinet Secretary, when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they were withdrawing, it was an "intensely personal moment" for the monarch.
However, the Queen has remained supportive of her grandson and granddaughter-in-law. She even offered them a chance to return if they changed their mind by offering them a year-long break or probation.
"They went off to Canada for a bit and then they came back and then they threw all this at the Queen and said what they wanted to do. And she very wisely said, 'Well, give it a try and have a year’s probation,'" said royal biographer and historian Hugo Vickers per Express.
Emily Nash, royal editor of Hello Magazine also shared the same sentiment as Vickers. She agreed that the Queen didn't close the doors for the Sussexes and ensured that they could return by including a "safety catch" in their agreement.
"The transitional period was put in place as almost a kind of safety catch, so that should the couple go to America and decide that, actually, they’ve made the wrong decision, had they found themselves unable to make things work, that they still had this opportunity to return and resume," she said in the documentary. "It’s almost like granting them a year-long sabbatical, if you like."
Queen Elizabeth Remains Supportive After Meghan Markle, Prince Harry Decided To Stand By Their Decision
After a year, the Queen was set to meet Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to ask them about their final decision. Apparently, the couple stood firm with their decision and decided to never return to their royal duties.
The Queen issued an emotional statement announcing their decision. In her statement, she still expressed her support for the Sussexes.
"Today my family had very constructive discussions on the future of my grandson and his family," the Queen's statement read. "My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan's desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working Members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family."
A year after their exit, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey. They made several shocking revelations in the tell-all. However, the royal couple said the Queen had always been wonderful and kind to them.