Just ahead of Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle's exit from royal life, Queen Elizabeth II tells them they are always welcome back should they happen to change their minds, reports said. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be officially be ending all royal duties by the end of the month, before leaving for Canada to lead a common man's life.
On Sunday, during a long lunch at Windsor Castle, the 93-year0old monarch told her grandson that he was a “much loved” member of her family and that he and his wife will be welcomed back with open arms if they change their minds in the future.
“She made it very clear to him that he and Meghan are always able to come back if they change their minds and she will welcome them with open arms,” a royal source was quoted by ‘The Sun’ said.
“Hopefully the chat cleared the air and the way forward is looking more positive. But she wanted to make certain Harry knew there were limits and the whole set-up is subject to a review after 12 months,” the source was quoted as saying.
Currently, Harry and Meghan are in the UK to round up their final set of duties as working members of the royal family before their exit kicks on March 31 which will be followed by a 12-month transition period.
According to the royal source: “The Queen had a lot to talk to Harry about and this was the ideal time for them to both say their piece. Sunday 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. It was a much more relaxed environment and they were both able to speak their mind.”
Reportedly, the two had a heart-to-heart conversation over the 4-hour-long lunch, where they discussed a wide range of topics, including Harry and Meghan's 9-month-old son Archie.
In January, Harry and Meghan had sent shock waves across the globes when they announced their decision to step back from their royal duties for a more financially independent life. The couple will be splitting their time between Canada and Britain.