The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s surprise visit to the Queen and Prince of Wales has been seen as an “olive branch” by royal commentators.
The surprise face-to-face meeting after considerable tension between the Sussexes and the royal family is significant and would be welcomed on all sides.
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, said yesterday’s visit would have made the Queen very happy despite the couple’s highly publicized criticism of the royals.
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Seward told The Sun newspaper: “This is a great opportunity to clean the air and offer an olive branch. After everything that has happened, it must have taken Harry and Meghan a lot of time to get to Windsor.
“Also Maundy Thursday is a very special day for the Queen because it is about forgiveness. He is not one to hold grudges and I think he would be happy to welcome them with open arms.”
The Sun reported a bus full of tourists had seen the couple visit Windsor Castle, with one telling the paper they “couldn’t believe it when I saw who it was. We waved and they waved back. They looked happy and relaxed and waved to everyone on the bus.”
Harry and Meghan’s unannounced return to Britain on Thursday comes as concerns continue to rise over the Queen’s health. The king is expected to miss another traditional event from the Easter period on Sunday.
Since recovering from COVID-19 in February, which she admits made her feel “very tired and exhausted”, the Queen has also had mobility issues.
Harry and Meghan have not been together in the UK since they quit as senior royals working more than two years ago.
Their trip to England, finished en route to the Invictus Games in The Hague, came after the pair missed the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service in London last month.
Harry filed a claim against the Home Office after being told he would no longer be provided with the same level of personal protection security when visiting from the US, despite offering to pay for it himself.