Queen Elizabeth II has invited her grandson, Prince Harry, to dinner when he returns to Britain next month for the unveiling of Princess Diana’s monument. It will likely be the first time the Duke of Sussex will be alone with Her Majesty since he moved to the United States.
Prince Harry was reportedly invited to the Queen’s dinner in an effort to “talk things through.”
Her Majesty is said to have used the offer as an “olive branch” as well as the perfect opportunity to informally “talk things over” with the Duke of Sussex, who has just had a daughter, whom he and Meghan have named Lilibeth, after Queen Elizabeth’s family nickname.
Prince Harry last month accused members of the Royal Family of passing on “genetic pain and suffering” during his latest interviews, and in March he took part in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, during which he and Meghan accused Harry’s in-laws of racism.
However, insiders claim that the monarch does not hold a grudge against her grandson and instead of punishing her, she gave the prince the opportunity to dine with her at Windsor Castle.
One courtier told the Daily Mail newspaper:
“This is a typically magnanimous gesture by Her Majesty.
Dinner will give them a chance to talk things over.”
They said the invitation was made as early as Friday, perhaps even before the birth of Lilibeth, who was born on Friday, June 4, but her birth was announced on June 6.
During Harry’s trip to Britain, Meghan is expected to stay in her £11 million home in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara with her two-year-old son Archie and their newborn daughter.
The dinner will be the Duke of Sussex’s first one-on-one meeting with Her Majesty since Prince Harry and Meghan announced in January 2020 that they were stepping down as senior members of the royal family.
The queen is known to have hosted an informal Sunday dinner for her grandson in March 2020 after the “Sandringham Summit” with Prince William and Charles, but other members of the royal family were also present.
Despite the accusations made by Prince Harry and Meghan during their interview, the queen made it clear that they remain “warmly beloved family members” in a statement days after the interview. In addition, Buckingham Palace added that questions raised during this stunning conversation would be handled “in confidence.”
However, much of the royal family is not ready to forgive the Dukes of Sussex as the queen does. At Prince Philip’s funeral, only Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate chatted with Prince Harry; the “disgraced” Prince Andrew also tried to strike up a conversation with him. Princess Anne, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, simply ignored Harry’s presence.
This came just weeks after Oprah’s interview was broadcast around the world.
Now, however, Prince Harry has dealt the Queen a blow by naming his daughter after her, using the Queen’s family name. Harry reportedly told his grandmother that he wanted to use his own name or part of it, but did not specify that it would be Lilibeth rather than Elizabeth.
A royal source told the Mirror:
“Harry has always enjoyed a wonderful bond with his grandmother, which makes it even stranger that he has struggled to threaten the relationship for the past two years.”