The Queen's major Harry and Meghan regret

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A new book is claiming the Queen was left "hurt and exhausted" by Prince Harry and Meghan's decision to step down as senior members of the royal family and move to the US in 2020.

The book, The New Royals, reveals that a source close to Her Majesty claimed she didn't like to think about the pair's decision to leave.

The Queen, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
The Queen was reportedly 'hurt and exhausted' by Harry and Meghan's departure and wished she spent more time with Archie and Lilibet. Photo: Getty

In an extract of the book shared by Vanity Fair, it is also revealed that the Queen was disappointed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex didn't bring their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, one, to the UK in August where she hosted an annual 'sleepover' in Sandringham with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

"[The Queen] was very hurt and told me, 'I don’t know, I don’t care, and I don’t want to think about it anymore'," the insider said.

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They added that Her Majesty mostly regretted that she didn't get to spend as much time with Archie and Lilibet as she'd have liked.

The Queen first met Lilibet, who is named after Her Majesty's childhood nickname, in June, when the family was in the UK for the Platinum Jubilee.

It was the only time she was able to spend time with her great-granddaughter before her death on September 8.

The Queen and Prince Harry
The new book claims the Queen was mostly regretful that she didn't get to spend much time with Harry's children Archie, three, and Lilibet, one. Photo: Getty
King Charles and Prince Harry
The book claims King Charles is keen to heal the rift between himself and his son. Photo: Getty

The New Royals also claims King Charles is keen to heal the rift between the royal family and his son.

Charles did appear to offer an olive branch to Harry and Meghan on September 9, in his first televised address to the nation, saying, "I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas."

Things appeared to also soften between Harry and Meghan and Prince William and Kate Middleton, with the Sussexes joining the new Prince and Princess of Wales on the Saturday after the Queen's death to look at tributes left by mourners outside Windsor Estate.

Charles also allowed Harry to wear his military uniform at the last minute to pay his respects to his grandmother during a vigil last Saturday night with the Queen's grandchildren as they stood guard at her coffin as it lay in state in Westminster Hall.

However, he was not allowed to do the same at Monday's funeral and committal service.

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