Royal expert reveals the Queen's 'dearest wish' before her death

The late Queen Elizabeth always held onto the hope that her grandson Prince Harry would reunite with the royal family.

Harry and his wife Meghan Markle famously stepped down from royal duties in early 2020, with rumours about their rift with the royal family swirling ever since.

The Queen, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the royal balcony
The Queen hoped to 'patch up' her relationship with the Sussexes. Photo: Getty

According to royal author Robert Hardman, the monarch “adored Harry right to the end, and Harry adored her.”

Robert spoke to People on Friday, and revealed one of the Queen’s ‘dearest wishes’ after her grandson moved to California.

“I think she was one of the conduits between Windsor and California, it would have been one of her dearest wishes that [the family] patch things up,” he told the publication.


Harry and Meghan put on a united front with Prince William and Kate Middleton after the Queen’s death. The two couples were seen in public looking at tributes left by mourners outside Windsor Estate.

However, Prince Harry was not allowed to wear his military uniform during the Queen’s funeral, a decision that was labelled ‘petty and cruel’.

Although he saw action on the front line during two tours of duty in Afghanistan, royal protocol dictates that only working royals are permitted to wear their military uniforms.

In a heartbreaking turn of events, Harry was unable to salute his commander-in-chief, his grandmother, one last time.

The royal family walk in a procession after the Queen's death, including Harry, Meghan, William and Kate
Meghan and Harry presented a united front with the royal family. Photo: Getty

The Queen was ‘very hurt’

This comes after a new book, The New Royals, claimed that Her Majesty was upset that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex didn’t bring their children Archie, three, and Lilibet, one, to the UK in August.

The Queen hosted an annual ‘sleepover’ in Sandringham with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but Archie and Lilibet were absent.

“[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’,” a source told the author.

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.

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