London: Prince Harry says his surprise visit to the Queen at Easter was to make sure she was protected and had “the right people around her”, in comments that have threatened to add to the growing rift within the royal family.
The Duke of Sussex and his wife, Meghan, dropped in to see his grandmother for a so-called olive branch meeting at Windsor Castle at the weekend in their first face-to-face meeting as a couple with the Queen in more than two years.
The pair also briefly met with Prince Charles before flying to Holland for the Invictus Games for what is the couple’s first public appearance in Europe together since quitting royal duties.
Speaking to NBC’s Today show, Harry said: “Being with her, it was great. It was just so nice to see her, she’s on great form. She’s always got a great sense of humour with me, and I’m just making sure that she’s protected and got the right people around her.
“Both Meghan and I had tea with her, so it was really nice to catch up with her.”
He also used the interview in The Hague, in the Netherlands, to describe the United States as his home “for the time being” where he has been “welcomed with open arms”.
Harry, 37, has a strained relationship with his father and brother, Prince William, since he left Britain. The differences came to a head when the couple accused the royals of racism during a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey last March.
He has also launched a High Court legal action against the Home Office claiming it is too dangerous to bring his family to the UK after he was stripped of his official Metropolitan Police protection.