Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Relationship with the Royal Family After Stepping Back

After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back from their senior royal duties in March 2020, their relationship with the royal family underwent significant changes. Here’s a recap of where they stand with various members of the family:

Queen Elizabeth II: Despite their decision to step back, Prince Harry maintains a close and respectful relationship with Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen made it clear that she doesn’t want Harry to feel estranged from the family, emphasizing her feelings during a heart-to-heart meeting with him.

Prince William: Harry’s relationship with his brother, Prince William, became strained after their decision. William was reportedly blindsided by Harry and Meghan’s announcement. While there may be tension, William is focusing on his own family.

Prince Charles (King Charles III): Prince Harry’s relationship with his father, King Charles III, has been challenging. Harry expressed that he didn’t “blindside” the Queen and maintained respect for her. However, he noted that his father had “stopped taking” his calls, suggesting a strained bond.

The Firm: Harry and Meghan expressed feeling a “lack of support and understanding” from the royal institution, often referred to as “The Firm.” Their interview with CBS in 2021 revealed deep-seated issues within the royal family.

Allegations: During the interview, Harry and Meghan made allegations about a family member’s comments regarding the color of Archie’s skin. While they didn’t name the individual, they clarified that it wasn’t the Queen or Prince Philip.

Extended Family: Most extended family members have remained relatively quiet about the situation, but both Prince Charles and Prince William were hurt by Harry’s revelations. The Queen tried to mediate the situation, but tensions remained high.

Reunions: Harry and Meghan returned to England in April 2022, visiting Queen Elizabeth during their trip to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games. They officially reappeared at royal events during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June 2022.

The dynamics between Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and the royal family continue to evolve, with the rifts and challenges in their relationships remaining a complex aspect of their public lives.