Prince Harry says Queen was ‘sad’ about him stepping down
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Prince Harry has claimed Queen Elizabeth II was “sad” that he and Meghan Markle stepped down. In 2020, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down from their duties and moved to the US. After the monarch died in 2022, Harry and Meghan returned to the UK to pay tribute to the Queen.
Now, in his third interview promoting his memoir ‘Spare’, Harry said he believes the Queen was “sad” his situation had reached the point where he felt he had to leave the monarchy.
“My grandmother and I had a very good relationship. It was never a surprise to anybody, least of all her”, he said.
She knew what was going on, she knew how hard it was.
“She never said to me that she was angry, I think she was sad that it had got to that point.”
Harry also added: “I had many, many conversations with her both in the UK over the years and in the run-up to the point of this change, so it was never a surprise to anybody, least of all her.”
“She knew what was going on. She knew how hard it was. I don’t know whether she was in a position to be able to change it.”
Speaking to Good Morning America, the Duke also shared how in 2020, neither he or Meghan Markle wanted to leave their senior royal roles.
“We were based in Windsor”, he said. “That was where we genuinely thought we were going to spend the rest of our lives.”
Harry added: “We were trying to find a different way to work, but for one reason or another, despite the fact that it already exists within the family, we weren’t allowed to do things slightly differently.
“To still perform and work and support and represent the monarchy, but to be financially independent, to remove the supposed public interest, which the tabloids had used repeatedly to invade every single element of our life.”
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