The Duke and Duchess of Sussex dragged the royal family through one of the most challenging periods in modern royal history during the final years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
The Megxit saga, the rift between Harry and his brother the Duke of Cambridge, allegations of racism against an unnamed royal and allegations that the institution failed to help Meghan when her suicidal thoughts caused a crisis for Windsor. ,
Throughout, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have publicly praised the Queen, even naming their daughter Lillibet, which has been her family surname since childhood.
In his controversial interview with American talk show host Oprah Winfrey, while the Duke of Edinburgh was in hospital with health complications, Harry expressed respect for his grandmother.
Meghan added: “The Queen has always been wonderful to me” and added that she called him on the phone “just to see her”.
She said the Queen gave her “beautiful” pearl earrings and a matching necklace on their first joint engagement and shared a blanket with her in a car.
But Harry later hinted on a mental health podcast that his father, the Prince of Wales, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, had failed as parents while the family was still mourning Philip’s death.
“If I’ve experienced any kind of pain or suffering because of my father’s or parent’s pain or suffering, I’ll make sure to break that cycle so that I don’t basically pass it on. That’s a lot of genetic pain. And there’s suffering that goes away anyway,” he said.
The Queen, who did not like confrontation, did not speak of any private feelings in public and often had great affection for her misguided grandson.
However, while the Sussexes initially insisted on becoming part-time royals, they insisted that they both could not take advantage.
According to tradition, the Queen also took away his coveted royal patronage and his military titles from Harry, making the Duke unhappy.
Following her claims of racism and her failure to help Meghan while she was struggling, the Queen issued a public statement saying “some memories may be different” and added that the Sussexes were “always very close to the family”. Dear Member.” ,
But what does the Queen’s death mean for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s future relationship and their position within the Royal Family?
Harry and Meghan’s titles have not changed and while the Duke has moved from sixth to fifth in line to the throne, he is still far below hope that he will one day become king.
The Duke of Sussex, Archie and Lily’s children are now like grandchildren of a monarch, a prince and a princess.
But it is not known whether he will use the titles to which he was not entitled at birth.
Following the Queen’s demise, Harry and Meghan were left with Charles as king and head of the royal family, and William was elevated to the important role of successor.
While Harry and Meghan spent their time developing a bond with the Queen, their relationship with Charles and William has been extremely troubled.
In April 2022, Harry, after meeting the Queen in person for the first time in two years, told NBC that he had made sure she was “protected” and had “the right people around”.
He avoided a question about the disappearance of Carlos and William, as he was briefly reunited with his father in Britain for just 15 minutes.
In Oprah’s 2021 interview, Harry said he was disappointed in Carlos and “is in a lot of pain,” adding that his father stopped taking his calls in the build-up to his Megaxit announcement.
In an act that angered William, Meghan accused the Duchess of Cambridge of crying out for their wedding, and the Palace of failing to correct reports that it was the other way around.
In 2019, Harry revealed his breakup with William, telling an ITV documentary crew that he and William were on “different paths” and had good and bad days.
He also told Oprah that he loved his brother, but their relationship was “long distance at the moment,” adding that “time heals all things, hopefully.”
The royals are also preparing Harry’s memoir, due to be published later in 2022, and there are fears it could reopen old wounds and spark a new crisis.
Harry traveled to Balmoral with his father, brother and family at the Queen’s bedside, but Meghan stayed south.
The Duke, grieving his grandmother, is expected to attend the Queen’s funeral, and Meghan is likely to accompany him as well.
She did not attend Felipe’s funeral in 2021, when she was in the very advanced stage of her daughter Lily’s pregnancy.
The Duchess’ absence would be seen as a minor and a lack of respect, but a public appearance with Harry along with the rest of the royal family could prove extremely difficult.
When King George VI died, his brother, formerly known as Edward VIII, returned for the funeral, but his American wife, the Duchess of Windsor, formerly known as Wallis Simpson , for which he abdicated the throne, was absent.
She stayed in the United States, where she lived at the time.
exact of SuitMeghan was the first divorced American to marry a senior royal since Simpson, and both she and Harry moved across the Atlantic to California after stepping down as senior royals in March 2020.
Harry could use the opportunity to reconcile his family amidst their shared grief and anguish at the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
As Windsor’s new boss, Charles, if he sees fit, could offer to welcome Harry and Meghan as part-time working royals, though it would be with their Netflix and Spotify business deals and a new life away from the monarchy can struggle.
The period after the death of the queen may have been the time for the construction of the bridges, but whether they burned down not long ago remains to be seen.