Closed-door meeting: check! Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth finally hashed things out in a much-awaited sit-down in London — Harry’s first private audience with the queen since he and wife Meghan Markle gave an explosive interview about palace life in March.
The prince, 36, flew home for the unveiling of a statue honoring his late mother, Princess Diana, but prioritized an in-person discussion with his beloved 95-year-old grandmother to finally clear the air.
The chosen spot for the royal tête-à-tête? The red-headed royal’s former U.K home, Frogmore Cottage — the queen’s wedding gift to him and the former Suits actress.
Meeting at Frogmore Cottage, the conversation started out “tense,” notes an OK! insider — especially considering the stark claims of mistreatment leveled by Meghan and Harry, who ditched their royal roles last year for civilian life in California.
“The queen was taken aback and very hurt by their behavior,” says the insider, “and most believe this chat was Harry’s last chance to redeem himself or risk being exiled forever.”
While Harry traveled to London for his grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral in April, he didn’t get the opportunity to meet privately with the queen, as she was in mourning. So on this latest visit, he did his best to maximize his time with her.
“Harry said and did things that appealed to Her Majesty’s good nature. Thankfully, it ended on a positive note,” shares the insider, pointing out that the queen’s reportedly invited Harry and wife Meghan to join the royal family for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations next summer.
“Harry’s trip was quick, but this meeting was necessary,” adds the insider. “He had a mission to accomplish, and that’s what he did.”