In a recent interview, the Duke of Sussex has opened up about his happy home life in California as well as his joy at being reunited with the Queen on a brief visit to the UK.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle relocated to Santa Barbara in 2020 after they announced they were stepping down from royal life, where they now live with their children Archie, two, and Lilibet, 10 months.
His failure to show up for the Duke of Edinburgh’s memorial service last month attracted criticism, especially given his reported close bond with his grandfather.
While the Duke had been hesitant to return to the UK amid security concerns for his family, he stopped over to pay the Queen a visit on his way to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games.
Speaking to TODAY about the trip he said: “Being with her, it was great.
“It was just so nice to see her, she’s in great form.”
There has been speculation about the 95-year-old monarch’s health after her absence from a number of public events, including the Easter Sunday service which the rest of the Royal Family attended.
She tested positive for COVID-19 in February this year, however, she has reportedly made a full recovery.
It has been reported that she is currently struggling with mobility issues and does not wish to appear weak in the public eye.
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He said: “I’m just making sure that she’s, you know, protected and got the right people around her.”
While he may be healing the rifts with his family, the Duke and his family have settled in well in the US, where his wife Meghan is from.
He noted that his family had “been welcomed with open arms” and added they have “got such a great community up in Santa Barbara”.