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Surprise Visit: Harry and Meghan Dropped by at Windsor to See The Queen

 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex dropped by at Windsor on Thursday, April 14, to visit the Queen on their way to The Hague in The Netherlands to attend the Invictus Games.

The unpublished visit of the Sussexes was confirmed by Prince Harry's spokesperson. It was also confirmed they met Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at Windsor. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

The Prince of Wales represented the Queen for this year's Maundy Thursday service at St. George's Chapel, which is just a few miles away from Windsor Castle, after the 95-year-old monarch pulled out from attending the service due to mobility issue. 

The visit came after the Sussexes were heavily criticized for missing the memorial service for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, last month.

Prince Harry, who was close to his grandfather, refused to return to England for the service at Westminster Abbey, due to his rift with the Home Office over refusal to grant him police protection to secure the safety of Meghan and their children.

This unpublished visit to the Queen also came after days of speculations whether he will drop by to see his grandmother, who will turn 96 on April 21, considering he is on the same continent, and The Netherlands is not far from the UK.

The news of Sussexes visiting the Queen surprised many because no one is expecting Meghan will accompany Prince Harry to see the Queen at Windsor Castle, considering her open disdain of setting a foot ever in the UK soil.

This short trip to the UK is Meghan's first time in Britain, and Europe as a whole, since her last appearance with the royal family in March 2020 during the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey.

Last appearance of the Duchess of Sussex with the royal family in March 2020
Commonwealth Day Service, March 2020

Prince Harry made a trip twice in the UK since they stepped back from royal roles in 2020. He attended the funeral service of Prince Philip in April 2021 and traveled back in July 2021 to make a joint appearance with his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, during the unveiling of statue of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, at the sunken garden of their childhood home, Kensington Palace.

The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex appeared together at the unveiling of their mother's statue in July 2021

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be at The Hague to attend The Invictus Games,  which will start on April 16, 2022. Prince Harry founded the games to aid the rehabilitation of injured or sick military personnel and veterans from across the globe.

They will be followed by film crews as part of the filming for the Netflix series about the Invictus games called Heart of Invictus. 


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