The Queen has a “very special place in her heart” for her grandson Prince Harry, according to Princess Diana’s biographer. And their close relationship has been exemplified by how the Queen sanctioned some of his key projects, Mr Morton said.
He told Express.co.uk: “When you look at the Queen’s relationship with Harry it’s quite special.
“She has gone out of her way to support his ventures, especially the Invictus Games, and we all remember that brilliant little TV promotional video involving US President and First Lady Obama and the Queen and Prince Harry when he drops the microphone.
“I mean, it kind of encapsulated their relationship, jaunty and affectionate and the fact that he has given her a hairnet for Christmas and one of those talking fishes shows he has always been treated like the cheeky chappy inside the Royal Family, even though he himself admitted he has had suffered psychological issues after the death of his mother.”
Mr Morton, author of Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters, added: “So yeah, the Queen has a special place in her heart for Prince Harry and for that matter for Prince William.”
Mr Morton referred to the skit shared by Kensington Palace in April 2016 ahead of that year’s Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida, which saw the rare involvement of the monarch.
Another moment exemplifying Prince Harry and the Queen’s special relationship was captured in 2006, during the Sovereign’s Parade at Sandhurst Military Academy.
On that day, Prince Harry completed his military training and, as the Queen was inspecting the guard, he was photographed holding back a smile.
Throughout 2020 and 2021, the Queen has spoken with affection about Harry and his family in the public statement she released in relation to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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On January 18, following talks with Prince Harry, William and Charles on the terms of the Sussexes’ exit as working royals, the Queen said: “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family.”
After Meghan and Prince Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Queen issued a 61-word statement in which she spoke with concern about the claims made by the Duke and Duchess.
But she concluded saying: “Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
Speaking with Oprah, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made damaging claims against the palace.
However, they both spoke highly about the Queen.
Meghan said the Queen had always been “wonderful” to her and recalled their joint engagement in June 2018, after which she was gifted pearl earrings and a matching necklace.
She added: “We were in the car going between engagements, and she has a blanket that sits across her knees for warmth.
“And it was chilly, and she was like, ‘Meghan, come on’ and put it over my knees as well.”
Asked whether the monarch had made her feel welcomed within the Firm, the Duchess simply replied “yes”.
Harry said he and his grandmother “have a really good relationship and an understanding.”
He added: “And I have a deep respect for her. She’s my Colonel-In-Chief, right? She always will be”.
The Duke also said he never blindsided the Queen with his announcement on Megxit because he has “too much respect for her”.
During the Oprah interview, the Sussexes said they were not supported by the Firm despite seeking help.
Prince Harry said he felt “let down” by his father Prince Charles “because he’s been through something similar, he knows what pain feels like”.
He also said he and his brother Prince William are on a different path.