Prince Harry is back in the UK ahead of the unveiling of Princess Diana’s statue at Kensington Palace.
It looks like Queen Elizabeth can't wait to meet her grandson! Prince Harry is back in the UK to unveil a statue of his mother, Princess Diana, to commemorate her 60th birth anniversary on July 1, 2021. He came in a few days ahead so he could self-isolate at Frogmore Cottage, his home in the UK, for five days. The 36-year-old is making the trip without the rest of his family. Meghan Markle is back home in the US, tending to their son, Archie, and newborn Lilibet. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose the name Lilibet "Lili" Diana Mountbatten-Windsor for their daughter as a tribute to several members of their family. The pair explained in a statement, "Lili is named after her great-grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, whose family nickname is Lilibet. Her middle name, Diana, was chosen to honor her beloved late grandmother, The Princess of Wales."
The Queen was seen heading to the cottage around 30 minutes after Harry's arrival. https://t.co/jretMxj44f— Metro (@MetroUK) June 26, 2021
As for Her Majesty, the 95-year-old was spotted driving herself in her green Jaguar to the cottage near Windsor Palace, seeming keen to meet her grandson. Since Harry is in isolation, it is unclear if the two were able to meet face-to-face but The Sun reports that Harry didn't even have time to unpack before the Queen was on her way to visit him. “It is quite something. No sooner had Harry been driven from Heathrow to Frogmore Cottage the Queen was on her way down,” a source said. “I‘m sure they would have plenty to talk about. The Queen would obviously want to see her grandson after everything that has gone on and could take this opportunity to act as the peacemaker.”
Prince Harry is back in the U.K. and possibly already reunited with his grandmotherhttps://t.co/upCNkfLgoI— ET Canada (@ETCanada) June 26, 2021
Prince Harry and Prince William will reunite during an intimate statue unveiling at the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace. The statue will pay tribute to Princess Diana on what would have been the Princess of Wales' 60th birthday. The event has been toned down to meet restrictions with only the brothers, sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley, and garden designer Pip Morrison in attendance. This is the first time Harry will see his brother, William, since their grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral and since Lilibet’s birth. The royal siblings were last spotted together to attend the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral in April. Harry was seen chatting with William as the brothers walked back from the ceremony at St George's Chapel.
Could tensions be easing between the brothers? https://t.co/FGugszFw1w— Metro (@MetroUK) June 30, 2021
Harry shares a close relationship with his grandmother. “I’ve spoken more to my grandmother in the last year than I have [in] many, many years,” he said to Oprah Winfrey in March. “My grandmother and I have a really good relationship and understanding, and I have deep respect for her.” According to Hello!, in his interview with James Corden in February, Harry also spoke about how much he stayed in touch with his grandparents (before his grandfather’s death in April). He added that the Queen and Archie also have a special relationship, despite the distance. “Interestingly, my grandmother asked us what Archie wanted for Christmas and Meg said a waffle maker. She sent us a waffle maker for Archie...so breakfast now, Meg makes up a beautiful organic mix, in the waffle maker, flip it, out it comes, he loves it. Archie literally wakes up in the morning and says ‘waffle.’”