• Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry had a very good relationship
  • This changed when Harry moved to the US with Meghan
  • This is how the monarch felt about the decision

In January 2020, Prince Harry (38) and Duchess Meghan (41) announced their intention to become financially independent and step down as senior members of the royal family. The couple then moved to California with their son Archie (3), where they still live today.

Here's how Queen felt after Harry stepped down from the royals

Royal expert Katie Nichols now reveals that the late Queen was very saddened by the couple's decision. In an excerpt from her new book, The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth's Legacy and the Future of the Crown, Katie Nicholl writes:

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"The queen made it clear that if Harry and Meghan chose to leave, they could not reap the benefits of being royal. And according to a friend, privately the queen confided that she was exhausted by the turmoil of their decision. 'She was very hurt and told me, 'I don't know, I don't care, and I don't want to think about it anymore,' says that person."

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It is said to have been very "sad" for Queen Elizabeth II

For Queen Elizabeth II it should have been "sad" as well as rare to see her grandchildren Archie and Lilibet (1), who were born in the USA, due to the physical distance.

"But it was a source of sadness to the queen that she got to see so little of Archie and Lilibet and that Harry and Meghan were not able to join her for a weekend at Balmoral in August," reveals the royal expert.