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Prince Harry: Queen Elizabeth II was ‘never’ surprised by Royal Exit

A close confidant. Prince Harry opened up during his candor about his close relationship with the late Queen Elizabeth II Good morning America interview, recalling how she reacted to his royal departure.

“I’ve had tons of conversations with her over the years, both in the UK and leading up to the point of this change, so it wasn’t a surprise to anyone, certainly not to her,” recalled the 38-year-old Harry himself in his Monday, January 9, sit-down on ABC. “She knew what was going on. She knew how difficult it was. I don’t know if she was able to change it.”

When asked how he thinks the monarch, who died aged 96 in September 2022, really feels about his and Megan MarkleHarry noted that Elizabeth was probably “sad” but never angry. “My grandmother and I had a really good relationship,” he added. “She never told me she was angry.”

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The former military pilot shed light on the reason behind his departure from The Firm, explaining that he and Meghan, 41, wanted to go their separate ways. “We tried to find another way of working, but for some reason, despite the fact that it already exists within the family, we weren’t allowed to do things differently,” said Harry. “Still acting and working and supporting and representing the monarchy, but being financially independent, taking away the perceived public interest, that the [British] tabloids had repeatedly used to invade every part of our lives.

The couple, who married in May 2018, announced their step back in January 2020 and moved to California later that year. In February 2021, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Sussexes would not be returning as senior working royals.

“Even if there was an agreement or arrangement between me and my family [about returning]”There’s that third party that will do everything they can to make sure that’s not possible,” Harry said on Monday, calling out to the British press. “We don’t like going back necessarily, but making it unsurvivable, and that’s really sad, because that essentially breaks up the relationship between us.”

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Despite the challenges he and the To take alum over the years – both before and after their departure – Harry is hopeful that he and his family can come to terms across the pond. “If there’s anything we can do to continue to support the Commonwealth in the future, it’s obviously on the table,” he said on Twitter. GMA. “But there’s so much that needs to happen between now and then, and so much can happen.”

Harry’s appearance on the daytime news show comes a day before the release of his highly anticipated memoir, Reservedetailing his childhood in UK, his ups and downs with brother prince william and more. During an eye opener 60 minutes interview on Sunday, Jan. 8, the Archewell co-founder reflected on the loss of his grandmother – and claimed he had not been invited to travel with the rest of his family when news of her declining health broke.

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“I asked my brother — I said, ‘What are your plans? How are you and [Princess] Kate upwards?’ And then a few hours later, you know, all the relatives who live in the Windsor and Ascot area jumped on a plane together,” Harry recalled. Anderson Cooper. “A plane with 12, 14, maybe 16 seats. I was not invited.”

By the time he arrived at Balmoral in Scotland, the Queen had already died. “I walked into the hall and my aunt [Princess Anne] was there to greet me. And she asked me if I wanted to see her. I thought about it for about five seconds and thought, ‘Is this a good idea?’” he recalls. “And I was like, ‘You know what? You can do this. You must say goodbye.’ So [I] went upstairs, took off my coat and walked in and spent some alone time with her. … I was very happy for her. Because she had ended her life. She had completed life, and her husband [Prince Philip] waited for her.”

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