Now Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have given up royal life and Prince Philip is in the hospital, Queen Elizabeth is having a bad time. Let’s face it, any grandmother can relate to missing their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. However, when it is the royal family and all over the headlines every day, it somehow seems worse.
Queen Elizabeth missing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
A royal source has revealed that Queen Elizabeth has been having a “rough few weeks” lately. The latest situation with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has been “challenging” for the royal. However, on top of that, Elizabeth is also “distraught over her beloved husband’s health setback.”
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson recently announced that Prince Philip, 99, had been taken to a hospital in London. The elderly royal was set to receive “medical attention for an infection.” This fact was worrying enough for Queen Elizabeth.
However, three days later, Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan Markle, 39, announced that they will not be returning as working members of the British royal family. This came after stepping back from their duties in March 2020 and moving to the USA.
Controversy over public service
The announcement drew controversy on both sides. Queen Elizabeth said that by stepping away from the royal family, it wasn’t possible to continue with the “responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.” However, on Harry and Meghan’s part, they responded by saying publically that everyone can live a life of service. In fact, the former royals added that “Service is universal.”
This news came up as the Sussexes gave generous aid to a women’s shelter in Texas following the devastating storm. While many people believed the couple was being snarky, they do have a point. The couple has set up their Archewell Foundation to help many members of the public at home and abroad.
However, the royal source told Us Magazine that the queen has had some tearful moments, mixed with anger and disappointment. They added that “Emotions are definitely running high.”
Queen Elizabeth FaceTimes Archie
Harry and Meghan’s U.S. move has been hard on Queen Elizabeth, especially now that Archie is 21 months old and a second child is on the way.
While the Buckingham Palace source said the queen has regular FaceTime calls with Archie, it is not the same. They noted that Queen Elizabeth is “desperate to give Archie a huge hug.” Obviously, many grandparents can relate to the situation the queen finds herself in. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is splitting families apart. Online chats with grandchildren are definitely not the same as a hug.
However, the Queen did receive some good news recently. This relates to the birth on February 9 of Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank’s baby, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank. At least Queen Elizabeth has one more great-grandchild nearby.