Megxit has done nothing to dampen the love the Queen feels for Prince Harry – who she 'still adores' and would do anything for, a royal insider has revealed.
Even though the Duke of Sussex 's wife Meghan Markle's departure from royal life has seen rifts form between the couple andthe rest of the royal family, including Prince William, Harry has made sure his relationship with his grandmother has remained intact.
The pair have been keeping up to date on his life and his children, Archie and Lilibet, via video calls, and he dropped in on her at her Windsor Castle home in April en route to the Invictus Games in the Netherlands.
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Harry also introduced the monarch to her namesake, his one-year-old daughter Lilibet, when the family was in the UK for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier this month.
During these tumultuous times for the royal family the Queen has had to steer a tricky course between sympathy for the couple and firmness in favour of her role as monarch.
"One thing about the Queen is she has to manage being a grandmother but also how it affects the wider institution," a royal insider says in the latest PEOPLE Royals.
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Harry's bond with his grandmother the Queen was never illustrated better than when she joined her grandson for a playful video ahead of the Invictus Games in 2016.
Seated in Windsor Castle, Harry leaned into Queen Elizabeth and showed her a short video on his phone showing then-President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama teasing him about the upcoming games.
The presidential pair said the U.S. was going to win big at the Paralympic-style games that Harry launched years ago for armed forces members — and one of the servicemen surrounding the Obamas sent out a triumphant "Boom" to underscore the boast.
But in response the taunt the Queen shrugged her shoulders and said in classic understatement: "Boom, really? Please."
Six years later it's clear there are few, if any, members of the Queen's extended family who would have the confidence and the humour to ask the Queen to take part in such a stunt.
Harry's doing so underlined both the respect between him and his grandmother and her willingness to show a different side of herself for him — in front of the world.
"If Harry asks, the Queen would say yes— as she adores him," a friend has said of the bond between the monarch and the Duke of Sussex.
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