THE Queen was snapped smiling at a palace event last night – after Prince Harry and William’s “fractious” relationship was revealed.
Her Majesty looked relaxed as she met with charity volunteers, despite reports she would have been left “a little bit dismayed” by The Sussex’s documentary.
The Queen looked happy as she met with charity volunteers last night
During Sunday nights interview, Harryreferred to the rift between him and his brother saying that although he knewWilliamwas there for him, they were certainly on different paths.
The unusual public broadcast of private relationships within the Royal Family led to suggestions the Queen was “concerned” by the brothers’ apparent troubles.
But the Daily Telegraph reports a Buckingham Palace spokesman wouldn’t comment on any private conversations the Monarch may have had with her grandsons.
And yesterday evening the Queen put the subject behind her, as she joined volunteers at St James’s Palace to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Cruse Bereavement Care.
The charity, of which the Queen is patron, offers free support, advice and information for bereaved adults, young adults and children.
She met people who have been instrumental in providing bereavement support following devastating events such as the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US and the Grenfell Tower fire in the UK.
It has been reported the princes spoke to each other privately after the documentary aired.
Sources told The Times “they would have been in touch”, and a line had been drawn in the fallout of Harry’s remarks on his sibling relationship.
‘A LITTLE BIT DISMAYED’
Adding: “These are conversations that should take place privately. It is not a topic to play out in public.”
But a source close to the brothers said Harrys recent behaviour, including attacks on the media and weeping in public as he spoke of son Archies birth, showed all was not well.
The source added: Harry is not in great shape. Id say hes not well, declaring war on everyone, crying in public.
These are not the actions of a well-balanced man. He and William are badly split over his mothers legacy.
Harrys view is, The press killed my mum and now they are going to kill my wife’.
William has a more nuanced view. He hated the topless pictures of Kate but accepts you have to live with the press.He knows Diana allowed the press too close and co-operated with them.
So you have these two competing narratives and its making relations fractious.”
Pals close to Prince Harry praised his answers to the question about his brother as tactful and truthful, whereas others suggested he should have denied any spat or declined to give a response.
There has also been disquiet among senior royals over Meghans suggestion in the documentary that she was not really OK and that no one had asked after her.
It is understood the Queen and Charles try to include Meghan as much as possible.
One senior courtier was reported as saying: The Queen has been a source of strength too and invited them both to Balmoral where family problems are usually aired.
Yesterday evening Her Majesty wore a sea green and dove grey brocade cocktail dress and jacket with contrast silk bands by Angela Kelly, and the Nizam of Hyderabad diamond rose brooch to the reception.
Yolanda Clarke, who became a volunteer with the charity after the death of her parents and brother, said she was reminded of her mother during the meeting.
“The first thing I thought of was that she smelt like my mum, and my mum is why I got into this charity,” she said. “It was such a proud moment.”
The Queen was presented with a commemorative book which charted the charity’s development from a small support group for widows to a leading national charity.
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Queen Elizabeth II meeting volunteers during a reception to mark the 60th anniversary of Cruse Bereavement Care
The Queen wore a sea green and dove grey brocade cocktail dress and jacket with contrast silk bands by Angela Kelly