During Joe Biden’s visit to the palace, King Charles III appeared to extend a particular acknowledgment to his son Prince Harry and daughter-in-law Meghan Markle, possibly in response to their recent discontent.
The 74-year-old British monarch warmly received the US President at Windsor Castle on Monday, and they shared tea in the Oak Room. Following this, the newly crowned king invited his distinguished guest to explore a collection of items related to the royal family’s interactions with past US presidents, showcased in the white drawing room.
Later, during the visit, King Charles seemingly aimed to convey that The Duke and Duchess of Sussex still hold their place within the royal fold. He guided the US president to the Green Drawing Room, a choice that could be interpreted as a gesture towards the Sussexes.
This gesture is significant as this is the very location where Harry and Meghan posed for their wedding portraits. In those images captured during their wedding, Prince Harry stood a step behind Meghan, signifying their unity. These pictures were taken shortly after their ceremony, which captivated a global audience.
The photographs also included Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet’s parents, alongside other members of the royal family. Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, stood proudly alongside her daughter, representing the only member of the Duchess of Sussex’s family present on her momentous day.
The charming images also featured the couple’s six bridesmaids and four-page boys, showcasing a relaxed and joyful atmosphere around the newlyweds.
Amidst ongoing rumors of potential deportation of Prince Harry from the US due to his admission of past drug use, and the persistence of campaigners pressuring officials to disclose his visa application, King Charles’ gesture could potentially boost Harry’s morale during this tumultuous period. It also underscores that the royal family maintains a positive disposition toward the couple, despite their public criticisms of the palace.
In the midst of their publicized distancing from the royal family and the airing of controversial claims in the media and in Harry’s memoir, the actions of King Charles could signify an effort to mend relations and demonstrate continued goodwill towards the couple based in California.