Prince Harry is back in the U.K. to tie up loose ends and complete the last of his royal duties. While there, he sat down with Queen Elizabeth II for a more relaxed get-together, and the queen reportedly told Harry that he and his wife Meghan Markle are welcome back if they decide that living outside royal life isn't for them.
As The Sun reports, Harry and the queen had a four-hour "fireside chat" at Windsor Castle that started with a warm welcome and ended with an understanding between the two.
"She made it very clear to him that he and Meghan are always able to come back if they change their minds, and she will welcome them with open arms," a source told the British outlet.
"'You are much loved and will always be welcomed back,'" a source reports the queen said.
Harry walked from his U.K. home base at Frogmore Cottage to the castle, which share the same grounds. Before announcing that they were stepping back from their royal duties, Meghan and Harry lived at Frogmore Cottage and had reportedly remodeled it to suit their needs. Now, the couple is paying rent and has agreed to reimburse the costs of the renovations.
According to the source, the meeting was the time that the two needed to come to a better understanding of what they both wanted from the arrangement. Prior to this, Harry and Meghan had made the announcement that they planned to split their time in the U.K. and North America before departing for Canada, leaving little time for conversation.
While Harry previously met with Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, and Prince Charles for a conversation to sort the departure details out, Monday's meeting was the first time Harry and his grandmother had time to chat in a more relaxed setting."The Queen had a lot to talk to Harry about and this was the ideal time for them to both say their piece," the source said. "When Harry and Meghan announced they wanted to quit it all happened very quickly and it was very stressful for all concerned."
Reportedly, during the conversation, the queen reiterated that Harry and Meghan can't use the term "royal" as part of their brand because she wants to protect the monarchy. She is apparently upset that the couple has chosen to live so far away and sad that she isn't able to see baby Archie as much, but she understands their decision.