Buckingham Palace had said in response to the interview, “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
Harry and Meghan have traveled a few times to the U.K. since their royal exit, including in June, when they attended the queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration. During that visit, the couple brought Archie and their daughter Lilibet, 15 months, who met the Queen—her namesake—in-person for the first time.
A week before the Queen’s funeral, Harry and Meghan made a surprise joint appearance with William and Kate to greet mourners at Windsor Castle, marking the first time the two couples, once dubbed the “Fab Four” by the public, have appeared together on-camera in more than two years.
The joint appearance occurred just a few weeks after the Duchess of Sussex signaled that a royal reconciliation was possible. “I think forgiveness is really important. It takes a lot more energy to not forgive,” she told The Cut Aug 29. “But it takes a lot of effort to forgive. I’ve really made an active effort, especially knowing that I can say anything.”