The Queen Sees Prince Harry as a "Prodigal Son" Who Is Always Welcome Back as a Working Royal, Expert Says

"She's very loathed to criticize anything he's doing."

Queen Elizabeth smiles as Prince Harry leans in towards her.
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  • This year, royal fans were shocked by news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) were stepping back from their roles as senior working members of the royal family.
  • According to royal expert Ingrid Seward (opens in new tab), Queen Elizabeth II sees Harry as a "prodigal son" and she will "welcome him home with open arms" if he changes his mind about his royal exit.
  • Seward also says that it's unlikely the Queen will ever criticize Harry and Meghan's decision, even privately with other members of the royal family.

Prince Harry (opens in new tab) stepped back from his role as a working, senior royal this year—but that decision doesn't have to be permanent.

In an interview with Sky News this week, Majesty  (opens in new tab)magazine (opens in new tab) Editor-in-Chief Ingrid Seward (opens in new tab) weighed in on Harry's royal exit (opens in new tab)—and how the Queen really feels (opens in new tab) about it behind-the-scenes.

"I think she's looking at Harry like the prodigal son, that he will come home and she will welcome him home with open arms," Seward explained, according to The Sun (opens in new tab). "I think she's very loathed to criticize anything he's doing."

And, according to Seward, that "no criticism" policy would extend to other members of the royal family, (opens in new tab) as well as the press and the public.

"Privately, she might feel very sad about it but she will never ever comment on it, even probably to her family," Seward said. "She would keep her feelings very much to herself."

For now at least, Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle (opens in new tab), are reportedly very happy with their decision to step back from royal life.

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