Prince Harry says Queen Elizabeth ‘on great form’ during recent meeting

The Duke of Sussex and Meghan Markle met the Queen at Windsor Castle last Thursday

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Reuters
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The Duke of Sussex says Queen Elizabeth II was “on great form” during their recent meeting but added he wanted to make sure that she was “protected” and had “the right people around her”.

He and his wife Meghan visited the monarch and met his father, the Prince of Wales, in Windsor on Thursday.

They flew in from their home in the US before travelling on to The Hague in the Netherlands for the Invictus Games.

It is the first time the couple had been seen together publicly on this side of the Atlantic for two years.

“Being with her, it was great, it was just so nice to see her, she’s on great form," Harry told NBC's Today show.

“She’s always got a great sense of humour with me and I’m just making sure that she’s protected and got the right people around her.

“Both Meghan and I had tea with her, so it was really nice to catch up with her.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hug a competitor at the Invictus Games in The Hague. AP Photo

The queen turns 96 on Thursday, just over a year after the funeral of her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.

“Home for me now, for the time being, is in the States and it feels that way," said Harry. “We’ve been welcomed with open arms and have such a great community up in Santa Barbara.”

The couple moved to Montecito, California, after their decision to step down as senior royals in 2020, saying they wanted a new life of personal and financial freedom.

Harry flew back from California, without Meghan who was heavily pregnant at the time, to attend his grandfather’s funeral in Windsor in April 2021.

He also returned to the UK to unveil the statue of his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, on July 1, 2021, with his brother Prince William.

His full interview with NBC is due to air on Wednesday.

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Updated: April 20, 2022, 7:22 AM