The Queen still 'adores' Prince Harry despite family rift

While Prince Harry and the Queen may have had their struggles, it's clear that their unique bond remains intact

Queen Elizabeth II speaks with Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex as they leave after the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor to Thomas Kingston at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle
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The Queen and Prince Harry may have had their differences over the years, but that's not to say they're not still on good terms thanks to their strong family bond. 

Harry and Meghan's Santa Barbara mansion may be thousands of miles away, but despite this the Prince has maintained a close bond with the Queen. 

"One thing about the Queen is she has to manage being a grandmother but also how it affects the wider institution," a royal insider told PEOPLE Royals.

“If Harry asks, the Queen would say yes,” a friend of the royal told the outlet. “She adores him.”

It's clear that the Queen and Prince Harry have a special bond, which we saw displayed when Harry asked his grandmother to join him for a playful video to promote Harry’s Invictus Games back in 2016. As one of the Queen's grandchildren, it's not surprising they're close. But this particular incident shows the pair also have the same sense of humor. 

In an intimate setting complete with a cozy floral sofa in Windsor Castle, Prince Harry shows grandmother Queen Elizabeth II a video of then-President Barack Obama and then-First Lady Michelle Obama teasing him about the upcoming Invictus Games and claiming they were set to win big. 

This is accompanied by a 'boom' from one of the surrounding servicemen, to which the Queen replies full of disdain, "Boom? Really? Please."

“Six years later, it’s clear there are few, if any, members of the Queen’s extended family who would have the confidence and the humor to ask the Queen to take part in such a stunt,” PEOPLE writes. 

“Harry’s doing so underlined both the respect between him and his grandmother and her willingness to show a different side of herself for him—in front of the world.”

Prince Harry's special relationship with the Queen has been documented before. Harry revealed, in an interview with Hoda Kotb, his close bond with the Queen as he discussed their 'special relationship.'

When asked by the interviewer what the best thing about his grandmother is, the Prince replied, "Her sense of humor. Her ability to see the humor in so many different things." 

Lauren Hughes

Lauren is the former Deputy Digital Editor at woman&home and became a journalist mainly because she enjoys being nosy. With a background in features journalism, Lauren worked on the woman&home brand for four years before going freelance. Before woman&home Lauren worked across a variety of women's lifestyle titles, including GoodTo, Woman's Own, and Woman magazine.