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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shocked the world earlier this year when they revealed being part of the royal institution made them feel “trapped” – with Meghan even saying she felt suicidal. However, the couple have always maintained they think the Queen is “wonderful” throughout their recent drama and even named their daughter Lilibet, which was a childhood nickname of the Queen. Royal biographer Stewart Pearce said he believes the Queen is a “forgiving” person and so will not have felt any anger or animosity towards Harry and Meghan for speaking out while carving out their new life in the US.
He also compared Harry and Meghan with Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, as she has also spoken publicly about the Royal Family in the past but still has a close relationship with the Queen.
He told Express.co.uk: “Sarah recently talked about her absolute admiration of the sage-like qualities of the Queen, which I found surprising.
“Sarah still lives with Andrew in the Royal Lodge, which was the home of the Queen Mother, and a great scene of joy during the time the late king George VI was still alive, as it is where Elizabeth and Margaret had their little cottage.
“Andrew and Sarah are now living there and of course, the two daughters, Eugenie and Beatrice, they’re living just around the corner.
The Queen was praised for being “wonderful” by Meghan and Harry
“So the Queen will have been driving herself to the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, as it only takes about 10 or 15 minutes to drive there for tea every Saturday and Sunday.
“There will be lots and lots of long family conversations, which is one the reasons I believe why Sarah has been saying that at the heart of the Queen, there is total forgiveness.
“And if Sarah is saying that, if the Queen could forgive her, you can just imagine how forgiving she is with Harry and Meghan.”
While promoting her new novel Her Heart For A Compass earlier this month, Sarah said the Queen was “like a mother” to her.
Harry also made it clear he did not “blindside” the Queen last year
The Duchess of York also called the 95-year-old monarch a “great leader” during an appearance on the podcast Tea with Twiggy.
She said: “Honestly, I think my mother-in-law was more of a mother to me than my mother.
“My greatest leader, the one who believes in me is the Queen, and will never decline.”
“I absolutely admire the incredible way her dignity is so modern … and how flexible, how to understand, and how tolerant and generous.”
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Sarah’s mother, Susan Barrantes, tragically died in a car accident in Argentina at the age of 61, in September 1998.
Last week, Sarah and Eugenie also joined Prince Andrew at Balmoral Castle, where the Queen spends the rest of the summer, suggesting they would all be spending more time together.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry also made it clear during his interview with Oprah Winfrey back in March that he and Meghan did not “blindside” the Queen when they announced they were stepping down as senior royals last year.
He said: “I would never blindside my grandmother, I have too much respect for her.”
Sarah Ferguson said the Queen was “like a mother” to her
Meghan added during the interview that the Queen had always been “wonderful” to her.
She said: “On one of our first joint engagements together, we had breakfast together that morning and she gave me a gift – some beautiful pearl earrings and a matching necklace – I just really loved being in her company.
“We were in the car going in between engagements and she has a blanket that sits across her knees and it was chilly and she pulled it across my knees.
“It made me think of my grandmother. She (the Queen) has always been warm and inviting and really welcoming.
“There’s the family, and then there are the people that are running the institution, those are two separate things and it’s important to be able to compartmentalise that because the Queen, for example, has always been wonderful to me.”