Will the Queen and Prince Harry meet when he is in the UK?

·Royal Correspondent
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Prince Harry is due to make another trip to the UK in the coming weeks, presenting an opportunity for further reconciliation with his family.

Harry, 36, hopes to be in London on 1 July, when he and his brother Prince William will unveil a statue of Princess Diana in the sunken garden of Kensington Palace. 

The date would have been his mother's 60th birthday. 

Details of the unveiling are not yet known but it has been reported that Harry will have lunch with his grandmother, the Queen, while he is in the UK.

It will be the first sit down over a meal the prince has had with her since March 2020, when he was invited to see her shortly before he left the country for his new life outside the senior royal fold.

According to the Daily Mail a courtier said of the lunch: "It’s a typically magnanimous gesture by Her Majesty.

"The lunch will be a chance for them to talk things through."

It's said the invitation was made before Harry's second child was born.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18:  Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry attend at the annual Chelsea Flower show at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 18, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Simmonds - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Harry greets the Queen at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2015 in London. (Getty Images)

Lilibet 'Lili' Diana was born on 4 June, meaning it's unlikely his wife Meghan will be with him for his second UK trip since they left senior royal life behind. 

She was also unable to attend the funeral of Prince Philip, which took place in April, because she was not given medical clearance to fly.

It meant Harry was alone when he came face to face again with family members whom he has spoken of in interviews - at the time having suggested there was racism in the family, and that Meghan wasn't supported when she was suffering with suicidal thoughts. 

Since the funeral, after which he was pictured chatting with William and Kate, and reportedly spoke briefly to the Queen, he has gone on to say he feels there is a "cycle of pain and suffering" in his family and that he wants to break it.

He also discussed his father's upbringing, saying: "I also know that is connected to his parents, so that means he’s treated me the way he was treated – so how can I change that for my own kids?"

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15:  Prince Harry chats to Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony on June 15, 2013 in London, England. Today's ceremony which marks the Queens official birthday will not be attended by Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh as he recuperates from abdominal surgery and will also be The Duchess of Cambridge's last public engagement before her baby is due to be born next month.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry chats to the Queen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony in 2013. (Getty Images)

The Queen has not responded to any of the recent comments by Harry, made either in his Apple TV+ documentary series or in publicity around the same time.

However she previously referred to them as "much-loved" members of the family, and Buckingham Palace released a statement to say she was "delighted" by the arrival of baby Lilibet - as were Charles, Camilla, William and Kate.

Harry told James Corden in an interview in February that he was keeping up with the Queen via video calls, and that she had seen Archie "running around".

Throughout their openness about their struggles, he and Meghan have been quick to ensure the Queen is not maligned. 

And experts have suggested naming their daughter Lilibet, which was the Queen's nickname as a child, is an olive branch from Santa Barbara to Windsor

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive at the Queen's Garden Party in Buckingham Palace, central London on May 29, 2019. (Photo by Yui Mok / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read YUI MOK/AFP via Getty Images)
The Queen and Prince Harry at the Queen's Garden Party in Buckingham Palace in 2019. (AFP)

Harry is also in the UK at the same time as an exhibition which includes his mother's wedding dress, a piece from the private collection of him and his brother.

The two brothers gave permission for the dress to be displayed, the first time it has been seen like this in more than 25 years.

The exhibition, at Kensington Palace, will be closed on 1 July because of the unveiling, but there is no news about whether Harry's trip will include a visit.

Last time he was in England he stayed at Frogmore Cottage, the home which was given to the Sussexes in 2018 by the Queen as a wedding gift. Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank are currently living there, it's understood.

The Queen is living nearby at Windsor Castle, making it a convenient location for the lunch engagement.

Buckingham Palace has not commented.

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