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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been accused of “exploiting” Queen Elizabeth during a visit to the UK

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  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle paid an unannounced visit to Queen Elizabeth ahead of their trip to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games
  • Royal biographer Tom Bower accused Harry and Meghan of visiting Queen Elizabeth for their Netflix documentary
  • Royal expert Ingrid Seward believes the couple have returned to the UK to offer an olive branch to the royal family

Royal experts are weighing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s visit to Queen Elizabeth II this week.

Earlier this year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they would not be able to return to the UK to attend his late grandfather Prince Philip’s memorial service on March 29, but revealed plans to visit the Queen “soon”.

Prince Harry and Markle made good on that promise when they made a pit stop in London this week to visit Queen at Windsor Castle before heading to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games, which begin on Saturday.

However, royal biographer Tom Bower, author of Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles, has speculated that the couple had planned a visit to the Queen and accused the Sussexes of exploiting the 95-year-old monarch have their Netflix documentary.

“I have no doubt that everything was done for her Netflix documentary,” Bower told the Mail Online. “The Queen’s advisers failed to protect her from being exploited by the royal family’s worst seducers, while the Sussexes took advantage of an ailing old woman to boost their credibility and their coffers.”

A few days before news of Prince Harry and Markle’s visit to the UK broke, royal expert Angela Levin, author of Harry: A Biography of a Prince, also claimed that the couple would only return to the Duke’s home country , if they could bring Netflix cameras.

“I think if we allow them to bring Netflix cameramen, they will come back, otherwise they won’t come,” Levin told The Sun.

The Duke and Duchess’ representative confirmed this week that Markle is joining her husband at the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands. Levin claimed Markle is leaving because “they’re doing the next Netflix documentary.”

“They go with cameras and they don’t want to miss the public eye,” the royal expert continued. “She doesn’t own the Invictus games, she likes to take on things that she feels will be productive for her. It is not necessary there.”

But royal commentator Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, has a different take on the Sussexes’ UK stop.

Seward said she believes the visit to the Queen was Prince Harry and Markle’s way of offering the royal family “an olive branch” which she believes “must have taken a lot” from the Sussexes. The royal expert also noted that the timing was perfect.

“Maundy Thursday is a very special day for the Queen as it is about forgiveness. [The Queen] is not someone to hold grudges and I think she would have liked to have welcomed them with open arms,” ​​she told The Sun.

However, while Prince Harry and Markle met with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles during their most recent visit, Prince William and Kate Middleton were not involved in the meeting, ITV royals editor Chris Ship reported.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 26: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II attend the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2018 in London, England. Photo: John Stillwell – WPA-Pool/Getty Images

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