Queen believes Harry and Meghan ‘very much part of the family’ – royal curator

The Queen still believes Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are "very much part of the royal family", a curator putting together a royal exhibition has said.

Harry and his wife Meghan Markle announced on January 8 last year that they would step back from senior positions within the Firm following talks at Sandringham with Prince Charles, Prince William and the Queen.

Meghan and Harry have since relocated with their son Archie Harrison to California, having spent the intervening period living in Canada, in hopes of a more private lifestyle.

Despite the move, and ahead of the new The Tudors To Windsors: British Royal Portraits show at the Royal Museums Greenwich in London, Charlotte Bolland, a senior curator at the National Portrait Gallery has said the Queen has "stressed" the Sussexes are still a part of the family.

Ms Bolland told the Daily Mail: "The focus is on the Royal Family today, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very much part of that.

"It’s important to frame them as being very much part of the family, as the Queen has stressed."

Ms Bolland added: "You can see throughout the exhibition that both the monarch and their family are a key element of the structure of the monarchy in this country and [this] is reflected in the portraiture."

It comes following a number of television appearances by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in which they have criticised elements of royal life.

Harry has appeared on a bombshell interview alongside wife Meghan Markle with Oprah Winfrey, appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden and spoken about life growing up while on the Armchair Expert podcast with Dax Shepard.

The Duke also discussed his life in his new Apple TV+ documentary series The Me You Can't See.

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During his appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden he spoke about his need to get his family out of the "toxic" environment they were in during their life in the UK.

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While discussing his life in his new Apple TV+ documentary series The Me You Can't See the Duke revealed: "Cause my father used to say to me when I was younger, he used to say to both William and I ‘Well it was like that for me so it’s gonna be like that for you’.

"That doesn’t make sense. Just because you suffered, that doesn’t mean that your kids have to suffer. In fact quite the opposite, if you’ve suffered, do whatever you can to make sure that whatever experiences, negative experiences you had, that you can make it right for your kids."

He also said he moved Archie and Meghan to the US to "break the cycle" of "genetic pain and suffering" from his own childhood in an appearance on the Armchair Expert podcast with Dax Shepard.

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