Prince Harry had a private conversation with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during one of his final events as a senior royal, according to reports.
The Duke of Sussex and Johnson are believed to have had a one-on-one with each other for around 20 minutes at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London.
According to the Daily Mail, the pair met in a room at the Intercontinental Hotel in the Greenwich area of London after Harry had a number of other meetings with African heads of state.
As noted by Sky News and political correspondents from The Guardian and the Press Association newswire, neither Harry nor Johnson had any aides with them during the meeting, so it is not known what they discussed. The prime minister’s office has been contaced for comment.
The Duke of Sussex is reported to be flying straight from the summit to Vancouver in Canada to be reunited with his son Archie and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. He has no other official royal engagements in his diary.
The meeting is said to have occurred after Harry gave a speech at a charity in which he described how he and Meghan Markle had “no other option” than to step away from royal duties.
“Once Meghan and I were married, we were excited, we were hopeful and we were here to serve,” Harry said during a Sentebale dinner in London on Sunday, January 19.
“For those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this. The decision that I have made for me and my wife to step back is not one that I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven’t always gotten it right but as far as this goes, there really was no other option.
“What I want to make clear is: we’re not walking away and we certainly not walking away from you. Our hope was continuing to serve the Queen, the Commonwealth and my military associations but without public funding. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible.”
In a public statement following the pair’s decision to no longer be working members of the royal family, Queen Elizabeth II described how she was “particularly proud” at how Meghan adapted to her new role following her marriage to Harry in May 2018.
“I recognize the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life,” the queen said.
“I want to thank them for all their dedicated work across this country, the Commonwealth and beyond, and am particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.
“It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”
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