Prince Harry has admitted a seriously sweet truth about his relationship with his grandmother, the Queen.
In the Our Queen At Ninety documentary that aired this month, we saw Kate Middleton, Prince William and Harry all opening up about their special relationships with the Queen to celebrate the monarch’s 63-year reign.
And it seems that the impressive 89-year-old still scares Harry a tad. Bless.
‘I still view her more as the Queen than my grandmother, he admitted. ‘You have this huge amount of respect for your boss and I always view her as my boss, but occasionally as a grandmother.’ LOVE that she’s definitely still the boss lady over at Buckingham Palace, even her over grandson. Naw.
Kate also said some sweet things about her grandmother-in-law. In fact, she spilled what she gets the Queen for Christmas!
We’ve all been there. Your first festive gathering with the in-laws, desperate to impress and determined to shine in the gift-giving department. But what do you do when the in-laws include the Queen? Panic? Run? Nope, not K-Middy. She made chutney.
“I can remember being at Sandringham, for the first time, at Christmas. And I was worried what to give the Queen as her Christmas present. I was thinking, ‘Gosh, what should I give her?’ I thought back to what would I give my own grandparents. And I thought, ‘I’ll make her something.’ Which could have gone horribly wrong.But I decided to make my granny’s recipe of chutney.”
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Of course she did! And apparently, the Queen couldn’t have been happier with her homemade gift.
“I was slightly worried about it, but I noticed the next day that it was on the table,” says Kate. “I think such a simple gesture went such a long way for me and I’ve noticed since she’s done that on lots of occasions and I think it just shows her thoughtfulness, really, and her care in looking after everybody.”
As if that wasn’t enough to have you reaching for the record button, Kensington Palace also released a clip of the Duchess on Twitter, in which she says some adorable things about Prince George and his grandmother.
“George is only 2-and-a-half and calls her “Gan-Gan””, Kate says. “She always leaves a little gift or something in their room when we go and stay, and that just shows her love for her family.” Aw.
The mum-of-two added that the Queen was also a big fan of granddaughter Charlotte, and couldn’t wait to visit her after Kate first gave birth.
“It’s very special having a new little girl… I feel very, very lucky that George has got a little sister,” Kate says. “The Queen was really thrilled that it was a little girl, and I think as soon as we came back here to Kensington Palace she was one of our first visitors.”
Being a doting grandmother aside, the 89-year-old has also helped Kate cope with her royal engagements after being thrust into the spotlight.
“She’s been very generous in not being forceful at all and in any of her views, but I feel she’s been there, a gentle guidance really for me,” Kate says.
Speaking about a 2012 trip to Leicester that the family made to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Kate adds: “She was very supportive. The fact she took the time to make sure that I was happy and looked after for that particular occasion… [it] shows just how caring she is, really.”
Aw. Sounds like this is one royal bond that’s here to stay.