The Royal Family has shared a touching photograph of a young Queen, then princess Elizabeth, smiling with her mother at Royal Lodge in Windsor during WWII to mark Mother’s Day.
Taking to Instagram, the official Royal Family account led tributes with the sweet snap which was taken a day before Her Majesty’s fourteenth birthday, alongside a caption which read: ‘To all Mums everywhere, we wish you a very special Mother’s Day.’
The Prince of Wales, 72, also took to Clarence House social media page and posted a photograph of him and his mother, Her Majesty, giggling together as they exchanged a joke during the Braemar Highland Games in Scotland in 2010.
It comes after a tumultuous week for the Royal Family following the bombshell interview of Prince Harry, 36 and Meghan Markle, 39, with US broadcaster Oprah Winfrey.
The Royal Family has shared a touching photograph of a young Queen, then princess Elizabeth, smiling with her mother at Royal Lodge in Windsor during WWII to mark Mother’s Day (pictured)
Alongside the sweet image, the caption read: ‘To all Mums everywhere, we wish you a very special Mother’s Day’ (pictured)
The Duchess of Cornwall, 73, also honoured the memory of her mother, the late Rosalind Shand, with a touching photograph which dates back to the 1990s.
Elsewhere, Sarah Ferguson shared a collage of several photographs of her mother Susan Barrantes, who died in 1998 – and also gave a subtle nod to her own daughter’s baby, grandson August, who was born in February.
In the caption, she penned: ‘To my Mum, you are with me everyday and you would be so proud of your Great Grandson August. Thank you for all you taught me and the joy you showed me.’
Royal fans were quick to send their well-wishes to the Queen and her children on Mother’s Day.
The Prince of Waled shared a joyous picture of him and the Queen laughing at the Braemar Highland Games in Scotland in 2010 (pictured)
The Duchess of Cornwall honoured her late mother, Rosalind Shand with a picture of them together taken in the 1990s
The official Clarence House Instagram account shared the pictures, wishing everyone a happy Mother’s Day
The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, 61, honoured the memory of her late mother Susan Barrantes, who died in 1998 and added a nod to her own daughter’s son, August
Sarah, known as Fergie, celebrated her mother and told her she would be proud of her ‘great-grandson August’
During the bombshell interview, Harry accused an unnamed member of his family of racism and said the lack of support he and his wife received from the other royals was behind their decision to quit the UK
Bombshells from the Oprah interview
– Meghan’s mental health
The Duchess of Sussex revealed she had suicidal thoughts and said: ‘I just didn’t want to be alive any more.’
She said she begged for help, and asked to go somewhere to get help, and approached one of the most senior people in the institution, but was told it would not look good.
The duchess said: ‘I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help. I said that I’ve never felt this way before and I need to go somewhere. And I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution.’
– Baby Sussex is a girl
Harry and Meghan revealed they are expecting a baby girl. The duke joined his wife in the second half of the interview, and told the chat show host: ‘It’s a girl.’
He said his first thought was ‘amazing’ when he discovered they were having a girl, adding: ‘Just grateful. To have any child, any one or any two, would have been amazing.
‘But to have a boy and then a girl, I mean what more can you ask for? Now we’ve got our family, we got the four of us and our two dogs.’
Asked if they were ‘done’ with two children, Harry said ‘done’ and Meghan said: ‘Two is it.’
She also confirmed the baby is due in the ‘summertime’.
– Royal family accused of racism
Meghan said, when she was pregnant with Archie, an unnamed member of the royal family raised ‘concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born’.
Asked whether there were concerns that her child would be ‘too brown’ and that would be a problem, Meghan said: ‘If that is the assumption you are making, that is a pretty safe one.’
Pushed by Winfrey on who had those conversations, Meghan refused to say, adding: ‘I think that would be very damaging to them.’
She added: ‘That was relayed to me from Harry, those were conversations the family had with him, and I think it was really hard to be able to see those as compartmentalised conversations.’
– Archie’s title
Meghan suggested she and Harry wanted Archie to be a prince so he would have security and be protected.
The duchess expressed her shock at ‘the idea of our son not being safe’, and the idea of the first member of colour in this family, not being titled in the same way as other grandchildren.
Archie, who is seventh in line to the throne, is not entitled to be an HRH or a prince due to rules set out more than 100 years ago by King George V.
He will be entitled to be an HRH or a prince when the Prince of Wales accedes to the throne.
As the first born son of a duke, Archie could have become Earl of Dumbarton – one of Harry’s subsidiary titles – or have been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, instead at the time of his birth, a royal source said Harry and Meghan had decided he should a regular Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.
– The Prince of Wales
The Duke of Sussex said his father the Prince of Wales stopped taking his calls while Harry and Meghan were in Canada ‘because I took matters into my own hands. I needed to do this for my family’. He said Charles wanted him to put his plans in writing.
– The Queen
Harry denied that he had ‘blindsided’ his grandmother Queen with the bombshell statement about stepping down as senior royal.
The duke said he believed the report probably could have come from ‘within the institution’.
– The Duchess of Cambridge
Meghan said Kate made her cry ahead of her wedding. Reports circulated ahead of the Sussexes’ nuptials that Meghan left Kate in tears at Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress fitting.
But Meghan told Winfrey the ‘reverse happened’.
Meghan said she was not sharing the information to be ‘disparaging’, but added it was ‘really important for people to understand the truth’.
‘She’s a good person,’ the duchess added.
‘What a beautiful Photo. Happy Mother’s Day,’ wrote one, while a second penned:
‘Two Elizabeths, two Queens.’
A third added: ‘How adorable! Childhood memories.’
Mother’s Day marks the end of a very tumultuous week for the Royal family following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey
The Duke of Cambridge was the first royal to personally respond to the allegation during his first royal engagement since the Oprah interview on Thursday, as he also revealed that he has not spoken to his brother since it came out, but added that he ‘will do’.
It was also the first engagement for Kate since she was accused by Meghan of making her cry in the bombshell tell-all chat.
Previously, it was believed it was Meghan who had made Kate cry during a row over bridesmaids’ dresses.
Meghan said: ‘She (Kate) was upset about something, but she owned it, and she apologised. And she brought me flowers’.
During the Oprah interview, Meghan also revealed details about their strained relationship, saying of pictures of them laughing at Wimbledon, ‘Nothing is what it looks like.’
She added that Kate being called ‘waity Katie’ in the press couldn’t compare to the alleged racism she faced.
Meghan also made allegations that she felt suicidal and turned to the palace for help.
The Duchess of Sussex told Oprah she ‘couldn’t be left alone’ and told her husband she ‘didn’t want to be alive anymore’ before claiming the Buckingham Palace HR department ignored her plea for help because she wasn’t a ‘paid employee’.
Describing how she considered ending her life believing it ‘was better for everyone’, Meghan said:
‘I knew that if I didn’t say it, that I would do it. I just didn’t want to be alive anymore.
‘And that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought. I remember how he just cradled me. I said that I needed to go somewhere to get help.
‘I said that ‘I’ve never felt this way before, and I need to go somewhere’. And I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution’.
She said that after confiding in her husband, she was forced to go to the Royal Albert Hall for a charity event in January 2019, claiming photos from that night ‘haunt me’.
She told Oprah she later reached out to one of the best friends of Diana, Princess of Wales, because she felt unsupported by the palace.
She said: ‘When I joined that family, that was the last time I saw my passport, my driving licence, my keys – all of that gets turned over’.
Meghan said Harry had ‘saved my life’ by agreeing to move to Los Angeles.
During the broadcast, Prince Harry hinted at the extent of the alleged rift between the two brothers, claiming that their relationship was now ‘space,’ but added he hoped time would be a healer.
He went on to claim he was ‘on different paths’ to William and spoke about his brother was ‘trapped’ in the Royal Family.
Harry also said he felt ‘very let down’ by his father Prince Charles, accusing him of refusing to take his calls and and then ‘cut him off’ financially when they emigrated.
He said: ‘My father and brother. They’re both trapped’ and added that his mother Diana would be ‘angry and sad’ that he felt he had to leave the royal family, but ‘she saw it coming’.
Harry said: ‘All she’d ever want for us is to be happy’, adding that his wife had ‘saved me’, declaring:
‘I myself was trapped, as well. I didn’t see a way out’.
The Queen broke her silence on the interview on Tuesday, voicing her ‘concern’ over the issues raised, ‘particularly that of race’, although the statement added that ‘some recollections may vary’.
There has been much speculation about which member of the royal family they were accusing of racism.
But during the interview the couple would not be drawn on who had deeply offended them.
Harry said: ‘That conversation, I am never going to share. At the time it was awkward, I was a bit shocked.’