Queen Elizabeth II may be the head of the British Monarchy, but, deep down, she’s just like any other grandmother, decorating her home with photos of her grandkids.
Want proof? An eagle-eyed reporter at Hello magazine spotted a never-before-seen picture of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle adorning the queen’s table in Buckingham Palace. The reporter spotted the pic in the background of a shot taken Wednesday during the queen’s private audience with George Brandis, the Australian high commissioner to the U.K. The framed photo — one of a few others that are blocked — shows Markle wearing a pale blue dress nuzzled up against her prince in a blue suit. It’s unclear where, exactly, the picture was taken, though Hello speculates that it could be from a selection of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s engagement photos that were never released publicly.
See the pic up close, below:
The queen and Prince Harry are known to have a close bond, so it’s hardly surprising that she’d decorate her home with photos of him and Markle. “Don’t forget she’s hugely close to her grandson,” royal expert Katie Nicholl said ahead of the royal wedding. “They have a very special relationship. She is thrilled to be seeing Harry settle down and finally marry.”
Not to mention that there was another tough audience that immediately took to Harry’s significant other: the queen’s corgis.
“It was very sweet,” Markle said of meeting the pups. To which Prince Harry responded: “For the last 33 years, I’ve been barked at. This one walks in, and absolutely nothing! Just wagging tails.”
Considering there was also an entire batch of official portraits taken on the day of the royal wedding that included Markle, Prince Harry, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and the queen herself, we’re willing to bet that there will be a new addition to the mantle in the near future.