Under normal circumstances the Queen meets Britain’s PM for talks every week, but this was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Sussexes’ engagement photo was on the premier table in July 2019, when the Queen invited Boris Johnson to form a Government.
However it had been moved by October, when she met Grenadian high commissioner Kisha Alexander-Grant.
This took place just days after an ITV documentary on the Sussexes’ Africa tour aired, during which Meghan admitted she had been struggling.
Harry and Meghan stood down from frontline royal duties in March 2020 and moved to California.
Relations with the wider Royal Family deteriorated further a year later in March 2021, when the Sussexes were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for CBS.
Meghan claimed “concerns and conversations” were raised about Archie’s “skin tone” ahead of his birth.
Meghan also alleged she struggled to get mental health support from within the royal system.
In response Buckingham Palace released a rare statement on behalf of the Queen, expressing regret at Meghan’s suffering.
However it also noted “some recollections may vary” about the events discussed.
Video released from the Queen’s first prime ministerial audience in 15 months shows her describing Matt Hancock, the health secretary, as a “poor man”.
As Mr Johnson bows the monarch comments: “How nice to see you again.”
The prime minister replies: “It’s been 15 months.”
In response the Queen states: “Good heavens. It’s most extraordinary.
“I’ve just been talking to your secretary of state for health, poor man. He came for privy council.”
Texts released by Dominic Cummings, formerly the PM’s chief advisor, reveal Mr Johnson described Matt Hancock as “hopeless” over part of his pandemic handling.
Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner has called for a public inquiry into the Government’s pandemic handling “as quickly as possible”.