Prince Charles made his feelings on the royal rift crystal clear. In 2019, before the arrival of Christmas, the Prince of Wales disclosed in the Queen and Philip about Prince Harry and his wife Meghan’s imperfect to live overseas and thus lessen their roles to casual royals.
The Queen, delayed to Charles considering he could resolve it without her having to become embroiled in the embryonic “Megxit” controversy. In truth, Philip had not the best start with Meghan Markle.
Reports claimed, when the couple’s whirlwind romance was confirmed, that Philip had advised his grandson Harry against marrying her and allegedly told him, “One steps out with actresses, one doesn’t marry them.” The Sunday Times wrote in a magazine article by Sophia Money-Coutts about the “rift” between Harry and Meghan and Kate and William.
The reporter, formerly a writer at society magazine Tatler, and daughter of retired private banker Crispin Money-Coutts, 9th Baron Latymer, stuck by her story, and Buckingham Palace decided to remain silent on the issue. However, the Queen had a soft spot for her grandson Harry.
She helped him promote the Invictus Games, the sporting event he produced in 2014 to encourage wounded veterans to compete and challenge themselves. He invited the Queen in a promotional video featuring the then-US president Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in 2016 when the Queen feigned surprise that the president was keen to win.
Harry told writer Angela Levin, “You could almost see her thinking, ‘Why the hell does nobody ask me to do these things more often?’ She is so incredibly skilled she only needed one take. Meanwhile, I was like a gibbering wreck.
“I was more nervous than anyone else.”
Angela said later, “It also showed the Queen would do almost anything for her grandson. The feeling is mutual.”
Harry said he absolutely adored his grandmother but his revelations shocked the entire royal family. Harry and Meghan announced last year on January 8, 2020, that they would step back as “senior” royals and work to become financially independent, planning to divide their time between the UK and the US.
Philip resisted critically when he observed the level of respect shown to the Queen by Harry, whose behaviour, he felt, had been inappropriate of a prince. The Queen and his Husband had a soft corner for Prince Harry, but Harry and his new wife had acted wildly and without proper thought to the significances to the institution they had both signed up to serve, the crown.
The Queen and Prince Charles then had to deal with “Megxit”.
In October 2020, Meghan did a lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday newspaper for “unlawfully” publishing a private letter, and Harry publicly convicted the tabloids for behaviour that he said, “destroys lives”.
Referring to his late mother Princess Diana, Harry said, “I lost my mother, and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”
“It’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes,” Meghan said.
When asked whether the experience had “really been a struggle”, she replied with a subdued: “Yes.”
The newidea.com.au wrote, ‘the dramatic sequence of events led to the sixth-in-line to the British throne effectively resigning from his frontline role.’
Harry and Meghan sincerely have faith in they are serving to bring a slimmed-down monarchy and have the ability to reach out to a younger and more diverse audience than other members of the royal family. Harry contacted Charles about the possibility of him and his wife spending more time in Canada and America just before Christmas, but ha had no solid plan.
Harry sent a draft proposal in the New Year but he needed to think through the complex implications, particularly regarding funding. Harry asked for a private meeting with their grandmother soon after when his family came back from Canada but he was informed that she will talk to his father first. However, the talk was subsequently blocked by courtiers.
That said, the Queen gave explicit instructions to Harry that neither he nor his wife should go public about their future plans at this time, and until it had been agreed on and signed off by her and the Prince of Wales.
Harry was stubborn so he deteriorated and Harry and Meghan acted like loose cannons.
Philip was then spotted leaving Sandringham in the morning, after he was reportedly made furious by Meghan and Harry’s intention to step back as senior royals.
Prince Philip, who was seen sitting in the passenger seat of his Land Rover, wearing a seatbelt, is understood to have said, “What on Earth are they playing at?” after Harry and Meghan issued their statement.
“To say that the duke feels they let the side down would be a considerable understatement.
“He was furious and felt that the Queen and, indeed, his son the Prince of Wales had always given Prince Harry plenty of scope to live the life that he wanted.
“Yes, he was extremely disappointed by their behaviour and the way they tried to back both the Prince of Wales and Her Majesty into a corner by releasing that statement.
“It was that Instagram post and the statement released on the couple’s newly launched and unsanctioned website SussexRoyal.com that did the most damage and created what became quite an awkward atmosphere.
“It was a question of trust. There was a feeling that Harry and Meghan had knowingly breached that trust. It showed a total lack of respect.”