Royal journalist and author Clive Irving’s new book “The Last Queen: Elizabeth II’s Seventy Year Battle to Save the House of Windsor” is due out in January and while it centres on the Queen’s alleged struggle to save the monarchy it also touches on the impact of Meghan Markle’s entry into the Fold.
In part one of the book, Mr Irving writes: “The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is as glorious as any in the long line of British royal pageants.
“The gushing TV commentators from every corner of the world all agree that nobody does it better than the British royal family.
“Even the weather cooperates, with peerless blue skies, and Windsor Castle provides a spectacular backdrop, part Game of Thrones, part Camelot.”
The author added: “It certainly has the qualities of a fairy tale – a narrative layered with legend, fantasy, tragedy, intrigue and resilience.”
According to Mr Irving, the “real star” of the show was not the bride Meghan but the Queen.
He writes: “However, the real star here is not taking the vows but instead sits in a pew, brightly dressed and wonderfully behatted.
“The Queen has outlived even the venerable Victoria in her duration on the throne and is now a monarch who seems to be above reproach.”
Recalling how he reported on the Royal Wedding for the Daily Beast at the time, Mr Irving quotes his own coverage of the special day in which he claimed Princess Diana would have approved of the occasion.
He wrote: “St George’s Chapel Windsor became, for the first time in its long history, host to a new kind of rainbow coalition, ranging from doddery old dukes to the exuberance of a gospel choir rocking the place with ‘Stand By Me.’
“And all of this was pure Diana … Metaphorically, Diana burned down the penitential structure that had attempted to restrain her.
“Harry and Meghan will now enjoy and represent the spirit of that brave rebellion.”
Following the quotation, Mr Irving continued: “It is a thought that seems to strike many onlookers: Princess Diana, the bewitching beauty who died as ‘the People’s Princess’, seems to be the absent but spiritual architect of this apparent transformation in the appearance of the House of Windsor and this joyous display of love and ancient ritual.”
The royal expert claims Prince Harry will have been painfully aware of the challenge he and Meghan might face finding their place within the monarchy.
Mr Irving writes: “But Prince Harry knew the underlying reality: sometime before, he said that being king or queen is a job that nobody in their right mind would want.
“His brother William, however, had no choice; his turn would come, while Harry and his new bride would have to try to find their own place in the system.”
Meghan and Harry’s struggle to find a place within the monarchy’s dated structure ultimately led them to quit royal life in March this year.
The couple have since settled in the USA where they have signed a lucrative deal with streaming giant Netflix and intend to make money public speaking.
Meghan and Harry’s UK home Frogmore Cottage is understood to currently be inhabited by Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank who are expecting their first child together early next year.
When Harry and Meghan Markle might return to the UK remains unclear amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK