QUEEN ELIZABETH II has managed to handle Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal crisis exceptionally well, an Australian Senator has claimed in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.
Buckingham Palace has distanced itself from Prince Harry after he and his wife, Meghan Markle, spoke out about the upcoming US presidential election. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex urged US citizens to use their votes, and shared a powerful message about the importance of rejecting “hate speech, misinformation and online negativity”. The video message was recorded for Time 100, and has sparked criticism due to the royal protocol urging members of the Royal Family to remain politically neutral.
A palace spokesperson released a statement following the release of the video, saying: “We would not comment.
“The Duke is not a working member of the Royal Family and any comments he makes are in a personal capacity.”
Protocol prohibits royals from commenting on politics, but Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior working members of the Royal Family earlier this year.
The couple no longer carry out royal duties, but they still hold their Duke and Duchess of Sussex titles.
Queen Elizabeth II handled Meghan and Harry ‘exceptionally well’, says Australian Senator (Image: GETTY)
Meghan and Harry urged US citizens to use their votes in the incoming presidential election (Image: ABC)
Moreover, earlier this month, they signed a mega production deal with Netflix, announcing their intention to provide “hope and inspiration” with their upcoming documentaries, feature films and children’s programming.
As the couple set out on a completely new phase of their life, Australian Liberal Party Senator Eric Abetz thanked the Queen for handling the royal crisis sparked by her grandson and wife “exceptionally well”.
He told Express.co.uk: “Look, it would be fair to say… It was a bit of a soap opera.
“I don’t think Meghan and Harry covered themselves in glory, saying they want to divorce themselves from the Royal Family but still want some of the entitlements and benefits that come along.
Australian Senator Eric Abetz (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)
Buckingham Palace (Image: GETTY)
“They want some of the rights and privileges, but not the responsibilities.
“And that is where I think they let themselves stand very badly.”
Mr Abetz continued: “Having said that, I think the Queen and Buckingham Palace handled it exceptionally well.
“As far as I am concerned, the feedback I get is that there hasn’t been any damage at all to the Royal Family and the perception of the Royal Family in Australia.
“They see Harry and Meghan doing what they did. I don’t think they have got much respect for that.
Queen Elizabeth II (Image: GETTY)
“But has it damaged our ties to the constitutional monarchy?
“I don’t think so.”
Mr Abetz has been a Senator for Tasmania since February 1994, representing the Liberal Party.
He was the Minister for Employment and the Leader of the Government in the Senate in Tony Abbott’s government from 2013 to 2015.
He also previously served as Special Minister of State in the Howard Government from 2001 to 2006 and as Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation from 2006 to 2007.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK