‘Can’t be in and out’: Queen removed compromise for Harry and Meghan’s freedom


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry returned to the UK earlier in September, first for charity appearances and later for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

According to the new claims however, it was Queen Elizabeth II who took the view that unless Harry and Meghan “were prepared to abide by the restrictions that applied to working members of the Royal Family, they could not be allowed to carry out official duties”.

A source said: “There was a very clear view: you can’t be in and out.

“And if you’ve got such clarity of view, it’s very difficult to say, ‘Why don’t we go 10 per cent this way instead of 20 per cent?’”

Royal author Valentine Low, who’s book ‘Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown’ contains the claims, quoted the source.

The Queen was said to have decided Harry and Markle could not be ‘in and out’ royals

The Queen was said to have decided Harry and Markle could not be ‘in and out’ royals (Image: GETTY)

Ms Low wrote in her book that “it is uncontroversial to suggest that the Sussexes would regard the talks as a failure” after the January 2020 talks with the Royal Family failed to yield a compromise.

She said in an extract reported by the Times: “They wanted to find a compromise whereby they could live part of the year abroad but carry out some royal duties at home. No such compromise was found.

“Instead, they lost their royal duties, their patronages, Harry’s military affiliations, their security, their income from the Prince of Wales and, for official purposes anyway, their HRH titles.”

Ms Low also claimed after the Sussex’ announced their intention to step down from royal duties, “the Queen said she wanted all four households to ‘work together at pace’ to find a workable solution”.

“I think in Meghan and the household, you had two worlds that had no experience of each other, had no way to relate to each other, had no way to comprehend each other.

“And Meghan was never going to fit in that model and that model was never going to tolerate the Meghan who Meghan wanted to be.

“So I think that it was inevitable that they would not be able to work together.

“I don’t think there’s anything (the Queen’s private secretary Edward Young) could have done about that that other members of the Royal Family would have accepted.”

The Duke issued a statement on his and Meghan’s Archewell website in tribute to the late monarch, where Harry said: “Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings — from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my Commander-in-Chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren.

“I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed, not just by us, but by the world over.

“And as it comes to first meetings, we now honour my father in his new role as King Charles III.”

Harry and Meghan attended Her Majesty’s funeral on Monday September 19, and were sat directly behind King Charles III and the Queen Consort Camilla.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were among other royal family members, right at the foot of the high altar.

In processions to and from Westminster Abbey, Harry walked alongside senior members of the Queen’s household, including Prince William.

While Meghan did not follow the Queen’s coffin on foot, she shared a car with Sophie, the Countess of Wessex.


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