Harry and Meghan’s behaviour ‘devastated’ Queen who was on ‘borrowed time’


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appeared in an interview with Oprah Winfrey while Prince Philip was in the hospital.


Queen Elizabeth II appears alongside Harry and Meghan Markle (Image: Getty)

Queen Elizabeth II felt “devastated”, “bewildered” and disappointed” by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s behaviour, royal insiders have claimed.

Harry and Meghan appeared in an interivew with US TV host Oprah Winfrey in March last year while the late Queen’s husband was in hospital. Elizabeth was also suffering health issues at the time.

A royal insider, quoted in Gyles Brandreth’s biography of Elizabeth II, said: “The late Queen not only knew the Duke’s health was failing but also her own. It became clear that she was on borrowed time as she began to tie up loose ends. That’s what made the Sussexes’ behaviour doubly difficult to deal with. The timing could not have been more insensitive.”

In response to claims made by Harry and Meghan about the Royal Family, the late monarch said in a statement “some recollecteds may vary”, emphasising the Sussexes remained “much loved family members”.

But according to Palace insiders quoted by The Telegraph, the late Queen was “devastated”, “bewildered” and “disappointed”.

Some are reported to have said Elizabeth felt more and more incredulous at the damage the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were willing to inflict on the Royal Family.

The reports come as the couple prepare to tackle their rift with the Royal Family head on and in their own words. Netflix this week released a minute of footage from documentary Harry & Meghan.

The footage includes photos and interview snippets of Harry and Meghan. The Duke says in the clip as a photo of Meghan crying is shown: “No one sees what’s happening behind closed doors.”

There is then the sound of glass breaking and an image of William and Kate appears.

Meghan says as the trailer ends: “When the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make more sense to hear the story from us.”


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