Harry considered surprising Queen with visit to discuss Megxit: ‘Sign of his frustration’


The Duke and Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped down from royal duties in February 2020, and wanted to move to the US for privacy away from the UK.

He said: “The courtiers had got in the way, it seemed, because they saw the meeting with the Queen as an attempt to pick the Queen off before Harry started talks with the rest of the family.”

He then quoted a source who says: “There was a danger that a private conversation could be interpreted very differently by two people.”

Mr Low added: “That was said to have made Harry so cross that for a while he considered driving straight from the airport to Sandringham to drop in on the Queen unannounced.

“He eventually dropped the idea, but it was a sign of his frustration that he even contemplated such a move.”

Prince Harry was going to pay a surprise visit to Queen Elizabeth II over Megxit

Prince Harry was going to pay a surprise visit to Queen Elizabeth II over Megxit (Image: GETTY)

Valentine Low said Harry was ‘incensed’ he was told the Queen was confused over her schedule at the time

Valentine Low said Harry was ‘incensed’ he was told the Queen was confused over her schedule in 2020 (Image: GETTY)

In an extract from Mr Low’s book, reported by the Times, a source also claimed 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?’”

Mr Low also wrote in his 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.

He claimed it ‘Harry so cross … he considered driving straight to Sandringham’

He claimed it ‘Harry so cross … he considered driving straight to Sandringham’ (Image: GETTY)

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.”

According to a royal source, William extended the invitation to Harry to appear publicly together as he believed it was “an important show of unity at an incredibly difficult time for the family”.

Omid Scobie, executive royal editor for Yahoo! News and author of Finding Freedom, a biography on the Sussexes, said at the time: “The Waleses had always been scheduled to greet well-wishers at Windsor Castle, but royal sources say the decision to invite the Sussexes was made in the eleventh hour.

“It is, without a doubt, a significant moment in the history of the relationship between the two brothers.

“Just as we saw after the death of Prince Philip and at his funeral, these are the moments when members of the Royal Family can put differences to one side to focus on the loss that brought them together.”

It comes as another forthcoming book about the tensions within the royal family claimed Queen Elizabeth II was left “very hurt” by the Duke and Duchess of Susssex’s decision to step down as senior royals.

In the forthcoming book ‘The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown’, a source close to the Queen claimed the late monarch “was exhausted by the turmoil” of Harry and Meghan’s decision to leave the Royal Family.

“She was very hurt and told me, ‘I don’t know, I don’t care, and I don’t want to think about it anymore,’” the source said, according to an extract of the book which was published in Vanity Fair.


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