‘Pragmatic’ Queen had ‘strategy’ to give Meghan Markle and Harry a way out from offset


QUEEN Elizabeth II had formed a strategy “right at the very beginning” to deal with any public backlash or fallout from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship, a royal commentator claimed.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle caused “an eruption within the hegemony” of the Royal Family with their abrupt departure, as they decided to leave their working roles and relocate to California. However, a royal expert has claimed that the Queen had a “strategy” in place to deal with the couple that would allow her to avoid any of “the corruption or the vilification or the negativity”.

Stewart Pearce told the podcast Royally Us: “I feel there has been an eruption within the hegemony, within the hierarchy.

“The eruption took because of Harry and Meghan leaving the way that they did, although of course, their departure was well-known about by Prince Charles, by the Queen and also by Prince William, etc way before we knew about it.

“You can just imagine when Harry, full of love for the lady he was falling in love with, arrived back and went to see Her Majesty. She’d have said ‘let’s take this easily, let’s court her for a year, and then let’s talk again’.

“They talked again from what I understand from the people that I know, and Harry was emphatic ‘I want to marry her’ and the strategy was created.

Queen was 'pragmatic' in her approach to Sussexes

Queen was ‘pragmatic’ in her approach to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Image: Getty Images)

Meghan and Harry caused an 'eruption'

Meghan and Harry caused an ‘eruption’ in the Royal Family (Image: Getty Images)

He continued: “Her Majesty would say ‘what happens if this doesn’t work with the British people?’

“So the whole strategy was developed right at the very beginning, it came to a shock to us but actually, the mechanism was always there, all of the possibilities.

“That’s how pragmatic Her Majesty is, which is why she’s able to fly like an eagle over the whole thing observing, and not get caught up in the corruption or the vilification or the negativity.”

Since leaving the Royal Family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have complimented the Queen, with the Duke stating that she remains his “Colonel-in-chief”.

The Sussexes announced that they would be stepping back from their roles as senior royals in January 2020.

At the time, it was reported that the statement had ‘blindsided’ the Queen, however, Prince Harry later insisted that he had too much respect for his grandmother to make the decision without consulting her first.

Since relocating to California, the Duke and Duchess’s relationship with the Royal Family has considerably worsened.

In March 2021, they participated in a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, where they shared intimate details about their rift with Harry’s relatives.

Allegations included Buckingham Palace ignoring the couple’s mental health, Palace aides refusing to intervene with the tabloid press, and a senior member of the Royal Family making a racist remark about their unborn son.

Prince Harry has also appeared in further interviews with Oprah Winfrey and Dax Shephard where he has spoken of the “genetic pain and suffering” within the Royal Family.

His comments caused a PR crisis for Buckingham Palace and reportedly ‘deeply upset’ the Queen.

Despite this, the couple are believed to be on good terms with Her Majesty and named their newborn daughter in her honour. Named Lilibet Diana, the couple chose the Queen’s childhood nickname as a sweet gesture to their relationship with the Queen.


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