Queen ‘could never truly understand’ reason Prince Harry stepped back from Royal Family


The late Queen Elizabeth II reportedly struggled to “understand” why Prince Harry decided to step down from the Royal Family given her own lifelong dedication to public service.

“For a young girl who was never destined to be Queen, but who made that pledge to serve for her whole life – duty was in her DNA.

“So the idea that one of hers could turn their backs on that duty,  I think she did struggle to understand that.”

Before her reign even began, then-Princess Elizabeth had pledged to devote her “whole life” to the services required of the Royal Family during a radio address on her 21st birthday.

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The late Queen reportedly “struggled to understand” why the Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back (Image: GETTY)


Queen Elizabeth II “never truly” understood Harry’s decision, according to Katie Nicholl (Image: GETTY)

Ms Nicholl continued: “After Harry had spoken about no one wanting the responsibility of being King, I’m paraphrasing but it was in his interview with Newsweek, she just couldn’t understand that comment.

“That sort of ‘no one would want duty’ because she was thrust into it with no choice whatsoever.

“When her father became King, the one certainty in her life was that she would be Queen and that was just non-negotiable.”

Following the abdication of King Edward VIII, who stepped down in order to marry a divorcee, a young Queen Elizabeth was forced into the forefront of the royal sphere, becoming next in line to the throne after her father.


Prince Harry questioned who would want the responsibili of the monarchy prior to his 2020 departure (Image: GETTY)


Prince Harry has claimed he has “too much respect” for his grandmother to “blindside” her (Image: GETTY)

The Duke of Sussex  suggested the British monarchy continued to exist for the “greater good of the people,” rather than an individual desire among any member to become Head of State.

His struggles with the duty expected of Royal Family members was again reflected upon in his 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Prince Harry told Oprah: “My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave.”

He confessed that prior to his own departure as a working royal, he had felt “trapped within the system”.

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Prince Harry described Prince William and King Charles as “trapped” in the Royal Family (Image: GETTY)

The Duke of Sussex declared: “I’ve never blindsided my grandmother. I have too much respect for her.”

Prince Harry reported he had at least three private conversations with the late Queen, in addition to further discussions with his father, before his departure from the royal sphere was publicly announced.

He added that reports he had “blindsided” his grandmother likely emanated from an untrustworthy source “within the institution ”.


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