The Queen was “hurt” and “exhausted” by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to leave royal life and the drama they caused.
The late monarch – who died at age 96 on September 8 – allegedly confiding to a friend that she was “exhausted by the confusion of her decision,” writes the royal scribe, Katie Nicholl, in her forthcoming book, “The New Royals: the legacy of Queen Elizabeth and the future of the crown.”
“I was very hurt,” the confidant said, adding that the Queen lamented: “I don’t know, I don’t care and I don’t want to think about it anymore.”
Nicholl also noted that “it was a source of sadness” for the Queen “that she got to see so little of Archie and Lilibet and that Harry and Meghan were unable to join her for a weekend at Balmoral in August, when the queen used to host a pajama party for all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”
The monarch ended up seeing Archie, 3 years old, and his namesake, lilibet, 1, a handful of times.
harry and markle brought their children to meet briefly the Queen when they landed in London ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June. Two days later, the Sussexes and her children spent more time with the Queen at Windsor Castle, the day before Lili’s first birthday.
After the Queen’s passing, Harry made a heartfelt statement expressing happiness at being able to hug their “beloved great-grandchildren.”
“Grandma, although this final farewell causes us great sadness, I will be eternally grateful for all our first encounters, from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my commander-in-chief, to the very first moment. you met my dear wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren,” he wrote.
“I appreciate these moments shared with you and the many other special moments in between. You are missed so much already,” she concluded.
After insinuating in interviews his unhappinessthe Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced in January 2020 that they were opt for real life and initially floated the idea of being part-time royals, that the Queen firmly rejected.
“Following discussions with the Duke, the Queen has written confirming that by stepping away from the work of the Royal Family it is not possible to continue the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service,” read a statement from The Palace. .
“Therefore, honorary military appointments and royal patronages held by the Duke and Duchess will be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed to active members of the Royal Family.
While everyone is saddened by their decision, the Duke and Duchess remain much-loved members of the family.”
Since then, the couple, who moved to California, have given explosive interviews accusing the Palace of dismissing Markle’s pleas for help and claims that his His very presence upset the dynamics of the royal family.
Prince Harry also has a memories coming out that could hold more damning details for the royal family and the couple is working on a Netflix reality show.
According to Nicholl, King Charles III has delayed his decision on whether to grant royal titles to his grandchildren.
“A lot depends on what happens in the next few months, particularly with Harry’s book and his TV show,” a source close to the King told Nicholl.
The couple flew back home to Montecito on Wednesday after a prolonged period of mourning for the late monarch.