Prince Philip is reportedly struggling to come to terms with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s move to America this year, and their decision to step away from royal life.
The Daily Mail reports that the Duke of Edinburgh, who is 99, is still “very, very disappointed” by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s failure “to support the monarchy” and fulfill their royal duties.
Speaking to Sky News, royal biographer Ingrid Seward said the Queen’s elderly husband can’t comprehend why the 39-year-old former actor didn’t forgo her own career once marrying into the royal family — as he did when his wife ascended the throne decades ago.
The aging Duke was a well-respected member of the British navy with a bright future in the service — which he promptly gave up when he said “I do” at Westminster Abbey back in 1947.
‘I think he’s very, very disappointed because I think he feels he gave up his naval career in order to stand by the Queen and help the monarchy,’ she said.Prince Philip, 99, is ‘very disappointed’ by Meghan Markle’s failure to ‘support the monarchy’ and can’t understand why she prioritised having ‘her voice’ over helping Harry in his duties, royal expert claimsDAILY MAIL
According to Seward, Prince Philip “cannot understand” why his grandson’s wife, Meghan Markle, didn’t make the same decision regarding her future ambitions.
“And why can’t Meghan just give up her acting career, support her husband and support the monarchy?,” Seward said on UK television, according to the The Express.
As he used to say to Diana, this is not a popularity contest, this is all of us working together,” she added.
“He just cannot understand why she couldn’t support Harry and help him rather than wanting to have her voice.”
Ms Seward added the Duke of Edinburgh stayed out of discussions held with Harry and Prince Charles regarding the couple’s exit from royal life. She added: “Of course, it irritates him hugely.Prince Philip heartbreak: Duke of Edinburgh left ‘very disappointed’ by Meghan MarkleTHE EXPRESS
Seward also revealed that the Queen came up with a plan to shelter Prince Philip from all of the drama surrounding Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s dramatic exit.
Newsweek reports that the Monarch asked Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, to take the Duke of Edinburgh for a drive during a crisis summit with the young royals.
The high stakes meeting took place after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their plans to step down as senior working members of the royal family, giving the 94-year-old Queen just 10 minutes to hatch a plan, according to Seward’s new biography, “Prince Philip Revealed.”
“The queen refused to allow their shenanigans to get to her husband,” Seward writes.
“So, when she called an emergency summit at Sandringham on January 13, attended by her son the Prince of Wales and grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as their senior advisors, she asked one of her house guests, Countess Mountbatten, to drive him away from the house at least for the duration of the meeting.”
The book describes how the queen knew they were unhappy but had not been aware of their intention to live “half in, half out” of the royal family, which Philip believed was “impossible.”
The forthcoming biography claims that those in attendance at the “Sandringham Summit”, as it became known in the media, bashed out a solution “that would allow Harry and Meghan their freedom without bringing the royal family and the Crown into disrepute.”
Prince Philip remained out of the way while the Meghan Markle and Prince Harry put forward their detailed plan, which the Queen knew her husband would say was “impossible.”
“Buckingham Palace later released an unusually personal statement from the Queen saying that the family were entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family,” Seward writes in the biography.
The Sussexes are reportedly eager to travel back to the UK over the Christmas period to spend time with the royal family, the Observer reports. They had initially planned to be making the trip back and forth across the pond more frequently this year, but have been stuck in California with the coronavirus pandemic.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are thinking about a big trip for the holidays this year. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who moved to California earlier this year after stepping down from their official royal roles, want to travel back to the U.K. for the Christmas season.