SUNDAY MAIL EXCLUSIVE: Queen feared Prince Harry was ‘maybe a little too in love’ with Meghan Markle and worried for him after Oprah Winfrey’s interview she dismissed as ‘this televised rubbish’
- Gyles Brandreth has revealed how happy the Queen is with Harry’s choice of wife
- But she also feared that her grandson “might have a little crush” on her
- The Queen had high expectations of the contribution she would make to public life
- Prince Philip thought Harry and Meghan were wrong to give up royal duties
- Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait by Gyles Brandreth is out in December
- Click this link here to read the exclusive extract in full on The Mail+
The remarkable way the Queen welcomed Meghan Markle into the royal family – despite her concerns that Prince Harry was “perhaps a little overly in love” with his new partner – is revealed today in an authoritative new biography.
Broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, a trusted confidante of the senior royals, has revealed in unprecedented detail how the Queen was genuinely pleased with the choice of her beloved grandson and had high hopes for the contribution she could make to public life.
But if her hearty generosity to her future granddaughter made the Sussexes’ decision to turn their backs on the United Kingdom and their royal duties even more painful, Her Majesty did not show it.
The ever-pragmatic Monarch was even optimistic about the great interview the couple gave to Oprah Winfrey, expressing more concern for Harry’s well-being than what she dismissed as “this television nonsense.”
The Queen feared Prince Harry was ‘perhaps a little too in love’ with Meghan Markle (pictured with the Queen), an authoritative new biography has revealed today
The Queen was even upbeat about the great interview Harry and Meghan (pictured) gave to Oprah Winfrey, expressing more concern for Harry’s well-being than what she dismissed as ‘this television nonsense’
The extraordinarily well-researched insight comes from an extract from Mr Brandreth’s fascinating new book, Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait, published today exclusively in The Mail on Sunday. Click here to read the exclusive extract in full.
It follows revelations in yesterday’s Daily Mail, which you can read here on The Mail+that the Queen found comfort in watching the TV show Line of Duty after Prince Philip’s death and that she grudgingly accepted that she would have to reduce her punishment schedule as she became increasingly frail in her later months.
The insightful book is the result of a connection between Mr Brandreth and the Royal Family, dating back to the 1970s when he met Prince Philip at a charity event. The pair instantly hit it off, enjoying each other’s quick wit. The broadcaster continued to work with the Royals and launched a poetry podcast with the Queen Consort earlier this year.
The extraordinarily well-researched insight comes from an extract from Mr Brandreth’s fascinating new book, Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait, published today exclusively in The Mail on Sunday. Pictured: The Queen speaks with Prince Harry in 2019
The new book reveals Prince Philip’s belief that Harry and Meghan were wrong to give up royal duty for their new life in California. Pictured: The Queen and Prince Philip in 2017
Mr. Brandreth’s unique access, fondness for his subjects and talent for sparkling, lively prose have earned him acclaim for presenting the “human truth” behind the Royals’ public image in a refreshingly compelling way.
In the new book, he reveals Prince Philip’s belief that Harry and Meghan weren’t doing the right thing by giving up their royal duty for their new life in California, with the Duke confiding: “It’s a big mistake to think of yourself… If you think it’s all about you, you’ll never be happy.’
Mr. Brandreth believes that King Charles’ opinion of his son and daughter-in-law is closer to Philip’s than the Queen’s more forgiving approach.
The author concludes, “As we get to the coronation of Charles III, the issue of Harry and Meghan… will be inevitable. And very regrettable from the point of view of the new king.’