Prince Harry was reportedly “incensed” after being denied a gathering with Queen Elizabeth to debate his and Meghan Markle’s determination to step down as senior royals.
In her guide “Courtiers: The Hidden Energy Behind the Crown,” creator Valentine Low revealed that the Duke of Sussex had sought to have a personal assembly with the late monarch earlier than leaving Canada, the place he and Meghan had been staying earlier than their eventual launch from their royal duties.
The guide reveals that Prince Harry initially emailed his father, then-Prince Charles, to inform him that their present setup was “not working for them” and it might be finest for them to go away the U.Okay. and reside in North America. Nonetheless, issues went down “extremely badly” as courtiers allegedly continuously bought in the best way of his requests for conferences.
“They had been advised that the primary date that the household can be accessible was Jan. 29. It’s not clear if this inflexibility was on the a part of Charles, who was because of be in Davos, or that this was the response of his long-time non-public secretary Clive Alderton, pulling the strings,” wrote Low.
“From the Sussex viewpoint, this went down extremely badly. It fed into the narrative that they weren’t being taken critically by the palace equipment, or by the remainder of the household,” he mentioned.
The Duke of Sussex reportedly tried to expedite issues by requesting a personal assembly along with his grandmother earlier than they had been scheduled to go away for Canada. On the day of the assembly, nevertheless, he was advised that the Queen had been “confused about her diary” and would now not be there.
“Harry was incensed as a result of it was not true. The courtiers had bought in the best way, it appeared as a result of they noticed the assembly with the Queen as an try to choose the Queen off earlier than Harry began talks with the remainder of the household,” Low wrote.
The creator additionally mentioned Prince Harry and Meghan solely wished a setup that might enable them to dwell a part of the yr overseas and perform their royal duties at dwelling however they ended up dropping all their royal duties and patronages, Harry’s navy affiliations, in addition to their revenue.
Prince Harry and Meghan introduced their determination to step down as senior royals in January 2020. They formally left the royal household in March of the identical yr.