The Queen feared Prince Harry was ‘perhaps a little too much in love’, but ‘loved’ Meghan Markle and ‘did everything to make her feel welcome’, insightful new biography reveals
- Gyles Brandreth revealed the Queen’s delight with Harry’s choice of wife
- But she was also concerned that her grandson was “perhaps a little too much in love” with her
- The Queen had high hopes for the contribution she would make to public life
- Prince Philip thought Harry and Meghan were wrong to give up their royal duties
- Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait by Gyles Brandreth to be released in December
- Click on this link here to read the exclusive excerpt in its entirety on Le Mail+
The remarkable way the Queen welcomed Meghan into the Royal Family – despite her concerns that Prince Harry was ‘perhaps a little too much in love’ with her new partner – is today revealed in an authoritative new biography .
Broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, a close and trusted confidant of the senior Royals, revealed in unprecedented detail how the Queen was truly delighted with her beloved grandson’s choice of bride and had high hopes for the contribution that she could bring to public life.
But if his cordial generosity to his future granddaughter made the Sussexes’ subsequent decision to turn their backs on the UK and their royal duties all the more painful, Her Majesty did not flaunt it. The ever pragmatic monarch was even optimistic about the bombshell interview the couple gave to Oprah Winfrey, expressing more concern for Harry’s well-being than what she called “this TV nonsense”.
The extraordinarily well-researched insight comes from an excerpt from Mr Brandreth’s fascinating new book, Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait, published exclusively in The Mail on Sunday today.
This follows revelations from the Daily Mail yesterday that the Queen found solace watching Line Of Duty following the death of Prince Philip and reluctantly accepted that she would have to cut back on her schedule as she was becoming more and more fragile during its last months.
In today’s compelling excerpt, the former Tory MP reveals:
- The Queen was ‘devoted’ to Harry and thought he was ‘great fun’, but feared he was ‘perhaps a little too in love’ with Meghan;
- She loved Meghan and did ‘everything to make her feel welcome’;
- The Queen told Meghan she could pursue her career, saying: ‘You can continue to be an actress if you wish – it’s your job, after all’;
- When Meghan said she would stop acting to devote herself to royal service, the Queen was ‘thrilled’ – but then grew concerned when her offer to have Sophie Wessex ‘show her the ropes’ was rejected;
- The Queen loved Doria, Meghan’s mother, and regretted that the Markle family had been ‘fractured’;
- While other members of the Royal Family found the Sussexes’ decision to name their daughter Lilibet – the Queen’s childhood nickname – “baffling” and “rather presumptuous”, the Queen remarked that it was ” very pretty and looks fair”;
- If Harry and Meghan are mentioned to other senior royals, the response is a brief smile and dry platitude: ‘We wish them all the best’;
- When Prince Andrew ‘nagged’ about Meghan and Harry’s tell-all interview with Ms Winfrey in 2020, the Queen kindly reminded him of a similar interview his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson gave to the same talk-show host. show;
- Prince Philip felt the Sussexes’ interview was ‘madness’, but the Queen was relaxed, dismissing it – and an upcoming Netflix documentary – as ‘this TV nonsense’;
- The story that the Queen shed tears when the royal yacht Britannia was broken up in 1997 is a myth, as Prince Philip told Mr Brandreth it was simply because of a cold wind that day who made everyone cry;
- When Zara Tindall told her grandmother that she called her daughter Lena rather than Elena because she didn’t want her child’s initials to be ET, the queen, not liking the reference to the 1982 film on an alien, replied: ‘You have lost me.’
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 Queen feared Prince Harry was ‘perhaps a little too in love’ with Meghan Markle (pictured with the Queen), a new authoritative biography revealed today
The Queen was even upbeat about the explosive interview Harry and Meghan (pictured) gave Oprah Winfrey, expressing more concern for Harry’s wellbeing than what she called ‘this TV nonsense’ .
The extraordinarily well-researched insight comes from an excerpt from Mr Brandreth’s fascinating new book, Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait, published exclusively in The Mail on Sunday today. Pictured: The Queen speaks with Prince Harry in 2019
The new book reveals Prince Philip’s belief that Harry and Meghan were not doing the right thing by abandoning royal duty for their new life in California. Pictured: The Queen and Prince Philip in 2017
The pair hit it off immediately, enjoying each other’s quick wits. The broadcaster has continued to work with the Royals, launching a poetry podcast with the Queen Consort earlier this year.
Mr Brandreth’s unique access, penchant for his subjects and talent for bubbly, lively prose have won him praise 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 abandoning royal duty for their new life in California, with the confident Duke: “It’s a big mistake to think to yourself… If you think it’s all about you, you’ll never be happy.
Mr Brandreth thinks King Charles’ view of his son and daughter-in-law might be closer to Philip’s view than the Queen’s more lenient approach.
The author concludes: “When we come to the coronation of Charles III, the question of ‘Harry and Meghan’… will be inevitable.” And, from the new king’s point of view, deeply regrettable.