Queen Elizabeth II was privately “very hurt” by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to leave the royal family, a new bombshell book claims.
Her Majesty – who passed away earlier this month aged 96 – reportedly shared her sadness at the situation with a close friend, who is in turn working with author Katie Nicholl for her new tome, The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future. spoke of the Crown,” released Tuesday.
The alleged close friend is not named in Nicholls’ book but is quoted as saying, “You [the queen] was very hurt and said to myself, ‘I don’t know, I don’t care and I don’t want to think about it anymore.'”
An excerpt from The New Royals was published by Vanity Fair, with Nicholl also writing that the aging monarch was “exhausted” by the “turmoil” of Harry and Meghan’s 2019 decision to leave the UK.
The couple’s move – dubbed “Megxit” by the press – sparked a rift in the royal family that was only exacerbated by their decision to wreck the firm in a sit-down interview with Oprah early last year.
Meanwhile, Nicholl writes that Elizabeth II was saddened that she wasn’t close to Harry and Meghan’s two children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1, who are being raised by their parents in California.
“It was a source of sadness for the Queen that she saw 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 ‘sleepover’. for all their grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” says an excerpt from the book.
Harry and Meghan have been back in the UK for the past two weeks following Queen Elizabeth’s death on September 8.
However, it is believed that the couple will return to California without striking a “peace deal” with the royal family.
CBS Mornings co-host Gayle King, who is Meghan’s girlfriend, said the relationship between Harry and Meghan and the royal family is still tenuous – despite the couple appearing alongside senior royals at several events over the past two weeks .
King was in London to cover Queen Elizabeth’s historic funeral and revealed to Extra that there had been efforts on “both sides to sort this out. We will see.”
“Big families always go through drama, always go through turmoil,” she said in the “Extra” interview. “It remains to be seen – will they be pulled closer together or will they be pulled apart?
According to the Daily Mail, the two return to the United States empty-handed “without a peace agreement being reached”.
However, King noted that the effort was visible when William and Harry made several appearances alongside their father, King Charles III, while the family mourned the death of Queen Elizabeth.
“I’ll tell you this: it was good to see Harry standing with his family,” she said.