The Queen was left ‘hurt and exhausted’ by Harry and Meghan’s decision to leave The Firm and regretted not being able to see more of Archie and Lilibet, royal book claims
- New book, The New Royals, quotes a source who was close to the late Queen as saying Her Majesty was ‘hurt’
- The source claims the Queen didn’t like to think about Harry and Meghan’s decision to quit The Firm in 2020
- It added that the late monarch regretted not being able to see her great-grandchildren as often as she wanted
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The Queen was left ‘hurt and exhausted’ by Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down as senior members of the Royal Family and move to the US, a royal book has claimed.
In The New Royals — Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown, author Katie Nicholl says a source close to Her late Majesty claimed she didn’t like to think about the Duke and Duchess’s decision to leave the family.
An extract of the book, which has been published in Vanity Fair, has revealed the Queen was also disappointed when Harry and Meghan didn’t return to the UK in August with Archie and Lilibet, where she was hosting an annual ‘sleepover’ in Sandringham with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The source told the author: ‘[The Queen] was very hurt and told me, «I don’t know, I don’t care, and I don’t want to think about it anymore».’
The source added it was of more regret to Her late Majesty that the Sussexes’ move meant she did not have the opportunity to see as much of Archie and Lilibet as she’d have liked.
Her late Majesty passed away at Balmoral Castle on 8 September at the age of 96, at which point her eldest son Charles automatically became King.
As the monarch, the book claims Charles is keen to heal the rift between the family and his youngest son Harry, 38.
In his first televised address to the nation on 9 September, King Charles said: ‘I want also to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.’
A source close to the Queen has claimed the couple’s decision left Her late Majesty ‘very hurt’ and unable to think about the situation. Pictured: Her Majesty stood next to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 2018
The new book claims the Queen regretted not being able to see her great-grandchildren as often as she would have liked. Pictured: Harry and Meghan with their son Archie and daughter Lilibet in 2021
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (pictured at the Queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday) made the decision to leave The Firm in early 2020
Some royal fans have claimed the mention of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was an ‘olive branch’ towards the couple, who happened to be visiting Europe when the Queen passed away.
Harry and Meghan, who now live in a $14million mansion in Santa Barbara, California, extended their trip and remained in Frogmore Cottage on the Windsor Estate during the period of mourning following the Queen’s death and before her state funeral, committal service and private burial on Monday.
Despite the rift between the Sussexes and the rest of the family, there have been glimpses of a potential reconciliation following the Queen’s death.
On the Saturday after the monarch passed away, the Prince and Princess of Wales made their first public appearance outside the Windsor Estate to read tributes that had been left to Her late Majesty and greet mourners.
In an unexpected appearance, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined the couple as the ‘Fab Four’ were reunited in their grief.
King Charles permitted Prince Harry (pictured), who served in Afghanistan, to wear his military uniform as he took part in a vigil on Saturday night in which he guarded the Queen’s coffin in Westminster Hall
The Queen (pictured laughing with the Duchess of Sussex in Cheshire, June 2018) was said to have regretted not being able to see more of Archie and Lilibet
The Duchess of Sussex was pictured looking incredibly emotional following the Queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday
King Charles also allowed Prince Harry, who served in Afghanistan, to wear his military uniform during a vigil last Saturday night along with the Queen’s other grandchildren, in which they guarded her coffin as it lay in state in Westminster Hall.
Despite the fact he is no longer a working royal, King Charles granted his youngest son permission to don the military uniform so he could pay his respects to his grandmother.
After Harry and Meghan left The Firm in February 2020, relations became strained between the Duke of Sussex and his father and brother.
The rift in the family deepened a year later when the Sussexes took part in an explosive interview with US presenter and journalist Oprah Winfrey, in which they made controversial claims about the Royal Family.