According to a royal expert, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s decision to step down as senior working members of the royal family last year was a “huge shock” to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
According to royal author Ingrid Seward, the monarch and her late husband, Prince Philip, are believed to have known about the decision before it was made public but were not aware of just how quickly it was all going to happen.
Furthermore, Seward said that the Queen and Prince Philip thought that the Sussexes’ departure would be organized carefully but described it as a “snap decision,” which was very quickly made public via a statement on Harry and Meghan’s website.
In the documentary Meghan and Harry: The Price of Freedom, Majesty Magazine editor Seward said: “Harry and Meghan’s departure was a huge shock to the Queen and Prince Phillip. Although they knew about it beforehand, they had no idea that this was all going to happen so quickly.”
Since moving to California, the power couple has made talking about their struggles and mental issues and dropping truth bombs on the royals their primary source of income.
The pregnant former actress and Prince Harry took part in an explosive public interview with Oprah Winfrey back in March.
They shocked the world when they revealed that members of the royal family asked racist questions about the color of their son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor‘s skin before he was born.
Meghan Markle confessed to having suicidal thoughts and claimed that she did not receive any help from the royals.
Prince Harry has also since appeared on a podcast in which he criticized the Queen, her late husband, and Prince Charles for handing down a “cycle” of “genetic pain and suffering” to him.
Later on, Prince Harry took part in a series of interviews with celebrities covering mental health issues on The Me You Can’t See that he co-created with Oprah.
The prince spoke about his struggles with drugs and claimed that the royal family failed to see his pain and suffering.
Katie Nicholl, Vanity Fair‘s Royal Correspondent, spoke about the 95-year-old Queen’s state of mind.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Nicholl said: “I absolutely know that it is the case that Prince Harry is committed to raising awareness about mental health. He and Meghan have made this one of the raison d’etre.”
Presenter Hallie Stephens added: “A source tells ET that the Royal Family remains hurt and angry as Harry continues to speak about private matters publicly.”
Nicholl responded that Her Majesty is frustrated and added: “I think certainly people over here are a little disappointed and frustrated as well at hearing Prince Harry indirectly criticize the Royal Family, which I think is the interpretation by some in the UK.”
The royal family seems to be adopting a new tactic when it comes to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, ignore most of the things they say publicly.