Prince Harry, who expressed his concerns about the Queen’s protection in his recent interview, is believed to have hit out at the monarch’s closest advisers.
The Duke of Sussex, who paid his grandmother a rare and surprise visit for tea at Windsor Castle last week with his wife, Meghan, said in an interview: “I’m just making sure she’s protected and got the right people around her.” Harry’s comment has been perceived as a dig at palace advisers who helped the sovereign, Prince Charles and Prince William draw up the terms of Harry and his wife Meghan Markle’s exit deal in 2020, it has been claimed.
In January 2020, Meghan and Harry intended to create a new role for themselves within the Royal Family – which would have seen them becoming financially independent from the Sovereign Grant while still representing the Queen and the Crown through engagements and patronages – but the couple’s solution was reportedly not deemed workable.
The Sussexes eventually stepped down as full-time working members of the Firm and had to renounce carrying out royal duties as well as their military and royal patronages. “The protection comment is perceived to refer to the way he thinks the Queen is ill-advised by those around her, particularly during the Megxit Sandringham Summit,” a source told The Sun.
The Duke, who did not name whom he believes are the “right people” to surround the Queen or what she needs protection from, called some of the aides who were involved in the Megxit process “vipers” in the past, the publication has claimed.
Prince Harry’s bombshell remarks came shortly after he and his wife Meghan Markle made a visit to the Queen and had a tea with the monarch last week.