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Queen Elizabeth was “very hurt” when Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, resigned from their royal duties.
The couple tied the knot in 2018 but made the decision to leave the royal life in 2020 in favor of a life in Los Angeles but were banned from using their HRH titles as they sought financial independence and now a royal expert has claimed that Harry’s grandmother and Her Late Majesty – who died on September 8 at the age of 96 after a reign of 70 years – didn’t even want to think about the move.
In an excerpt from her new book “The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown,” shared with Variety, Katie Nichols writes: “The Queen made it clear that if Harry and Meghan chose to leave, they couldn’t reap the benefits of being royal. And, according to a friend, the Queen confided privately that she was exhausted by the turmoil of their decision. She was very hurt and told me: “I don’t know, I don’t care, and I want don’t think about it anymore!'”
Prince Harry and the Duchess were already parents to Archie, three, when they left the royal family and welcomed Lilibet 15 months after they moved, and the royal expert further claimed it was a “source of grief” the Queen saw against the end of her life “so few” of her youngest great-grandchildren.
She added: “But it was a source of grief to the Queen that she got to see 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 hosted a ‘slumber party’ for all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”
Katie also added that King Charles – who took the throne at the time his mother passed away and left his eldest son Prince William as heir to the throne – is also “hurt and disappointed” at the situation regarding Harry and the former ‘Suits’. actress but insisted the monarch’s love for his youngest son is “unconditional.”
She added: “He is hurt and disappointed, but he has always said that his love for Harry is unconditional.”