Queen was privately ‘devastated’ by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lashing out at the royal family

Queen was privately ‘devastated and disappointed’ by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle lashing out at the royal family while she was on ‘borrowed time’, royal expert claims

  • Queen was ‘devastated’ after Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview says expert 
  • Royal commentator and editor Camilla Tominey made claims in the Telegraph
  • Comments came ahead of Netflix releasing new trailer for Sussex’s docuseries

Queen Elizabeth was ‘left devastated’ by Prince Harry and Megan Markle after they stepped down as senior members of the royal family, an expert has claimed.

Royal commentator and editor Camilla Tominey, writing in the Telegraph, described the late monarch’s feelings following the Duke, 38, and Duchess, 41 of Sussex’s famous Oprah interview.

During the sit-down, which was broadcast while the Queen’s husband Prince Philip was suffering from ill health and the monarch herself was reportedly unwell, the couple described how unhappy they had been in the Firm, ahead of their decision to step down as senior royals and leave the UK.

But despite issuing a stoic response containing the now famous phrase ‘some recollections may vary’, and insisting that ‘Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members’, Ms Tominey says the Queen was ‘devastated’, ‘bewildered’ and ‘disappointed’, according to the people who knew her best. 

The late Queen (pictured in June in Edinburgh) was 'devastated' by Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview, according to an article by royal expert Camilla Tominey

The late Queen (pictured in June in Edinburgh) was ‘devastated’ by Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview, according to an article by royal expert Camilla Tominey

The royal expert also writes that the monarch ‘repeatedly questioned why they were persisting in attacking the very institution “that had given them so much”.’

She added: ‘[The Queen] also echoed her staff’s disbelief at Harry and Meghan’s tale of abandonment when the perception from the top down was that “everyone had bent over backwards for the couple”.’ 

And Ms Tominey cites a source as saying: ‘The late Queen not only knew the Duke’s health was failing but also her own. It became clear that she was on borrowed time as she began to tie up loose ends. That’s what made the Sussexes’ behaviour doubly difficult to deal with. The timing could not have been more insensitive.’ 

Ms Tominey’s comments came ahead of Netflix releasing a new trailer for Harry and Meghan’s docu-series today.  

The Duchess and Duke of Sussex (pictured attending the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral in June) left the Firm to live aboard in 2020

The Duchess and Duke of Sussex (pictured attending the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral in June) left the Firm to live aboard in 2020

In the new one minute preview, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex lash out at the ‘hierarchy of the family’, claim insiders ‘leaked and planted’ stories about them, describe royal life as a ‘dirty game’, then – after footage of Princess Diana and Kate being hounded by photographers – talk about ‘the pain and suffering of women marrying into this institution’.

The teaser will no doubt horrify courtiers bracing for further allegations that are likely to widen the rift between the Sussexes and the Waleses. 

Speaking to MailOnline, royal author Richard Fitzwilliams speculated that the effects of the Netflix docuseries will be felt for years to come. ‘This is a full frontal, extremely destructive attack on the Royal Family – the institution as well as members of those households,’ he said. 

He said: ‘I think this will widen the rift between the brothers. There is no doubt that this Netflix series is an amazing act of revenge designed to weaken the very institution that William will inherit as future King. 

Prince Harry describes life in the Royal Family as a 'dirty game' in his new Netflix trailer

Prince Harry describes life in the Royal Family as a ‘dirty game’ in his new Netflix trailer

The second trailer for the couple's Netflix series features an undated clip of Princess Diana facing the world's press at a royal engagement

The second trailer for the couple’s Netflix series features an undated clip of Princess Diana facing the world’s press at a royal engagement

‘Of course everyone will be asking how King Charles will react to this in the short-term, but the effects of this will be felt in years to come. That’s the whole point.

‘This is a full frontal, extremely destructive attack on the Royal Family – the institution as well as individual households and members of those households. This series I suspect will greatly weaken the royals in the eyes of the world, especially among young people.’

The late Queen‘s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter called the series ‘one long whinge’, adding: ‘I think that William and Kate will watch this trailer and think to themselves, ”oh God, here we go again”. 

‘This is just one long whinge, and for what? Harry says he’s doing this to protect his family – protect them from what? Meghan says if we only knew what happened behind closed doors – why should we? What exactly is it that they have to say which we haven’t heard before?’. 

Meghan is seen wiping her eyes as a worried Harry watches on. A similar scene also appeared in the first teaser

Meghan is seen wiping her eyes as a worried Harry watches on. A similar scene also appeared in the first teaser  

There is hope among the family that the 'Sussex squall' will blow itself out by the time the series ends and Harry's upcoming memoir is published in January

There is hope among the family that the ‘Sussex squall’ will blow itself out by the time the series ends and Harry’s upcoming memoir is published in January

During the teaser, Bot Sentinel founder Christopher Bouzy is heard claiming that the couple’s experience has been ‘about hatred, about race’ as a strikingly intimate and previously unseen clip flashes up of an exasperated Harry holding a hand to his face as Meghan passes behind him while heavily pregnant with their daughter, Lili

After a series of clips of photographers and newspapers being printed, Meghan says, ‘I realised, they’re never going to protect you’ before she is seen once again crying. Harry then adds, ‘I was terrified, I didn’t want history to repeat itself.’

Today the streaming giant confirmed volume one will launch on December 8 – exactly three months after the death of Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II – while the second volume will be released on December 15 – clashing with the Princess of Wales’ carol service. 

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