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The day Harry rebuffed his grandmother Elizabeth II and Prince Philip


According to the royal biographer Lady Colin Campbell, Prince Harry had tense exchanges with his grandparents before the announcement of his engagement to Meghan Markle.

Did Prince Harry’s tensions with the British Royal Family begin long before his marriage to Meghan Markle? The Duke of Sussex, now living in Los Angeles, would even have crossed the red line: he would have been rude to his grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip when announcing his engagement to the former Suits actress. This is what the royal author Lady Colin Campbell says in her book Harry and Meghan: The Real Story.

According to the biographer, Prince Philip, like other members of The Firm, had doubts about the union. If it is not forbidden to date actresses, marrying them is a completely different matter, replied Elizabeth II’s husband. “It wasn’t snobbery on his part.

The qualities that make an actress successful are exactly the opposite of those that make a good duchess,” Lady Colin Campbell analyses. “There was no doubt in (Prince Philip’s mind) mind that it would be just as unfair to Meghan as it would be to the monarchy, given that Meghan was expected to fulfill royal duties for life.”

The queen would have intervened to calm the two men down, but Prince Harry would have interrupted her in the middle of a sentence, saying, “If you don’t love her, then you must accept her”.

No other choice

The conversation would have gone even further. According to Lady Colin Campbell, Harry warned his grandparents that they would be publicly accused of racism if they did not consent to the marriage. A realistic scenario considering the position of the Duke of Sussex in the order of succession (he is now 6th).

The probability of Harry ascending to the throne is so small that refusing this marriage would have given the British monarchy very bad press. For the biographer, the Queen and Prince Philip had no choice but to accept… even after the incarnation of their grandson.

Photo credits : Royalportraits Europe/Bernard Rubsamen / Bestimage

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