Prince Philip would have gladly advised his granddaughter-in-law, Meghan Markle, if she had asked him, according to the British author Ian Lloyd, in his latest book on the Duke of Edinburgh. Both had indeed encountered difficulties in integrating into the royal family, but adopted two radically opposed attitudes.
Prince Philip of England “could have helped and advised” Meghan Markle, says British author Ian Lloyd in his latest book The Duke: 100 chapters in the life of Prince Philip. The writer, who specialises in the royal family, discusses in his book the common ground between the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, and his granddaughter-in-law. Both had difficulties integrating into the Buckingham Palace clan. But according to the author, Prince Philip would have gladly agreed to help her, on the strength of his experience, if she had asked him, he reported to The Telegraph newspaper.
In the early days of his relationship with the future queen, Prince Philip met a similar fate to that of American actress Meghan Markle, who married Prince Harry in 2018. According to Ian Lloyd, the future centenarian was indeed the target of various mockeries and unkind remarks from the royal clan. Lloyd wrote that he was “much poorer” than the members of the royal family, who “really hated him” and approached him “with great suspicion”.
The prince came from a family with a difficult background: his mother, the Princess of Greece and Denmark, suffered from psychiatric problems and his father, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, fled to France in 1922 without looking back. Among Prince Philip’s detractors were King George VI and friends of the future Queen. This was a major source of destabilisation for him.
He tried to adapt
Any place in the royal family is difficult to occupy. The only central and indispensable person is the queen, while all the others are confined to peripheral and discreet roles. Ian Lloyd describes the annoyance of Prince Philip, who “has never been head of his own family”. He adds: “I think he found it hard, but he tried to adapt. »
His granddaughter-in-law, Meghan Markle, took the opposite decision, giving up her official role in royalty. While the Duke of Edinburgh has always refused to publicly criticize the royal family and has never commented on rumours of extramarital affairs against him, the American actress chose to confront the tabloids to keep them at bay.
Also, if she had turned to Prince Philip for some advice, they probably would not have suited her. The author, who interviewed many people close to the palace in order to write his book, believes that he would have been happy to “advise” her, but would probably have encouraged her to “bow her head and let the critics go”. Perhaps this is why the former star of Suits did not open up to her husband’s grandfather, who has always asserted his sense of royal duty.
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