The Queen feared Prince Harry was 'perhaps a little over-in-love' with Meghan Markle (pictured with the Queen), an authoritative new biography has revealed today


MAIL ON SUNDAY EXCLUSIVE: Queen feared Prince Harry was ‘perhaps a little over-in-love’ with Meghan Markle and was worried for him after Oprah Winfrey’s interview that she dismissed as ‘this television nonsense’

  • Gyles Brandreth has revealed the Queen’s delight with Harry’s choice of wife 
  • But she also feared that her grandson was ‘perhaps a little over-in-love’ with her 
  • The Queen had high hopes for the contribution she would make to public life
  • Prince Philip thought Harry and Meghan were wrong to abandon royal duties
  • Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait by Gyles Brandreth to be published in December
  • Click on this link here to read the exclusive extract in full on The Mail+

The remarkable way the Queen welcomed Meghan Markle into the Royal Family – despite her concerns that Prince Harry was ‘perhaps a little over-in-love’ with his new partner – is today revealed in an authoritative new biography.

Broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, a close and trusted confidant of the senior royals, has disclosed in unprecedented detail how the Queen was genuinely delighted with her beloved grandson’s choice of wife, and had high hopes for the contribution she could make to public life.

But if her cordial generosity towards her future granddaughter-in-law made the Sussexes’ subsequent decision to turn their back on the UK and their royal duties any more painful, Her Majesty did not display it.

The ever-pragmatic Monarch was even sanguine about the bombshell interview the couple gave to Oprah Winfrey, expressing more concern about Harry’s wellbeing than what she dismissed as ‘this television nonsense’.

The Queen feared Prince Harry was ‘perhaps a little over-in-love’ with Meghan Markle (pictured with the Queen), an authoritative new biography has revealed today

The Queen was even sanguine about the bombshell interview Harry and Meghan (pictured) gave to Oprah Winfrey, expressing more concern about Harry's wellbeing than what she dismissed as 'this television nonsense'

The Queen was even sanguine about the bombshell interview Harry and Meghan (pictured) gave to Oprah Winfrey, expressing more concern about Harry’s wellbeing than what she dismissed as ‘this television nonsense’ 

The extraordinarily well-sourced insight comes in an extract from Mr Brandreth’s fascinating new book, Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait, published exclusively in The Mail on Sunday today. Click here to read the exclusive extract in full.

It follows revelations in yesterday’s Daily Mail, which you can read here on The Mail+, that the Queen found solace watching TV show Line of Duty after Prince Philip’s death and that she reluctantly accepted she would have to cut down her punishing schedule as she became increasingly frail in her later months.

The insightful book is the result of a connection between Mr Brandreth and the Royal Family, dating from the 1970s, when he met Prince Philip at a charity event. The pair hit it off immediately, enjoying each other’s quick wit. The broadcaster has continued to work with the Royals, launching a poetry podcast with the Queen Consort earlier this year.

The extraordinarily well-sourced insight comes in an extract from Mr Brandreth's fascinating new book, Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait, published exclusively in The Mail on Sunday today. Pictured: The Queen speaking with Prince Harry in 2019

The extraordinarily well-sourced insight comes in an extract from Mr Brandreth’s fascinating new book, Elizabeth: An Intimate Portrait, published exclusively in The Mail on Sunday today. Pictured: The Queen speaking with Prince Harry in 2019

The new book reveals Prince Philip's belief that Harry and Meghan were not doing the right thing in abandoning royal duty for their new life in California. Pictured: The Queen and Prince Philip in 2017

The new book reveals Prince Philip’s belief that Harry and Meghan were not doing the right thing in abandoning royal duty for their new life in California. Pictured: The Queen and Prince Philip in 2017

Mr Brandreth’s unique access, fondness for his subjects, and talent for sparkling, vivid prose, has won him praise for presenting the ‘human truth’ behind the Royals’ public image in a refreshing, compelling way.

In the new book, he reveals Prince Philip’s belief that Harry and Meghan were not doing the right thing in abandoning royal duty for their new life in California, with the Duke confiding: ‘It’s a big mistake to think about yourself… If you think it’s all about you, you’ll never be happy.’

Mr Brandreth believes that King Charles’s opinion of his son and daughter-in-law might be closer to Philip’s view, than the Queen’s more forgiving approach.

The author concludes: ‘When we get to the Coronation of Charles III, the issue of Harry and Meghan… will be unavoidable. And, from the new King’s point of view, deeply regrettable.’



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