Not welcoming his son. King Charles is said to have exiled Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. A source close to the new reigning monarch spoke to The Daily Beast about future plans for what the king wants to do with his son and daughter-in-law.
The source referred to the abdication of Edward VIII as being a precedent for which King Charles would exile his son. “The Royal Family handled the abdication crisis by exiling Edward, which meant that he and Wallis eventually became unimportant, misguided, disloyal and even treacherous individuals to virtually all of the British people. It was a masterful operation in the service of which the Queen Mother, in particular, worked tirelessly. The source continued: “The same is already happening with Harry and Meghan, and will only accelerate over the next few years under King Charles. And of course, a wayward second son is much less of an existential threat to the fabric of the monarchy than a wayward king.
Another source who previously worked at Buckingham Palace also revealed the logistics of the coronation and how it will further drive Harry and Meghan into exile. “Harry and Meghan will receive an invitation to the coronation but they will be firmly seated in the cheap seats with [Princesses] Béatrice and Eugénie, as they were at the funeral. That’s it. Charles will be ruthless when it comes to protecting the Crown, which means keeping Harry and Meghan as far from the center of gravity as possible,” the former staffer said.
The exile update came after reports that Meghan and Harry are still uneasy with the Royal Family following the death of Queen Elizabeth. Royal expert Christopher Andersen explained to Us Weekly on September 13, 2022, “Harry and Meghan are still uncomfortable.” He continued, “We saw that in a recent interview that Meghan gave. It’s going to take a lot, I think, for these to get things back to where they were, and that’s very sad.
Andersen refers to Meghan’s last interview with The Cut where she talks about the restrictions The Firm placed on her before she and Prince Harry stepped down from their royal duties. “There is literally a structure whereby if you want to post pictures of your child, as a family member, you first have to give them to the Royal Rota,” The costumes alum explained about the British press. “Why would I give the very people who call my kids the N-word a picture of my child before I can share it with the people who love my child. You tell me how it makes sense and then I’ll play this game.”
Harry and Meghan stepped down from royal duties in 2020 and later moved to California. Although they have made appearances at different UK events like Prince Philip’s funeral and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, they still have a rocking relationship with the Royals. For the first time in a long time, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a public appearance with Prince William and Kate Middleton just after the Queen’s death. The newly named Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex watched the tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth II together at Windsor Castle. Kensington Palace says William invited his brother and sister-in-law to join him and Kate. Earlier in the day, William was present for his father’s proclamation as king. The black-clad couples looked fondly at the flowers and messages of support for the Queen and her family. “We are all very grateful – both parties are putting everything aside for the Queen,” a royal source told Page Six.
In his statement to the Archewell website, Prince Harry paid tribute to all the fond memories he had with his grandmother during her lifetime. “Grandma, as this latest parting brings us great sadness, I am eternally grateful for all of our first encounters – from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as Commander-in-Chief, to the first the moment you met my dear wife and I embraced your beloved great-grandchildren. I cherish those times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. We already miss you dearly, not only to us, but to the whole world. And in terms of the first meetings, we now honor my father in his new role as King Charles III. He also mentioned how she and her husband, Prince Philip, are reunited. “We so we smile knowing that you and grandpa are reunited now, and both together in peace.”
For more on the British royal family, see Sally Bedell Smith’s 2012 biography, Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch
. The New York Times bestseller, which includes the “true story” behind several storylines featured on Netflix The crown, follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her childhood as the “heiress presumptive” to her father, King George VI; when he met her husband, Prince Philip, when she was 13; on her ascension to the throne at age 25 in 1952. Elizabeth the Queen, which also includes interviews with Buckingham Palace sources and never before released documents, offers a deep dive into the Queen’s legacy as the one of the most famous monarchs of recent years. the story.