February 24, 2024

After Prince Philip died in 2021, Prince Harry stated that he, his spouse, Meghan Markle and their kids would “all the time maintain a particular place” for his grandfather “of their hearts.”

However unbeknownst to Harry — or unacknowledged by him — Philip apparently didn’t reciprocate these emotions for Meghan, as soon as saying that the previous Hollywood actor reminded him unfavorably of the Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson, in accordance with a brand new e-book by Ingrid Seward, the editor-in-chief of Majesty journal and one of many extra outstanding chroniclers of the British royal household.

“One of many few cautious of succumbing to (Meghan’s) appeal offensive … was Prince Philip,” Seward stated in an excerpt of her forthcoming e-book, “My Mom and I,” which examines Queen Elizabeth II’s relationship along with her son, King Charles III. “From the second he detected her obvious similarity to Wallis, he referred to her as DoW (brief for Duchess of Windsor).”

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Duke of Edinburgh meet Wallis Simpson (C), Duchess of Windsor, throughout their state go to in Paris, Could 1972. (Photograph by AFP) (Photograph by -/AFP by way of Getty Photos) 

Within the excerpt, revealed within the Day by day Mail, Seward wrote how the queen, in contrast to her husband, took a direct liking to Meghan after assembly her over tea at Buckingham Palace in 2017.  “Not solely did she like her, she had excessive hopes for what the American actress may be capable to obtain with Harry for the youth of the Commonwealth,” Seward wrote.

However whereas the queen championed Harry’s American girlfriend, her husband warned her to be cautious, Seward stated.

“It was uncanny, he instructed her, how a lot Meghan reminded him of the Duchess of Windsor,” Seward wrote. The Duke of Edinburgh wasn’t simply referring to the truth that Meghan and Wallis Simpson had been glamorous, American divorcees. His “barbed” comment advised that Meghan, like Simpson, might be a disruptive pressure within the royal household, in accordance with Seward.

3rd June 1937: Duke of Windsor (1894 - 1972) and Mrs Wallis Simpson (1896 - 1986) on their wedding day at Chateau de Conde, Monts, near Tours, France. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
Duke of Windsor (1894 – 1972) and Mrs Wallis Simpson (1896 – 1986) on their wedding ceremony day at Chateau de Conde, Monts, close to Excursions, France. (Photograph by Central Press/Getty Photos) 

Elizabeth’s uncle King Edward VIII — later the Duke of Windsor — abdicated the throne in 1936 as a result of he fell head over heels in love with the twice-divorced socialite and needed to marry her. However he confronted institutional objections as a result of, as king, he was head of the Church of England, which prohbited individuals from remarrying within the church if their ex-spouses had been nonetheless alive.

Edward’s youthful brother, Elizabeth’s father, felt duty-bound to ascend to the throne, a job that he didn’t suppose he was suited to. The queen’s mom all the time regarded Simpson because the “depraved enchantress” who compelled her husband right into a high-stress place that led to his early loss of life, Seward wrote.

The queen, who was 10 when her father turned king and 25 when he died, “was completely conscious what Philip meant when he drew parallels between Meghan and Wallis,” Seward wrote. “Certainly, a lot later, she would comment in her clipped means that maybe Harry had been ‘too in love’ with the American actress,” Seward stated.

Queen Elizabeth by no means voiced her true opinion about Harry’s spouse besides to her closest confidantes, Seward wrote. Amongst different issues, she instructed her good friend and cousin, Woman Elizabeth Anson, that she frowned on a divorcee like Meghan sporting such a white, “flamboyantly virginal” robe for her Could 2018 wedding ceremony to Harry.

The queen additionally turned dismayed by Harry’s “high-handed” perspective earlier than and after his wedding ceremony, which left her relationship along with her grandson “badly broken,” Seward wrote. Whereas Elizabeth continued to like Harry, she by no means understood why he and Meghan determined to surrender being senior working members of the royal household and go away the nation. She was left much more upset by the couple’s notorious 2021 interview with Oprah Winfrey, throughout which Harry stated his father was “trapped” into turning into king and he and Meghan believed that the royal household was racist.

“She couldn’t condone the best way he was talking in regards to the establishment of the monarchy she’d spent 70 years preserving,” Seward wrote.

TOPSHOT - US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle (L) in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle for her wedding to Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, watched by (middle row L-R) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Britain's Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Page boy James, Viscount Severn, Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Britain's Lady Louise Windsor, Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, (front row L-R) Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York. in the chapel for the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN BRADY-/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Prince Harry’s bride, Meghan Markle, in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Fortress for her wedding ceremony to Harry, Duke of Sussex, watched by Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince Edward, in addition to Prince William, King  Charles, Queen Camilla, and Catherine, Princess of Wales. ,(Photograph by Jonathan Brady / POOL / AFP) (Photograph by JONATHAN BRADY-/POOL/AFP by way of Getty Photos) 

Harry and Meghan confronted criticism for the timing of their Oprah Winfrey interview. It came about throughout the weeks when Philip was out and in of the hospital earlier than he died on April 9, 2021. Harry flew to the U.Ok. from California to attend the funeral at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Fortress.

Meghan, pregnant on the time with their daughter Lilibet, stayed behind in Montecito however ruffled some royal feathers when she issued a press launch simply earlier than the beginning of Philip’s funeral; she needed to let individuals know she can be watching from dwelling, The Solar reported on the time. Her press launch was seen an attention-seeking transfer, together with in the best way it supplied detailed details about the floral wreathe she had despatched, as if to offer a industrial endorsement to the florist who had made the association.

If Harry didn’t know that his grandfather had the “DoW” nickname for Meghan, he can’t be totally shocked that somebody in his household would search comparisons between his spouse and Wallis Simpson. Certainly, Harry revealed in his memoir “Spare” that Simpson’s title got here up when he talked to his royal aides about proposing to Meghan in 2017.

Lane Fox, his personal secretary on the time, initially warned Harry that he, as sixth in line to the throne, was in all probability required by British legislation to get his grandmother’s permission to marry. Fox, known as “Elf” in Harry’s memoir, additionally stated that “love typically took a backseat to the legislation” in royal marriages. That’s when Fox reminded Harry of “the furor over a sure king who needed to marry an American divorcée.”

“Duke of Windsor? Ever heard of him?” Harry stated that Fox instructed him. With that, Harry — “coronary heart stuffed with worry, mouth stuffed with mud” — made plans to go see his grandmother to ask permission to marry Meghan.

When he caught the queen in a non-public second throughout a household capturing weekend, he stated he instructed her he cherished Meghan, needed to marry her and wanted her permission. He admitted in “Spare” that he was a bit perplexed by his grandmother’s response, not figuring out whether or not she was being sarcastic or was genuinely happy by his information.

“Nicely, then, I suppose I’ve to say sure,” the queen stated.