Did ‘clumsy’ Prince Charles cause Megxit? And what was really said between William and Harry at their grandfather’s funeral? The Mail’s Palace Confidential experts examine new shocking royal claims
- Revelations by a royal author sheds new light on the build up to Megxit and the tremendous transatlantic royal row that followed
- Robert Lacey book suggests that gulf between William and Harry so deep that William was worried any conversation he had with his brother at Duke’s funeral could be made public
- Broadcaster and Historian Dr Tessa Dunlop believes that Prince Charles’ ‘clumsy’ handling of Harry and Meghan and the issue of whether Archie could be a prince drove the Sussexes away
- But the Daily Mail’s Diary Editor Richard Eden believes that Harry and, particularly, Meghan ‘didn’t want to make it work’ with the royal family
- Royal finance expert David McClure analyses the Windsor’s accounts after claims that Charles DID finance Harry’s security, despite Harry telling Oprah he’d been financially cut off
- McClure also believes the royal train’s ‘days are numbered’
Royal watchers have spent the week reacting to the bombshell new revelations emerging in the updated book Battle of Brothers by Robert Lacey.
Among them the suggestion that Prince Charles declared that Harry and Meghan’s son Archie would never be a prince.
Historian and broadcaster Dr Tessa Dunlop says on the Mail’s Palace Confidential that ‘clumsy’ Charles ‘dropped the ball’ on the issue arguing that he should have said to his daughter-in-law: ‘Hey Meghan, I wanted to slim down the monarchy, but instead I’m so going to make your Archie the biggest and best prince on the planet.’
Royal watchers have reacted to bombshell new revelations emerging in the updated book Battle of Brothers by Robert Lacey, including suggestions that Prince Charles declared Harry and Meghan’s son Archie would never be a prince. Pictured: Prince Harry and Meghan with their son during their royal tour of South Africa in 2019
But the Daily Mail’s Diary Editor Richard Eden believes that the Prince of Wales Charles isn’t to blame, as Harry and Meghan didn’t want to find a compromise.
‘More and more people have said to me that it was evident that Harry and Meghan didn’t want to make it work, particularly Meghan,’ he argues.
‘So it wasn’t Charles fault for not making her welcome it was that she very much didn’t want to make it work, she wanted to return to California to pursue her career.’
Royal writer Victoria Murphy casts her expert eye over new reports of what was really said between Princes William and Harry after the funeral of their grandfather Prince Philip and claims over whether the Duke of Cambridge held back because of ‘concerns that those conversations would make their way into the public domain’.
Daily Mail’s Diary Editor Richard Eden claims it wasn’t Prince Charles’s (pictured) fault that Meghan didn’t feel welcome, as an increasing number of people have revealed the couple didn’t want to compromise
There has been claims that the Duke of Cambridge held back during discussions at Prince Philip’s funeral because of ‘concerns that those conversations would make their way into the public domain’. Pictured: Prince William, Peter Phillips and Prince Harry at the funeral
The news comes as the family’s accounts are under scrutiny with the release of the annual Sovereign Grant Report. Royal finance expert David McClure looks at claims that Charles did pay for Harry’s security, despite Harry telling an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he was ‘cut off financially’.
He says: ‘we now know that Charles paid for his security up until last summer, when Harry signed all those lucrative commercial contracts and was able to buy a very expensive house’.
McClure also points out that report reveals that the royal train has only been used once this year – at a cost of £49k – and three times last year: ‘it’s not really financially viable, and in the future its days must be numbered.’
Royal finance expert David McClure said Charles paid for Prince Harry’s security up until last summer. Pictured: Prince William, Prince Harry, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Charles at the Commonwealth Day service in 2019