Prince Harry’s claim that his decision to marry Meghan set him apart from his family because it was ‘from his heart’ and not because she ‘would fit the mould’ is ‘simply not true’, a royal expert has insisted.
The Duke of Sussex made the incendiary comment in the first episode of his new Netflix series.
It was an apparent swipe at the choice of wives by his male relatives that has been viewed as an attack on his father and other senior royals, perhaps even his brother William.
But royal biographer Robert Jobson told MailOnline that the claim is ‘simply not true’.
And the Daily Mail’s royal editor Rebecca English said his comments can ‘only be seen as a dig at his father and his brother.’
Prince Harry’s claim that his decision to marry Meghan set him apart from his family because it was ‘from his heart’ and not because she ‘would fit the mould’ is ‘simply not true’, a royal expert has insisted
The Duke of Sussex made the incendiary comment in the first episode of his new Netflix series
Harry said in the documentary: ‘I think for so many people in the family, especially obviously the men, there can be a temptation or an urge to marry someone who would fit the mould as opposed to somebody who you perhaps are destined to be with’
Harry said in the documentary: ‘I think for so many people in the family, especially obviously the men, there can be a temptation or an urge to marry someone who would fit the mould as opposed to somebody who you perhaps are destined to be with.
‘The difference between making decisions with your head, or your heart.
‘And my mum certainly made most of her decisions – if not all of them – from her heart. And I am my mother’s son’.
But Mr Jobson insisted: ‘To say the King and Prince of Wales don’t love their wives and only married them because they fitted the mould is simply not true.
‘I don’t think it was particularly necessary.
‘The Queen and Prince Philip married for love. Harry is putting one and one together and making five.
‘His mother and father, Diana and Charles was an issue. But I think there was love there at the start but that marriage was doomed unfortunately.
‘There was affection but Charles loved somebody else.
‘Ultimately I don’t think it’s true what Harry is saying. Edward married for Love. Andrew married for love so I don’t get what point he is making.’
Whilst still married to Diana, Charles is known to have been romantically involved with Camilla, whom he went on to tie the knot with in 2005 (pictured)
William and Kate tied the knot in 2011 after nearly a decade together. Above: The pair on the Buckingham Palace balcony after their wedding
King Charles’s marriage to Diana came to an acrimonious end in 1996, four years after they had separated.
Whilst still married to Diana, Charles is known to have been romantically involved with Camilla, whom he went on to tie the knot with in 2005.
Charles’s biographer Jonathan Dimbleby told how there appeared to have been no ‘surge in feeling’ before the King decided to propose to Diana in 1981.
But the Queen and Prince Philip’s devotion to each other was well-known from the moment they tied the knot in 1947.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk down the steps at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel after their wedding in 2018
Letters that Prince Philip sent to Her Majesty in 1946 demonstrated this fact.
Writing after his service in the Second World War, he wrote: ‘To have been spared in the war and seen victory, to have been given the chance to rest and to re-adjust myself, to have fallen in love completely and unreservedly, makes all one’s personal and even the world’s troubles seem small and petty.’
And, on their golden wedding anniversary in 1997, the Queen famously said of her husband: ‘He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years, and I, and his whole family, and this and many other countries, owe him a debt greater than he would ever claim, or we shall ever know.’
Prince William and Kate met while students at the University of St Andrews in the early 2000s and had a high-profile courtship.
They were photographed together for the first time on a ski holiday in Klosters, Switzerland, in 2004, and looked loved-up at their graduation the following year.
In 2007, William and Kate’s relationship hit a brief road bump when the pair briefly split.
However they soon rekindled their romance and in October 2010, Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton.
Kate Middleton exchanged vows with William in a Westminster Abbey wedding in April 2011 and it wasn’t long before they started a family together.
Their son Prince George was born in July 2013. His sister Princess Charlotte was born in May 2015, followed by Prince Louis in April 2018.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex married on June 9, 1999, at Windsor Castle five months after their engagement was announced.
The pair first met at Capital Radio in 1987 while Prince Edward was dating a friend of Sophie’s, Hello reported.
They met again at a charity event in 1993 and began dating. The couple were together for six years before their engagement was announced when they were both 34. They celebrated their 23rd anniversary this year.
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson are understood to have first met at children before meeting again thanks to Princess Diana.
Sarah and Diana, who were childhood friends, made contact again in 1980, and the year later, Sarah was invited to the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Diana.
She reconnected with Prince Andrew in 1985 at a Windsor Castle event, and began dating.
In less than a year, the Prince had proposed to Sarah, with the pair marrying the same at Westminster Abbey on July 23, 1986.