The Queen showed she would always put the Crown before her family by allowing Prince Andrew, widely believed to be her favourite son, to quit as senior royal, a royal source said. The monarch simply won’t allow any member of the Royal Family to put in danger the survival of the institution of monarchy in a clear warning to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the source added.
They told The Sun: “The Queen has acted quickly and decisively.
“She’s back in control.
“This scandal with Andrew and Epstein was threatening the crown and she wasn’t prepared to let personal feelings stand in the way of protecting the institution.
“This is a warning to any of the younger royals, particularly Meghan and Harry, that she won’t tolerate them stepping out of line.”
The Queen has signalled she doesn't tolerate royals 'stepping out of line', a source said (Image: GETTY)
Meghan and Harry at the Festival of Remembrance, the second-last engagement attended by Meghan before the Christmas break (Image: GETTY)
The source claimed the Queen was not happy with the way Meghan and Harry have been “doing their own thing” in the past month, straying from the traditional royal way of doing things.
Among the actions taken by Meghan and Harry which, the source said, displeased the monarch there is the ITV documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, aired in October, where the Sussexes voiced their worries and struggles with the media scrutiny.
The source continued: “She was not happy with the TV interview they did and them generally doing their own thing.
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The Queen isn't 'happy' with Meghan and Harry's ITV documentary (Image: GETTY)