Queen Elizabeth II was at the heart of crisis negotiations with Prince Harry at Sandringham last week, alongside Prince Charles and Prince William. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s unprecedented royal exit is now starting to take effect, as the couple have moved back to Canada with baby Archie – although their full deal for finances, tax and immigration status may take many more months to finalise. Although Charles has been at the forefront of royal demands that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex step down completely from their royal roles and duties, the Prince of Wales has been left feeling devastated by his youngest son’s departure, according to a royal expert.
Charles’ sorrow comes particularly as he has “stuck his neck out” for Harry within the family in the past.
Writing for the Daily Mail this month, Richard Kay said that one such occasion was when Charles pushed of the Queen to let Meghan and Harry marry in a church service, as the Prince of Wales wanted to give his son what he could never have with Camilla.
Mr Kay said “floored” was the word being used by aides to describe the Prince’s mood over the Harry and Meghan affair.
He added: “No one, he believes, could have been more welcoming to his daughter-in-law or more willing to stick his neck out for his son.
Prince Harry; Queen Elizabeth ii; Prince Charles (Image: Getty)
Prince Chalres with Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel (Image: Getty)
“When the couple went to him with their plan for a wedding at St George’s Chapel — in the face of critics unhappy that Meghan had been married before — it was Charles who persuaded the Queen to allow it to happen.
A friend of the Prince Charles told the author: “He pushed his mother to give his son what he didn’t manage to achieve for himself when he wed Camilla — marrying a divorcee in church.”
Charles and Camilla were both divorced before their 2005 royal wedding, meaning that they had to marry