PUBLISHED: 10:46, Thu, Oct 22, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:46, Thu, Oct 22, 2020
Prince Philip's view on Meghan and Harry is believed to have changed after the Sussexes abruptly decided to step down as senior royals, royal biographer Ingrid Seward has claimed. The Duke of Edinburgh was initially very keen on welcoming the Duchess of Sussex into the royal fold.
The author of Prince Philip Revealed told Vanity Fair: “Philip welcomed Meghan at the beginning, he knows what it’s like to be an outsider, and so he’s always very supportive of people marrying into the family.
“He quite liked Meghan at first, but their actions have left a bad taste and as a consequence the relationship with Harry has suffered.”
The Sussexes announced via an Instagram post published in early January their intention to carve out a new role for themselves within the Royal Family, which would give them the freedom to work, live abroad while also continuing to carry out a few royal visits.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Ms Seward noted, is considered a key decision-maker within the royal household when it comes to family matters.
Prince Philip and Prince Harry joking during the Rugby World Cup in 2015 (Image: GETTY)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped down as senior royals in late March (Image: GETTY)
When he felt it necessary, Prince Philip had provided his advice to Meghan and Harry - but felt his offer had been ignored.
Ms Seward said: “Philip’s way is that he says his bit, and then steps back from the situation because he doesn’t like to interfere.
“It was up to Harry and Meghan to listen but they didn’t and Philip has always been very protective of the Queen so if anyone upsets her, they upset him too.
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Prince Philip is very protective with the Queen, an expert said (Image: GETTY)
"His mantra is the monarchy comes first, second, and third."
The Duke of Edinburgh, Ms Seward continued, also "simply cannot understand" how his grandson could decide to abandon his royal life of duty and service to the Crown.