Wednesday, 28 Feb 2024

Queen was ‘surprised’ when Meghan Markle ‘dismissed’ advice – expert

Queen Elizabeth II was shocked by the Duchess of Sussex after she “dismissed” her advice for adjusting to life in the Royal Family, a royal author has claimed. In his new bombshell book “Our King Charles III: The Man and the Monarch Revealed”, Rob Jobson claims the late Queen told Meghan Markle she should seek advice from the then Countess of Wessex, Sophie.

The monarch reportedly believed her daughter-in-law, who is now the Duchess of Edinburgh, would make a useful advisor to Meghan in her transition to life as a member of the Royal Family.

But Jobson claims in his book that Meghan “made it clear that she would make her own decisions”.

She allegedly declined the Queen’s advice because she had her husband Prince Harry to offer his insights instead.

Jobson wrote: “When the Queen, who had asked her then assistant private secretary Samantha Cohen to work alongside Meghan for a bedding-in period, warmly suggested that she should turn to Sophie, Countess of Wessex for support and advice, Meghan dismissed the idea, saying: ‘I’ve got Harry.

“Her response surprised the Queen.”

But Jobson is not the only royal commentator to claim that the Duchess of Sussex turned down the Queen’s help.

Back in December, Royal author Gyles Brandreth told Palace Confidential: “The Queen wanted Meghan to make a success of the marriage and of her new role, and indeed did everything that she could to encourage that.”

He later added: “I think she suggested to her that Sophie Wessex, who certainly was a favourite with her, and had been through it because she had married into the royal family, and married Prince Edward, might help her, be a sort of mentor.

“I don’t think Meghan was interested in that. She felt she had Harry, she didn’t need to be offered a mentor… The Queen was very keen at first.”

Meghan later stepped down from her duties and flew back to America in 2020 to settle down in California with the Duke of Sussex, just two years after her royal wedding with Harry in 2018.

Jobson also claimed in his new book that King Charles “stopped taking” to Harry and declined his calls after he too stepped back from his royal duties in 2020 along with his wife.

The royal author wrote that Harry would often ring up the Queen from California as he “kept trying to air his grievances”.

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Jobson wrote: “In the end, [the late Queen] asked him to speak directly to his father instead.”

He claimed that a royal source told him: “Her Majesty found Prince Harry’s calls quite difficult and wearisome. She didn’t want to interfere in the father/son relationship and would urge him to speak to his father.”

Jobson also alleged that the Queen “felt let down” by her grandson’s move to step back from his royal duties.

She reportedly viewed the royal couple’s move to the US “as a missed opportunity”.

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