Real reason Queen refused meeting with Harry before Sandringham summit revealed
Prince Harry made his first public appearance since the royal crisis broke today, as he visited Buckingham Palace to host the draw for the Rugby League World Cup. The Queen summoned Harry, alongside Prince Charles and Prince William, to crisis talks at Sandringham on Monday, after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s shock announcement last week that they would be stepping down from their senior royal duties. The announcement came as a particular shock to the Palace, as Harry had previously been told by Prince Charles and senior courtiers to hang fire on making his intentions public.
Originally reported by the Evening Standard, it was revealed that Harry asked for a summit with the Queen at Sandringham as soon as he, Meghan and their son Archie arrived back from their long Christmas break in Canada.
He was allegedly told that while the Queen was happy to meet him, she would not discuss his wishlist before he had discussed it in detail with his father.
The planned meeting is then said to have been blocked by courtiers, but the Queen made it clear to Harry that he should not go public about his future plans.
However, a royal expert revealed the real reason behind the Queen’s aides’ insistence that the meeting should not go ahead.
Podcast Pod Save the Queen is hosted by Ann Gripper and features Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers.
In this week’s latest episode, Mr Myers said: “Harry had asked for a meeting with the Queen after the Christmas period, after they had returned from their trip to Canada.
“He was told that that couldn’t happen.
“Some of the courtiers were particularly worried that, because he has such a great relationship with his grandmother, that he would wrap her round his little finger.
“And, that she would potentially give in to his demands without anybody there.
“And that could totally threaten the position of the monarchy throughout the world.
“Because if they go and sign these big money deals, without any kind of jurisdiction over what they can do, that could be very, very, damaging.”
Mr Myers also expressed concern about the advisory team Harry and Meghan have brought on board in place of Palace aides.
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Speaking on the podcast last week, he said: “They’ve gone against the Queen’s wishes.
“The Queen would have wanted to keep everything in-house, to try to formulate a plan of how this could work.
“They are certainly being advised by people who have zero understanding of how the Royal Family has worked previously.
“Who is doing the due diligence, when they haven’t got the whole vehicle of the Royal Family behind them, now?
“They’ve got potentially profit-driven companies behind them, like the PR arm that they are using in the States, or other advisors that they are taking on.”
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