Ever since their royal exit, to say that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship with the rest of the royal family has been strained would be a massive understatement. Even if only like one percent of the reports from ~anonymous sources~ and chatty royal aides and insiders are accurate, Harry and Meghan’s status with the rest of The Firm is dramatically tense—and only getting more fraught by the day, as we inch closer and closer to the release of Harry’s already-assumed-to-be-explosive memoir, Spare (**gut punch of a title**) and the couple’s Netflix docuseries.
Oh, and then there are the interviews they’ve done. Their joint sit-down with Oprah in the spring of 2021 was filled with one bombshell after another and, more recently, Meghan has spoken candidly about her experiences with royal life in interviews with The Cut and Variety. And, unsurprising, the royal family is reportedly *not pleased* with Meghan’s recent round of press ops.
“Oh, I think they pay attention,” royal expert and author Christopher Andersen said of Meghan’s decision to give more interviews about her experiences with royal life (which he noted was a “justifiable” choice on her part) during an interview with Us Weekly.
As for the royals’ reaction to said interviews to which they’re almost definitely paying attention, Andersen predicted that King Charles, who famously walked Meghan halfway down the aisle at her royal wedding in 2018 and seemed, at that time at least, to have a good relationship with his daughter-in-law, is taking the “hurtful” public statement especially hard.
“I think — as far as the Charles is concerned, specifically — you know, he feels betrayed,” he said. “I mean, he really was very fond of her. And I think he’s somewhat bewildered.”
According to Andersen, whose latest royal book, The King: The Life of Charles III, is due out in November, the late Queen Elizabeth II was “used to handling” the Sussexes’ outspoken ways, but Charles…well, not so much.
“I don’t think it threw her as much as it has thrown at Charles, and understandably so, because this is his son and the daughter-in-law who … [have] said some pretty hurtful things,” he added.
Oof, as always.
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