Prince Philip 'very disappointed' in Meghan's lack of support for Harry and monarchy, failure to give up career
As per an expert, the Duke of Edinburgh is miffed with Meghan 'because I think he feels he gave up his naval career in order to stand by the Queen and help the monarchy'
Prince Philip is "very, very disappointed" that Meghan Markle has not been supportive of the monarchy, as per a claim by an expert.
The 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh could not understand why Meghan could not give up her career as he had been forced to do when the Queen took the throne in 1952, The Sun reports. A royal expert, Ingrid Seward spoke to Sky News and claimed, "I think he's very, very disappointed because I think he feels he gave up his naval career in order to stand by the Queen and help the monarchy."
"And why can't Meghan just give up her acting career, support her husband and support the monarchy? As he used to say to Diana, this is not a popularity contest, this is all of us working together. He just cannot understand why she couldn't support Harry and help him rather than wanting to have her voice," Seward said.
As per The Sun, it was for this reason that Prince Philip chose not to participate in talks regarding his grandson's future at the Sandringham Summit in January. Seward added, "Of course, it irritates him hugely. And when they had the Sandringham Summit, Prince Philip was seen leaving the house very swiftly before they all arrived."
"He simply doesn't want to get involved anymore," Seward continued. Philip was also reportedly "furious" over Harry and Meghan's decision to step down as senior members of the royal family with a source claiming that he "spitting blood." The insider revealed, "To say that the Duke feels let down would be a considerable understatement. He is deeply hurt."
"He spends much of his time now confined to his cottage at Sandringham. But he was spitting blood when aides informed him what had happened. He has left the Queen in absolutely no doubt about how he feels. Philip has accused Harry and Meghan of lacking respect and he is weary of their behavior," the source continued. "They did not spend Christmas with the family — which he and the Queen accepted — and now this. His primary concern is the impact this is having on the Queen. A lot of Philip’s anger comes from seeing Her Majesty upset," the insider added.
We had earlier reported that the couple had taken to their social media handles to announce their decision to "step back" as senior members of the royal family. Harry and Meghan's post noted that the couple plan to "work to become financially independent by starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution."
Harry's decision to step down with Meghan Markle as senior members of the royal family was largely based on the desire to keep their infant son, Archie, away from the "negativity and tension" that he would have been potentially exposed to in his own homeland.
'Megxit' went into effect on March 11, after which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, despite retaining their royal titles, will no longer be active working members of the royal family. However, the pair made it clear they would continue to serve the Queen no matter where they stay.