Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles were supportive of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's 2018 royal wedding.
The Prince of Wales was even the one who gave the bride away after her dad Thomas Markle Sr. canceled his attendance at the event. However, British journalist and biographer Tom Bower revealed new details behind the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's big day and the alleged drama due to the bride's relationship with her dad.
Queen Elizabeth And Prince Charles Reportedly Annoyed At Meghan's Rift With Dad Thomas
Tom Bower, author of Prince Charles' unauthorized biography The Rebel Prince, is releasing a new book and this time, it's about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. According to the famed journalist and writer, the Queen and Prince of Wales held a conference to address the Sussexes' 2018 nuptials concerning the bride's dispute with her dad, and Markle refused to comply, Page Six reported.
"That week, his irritation about Thomas Markle’s TV appearances, especially his criticism of the Royal Family, came to a head. 'Can’t she just go and see him and make this stop?'" Prince Charles reportedly told Prince Harry.
The Duke of Sussex explained to his father that his then-wife-to-be refused to contact her dad because she suspected that his phone was "not in his possession" and his email had been compromised. However, according to Bower, "the inconsistencies of Meghan’s excuses not only irritated Charles but also the Queen."
By July 2018, Prince Harry's dad had grown increasingly irritated with his wife because he couldn't really understand her.
"He had never really understood her or what she wanted," Bower wrote.
Queen Elizabeth Was Reportedly Relieved Meghan Markle Skipped Prince Philip's Memorial
Aside from sharing new details about the Queen and Prince Charles' alleged reaction to Meghan Markle's rift with her dad, Bower also wrote about Her Majesty's thoughts when the Duchess of Sussex did not attend Prince Philip's memorial in April 2021. Queen Elizabeth's husband passed away on April 9, 2021, just two months short of his centennial birthday.
"'Thank goodness Meghan is not coming,' the monarch said in a clear voice to her trusted aides," Bower wrote in his new book.
The 96-year-old monarch made the alleged comment when she was inside the chapel of Windsor Castle on the day of Prince Philip's funeral.
Meanwhile, Finding Freedom authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand claimed that several unnamed members of the firm were "understood to have been 'quietly pleased'" that Markle didn't join Prince Harry. They were reportedly concerned that the former Suits star would create "a circus" or "a spectacle" following their interview with Oprah Winfrey, The Independent reported.
Markle was not able to join Prince Harry's trip to the U.K. at the time because she was heavily pregnant with Lilibet and was advised against traveling. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex heed the advice as the duchess suffered a miscarriage in July 2020.
Despite Bower's claims in the book, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have maintained a close relationship with the Queen.
"The Queen has always been wonderful to me," Markle told Winfrey during the CBS special.
Stay tuned for more news and updates about the royal family.
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