The Queen will have found Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s behaviour “deplorable”, a royal commentator has claimed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a series of dramatic allegations about the royals when their Oprah Winfrey interview was broadcast in March.
Harry has not relented since, more recently comparing growing up in the Royal Family to “a mixture between The Truman Show and being in a zoo”.
He also said dad Prince Charles “suffered” due to his upbringing by the Queen and Prince Philip, and then “treated me the way he was treated”.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams believed their comments will have had a profound impact on the firm.
He told the Daily Star: “The Sussexes’ activities, when they’ve spoken out, have been very very damaging. There’s no doubt about it.”
Asked if Her Majesty would have taken Harry’s comments personally, he responded: “She has realised how unhappy they were, but speaking out in the way they have is a totally different thing.”
The couple have so far avoided directly criticising the Queen, and recent reports suggested that Charles would “close ranks” if Harry did so.
Mr Fitzwilliams continued: “The Queen will have found the way the Sussexes have handled things, I think, deplorable.”
Harry discussed Charles’ parenting approach in new mental health documentary The Me You Can’t See.
A “royal source afterwards told the Daily Mail: “Charles will want to engage, but it’s fair to say what Harry has said in both interviews with Oprah has been seen as very callous within the family.
"If Harry was to attack the Queen in a more personal way, Charles would close ranks with the Queen without a doubt and Harry would be out in the cold."
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The documentary’s director Dawn Porter recently came out in defence of the duke.
Recalling how she met Harry for the first time at Oprah's house to discuss the upcoming TV show, she described how he immediately put her at her ease by informally introducing himself.
"He had clearly been in this position before,” she told Insider, “because before I could even start to stutter or say anything wrong, he just put his hand out and said, 'Harry. Nice to meet you’.”
Dawn explained that ”just getting a little taste of [the criticism], I guess, in some ways I feel protective of him because I didn't really see that coming".
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