The former press spokesman for Queen Elizabeth II claimed Her Majesty is probably furious at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry over their decision to quit the Royal Family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not consult the Queen or the Prince of Wales about the contents of their bombshell statement saying they plan to “step back” as senior royals and divide their time between the UK and North America. Mr Abriter said he believes the Queen is “angrier” than she might have been following Prince Andrew’s BBC interview about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. The statement shocked all those present on ITV Good Morning Britain this morning.
He said: “They put this out and everybody is now saying what about the house in Windsor that cost £2.4 million to renovate?
“It’s going to be empty for most of the year at the taxpayers’ expense. Who is going to pay for security?
“Are they going to ask the Canadians to pay for it? Are the British taxpayers going to pay for it?
“There are so many details. The Queen would be feeling very let down and very angry.
“Probably angrier than she felt after Andrew’s car crash interview last year.”
He added: “The Epstein thing has been going on for ages, this was a bombshell that has just dropped.”
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It is understood Harry and Meghan had just begun talks with the Queen and Charles about their future roles when they made their decision to go public.
The head of state and her son were only recently informed of the Sussexes intention to explore their public positions as members of the monarchy and were not aware the statement was due to be issued.
The mood at Buckingham Palace is understood to be one of disappointment while the BBC has reported that senior royals have been “hurt” by the announcement.
The sequence of events is likely to lead commentators to speculate whether a rift has developed at the heart of the monarchy.
Harry and Meghan said in their ground-breaking personal statement they will work to become “financially independent”, while continuing to “fully support” the Queen.
But Buckingham Palace warned the couple their decision to “step back” from the royal family will be “complicated”.
A Palace spokeswoman said: “Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage.
“We understand their desire to take a different approach, but these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”
The Sussex’s financial aims have been outlined on their official website which states the couple “…value the ability to earn a professional income, which in the current structure they are prohibited from doing.
For this reason, they have made the choice to become members of the royal family with financial independence.”
Any future role which the couple take on for financial gain will have to be scrutinised to ensure they are not seen as profiteering from their position as members of the monarchy.
The couple’s move follows weeks of speculation about their future after they took an extended break from royal duties over the festive period.
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In an ITV documentary they spoke about the pressures they have been facing and family rifts, and in a separate move Harry issued a damning statement against the media accusing sections of the press of bullying his wife.
The couple said in their statement: “After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution.
“We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the royal family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty the Queen.
“It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment.
“We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages.
“This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity.”