Prince Philip Felt Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Were Too Preoccupied 'With Their Own Problems,' Pal Reveals
While some thought it was in poor taste to air Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey while Prince Philip was hospitalized, historian Robert Lacey reported that the Duke of Edinburgh's pal, biographer Gyles Brandreth, informed him that Philip was "unconcerned" by the timing.
"What did worry him, said Brandreth, was 'the couple’s preoccupation with their own problems,'" Lacey stated.
Brandreth himself wrote in a piece for the Daily Mail, "I know from someone close to him that he thought Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey was 'madness' and 'no good would come of it.'"
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"I was not surprised because that is exactly how he described to me the personal TV interviews given by Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, back in the 1990s," he continued. "The Duke of Edinburgh was not pleased, nor did he believe that Harry and Meghan were doing the right thing."
Philip was first hospitalized in February, but in March he was transferred to another facility to undergo a procedure for a preexisting heart condition. Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan's two-hour CBS special aired on March 7.
In the sit-down, no one spoke an ill word about Philip, but the pair did shade the royal family, alleging they exhibited racist behavior amongst other issues.
Despite the ongoing family drama, Harry returned to the U.K. to attend his grandfather's funeral on April 17. Since Meghan was pregnant with Lilibet at the time, she stayed in California with their 2-year-old son Archie.
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"My grandfather was a man of service, honour and great humour," Harry wrote on his and Meghan's Archewell website after the death. "He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm — and also because you never knew what he might say next."