Us Weekly: Prince Harry & Meghan's Statement to Royal Family Showed the Extent of Their Anger
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s statement to the royal family’s announcement that they wouldn’t be returning as working members reportedly showed that the couple was evidently angry.
As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle permanently said goodbye to their positions as senior working members of the royal family, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams believes the couple sent a stern message.
On February 19, Buckingham Palace announced that Harry and Meghan wouldn’t be returning as senior members of the royal family following the 12-month trial period they requested during their exit in January 2020.
The palace explained in the statement that although their exit saddened them, Harry and Meghan remain loved members of the family. In response, the couple noted that they are “committed to their duty and service to the U.K.”
Harry and Meghan felt disappointed that their remaining patronages and the military honors were stripped away from them.
Harry and Meghan also declared that “service is universal.” Speaking to US Weekly, Fitzwilliams revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s message to the royal family featured strong words intended to set the tone. In his words:
“The language used [and] to appear to lecture the queen … that sort of statement is very unhelpful, but what it showed is how angry they are.”
Fitzwilliams’ urged that although he understood why Harry and Meghan felt unhappy and angry, he expected them to take a more balanced approach that didn’t seem harsh towards the royal family.
According to another source close to the couple who spoke to People Magazine, Harry and Meghan felt disappointed that their remaining patronages and the military honors were stripped away from them.
Nevertheless, the duo respected the decision of the monarch. In Buckingham’s statement, the Queen decreed that since the couple stepped down, they can’t continue with their duties associated with a life of public service.
Insiders revealed to the publication that the palace’s language of using “a life of service” and not “royal service” triggered Harry and Meghan to respond in the way they did. Amid the controversy, Prince William feels disappointed in Harry.
Royal sources claim the Duke of Cambridge is shocked and saddened by his brother’s behavior toward the Queen and finds it to be “insulting and disrespectful.” Nevertheless, a friend of the brothers believes that their relationship would get better over time.