According to a royal biographer, the late Prince Philip was sympathetic to Prince Harry and Meghan's plight. Still, he believed their interview with Oprah Winfrey was no good for the royal family.
The late Prince Philip was reportedly displeased with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey. According to biographer Gyles Brandreth, the deceased believed the media presence did no good to the family.
Brandreth, a friend of the Duke of Edinburgh for 40 years and his personal biographer, opened up to Daily Mail about Prince Philip's thoughts on the controversial discussion and his grandson's exit from the family.
Prince Philip at the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor Castle on July 22, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images
Brandreth explained that Prince Philip believed that Harry and Meghan's initial decision to split their time between the U.K and North America while still serving the monarch on their terms was "naive."
However, when Prince Charles and Prince William made it known that the Sussexes would have to give up their official roles and HRH titles, the Queen and her husband were sad that it resulted in that outcome.
Mr. Brandreth disclosed that given Harry had only succeeded his grandfather as Captain-General of the Royal Marines two years ago, the Duke of Edinburgh was disappointed because the decision didn't favor the country or family.
Fans may recall that last month, Prince Philip was discharged discharge from the hospital after heart surgery.
Concerning the interview with Winfrey, Brandreth noted that Philip wasn't bothered that it held while he was in the hospital. However, he was disappointed at them for airing family issues. The biographer said:
"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.'"
Brandreth revealed that the late duke had a similar disposition to the late Princess Diana's explosive 1995 BBC interview. Nevertheless, amid the controversy, the Duke of Edinburgh had nothing but love for his grandson.
The 73-year-old biographer mentioned that Prince Philip felt touched by Harry and Meghan's plight with the intrusive media. He wholly supported their decision because he believed people should live their lives.
Fans may recall that last month, Prince Philip was discharged discharge from the hospital after heart surgery. Shortly after his release, a source claimed that the senior royal was being protected from details of the interview.
The insider explained that after the Prince's four-week extensive stay at the hospital, royal family members put in the effort to make sure he wasn't fully aware of the full fallout of the sit-down with Winfrey.
Prince Philip at Sunday Service at St Peter and St Paul Church in West Newton on February 4, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images
Almost a month after his successful exit from the hospital, Prince Philip passed away on Friday, April 9, at 99 years old. Ahead of his funeral on April 17, Prince Harry arrived in the United Kingdom on Sunday.
The Duke of Sussex paid a heartfelt tribute to his late grandfather in a statement published through Archewell Foundation. The 36-year-old got emotional, describing his grandad as a barbecue master and banter legend.