King Charles’s ‘What would Queen do?’ coping strategy over Sussexes

Harry and Meghan: Netflix tease dramatic end to documentary

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Netflix documentary will prompt King Charles to ask what the late Queen would do, an expert has claimed. The final three episodes in the docu-series are due for release on Thursday with the latest trailer including intriguing claims made by Harry that his brother William has been lied to for his own protection.

A royal expert has suggested King Charles can put an end to the Sussexes’ complaining by mending their relationship with The Firm.

Host of podcast Palace Confidential, Jo Elvin, said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if the King has very quickly started clinging to a new mantra: ‘What would [Queen Elizabeth II] do?'”

She told The Independent: “On the matter of how to handle this incendiary ‘docu-series’, publicly he’ll want to avoid any comment or action that keeps this soap opera being discussed and getting more tawdry by the hour.

“Privately, however, he may need to overcome his reported desire to evade conflict and get everyone talking.”

Jo added: “However varied recollections may be in the family, I think finding a way to heal Harry and Meghan’s pain should be a priority, because it seems that otherwise they’ll never run out of the energy to complain and explain.

“A loving mention in his first Christmas address would be a dignified power move.”

The next episodes of the Duke and Duchess’s six-part series will air on Thursday morning.

They are set to explore their decision to step away from royal duties and make a life for themselves in North America.


In a 90-second long trailer released today (December 12), Harry says “They were happy to lie to protect my brother.

“They were never willing to tell the truth to protect us.”

It is not clear, however, who the Duke is referring to as “they”.

The first three episodes of the documentary addressed the Sussexes’ torrid relationship with the press with Meghan accusing the media of wanting to “destroy” her.

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She tells the camera at one point in the trailer released today: “I wasn’t being thrown to the wolves – I was being fed to the wolves.”

Airing of the trailer comes after calls for Harry and Meghan to be excluded from King Charles’s coronation in May.

Political heavyweights have claimed the Sussexes risk overshadowing the monarch and stirring up public displeasure.

The calls were led by ex-Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith. He asked: “If they dislike the Royal Family so much, why would they attend?”

Former Tory Cabinet minister David Mellor added: “They categorically shouldn’t come.

“They make money out of selling their family down the river. I think it should be made clear that the British people do not want them there. They are a sad pair.”

Tory MP Bob Seely questioned why Harry continues to use his title of duke, while at the same time trashing the institution of monarchy and his family.

He said: “As well as trashing his family and monetising his misery for public consumption, he is also attacking some important institutions in this country.”

The Isle of Wight MP said he plans to bring forward proposed legislation which could eventually strip the couple of their royal titles.

A No 10 spokesman has said Downing Street does not support the proposal.

Harry & Meghan Part II will be available on Netflix from December 15.

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