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Prince Philip was understood to be “upset” when Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle decided to step down as senior working members of the Royal Family earlier this year. Royal biographer Ingrid Seward has detailed how the Duke of Edinburgh was at a loss to understand the controversial Megxit decision. Speaking to Royally Obsessed podcast hosts Roberta Fiorito and Rachel Bowie, Ms Seward said that Philip thought Prince Harry had a dream life ahead of him.
She explained how Prince Philip originally welcomed Meghan Markle into the family, having been a newcomer himself.
The royal author said: “Philip remembers being a newcomer. He was treated very badly by all the royal courtiers when he first came into the family.
“So Prince Philip has always welcomed anyone new into the family. He did this with Meghan, as well as Diana and Kate.”
Ms Fiorito asked: “Is he still upset about the decision to leave the family? You mention in the book that he sees it as a dereliction of duty.”
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Ms Seward responded: “I don’t know what has happened recently. We haven’t heard much from Prince Philip since the summer.
“The only thing I know is that when Harry came to Sandringham for the final summit meeting in January, that as soon as Harry arrived, Philip left the house.
“I’m absolutely certain he saw Harry before that. He would have wanted to help Harry, because they got on very well.
“But he cannot and will not understand how someone can just give everything up to live a life as a celebrity in North America.
“He thought Harry had everything going for him. He had a beautiful wife, a beautiful home, a healthy and wonderful child, the adoration of the British people, the ability to do what he wanted, and all his military appointments.
“He had it all. So Philip cannot understand why it wasn’t enough for him. Philip gave up everything himself for his duty.
“He gave up his career in the Royal Navy for the fact that his wife was becoming Queen.”
Using YouGov’s most recent Royal Favourability tracker as evidence, Ms Seward pointed to the Duke of Sussex’s “desertion” of the UK as the primary reason for his popularity falling at home.
Ms Seward told the podcast: “There was a poll conducted in the UK recently, and their popularity has plummeted in the UK completely.
“It was extraordinary and I think it’s because the British people feel that Harry’s deserted us, and Meghan is probably the reason he’s done so.
“Rather than saying wasn’t he clever, wasn’t he great, he got out, the perception is that he was pretty lucky to be where he was in the first place.”
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She added: “There aren’t too many royal princes around so why did he have to give it all up?
“Yet he still seems to be living off his name, that’s the reason that all these things have come to them.
“He wants to take advantage of all that but not put in the hard work on the other side.
“I think that is the perception, though I think it’s very different in the US.”
Earlier this week, Ms Seward suggested that Prince Philip, who is now 99 years old, would have spoken to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to try and change their mind over Megxit had he been “younger”.
She told Fox News: “At that age, you just don’t have the energy and the drive to interfere too much with your grandchildren’s lives.
“If Prince Philip would have been younger, he would have been more influential. He would have told Harry, ‘Are you sure you know what you’re doing?
“‘You cannot have one foot in the palace and the other foot out. You have to make a decision and I don’t want you to regret it’.”
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