Queen Elizabeth has been very supportive of the Sussex transition in public. Insiders claim that the Queen’s feelings aren’t so warm and fuzzy behind the scenes, however.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s decision to step back from their positions has been tough to swallow. Those closest to her believe she’s ready to move on.
“She generally doesn’t want to talk about it,” a source revealed to Vanity Fair. “The Queen has been keen to get this resolved because she sees it is damaging to the monarchy and on a personal level I think this has been rather hurtful for her. She has got to the point where she doesn’t want to think about it anymore, she just wants it over and done with.”
Those sources believe that Harry and Meghan’s ability to keep their titles is an olive branch from the Queen. Still, she’s keeping it clear that she’s in control by prohibiting the use of the word “royal” in any future branding.
“The Queen’s disciplinary power within her family is seldom mentioned and seldom used. The mere threat of her displeasure is enough to keep the troops in line most of the time,” explains former courtier Patrick Jephson.
“When something more emphatic is required in defense of the dynasty, she does what’s necessary,” he explains. “People are reassured when she acts to protect the monarchy. It’s an institution that occasionally has to demonstrate robust self-belief to remain credible as a focus of national unity. Perhaps it’s her longevity but the Queen has a gift for keeping problems in perspective. Her instincts are humane, cautious and pragmatic.”
A lesser monarch might think that this is as good a time as any to call it quits. She’s had the longest reign in UK history and much to be proud of. That’s been lost recently in the various dramas surrounding members of the family. Still, Queen Elizabeth is reportedly very much committed to moving forward.
“For all the travails of last year and the early months of 2020, she continues to maintain her enviable serenity and carries out her duties in her unflappable fashion,” noted biographer Sally Bedell Smith. “Of course these family crises have been challenging, vexing, and sad. But in removing Andrew from his public duties and negotiating the tricky departure of Harry and Meghan from royal life, the Queen was decisive and sure-footed.”
Due to restrictions, this video cannot
be viewed in your region.