What Meghan Markle did to the Queen in her final years is unforgivable, says royal expert

Meghan Markle and the Queen
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Meghan Markle’s impact on the Royal Family caused as big a crisis as Princess Diana’s death or the abdication of King Edward VIII in 1936, historian and biographer Hugo Vickers has claimed.

In an interview with The Sun’s royal editor Matt Wilkinson, Hugo was asked what had been the biggest crisis in the Royal Family in the past 50 years. After acknowledging the biggest crisis would be the abdication but that was more than five decades ago, Hugo said: “I suppose the death of Diana in 1997 was the big crisis point. But, at the risk of being controversial, will the arrival of Meghan Markle prove to be a bigger one in the long run? Who knows.”

Hugo went on to say that while there was a great deal of goodwill when Meghan married Prince Harry, things later took a turn for the worse for the couple. “What I find unforgivable, is the stress she put on the late Queen in the last couple of years of her life.”

Meghan Markle
What Meghan Markle did to the Queen in her final years is unforgivable, says royal expert -Credit:Getty Images

It was during those final years that Meghan and Harry decided to make a new life in America and an agreement was made that the couple could leave but not have the trappings that came with being a member of the Royal Family.

In a statement in 2020, the Queen said: “It is my whole family’s hope that today’s agreement allows them to start building a happy and peaceful new life.”

After a year in the US, Harry’s honorary military titles were formally removed and the couple were relieved as President and Vice-President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.

The Queen released a statement, saying: “Following conversations with the Duke, the Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of the Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service. While we are all saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much-loved members of the family.”

Meghan and Harry The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Archie and Lilibet.
Meghan and Harry with their children, Archie and Lilibet -Credit: alexilubomirski/Instagram

Since leaving the Royal Family, Harry and Meghan, who retain the titles of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have given various interviews which sparked concern within the royal household.

In March 2021, they were interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and in December 2022 Netflix released a documentary series about the couple entitled Harry & Meghan. Prince Harry also wrote his autobiography, Spare, which was published in 2023. It became the fastest selling non-fiction book of all time on its release.

The couple, who married in 2018, now live in Montecito, California with their two children, Archie, who is five, and three year old Lilibet.