PRINCE Harry was told don’t “disrespect your gran” after his cruel jibe at the Queen last week, reports claim.
Harry and wife Meghan were stripped of their royal roles in the wake of Megxit, and their statement in response was widley seen to be disrepectful to the Queen.
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A source told the Sunday Times that the response by the Sussexes to Buckingham Palace’s announcement that the couple must give up their royal duties as ‘petulant and insulting to the Queen’Credit: Getty – Contributor
Sources said there was deep unhappiness at Harry and Meghan’s ‘hurtful jibe’ especially as 99-year-old Prince Philip lay sick in his hospital bedCredit: AFP or licensors
William is believed to be furious at his brother over his decision to abandon his royal dutiesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Prince William was said to be “really sad and genuinely shocked” by his brother’s behaviour towards their grandmother.
It is feared the siblings’ row is the worst since George VI was thrust onto the throne in 1936 after older brother, Edward VIII, abdicated.
Other family members are said to have been stunned by the tone of the couple’s response to the Monarch’s confirmation the Sussexes would not be able to combine their life away from the Royal Family with “the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service.”
Harry and Meghan had hit back, saying: “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
But a source described the response as “petulant and insulting to the Queen”.
They added: “Don’t disrespect your Granny Harry.”
A third source said: “You don’t answer the Queen back – it’s just not done.”
Courtiers and other family members were also stunned by the tone of Harry and Meghan’s public response.
Don’t disrespect your Granny Harry
The Queen’s announcement in effect marked the end of a year-long “trial separation” between Harry and Meghan and the rest of the Royal Family.
But William, 38, was said to have struggled to the mutually agreed arrangement, sources say.
An aide said: “Once he got over the anger of how things happened, he was left with the absence of his brother.
“They had shared everything about their lives — an office, a foundation, meetings together most days — and there was a lot of fun along the way.
“He’ll miss it forever.”
A close friend of the prince said William “definitely feels the pressure now”.
Friends of the brothers reportedly believe that both are still hoping to heal their rift.
Meanwhile, a source close to the Sussexes told the Sunday Times: “Both sides see that there’s a difference between the personal relationship they have in the family and the professional relationship in terms of the family business.”
A source close to the 94-year-old Monarch said the letter she wrote Harry and Meghan “was warm, but also reflected her view on the business side of things that you can’t pick and choose.”
It has been said there was deep unhappiness at their “hurtful jibe” especially as 99-year-old Prince Philip lay sick in his hospital bed.
Royal author Penny Junor said the couple’s response was “two fingers at the institution — the men and women that run it”.
She added: “It does draw a line. It’s hurtful but every divorce is hurtful. This is the decree absolute.”
Meanwhile, Charles appeared to be showing the strain of a tough week today for the royals as he visited his ill father at London’s King Edward VII Hospital.
The visit comes just a day after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they have permanently quit as frontline royals.
The Prince of Wales appeared sombre and sad with bloodshot eyes as he was driven awayCredit: PA:Press Association
The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, was taken to the hospital on TuesdayCredit: Getty Images
He spent 30 minutes with his father, Prince PhilipCredit: AP:Associated Press
Cops stand guard outside London’s King Edward VII HospitalCredit: EPA
It comes just a day after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they have permanently quit as frontline royals
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II at the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2018Credit: Getty – Pool
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, joined by her mother, Doria Ragland, as they show their new son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, to the Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor CastleCredit: PA:Press Association