Queen Elizabeth II was shocked when Meghan Markle “rejected” her advice to adjust to royal life, according to the author of a new book.
Royal commentator Robert Jobson says this in his new book, titled Our King Charles III: The Man and the King Revealedwhich will be published on April 13.
Jobson claims the late queen suggested the Duchess of Sussex ask Sophie, now Duchess of Edinburgh, for advice after joining the royal family, because the queen felt her daughter-in-law could act as an advisor to Meghan.
However, according to Jobson, the Duchess “made it clear she would make her own decisions” and was said to have rejected the proposal on the grounds that she was dependent on Prince Harry.
“When the Queen — who was asked by then Deputy Private Secretary, Samantha Cohen, to work with Meghan during a period when she was bedridden — warmly suggested she seek the support and advice of Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Meghan rejected the idea. “I have Harry,” Jobson wrote. His answer surprised the Queen.
Notably, Jobson is not the first to make this claim. Kings theme announcer Giles Brandreth said earlier in Lauren ITV The Duchess of Sussex preferred to seek her husband’s help when she joined the royal family.
“The Queen told Meghan: ‘You’re new to this. Joining the Royal Family isn’t easy for everyone. Maybe Sophie Wessex, the last to enter, could be a mentor of sorts. She could advise you, help you.’ But Meghan said, ‘No, no.'” I think I need it, I have Harry,” Brandreth told broadcaster Lorraine Kelly in December 2022, shortly after the Harry and Meghan Netflix documentary series premiered.
Brandreth also said the Queen had offered Meghan advice out of her love for her grandson Harry and was “very interested” in making the relationship work.
“She loved Harry,” Brandreth said of the late king. “She loved all of her grandchildren, but she especially loved him because she loved his sense of humor and I know, in fact, that he was very welcoming to Meghan and very interested in making it work.”
Sophie later reflected on the Sussexes’ departure from the royal family during an interview with The Queen Sunday times He said the royals are doing everything they can to help the new members adjust.
“We all try to help the new family members,” he said at the time, adding, “I just hope they are happy.”
During a revealing Netflix docuseries about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan recalled thinking Harry was making a “joke” when he asked if he knew how to bow shortly before his first meeting with the Queen.
translation Michelle Padilla