Queen Elizabeth used to ‘excitedly’ take Prince Harry’s calls before becoming ‘perplexed by his complaints’ expert claims


A royal expert has told of how the late Queen Elizabeth went from “excitedly” taking calls from Prince Harry when he moved to the US, before becoming “perplexed” by his complaints.

Writing in the Daily Mail, Richard Kay told how at the beginning of Harry’s time in America with his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, he had a “close bond” with his grandmother.

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“The Queen’s staff have told me how, in the early days of Harry’s exile in America, the Queen would excitedly take his phone calls,” Kay wrote.

“Over time this changed and she later became perplexed by Harry’s complaints.”

Kay went on to claim that Harry’s “route-one approach” to go to the Queen first and foremost “infuriated other senior royals”.

The Queen. Credit: AP

What Harry’s future in the monarchy looks like is once again under the spotlight – especially as King Charles is said to prefer a “slimmed down” royal family.

Relations between father and son are still said to be strained – despite the united front portrayed during the funeral proceedings.

One royal reporter even went as far as to claim that Meghan had written a note to the King, requesting a “one-to-one meeting”.

Neil Sean – who has appeared on NBC News and Access Hollywood – claimed he had heard from a “very good source” that Meghan had asked for a private chat.

“She’d now like, before they return to California, to have a one-to-one audience with King Charles III,” Sean said.

“You heard correct.

“It’s a very brave move from Meghan herself.”

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, at the Queen’s funeral. Credit: Karwai Tang/WireImage

Sean said it was not clear if Meghan wanted to patch up past difficulties, ascertain their current standing within the royal family, or perhaps a mix of both.

“It would be an opportunity to clear the air, pull the rights from wrongs and explain some of the rationale behind what they’ve been doing for the past two years,” he said.

“Now, you have to admire Meghan’s self-belief, whatever you think.”

What is known is that Meghan would have had to request the meeting in letter form via Charles’ equerry, as royal protocol dictates.

However, Sean said it was not known at this stage if King Charles had agreed to the request.

He said Meghan may have made the request for a solo meeting because Harry could be “hot-headed” and prone to argue with his father.

Prince Harry at the Queen’s committal service. Credit: WPA Pool/Getty Images

Writing for 7Life, Royal commentator Angela Mollard told how the Duke of Sussex – who marked his 38th birthday just days after the Queen’s death – appears to have become “marooned” in “the peculiar space where royalty ends and celebrity begins”.

“Without his children by his side, and with a wife who is at best confounded by his family’s status and symbolism and at worst openly despises it, he must have felt deeply alone and adrift, an outsider to the family and the firm that have steered him all his life,” Mollard wrote.

“This week it cannot have been lost on the 5th in line to the throne, or his wife, that severing themselves from the dull hand shaking and ribbon cutting has also precluded them from fully inhabiting their place in the pageantry and history that is their birthright,” the expert added.

“It’ll be no surprise if, in the days ahead, the sunny Californian climes prove jarring rather than joyful.”

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