Does Queen Elizabeth Really Plan to ‘Punish’ Prince Harry and Meghan Markle For #Megxit?

Queen Elizabeth is reportedly disappointed with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after their shocking announcement. In what has been dubbed #Megxit, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, revealed that they no longer want to be senior members of the royal family and will be living North America for part of the year. The announcement completely blindsided members of the royal family, and Queen Elizabeth – despite her outward showing of support – is reportedly ready to hand out some punishment after Harry blatantly disobeyed her orders.

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Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Prince Harry tried to meet with Queen Elizabeth

Harry allegedly requested to meet with Queen Elizabeth at her Sandringham estate prior to the big announcement. At the time, Her Majesty reportedly told Harry that he should avoid making any decisions before they had a chance to talk.

According to Page Six, Prince Charles also warned the Sussexes not to announce anything until they had Queen Elizabeth’s blessing, especially when it comes to their future in the monarchy.

Despite the multiple warnings, Prince Harry and Meghan went rogue and posted their shocking announcement on Instagram. They did, however, reach out to Prince William before they shared it – but they only gave him a ten-minute head start.

A source claims that the announcement “hurt” Queen Elizabeth and the rest of the royal family, all of whom are very disappointed with Harry and Meghan. The insider also says that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be facing consequences for their actions – which does not sound good.

“Harry and Meghan will be punished for this,” the source dished.

Inside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision

The insider added that Harry talked to Charles prior to the holidays. Harry allegedly asked permission to spend more time away from the U.K. but did not say anything about leaving the royal family.

Charles told Harry that he needed to take time and iron out the details in his plan. In response, Harry sent him a proposal at the start of January, but the Prince of Wales was still not satisfied.

Harry’s father wanted him to think about the implications of his decision to spend time away from the U.K. When Harry asked to meet with Queen Elizabeth upon his return from Canada, he was told the same thing.

But instead of following the advice of Queen Elizabeth and Charles, Harry and Meghan decided to make their decision public knowledge. As a result, the insider says that the royals felt disrespected by the announcement and thought it was “shocking behavior.”

“The way they made this announcement showed little or no respect to the Queen or the Prince of Wales who have … given a lifetime of service to the Crown,” the source stated. “It is shocking, just shocking behavior.”

How mad is Queen Elizabeth?

Queen Elizabeth has not said anything about Harry and Meghan stepping down. Inside sources, however, claim that Her Majesty is furious with the couple and is angrier than she was with Prince Andrew’s recent scandal.

“The Queen will be feeling very let down and very angry,” Dickie Arbiter, a former spokesperson for the royals, shared. “Probably more angry than she felt after Andrew’s car-crash interview last year.”

Andrew found himself in the hot seat last year after he was accused of sleeping with one of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex slaves. Prince Andrew denied the allegations and attempted to clear the air in an interview.

The move completely backfired on Andrew, who failed to defend his connection to Epstein. He eventually stepped down from his royal post and has been in hiding ever since.

If Queen Elizabeth is angrier with Harry and Meghan than she is with Andrew, then it is probably because the couple did not consult her prior to the announcement. If Queen Elizabeth feels that way, it is no mystery why she wants Harry and Meghan punished.

Fans react to #Megxit

The Sussexes have received a moderate amount of support over the past few days, with their loyal followers wishing them the best in their endeavors.

But a good portion of royal watchers have heavily criticized them for stepping down. After the couple wished Kate Middleton a happy birthday on social media, for example, fans slammed the couple for trying to get the best of both worlds. 

“Dear Harry, dear Meghan, why don’t you withdraw completely? Give up your titles and work like all other normal people! You cannot do what you want and still ask the taxpayer for money! It’s so disrespectful to the family, don’t spit on the hand that feeds you!!!” one fan wrote.

Queen Elizabeth met with Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Prince William with Meghan reportedly joining via phone to see exactly where the family goes from here. After the meeting, Queen Elizabeth issued a statement saying she is “supportive” of their decision and has agreed to a “period of transition.”