Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Exit Had Prince Philip ‘Deeply Saddened,’ Insider Claims

Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex ruffled more than a few feathers when they announced their exit from the royal family. Many royal watchers felt cheated out of the opportunity to see what the couple would have done with their platform.

Between the media and fans, it seems most people had some issues with the fact that Harry and Meghan decided to leave the royal circle. Still, there reportedly is one person in particular who has been struggling with Prince Harry’s exit — a family member who has been historically very close to Harry.

There was rumored to be tension within the royal family

It has long been whispered that there is some serious tension within the royal family. Many reports claim Meghan caused a rift between Prince Harry and Prince William, stemming from a time when Prince William told his younger brother to exercise caution when it came to Meghan. Reportedly, the future king told Prince Harry that he should reconsider getting engaged so soon, and this angered Harry.

Prince Harry basically confirmed the feud in late 2019, when he admitted to a reporter that he and Prince William no longer see eye to eye on certain issues. William wasn’t the only one to question Harry’s attachment to Meghan. Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband, reportedly told his grandson not to marry Meghan, which could have put a serious strain on their once-close relationship. 

Prince Philip’s reaction to Prince Harry’s announcement

Prince Philip and Prince Harry have always been close. The two shared a tight bond while Prince Harry was growing up. And when Prince Philip recently retired from royal duties, Prince Harry was the one honored with the task of fulfilling a few of his most important roles. Therefore, when Prince Harry announced he was planning to step back as a senior royal, Prince Philip was likely very upset.

According to a recent report from an anonymous royal insider, when Prince Philip first heard the news, he allegedly was furious with his grandson. As the days went on and the reality of the situation sunk in, Prince Philip reportedly became “deeply saddened.” The source for the report claimed the situation is “a cause of great sadness to both the Duke and Prince Harry” and that “the separation from duty cuts very deep on both sides.”

Will Prince Harry and Prince Philip rekindle their relationship?

Prince Harry visits the Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds Service at Tedworth House on January 23, 2016 in Tidworth, England
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Harry and Meghan are now actively pursuing opportunities on their own terms. While Prince Harry hasn’t yet given an in-depth interview about all of the circumstances surrounding the royal exit, it is only a matter of time before he speaks out to clear the air.

The question of whether Prince Harry and Prince Philip will be able to smooth things over is a trickier matter. Now that Meghan and Harry will be spending more time in the United States and Canada and less in the United Kingdom, they will certainly see the royal family less than ever before.

Perhaps at some point in the future, Prince Harry will be able to find some quiet time to chat with his grandfather and talk through any issues that might have formed in the past several years. After all, their bond is surely too important to be discarded entirely, and there is certainly still love between the two of them.