Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Disappointed Queen Elizabeth With Their ‘Confrontational Approach’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle really didn’t hold back when they addressed the intense media scrutiny they’ve experienced. During their emotional interviews for the documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, each of them opened up about the pitfalls of living in the spotlight. Queen Elizabeth II reportedly is “disappointed” about their approach to dealing with the media, however.

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The Sussexes fire back

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have had a trying year and the constant media attention has not gone over well with the couple. When one media outlet printed a letter Markle had written to her estranged father, the couple announced they were taking legal action.

Prince Harry wrote an emotional statement about the lawsuit, in which he referenced the media attacks his mother, the late Princess Diana, endured.

The couple further opened up in separate interviews for their documentary, shedding light on how much critical attention they have to deal with. In short, neither of them are doing well with the impossible amount of scrutiny they’re up against.

Prince Harry discussed his need to protect his family while Markle explained that she hasn’t been okay with life in the spotlight.

Did Queen Elizabeth disapprove of their approach?

The queen is reportedly unhappy with how Prince Harry and Markle have taken a “confrontational approach,” with royal correspondent Richard Palmer sharing on Twitter on Nov. 14: “There has been no support from within the Royal Family, as far as I can tell, for Harry and Meghan’s confrontational approach to the media. They are out on a limb on that. The Queen, Charles and Camilla, and the Cambridges don’t think it a good idea and there have been words.”

He continued: “They’ve all had their ups and downs with the media but the Queen is disappointed how it’s all turned out in the first 18 months of the Sussexes’ marriage. Like others in the family, she is concerned about their emotional wellbeing and she sees them regularly.”

The queen supports their Christmas plans

Palmer further discussed Prince Harry and Markle’s decision to take some time away from the spotlight. He tweeted: “The Sussexes, contrary to the views of some, have not been excommunicated from the Firm. Everyone recognises they need to take some time out. My understanding was that yesterday morning they were minded to spend Christmas away from Sandringham but had not finalised their plans.”

“They had not told the Queen what they had decided to do about Christmas. Once they had, they made an announcement because of the amount of media interest in the story. I hope that clarifies it for some people,” he noted.

Palmer was referencing the Sussexes’ decision to take a six-week break from their royal duties and opt out of celebrating Christmas with the queen in order to spend time with Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland.

The couple issued a statement at the time that they were “looking forward to extended family time” and assured that the queen was not bothered by their decision: “Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, Their Royal Highnesses will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’ mother Doria Ragland. This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family, and has the support of Her Majesty The Queen.”