Queen Elizabeth is a notoriously private person who won’t speak ill of anyone in public, regardless of how she feels on the inside. Even Her Majesty’s facial expressions rarely indicate her true emotions, proving time and time again that the queen is the undisputed master of maintaining a “stiff upper lip.”
However, even though most royal followers have no idea how Queen Elizabeth really feels at any given time, there are enough context clues to determine those individuals she hasn’t gotten along with over the years. And even though Queen Elizabeth is unfailingly civil and polite to everyone, there are certain people she just doesn’t get along with.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Before Meghan, Duchess of Sussex came along, Prince Harry had a perfectly cordial relationship with her grandson Prince Harry. But their marriage and all the drama that followed has put a considerable strain on the relationship between the reigning monarch and one of her more prominent family members.
Harry and Meghan carefully worded their resignation post on Instagram, insisting that while they were stepping back as “senior royals,” they’d still be in full support of the queen. But they violated Queen Elizabeth’s cardinal rule by causing a rift in the family.
Nothing is more important to the queen than maintaining strong family ties and continued unity. It may not be Meghan and Harry’s fault that this happened, but it hurt their relationship with Queen Elizabeth just the same.
Camilla Parker Bowles
Queen Elizabeth gets along fine with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall these days. But there was a long period when she barely tolerated being around her son’s former mistress who threatened the reputation Elizabeth spent decades cultivating.
The queen had to approve of Prince Charles’ relationship with Camilla before they could take their romance public and eventually marry. But in the beginning, Queen Elizabeth called Camilla a “wicked woman” for tempting Charles away from Diana and ruining the perfect image everyone had of the royal family.
Eventually, Camilla and the queen found a truce. It just took a lot of time and patience to get there.
Kate Middleton’s family
Even though Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge has settled into her role as future queen beautifully, the queen hasn’t been quick to embrace the rest of her family members.
For starters, the Middletons are never invited to Christmas celebrations at Sandringham. While royal protocol holds that technically only royals can attend, the queen has bent this rule in the past whenever she felt like doing so. Just not for the middle-class Middletons.
Kate’s brother James Middleton also allegedly faced the queen’s ire when he made some derogatory comments about the royal family during an interview. An insider claims the interview “frustrated” Queen Elizabeth, who saw the revelations as “tacky.”
It might be an unconfirmed story, but it sounds believable considering how the queen feels about scandals in general.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip urged their son Prince Charles to marry a virginal young woman from an appropriate background. Diana Spencer seemed like the perfect choice — but the reality was more like a nightmare than a fairytale.
She may have had a good lineage, but Diana never felt like she fit in with the royal family. She was prone to emotional outbursts and couldn’t control her feelings, even in public. These traits were horrifying for someone as straitlaced and reserved as Queen Elizabeth who wanted nothing more than to maintain a perfect-looking exterior.
Sarah Ferguson’s father Major Ronald Ferguson
After being involved in an erotic massage parlor scandal, Sarah Ferguson’s father was shunned by the royal family even though he used to work closely with them. Rumor has it Major Ronald Ferguson was forced to enter and exit through a back door for his granddaughter Princess Eugenie’s 1990 christening because Queen Elizabeth “[could] not stand the sight of him.”
One lesson we can all learn from all this animosity? Queen Elizabeth is exceptionally averse to scandal and drama. The best way to Her Majesty’s heart is by maintaining the status quo and always portraying the royal family in the best possible light.