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Queen Elizabeth is one of the most popular members of the British royal family, and rightfully so. She’s ruled for a record-breaking amount of time spanning more than six decades. During that time, Her Majesty has ushered in a new, modern era that’s more progressive yet still rooted in tradition.

Most royal fans love the queen or at least have a healthy respect for her methods. But even those loyal followers have been questioning a lot of things she’s done recently in the wake of the current situation with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which they’re saying is reminiscent of how Queen Elizabeth treated Princess Diana.

Overall, they’re saying her complete disregard for their feelings is showing a real lack of empathy.

Queen Elizabeth
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The queen always puts the family reputation first

You can call Queen Elizabeth a lot of things but most of all, she’s fiercely devoted to protecting her legacy and good family name. That’s why she’s so averse to scandals involving anyone in her family and inclined to stay away from dramatic displays of emotions.

The family motto, “never complain, never explain” is one that Queen Elizabeth takes to heart. She only reveals a small part of her true feelings on any matter and mostly keeps everything to herself. This is all an elaborate attempt to maintain her legacy.

Queen Elizabeth isn’t pleased with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex |
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The world was only slightly shocked by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to step down as “senior” members of the royal family. After all, both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had been giving not-so-subtle hints all along that they were not happy with how things were going for them.

The queen is reportedly upset that Harry and Meghan are making such a bold move against the family and that they made the announcement publicly before consulting her. But again, instead of being concerned about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s feelings, Queen Elizabeth is upset that they are bucking against centuries of duty and tradition. She doesn’t seem worried about their lives — she appears concerned mostly about the royal family’s future.

This exact situation is why fans say the queen doesn’t have empathy for other people’s feelings.

She also ignored Princess Diana’s pleas for help

Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana
Queen Elizabeth with Princess Diana | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

When Queen Elizabeth’s daughter-in-law was being eviscerated by the press, the queen did nothing to stop what was going on. Instead, she seemed to blame Princess Diana for being so emotional about the whole thing.

The worst offense was Diana’s bombshell Panorama interview when she revealed that Prince Charles was indeed having an affair with Camilla. In the queen’s eyes, there was nothing worse than broadcasting family secrets that made the royals look bad. Especially when it was the future king Diana was talking about.

One royal expert claims Queen Elizabeth was so furious over the incident that she sent Diana a scathing letter demanding she divorce Prince Charles immediately.

The queen doesn’t let her emotions show

Queen Elizabeth
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Public displays of emotion are not welcomed in the British royal family, especially by Queen Elizabeth. She’s been accused of seeming cold and distant because she very rarely shows her deepest feelings.

This fact coupled with her hands-off approach to parenting when her children were young and now her unwillingness to understand other people’s feelings makes some royal fans wonder how things would be different if Queen Elizabeth was more sympathetic to the trials and tribulations of her family members.