Why the Queen Would Rather Talk About Brexit Than Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seem to have a severe misunderstanding about what it means to be royal. After all the controversies they’ve been a part of, the royal family, especially the queen, is worried about how it will impact the monarchy.

That’s got to be really stressful for Queen Elizabeth, and it would be understandable if she didn’t want to talk about it. But as one recent visitor to the queen found, her insecurity around the issue might be much worse than anyone thought. 

The Sussexes are a PR nightmare for the monarchy

Queen Elizabeth attending an event at Westminster Abbey.
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It’s been a summer filled with controversy for the Sussexes. Their image with the British people continues to plummet and it has royal insiders worried about how it could affect the monarchy. 

The duke and duchess caused an uproar when they took four private jets after claiming to fight for the environment. Even Prince Harry’s apology for the incident seemed insincere and did little to mend the damage.

Duchess Meghan made it appear that she was more interested in being a celebrity than a member of the royal family by guest editing Vogue magazine. During meetings for the special edition, Markle even said: “I WANT to break the internet.” This makes her appear to many like a celebrity pushing their new album or movie instead of a duchess.  

It almost seems that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex just don’t understand what it means to be a royal. Almost every decision they’ve made lately has ended in disaster, and it has palace officials worried about the crown’s reputation. 

Author of several books about the royals, Lady Colin Campbell told Page Six: “[The couple’s recent behavior is] a public relations disaster for Buckingham Palace, who are having a hard time reining them in.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle skipped out on Balmoral

Every year since 1852, the entire royal family takes a vacation to Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands. The residence covers 50,000 acres and was once described by Princess Eugenie as “the most beautiful place on earth.”

It’s the Queen’s favorite residence, and she considers the time spent with her family each year there to be very important. She’s been looking forward to the event, calling it “a few days of merry chaos.”

Last year, Prince Harry and Markle declined to go since the duchess was pregnant. This year, everyone assumed they’d make the trip. But instead, the Sussexes declined again. This was considered by many to be an “outright snub” of the queen. 

The duke and duchess reportedly claim that Baby Archie is too little to make the trip, and they’re too busy with work. Except, Archie has been taken on several other trips, including a vacation to Ibiza for Markle’s 38th birthday, and now on their trip to Africa. 

As far as the work excuse, Markle wasn’t too busy to take a flight to New York that same weekend so that she could watch Serena Williams play in the U.S. Open. The Sussexes declining to visit Balmoral with the Queen is looking more like they just didn’t want to see her than anything else. 

The queen doesn’t want to talk about the Sussexes

After all the scandals and controversy that Prince Harry and Duchess Markle have been a part of, Queen Elizabeth refuses to discuss them. According to Fox News, a friend of journalist Quentin Letts was prepped before spending time with Queen Elizabeth, and he was told an interesting bit of information.

Letts tweeted about the incident. He wrote: “Friend of an acquaintance was about to go riding with HMQ. Was given v firm advice [sic] ‘Talk about anything except one subject.’ Brexit? ‘No, The Sussexes.'”

It’s understandable that the queen wouldn’t want to talk about her grandson and his wife after all the problems they’ve brought down on the monarchy. Queen Elizabeth probably has conflicting feelings where they’re concerned. She loves her grandson and was fond of Markle when she first joined the family, but the duke and duchess’ behavior has put the queen in a tough situation. 

That said, it could also be that the queen is over the constant attention on her grandson and his wife. Rather than there being family drama, the simple reason could be there’s nothing to discuss and no questions worthy of answering.