King Charles Could 'Ditch' Prince Harry And Meghan Markle In His Royal Family Plans
Sep 20, 2022 by apost team
Following the death of Prince Philip in April 2021, it was believed that King Charles III possibly planned to leave out one of his sons and daughter-in-law in his future monarchy plans. When Queen Elizabeth II became a widow, Charles took on more responsibility to help relieve her of some of her roles, and it was reported that his plans seemed to leave out both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Now that Charles is in the top spot of the royal family following his mother's passing, he may go through with his plans of reducing the royal family's size.
According to royal biographer Angela Levin, Charles planned to “ditch” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from the royal family. During an interview with talkRADIO in 2021, Levin addressed the “long-held plan to cut the size of the firm down.” She also explained how Charles and the late queen seemed to have different ideas on what to do regarding the future of the royal family.
“Prince Charles has wanted for a very long time to cut the monarchy down to save costs and to make people be worth the money that they got from the taxpayer,” Levin said. She followed up with her own thoughts on what that meant for Charles’ future plans. "I imagine that might be when Harry and Meghan are ditched from being members of the royal family," she said.
Charles and his son have had a rough relationship over the years, especially since Harry decided to remove himself from the royal family to live in the United States with his wife. The pair have since had two children together. Although the queen and her son also had their differences, now that he is king, Charles is the one making the calls.
Charles And Queen Elizabeth Had Different Plans
In contrast to her son, the late Queen Elizabeth seemed to want to keep the family together, despite the price it may cost. "I think the outer edge, which the Queen has wanted to keep together for a very long time for sentimental reasons, which at her age she didn't really particularly want change which I think is understandable,” Levin explained, back in 2021.
Charles and the queen spent time together following Philip's death, in the days ahead of the State Opening of Parliament on May 11, 2021. The event formally marks the beginning of a session of Parliament in the United Kingdom, and typically includes a speech from the throne, which was given by the queen. She opened every session of Parliament since she became the queen, except in 1959 and 1963 when she was pregnant. Charles accompanied the queen during the event in 2021, which ended up being her last, as ill health meant she wasn't able to be there for the 2022 opening of parliament, which was opened by Charles and his son, William, Prince of Wales, as they filled in for the queen.
Talking about the queen’s future role back in 2021, Levin said: "I think although she wants to do her duties she will step back, even more, it'll be quite hard to come back after the pandemic and all the isolation." Levin concluded her thoughts about the future of the queen and her relationship with Charles: "In fact, she will be grateful for him to be taking over in making, I imagine, quite big decisions on behalf of the royal family."
Despite making it to her momentous Platinum Jubilee celebration, the queen passed away on Sept. 8, 2022. Now that Charles is king, he will have free reign to go forward with his plans of cutting out Harry and Meghan if he so wishes.
The Rocky Relationship
Charles and his son Harry have had their fair share of ups and downs in their relationship. Charles was reportedly "very hurt" following the Oprah Winfrey interview from March 2021, and to assuage the hurt and work with the family during the difficult time of the funeral, Harry wrote his father a "deeply personal" letter according to Express UK.
Metro UK reported that Harry's relationship with his father hit "rock bottom" after a "complete communication breakdown." Charles' hurt after the two-hour special aired was deeper especially because Harry accused Charles of no longer taking his calls. As per the news outlet, sources claim that Harry was "forced to write letters" to his father because of the lack of communication.
The publication also reported that a royal source said, "He wrote a deeply personal note to his dad to try and set things straight but tensions are still running high and things haven’t exactly ironed out the way he had hoped." The source continued, "There had been a kind of unspoken agreement between everyone to park whatever has been on each person's mind, and solely concentrate on supporting the Queen ahead of Prince Philip's funeral." Philip was laid to rest on April 17, 2021. Elizabeth's funeral took place on Sept. 19, 2022, and Harry and Meghan both traveled to the UK to be there with the royal family.
The rocky relationship between the father and son could certainly have a hand in Charles’ final decision as to whether to include his son and daughter-in-law in his monarchy plans. Harry and his father have a long way to go in rebuilding their relationship for the future of the royal family.Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry (2018), (Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
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