Prince Harry was ‘Infuriated’ by King Charles’ Refusal to Pay for Meghan Markle
Prince Harry was “infuriated” after his father, King Charles, told him he couldn’t afford to pay for Meghan Markle as a royal family member. Author and royal chronicler Robert Jobson detailed this event and others in his new book, “Our King.” According to an excerpt published in the Daily Mail, after Harry told Charles and Prince William about his plans to marry Meghan, William asked him, “Are you sure, Harold?” Then, Charles dropped the “bombshell” that he couldn’t pay for Meghan in the future due to already bankrolling Camilla, William, and Kate, and their children.
Harry was reportedly “infuriated” by this and had already thought William disapproved of his relationship with Meghan, believing it to be a “whirlwind affair.”
The couple’s tension continued, with Meghan feeling that Kate was “stand-offish” towards her. The already-strained relationship escalated when Meghan commented that Kate might have a “baby brain,” leading to a fight over bridesmaid dresses for Harry and Meghan’s wedding. The queen herself witnessed “volatile exchanges” between William and Harry, which made her “tired,” according to Jobson’s book. Although she retained “great affection” for Harry, she believed that he and Meghan were “quite mad” for their criticisms of the family.
Jobson also detailed the events surrounding the Sandringham “Megxit” summit in January 2020, where Harry and Meghan’s departure terms as senior royals were discussed. However, the queen had the room “swept for bugs” as she was concerned about the possibility of press leaks of conversations between herself, Charles, William, and Harry. As a result, she ruled out Meghan joining the discussion, with Jobson writing, “There was a suggestion that Meghan should join Charles, William, and Harry via video link from Canada, but the queen ruled that her attendance in any form was ‘not necessary’ as Harry would represent her.”
In the aftermath of Harry and Meghan’s accusations and revelations in their 2021 Oprah Winfrey interview, including that a senior royal had questioned the skin tone of their then-unborn child, Charles, and William decided they couldn’t be alone with Harry. Jobson wrote, “William went to his father and told him that the Royal Family needed a clear strategy in dealing with the renegade royals,” and Charles agreed. From then on, they would no longer treat Harry as a trusted family member, and another person would always have to be in the room.
Despite the public fallouts, Harry and Meghan are set to attend King Charles’ coronation, scheduled for May 6. The couple plans to fly from California to London to participate in the event. However, the tensions between the Sussexes and the rest of the royal family may persist, as detailed in Jobson’s book.