King Charles was left feeling “betrayed” byMeghan Markle after she publicly criticised theRoyal Family, an expert has claimed.
The Duchess of Sussex, 41, has opened up about her experiences of The Firm after she and husbandPrince Harrystepped back from royal duties in 2020.
Famously, the couple gave a tell-all interview toOprah Winfrey in 2021, during which Meghan was critical of the way she had been treated during her time as a senior royal.
She claimed she had been falsely accused of makingKate Middletoncry by the media and then prevented from defending herself by Kensington Palace.
She added she had experienced suicidal thoughts and had gone to several senior palace officials for help but was told that checking into a hospital would not be good for public image.
And, perhaps most damaging of all, Meghan claimed an unnamed member of the Royal Family had made private comments to Harry, 38, about the skin colour of their then-unborn son,Archie.
Royal expert Christopher Andersen toldUs Weekly that the Royal Family “pay attention” to Meghan’s comments.
He added: “I think — as far as Charles is concerned, specifically — you know, he feels betrayed.”
Andersen – author of Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan – pointed out the King, 73, had walked Meghan down the aisle at her May 2018 wedding in place of her own father, Thomas Markle.
The expert said: “I mean, he really was very fond of her. And I think he’s somewhat bewildered.”
Harry has also opened up about his childhood since stepping back from life as a senior royal – speaking about “pain” he had suffered because of the way he was brought up.
Speaking on the Armchair Expert podcast, the Duke of Sussex said: "I don't think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody, but certainly when it comes to parenting, if I've experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I'm going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don't pass it on.”
Andersen told Us Weekly that while the Queen was used to handling this kind of behaviour from the Sussexes, Charles was still finding his footing.
He added: “I don’t think it threw her as much as it has thrown Charles, and understandably so, because this is his son and the daughter-in-law who … [have] said some pretty hurtful things.”
The Royal Family are said to be"preparing themselves" for any potential bombshells in Prince Harry's new "nuclear memoir", which is said to be "critical of everyone and everything".
The Duke’s hotly-anticipated and “unflinching” autobiography Sparewill be released on 10 January next year, his publishers have confirmed.
Publisher Penguin Random House said the book will be the “definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him".
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