The Queen was “hurt” and “exhausted’ by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to quit royal life and the ensuing drama they caused.
The late monarch — who died at age 96 on Sept. 8 — reportedly confided to a friend that “she was exhausted by the turmoil of their decision,” writes royal scribe, Katie Nicholl in her upcoming book, “The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth’s Legacy and the Future of the Crown.”
“She was very hurt” the confidante claimed, adding that the Queen lamented, “I don’t know, I don’t care, and I don’t want to think about it anymore.”
Nicholl also noted that “it was a source of sadness” to the Queen “that she got to see so little of Archie and Lilibet and that Harry and Meghan were not able to join her for a weekend at Balmoral in August, when the queen used to host a ‘sleepover’ for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”
The monarch ended up seeing Archie, 3, and her namesake, Lilibet, 1, a handful of times.
Harry and Markle took their children to briefly meet the Queen when they landed in London ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June. Two days later the Sussexes and their children spent more time with the Queen at Windsor Castle, the day before Lili’s first birthday.
After the Queen’s passing, Harry released a heartfelt statement expressing happiness that she got to hug her “beloved great-grandchildren.”
“Granny, while this final parting brings us great sadness, I am forever grateful for all of our first meetings — from my earliest childhood memories with you, to meeting you for the first time as my commander-in-chief, to the first moment you met my darling wife and hugged your beloved great-grandchildren,” he wrote.
“I cherish these times shared with you, and the many other special moments in between. You are already sorely missed,” he concluded.
After hinting in interviews at their unhappiness, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced in January 2020 that they were opting out of royal life and initially floated the idea of being part-time royals, which the Queen firmly nixed.
“Following conversations with The Duke, The Queen has written confirming that in stepping away from the work of The Royal Family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service,” read a statement from The Palace.
“The honorary military appointments and Royal patronages held by The Duke and Duchess will therefore be returned to Her Majesty, before being redistributed among working members of The Royal Family.
While all are saddened by their decision, The Duke and Duchess remain much-loved members of the family,” the statement ended.
Since then, the couple — who moved to California — have given bombshell interviews accusing the Palace of dismissing Markle’s pleas for help and claims that their very presence upset the dynamic of the royal family.
Prince Harry also has a memoir coming out that could contain more damning details for the royal family and the couple is working on a Netflix reality show.
According to Nicholl, King Charles III has delayed his decision on whether to bestow regal titles on his grandchildren.
“It depends a lot on what happens in the coming months, particularly with Harry’s book and their TV show,” a source close to the King told Nicholl.
The couple flew back home to Montecito on Wednesday following an extended mourning period for the late monarch.