Queen and senior royals ‘worried’ about Harry and Meghan after TV film
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke about their struggles in the ITV programme.
The Queen, the Duke of Cambridge and other senior royals have been left “very worried” about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their emotional television documentary.
A royal source said William was concerned about his brother and hoped Harry and Meghan were “all right” after the screening of the ITV programme in which they opened up about their struggles.
The source told the BBC there was a view that the couple were “in a fragile place”.
In Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, the duke, when asked about an alleged rift with William, said he and his brother are “on different paths” and have “good days” and “bad days” in their relationship.
Harry told presenter Tom Bradby the grief surrounding his mother’s death is “a wound that festers”, adding that every click of a camera is the worst reminder of her life.
He described his mental health and the way he deals with the pressures of his life as a matter of “constant management”.
He added: “I thought I was out of the woods and then suddenly it all came back, and this is something that I have to manage.”
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Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace have not commented.
Phil Dampier, author of Royally Suited: Harry And Meghan In Their Own Words, said the Queen and the Windsors are concerned about the direction the Sussexes are taking.
“There’s no doubt the Queen and other royals are very worried about the direction Harry and Meghan are taking and it’s very serious.”
Mr Dampier told the PA news agency he could foresee a situation in which Harry and Meghan would step back from royal duties and away from the royal family.
“A year ago I would have said no, but now I wouldn’t be surprised,” he said.
The couple are said to be planning a six-week holiday and should use it to take stock of their approach, Mr Dampier said.
“I think if they have a six-week holiday and have a break, hopefully they might come to their senses and realise it isn’t working for anyone,” he said.
“It’s storing up long-term problems. There’s nothing to be gained unless they’re paving the way to leave.”
The couple opened up about the pressure of their lives in the documentary, screened on Sunday.
Meghan admitted feeling vulnerable, and spoke of the difficulty in coping with intense tabloid interest, saying: “It’s not enough to just survive something, that’s not the point of life. You have got to thrive.”
The couple’s high-profile visit to Africa, carried out at the request of the Government, was overshadowed on the penultimate day when the duke condemned the British tabloid press, as news of Meghan’s lawsuit became public.
The duchess is suing the Mail on Sunday over an alleged breach of copyright and privacy after it published a private letter between her and her estranged father.
The Mail on Sunday said it stands by its story and will be “defending this case vigorously”.
Harry later filed his own proceedings at the High Court against News Group Newspapers, which owns The Sun and the now defunct News of The World, and Reach plc, which owns the Daily Mirror, in relation to the alleged illegal interception of voicemail messages.