THE Queen ‘never understood’ Prince Harry’s decision to leave the monarchy – and the decision hurt her deeply, a friend has claimed.
And her grandson’s behavior was also considered “completely alien” by Her Majesty.
The explosive revelations have emerged in The New Royals, the latest book by royal insider Katie Nicholl.
In it, Vanity Fair’s royal editor explores the relationship between the Sussexes, Wales and King Charles amid the Megxit.
The Sussexes began their royal duties after marrying in May 2018.
But they left The Firm in an extraordinary exit in January 2020 for a new life in California.
Speaking to the Queen’s late cousin, Lady Elizabeth Anson, Nicholl reveals Her Majesty was shaken by Harry’s departure for America.
“I don’t think the Queen ever really understood Harry’s decision to leave,” Lady Elizabeth noted.
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The confidante – who spoke frequently with the Queen during the tumultuous Megxit – continues to reveal the true pain Her Majesty felt.
She said: “To turn her back on duty is completely alien to the Queen.
“And she was very hurt by it all.”
Lady Elizabeth – who organized parties and events for The Firm – added that the whole family felt “overwhelmed”.
After Harry and Meghan left – Her Majesty told a close friend that she was exhausted by the decision, according to the book.
The source said: “She was very hurt and said to me, ‘I don’t know, I don’t care and I don’t want to think about it anymore.
They also claim it was a source of sadness for the Queen that she got to see her grandchildren Archie and Lilibet so little.
And she was upset that Harry and Meghan weren’t joining her at Balmoral for the annual ‘pajama party’ she threw for all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Incredibly, Lady Elizabeth suggests that Harry’s behavior had already puzzled the Queen even before Meghan was on the scene.
It happened in 2017 when Prince Harry first discussed his mental health struggles.
Speaking in public, Harry said he had been thrown into ‘utter chaos’ caused by ‘all my emotions shutting down over the last 20 years’.
Following the comments, the Queen feared her grandson risked tearing up the code of silence vital to keeping the monarchy alive.
Lady Elizabeth claims: ‘When I said to the Queen ‘I don’t think it’s a bad thing that he opened up’, she replied: ‘I’m afraid I don’t agree with you.
“[The media] will want to know more and more.”