To say that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's relationship with the rest of the royal family has been strained since their exit from the royal family would be a major understatement. Harry and Meghan's relationship with the rest of The Firm is dramatically tense—and only getting more fraught by the day as we draw nearer to the release of Harry's already-assumed-to-be explosive memoir, Spare (**gut punch of a title**), and the couple's Netflix docuseries. Even if only like one percent of the reports from "anonymous sources" and chatty royal aides and insiders are accurate.
Oh, and they've also conducted interviews. One bombshell after another was revealed during their joint interview with Oprah in the spring of 2021, and more recently, Meghan has been open about her experiences living as a royal in interviews with The Cut and Variety. And, unsurprisingly, Meghan's recent press appearances have not been well received by the royal family.
In an interview with Us Weekly, royal scholar and author Christopher Andersen said of Meghan's decision to participate in more interviews about her time as a royal, noting that it was a "justifiable" move on her part, "Oh, I think they pay attention."
Andersen predicted that King Charles, who famously walked Meghan halfway down the aisle at her royal wedding in 2018 and appeared, at least at that time, to have a good relationship with his daughter-in-law, is taking the "hurtful" public statement especially hard. The royal family is undoubtedly paying attention to the royals' reactions to said interviews.
He stated, "I think, as far as the Charles is concerned, personally, he feels betrayed. "He was genuinely fond of her, I mean. Additionally, I believe he is perplexed."
The late Queen Elizabeth II was "accustomed to handling" the outspoken ways of the Sussexes, but Charles...well, not so much, according to Andersen, author of the upcoming royal biography The King: The Life of Charles III, which will be published in November.
He continued, "I don't think it has thrown her as much as it has thrown Charles, and rightfully so, because this is his son and the daughter-in-law who... [have] said some pretty terrible things.