The moment the Queen realised there were issues with Meghan and Harry came before last Christmas, an insider has revealed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sensationally quit the royal family earlier this year.
But there were warnings signs of their shock move and the Queen knew something was amiss before Christmas, according to a report this evening.
The revelations come on the eve of a bombshell biography of the couple called ‘Finding Freedom’ which is set to be serialized this weekend.
A new report claims that in November 2019 Her Majesty had not heard whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their newborn son Archie would be spending Christmas at Sandringham and she decided to give them a call at Frogmore Cottage.
The decision broke with tradition as ordinarily it is for the younger Royals to phone “Granny”.
But the 94-year-old wanted to get to the bottom of what was happening after hearing tales of ‘tantrums’ ever since the couple got married at Windsor Castle in 2018, reports The Telegraph.
However, the Queen did not get the answer she wanted and instead days later she learnt the couple were not coming for Christmas but on a six-week sabbatical to Canada to “work out their future”.
It was during this time they reportedly “plotted” their way out of the Royal Family and within weeks, on January 6, it was announced that Harry and Meghan would be taking a new direction as royals.
While their decision had been made, Harry reportedly wanted to speak with The Queen and Prince Charles – his grandmother and father – on the phone but officials persudaded him instead to write to them.
Extracts from new biography Finding Freedom, by Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, are expected to reveal – Harry’s anger predominantly lay with what his mother famously described as the palace’s “men in grey suits” – rather than his own royal relatives.
A source said: “The palace approach would always be – how did we do it last time? He wanted to do things differently and I think Meghan was the catalyst for him but also gave him the confidence which he lacked to change things.”
Another insider said: “Harry felt very constrained. He wanted to be able to speak to his grandmother and his father but constantly found aides blocking his path. It was so frustrating for him.”
The Queen was said to be “disappointed and hurt” by the decision, but as Harry and Meghan are concerned, the stuffy, outdated and ultimately ‘discriminatory’ palace missed out on a golden opportunity to change for the better, supported by prejudiced media armed with a vendetta against them.
‘Finding Freedom: Harry, Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family,’ has been written by royal watchers Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand.
A source said they were expecting a ‘revisionist’ version of events regarding the couple’s engagement, marriage and former role as working royals.
The authors have been described as supporters of the couple and claim their book has been written with the participation of sources close to Meghan and Harry.