Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided to announce — in the midst of their African tour — that the duchess was suing The Mail On Sunday for publishing a private letter she had sent to her father in August of 2018. However, The Sun is now reporting that the Sussexes did not alert either Prince Charles, Prince William, or even the queen of this decision.
Moreover, the secrecy might have been a huge error in judgment, as a royal source claimed that Queen Elizabeth is not “impressed” by the move.
The royal insider specifically cites the timing of the announcement, which occurred when Harry and Meghan were in the midst of a tour of southern Africa — specifically South Africa, Angola, Botswana, and Malawi.
The source pointed out that the announcement took focus away from the charities and initiatives they were supposed to be highlighting during the trip.
“This is not the done thing on a royal tour, when the principals are representing the Queen and country,” the insider said.
“I can’t imagine the Queen will be very impressed.”
Some royal experts believe that the Sussexes waited until the tour to release the news, hoping that doing so would garner maximum publicity.
Sure enough, headlines for the past 48 hours have been dominated by the lawsuit and the accompanying letter written by Prince Harry. In the letter, the prince defended his wife by likening the negative coverage of the two to bullying. He also claimed that similar media bias was also unfairly endured by his mother, the late Princess Diana, as previously reported by The Inquisitr.
“There comes a point when the only thing to do is to stand up to this behaviour, because it destroys people and destroys lives,” Prince Harry wrote.
“I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditized to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person,” he added. “I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”
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This evening, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended #TheLionKing European premiere in London at the Odeon Theatre. In celebration of the film’s release, The Walt Disney Company announced #ProtectThePride, a global conservation campaign to support efforts protecting the rapidly diminishing lion population across Africa. As a part of their commitment to this cause, Disney also made a donation to The Duke of Sussex’s upcoming environment & community initiative which will be formally announced this autumn. The Duke and Duchess are committed to advancing conservation efforts across Africa and around the world, and working with communities to ensure a sustainable future for the planet. This evening Their Royal Highnesses had the pleasure of meeting the cast and creative team behind the film, as well as supporters of @africanparksnetwork, of which The Duke is President. Photo credit: PA images / Getty images - Chris Jackson
Other royal experts slammed the letter, claiming that Harry’s rant was “over-emotional” and a “monumental misjudgment.”
It echoes the criticism received when Harry released a letter shortly after news of his romance with the former Suits actress broke, in which he accused the media of racism towards his girlfriend.
Meanwhile, The Mail On Sunday plans to fight the lawsuit, and claims that it still stands by the story. It originally acquired the letter from Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle Sr., and the missive is still available to read online.