Prince Harry’s relationship with Queen laid bare after royal exit – phone call revealed
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The Queen’s speech from the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle conjured a wartime spirit when she told the nation “we will meet again” back in April. Omid Scobie, royal commentator and author, said Prince Harry gave his grandmother a call ahead of the speech.
He said: “Harry and his father are very close at the moment, and Harry and the Queen have this unbreakable bond.
“When she made her speech during lockdown, he was the first to pick up the phone and wish her luck.”
Mr Scobie said he believes that despite the upset caused around the Sussexes’ decision to step down as senior royals Prince Harry and the Queen remain close.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their plans earlier this year.
Speaking to OK magazine, Mr Scobie added: “Those relationships haven’t been permanently rocked by what’s happened.
“But when it became clear that their ‘half in, half out’ working mode wasn’t going to work, it’s almost impossible to turn back from that.”
The Queen’s pre-recorded speech was filmed by just one cameraman who wore full PPE and maintained social distancing.
The historic broadcast was watched by millions across the UK.
Mr Scobie, author of the new book on the Sussexes titled Finding Freedom, has previously said Prince Harry and the Queen had a frustrated phone call before his wedding.
He said Prince Harry and the Queen’s phone call was about the Duchess of Sussexes’ tiara.
Mr Scobie’s book Finding Freedom said the argument was with the Queen’s dressmaker and close friend Angela Kelly.
Mr Scobie has explained that the meeting where the Duchess picked her tiara was actually a success.
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He said: “The tiara selection went wonderfully. The Queen was very happy, Meghan was very happy.
“In fact Meghan’s words when that story came out were ‘how sad, I love my tiara’.
“The drama took place afterwards, when Meghan wanted to try that tiara on with her hair stylist, because there is a lot of tech that goes into this.
“They had to do an experiment with that before the wedding day.
“The hairstylist came in from overseas, there was an appointment at Buckingham Palace, but nobody was there.”
Mr Scobie highlighted how the Duchess tried to organise a day to do a trial run but Ms Kelly was hard to pin down.
He said: “Each time Angela Kelly isn’t available to arrange this, to facility this, despite agreeing to.
“It got to the point where staff around Harry and Meghan were tearing their hair out because the wedding was a couple of weeks away, months had passed at this point.
“Harry had to intervene. He called his grandmother and said, ‘I don’t know what the hell is going on, but this woman needs to make this work for my future wife’.
“We can kind of see now where this ‘what Meghan wants, Meghan gets’ narrative came from.”
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