A royal author discusses behind-the-scenes conversations in the royal family

Queen Elizabeth II ‘very keen’ to give Meghan Markle secret marriage mentoring

It was previously unknown that the late Queen Elizabeth II was “very keen” to assist the Duchess of Sussex and that her late husband Prince Harry had tried to “warn” her before she joined the royal family.

After Meghan and Harry were married in May 2018, the monarch reportedly “wanted Meghan to make a success of the marriage” and encouraged her to seek guidance and mentoring from the Countess of Wessex, who grew very close to Her Majesty after her wedding to Prince Edward in 1999. According to royal author Gyles Brandreth, who appeared on Daily Mail’s Palace Confidential, Meghan turned down the covert offer.


Meghan and Harry got married in 2018

According to Gyles, whose books include The Queen and Philip: The Final Portrait, “The Queen wanted Meghan to make a success of the marriage and of her new role, and indeed did everything that she could to encourage that.”

“She might have suggested that Sophie Wessex, who was undoubtedly one of her favorites and had already gone through the ordeal because she had wed Prince Edward and married into the royal family, assist her or serve as a sort of mentor.

“Meghan was probably not interested in that. She believed she already had Harry and didn’t require a mentor. At first, the Queen was very interested.”

The late monarch, who passed away on September 8 at the age of 96, and her husband, Prince Philip, had a 73-year, admirable union. The Duke of Edinburgh died in April 2021 at the age of 99.


The Queen reportedly wanted Prince Edward’s wife the Countess of Wessex to mentor Meghan


Prince Harry described his grandparents’ relationship as “adorable” while speaking on Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers “I don’t know if anyone has ever described the two of them as adorable, but to me, knowing the cheekiness of him and knowing that behind what the world sees, you have two individuals who were very much in love and both who at a very young age, dedicated their lives to service, they were just the cutest couple.

“This two have an incredible bond because of the places they’ve been, the things they’ve experienced, and the things they’ve seen.”

He has, however, provided fresh perspectives on tying the knot with the royal family in his Harry & Meghan docuseries with Meghan. He compared the media’s fascination with his wife to that of his late mother, Princess Diana, in a trailer.

The suffering and pain that women go through when they marry into this institution and this feeding frenzy, he said. They’re never going to protect you, Meghan continued in the voiceover, and Harry added: “I was terrified, I didn’t want history to repeat itself.”


Harry and Meghan married in 2018
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He also discussed the “urge” for royal family members to marry women who “would fit the mold.”

“I think there can be a temptation or an urge for so many people in the family, especially the men, to marry someone who would fit the mould, rather than someone you are perhaps destined to be with,” he said. I am my mother’s son, and there is a difference between making decisions with your head or your heart. My mother most definitely made her decisions from her heart.

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