Prince Harry says Queen is under royal institution’s control

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Prince Harry says he was snubbed by Queen Elizabeth II when he first tried to discuss Megxit — claiming that even Britain’s monarch is controlled by palace CEOs.

In a new clip from his Oprah Winfrey interview unveiled Monday morning, Harry said he had first shared his plans to quit life as a senior royal in December 2019, before announcing it to the world the next month.

“The contents of that was put into a letter to the institution, to my father,” Harry told Oprah in the clip aired on “CBS This Morning.”

He then fondly recalled a warm message from his grandmother, the Queen, after getting his letter.

“My grandmother said, ‘The moment you land come up to talk to Sandringham, I’d love to have a chat,’” he recalled.

She told him, “‘Come for tea, and why don’t you stay for dinner because it’s going to be a long drive and you’re going to be exhausted,’” he recalled, saying, “I’d love that!”

Prince Harry speaking to Oprah during the tell-all interview on March 7, 2021.
Prince Harry speaking to Oprah during the tell-all interview on March 7, 2021.

But those plans were quickly quashed through messages by Harry’s own personal secretary, as well as the Queen’s — with his wife, Meghan Markle, stressing that the staffers were effectively “CEOs.”

Soon after he landed back in the UK from Canada, the officials told him not to visit his grandmother after all, telling him that the Queen was “busy all week.”

Prince Harry claimed that royal staffers were basically CEOs during the interview.
Prince Harry claimed that royal staffers are effectively “CEOs” during the interview.
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Confused, Harry said he “rang her that night” and the Queen told him that “there’s something in my diary that I didn’t know I had.”

“And I said, ‘Well, what about the rest of the week?’ and she said, ‘That’s busy now as well.

“I didn’t want to push because I kind of knew what was going on,” Harry said, making it clear that his grandmother was under orders.

Prince Harry claimed during the interview that the Queen does not have total control over what she wants to do.
Prince Harry claimed during the interview that the Queen does not have total control over what she wants to do.

Amazed, Oprah asked, “Doesn’t the Queen get to do what the Queen wants to do?”

“No,” Harry insisted. “When you’re head of the Firm, there is people around you that give you advice … and some of that advice has been really bad,” he added.

After the clip aired, “CBS This Morning” co-host Anthony Mason told Oprah that it sounded like “a deep state within the monarchy that almost runs the monarchy.”

“The question remains, why the Queen cannot dictate who she sees and when she sees them?” he asked Oprah, noting how Markle had also stressed that there was a marked difference between the family and the “institution” or “the Firm.”

Oprah replied, “There are people surrounding ‘the family’ who are advisers to the family who have been there for a long time, and that’s a part of the hierarchal structure. 

“And those people have a lot of influence and also input,” she said of Harry’s words. 

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