published : 2023-10-26
Queen Elizabeth's Childhood Friend Reflects on Meghan Markle: 'I Feel Very Sad for Harry'
Lady Anne Glenconner, lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret, shares her perspective on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's relationship with the royal family
Lady Anne Glenconner, a childhood friend of Queen Elizabeth and former lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret, has recently revealed her thoughts on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to step back as senior royals.
Glenconner, who served as a maid of honor at Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1953, spoke about her long-standing acquaintance with Prince Harry, describing him as a 'lovely little boy.'
According to Glenconner, Markle, a former actress known for her role in the television show 'Suits,' had unrealistic expectations about royal life before marrying Harry in 2018.
Glenconner expressed her belief that Markle thought being a royal would be similar to being a celebrity, with luxurious experiences like riding around in a golden coach.
However, she also noted that a significant portion of royal life can be 'extremely boring,' with countless obligations to meet people and always strive to say something interesting and pleasant.
Glenconner empathized with Harry, stating that she feels 'very sad' for him in light of the couple's estrangement from the royal family.
During an encounter at King Charles III's coronation, Glenconner had a conversation with John Kerry, the United States special presidential envoy for climate, who expressed sympathy for Harry and Meghan.
However, a representative from the State Department commented that Kerry does not recall being asked about the Sussexes and affirms his respect for privacy and compassion in family matters.
Glenconner, in the past, has maintained close ties with various members of the royal family, including King Charles and his son Prince William and daughter-in-law Kate Middleton.
Relations between Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and the royal family have become strained since their departure as senior royals in 2020.
Accusations of racism against an unnamed royal family member and revelations in Harry's memoir have further escalated tensions within the public eye.