Meghan Markle and Harry’s ‘mistake’ with Queen unveiled: ‘Shouldn’t have done that!’

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Paul Burrell joined Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway on Good Morning Britain to discuss the latest excerpts from Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan the Making of a Modern Family. The former British butler detailed what he thought the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should’ve done with regards to visiting the Queen when they returned to Frogmore Cottage, Windsor, after six weeks in Canada from late November 2019 to early January 2020.

“I did read an article also, that said after they came back from Canada, Meghan and Harry wanted to go and see the Queen – and they went through the official channels,” Paul began. 

“No, they shouldn’t have done that. 

“They live at Frogmore, within Windsor Great Park, just a stone’s throw away from the Queen’s sitting room at Windsor Castle. 

“They could’ve walked up the hill, with Archie and a bunch of flowers and popped into see Granny and say ‘Hi Granny, we’re home!’ 


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“That would’ve been the way to do it, bypass the protocol and go to the family,” he added. 

Ben asked in return: “But Paul, that sounds as if they’re damned if they do and damned it they don’t?

“Because often, it’s suggested they haven’t followed protocol and they’ve been wanting to push in their own directions – and they’ve been frustrated by that. 

“And this instance, when they actually followed protocol and they made sure it was an organised visit, you’re suggesting they got it wrong!” 

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“Yes but here, we’re talking about family, we’re talking about Harry’s granny, we’re talking about Archie’s great-granny,” Paul replied. 

“And I know the Queen very well, I know that she would’ve been delighted to see them, walk up the hill from their home at Frogmore and just said hello after their trip to Canada. 

“That’s something which they got wrong, but of course, they have to steer between all of these satellites – the other people that run other households. 

“It’s a jockeying position for attention, for power, for the Prince of Wales household, the Duchess of Cornwall’s household, the household of the Cambridges. 

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“Everybody else is in this mix as well, and Meghan soon found out, she had to please everybody, not just her husband,” Paul said. 

Royal Commentator Dick Arbiter argued against Paul’s comments on social media.

He replied to a video from the interview shared on Twitter: “A point of correction – when Harry and Meghan arrived back in the UK from Canada wanting to see The Queen, Paul Burrell says HM was at Windsor. 

“She wasn’t she was at Sandringham – it was January and she’s always there from before Christmas until the beginning of February.” 


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The Sussexes were spotted in Canada House in London, thanking the Canadian high commission for their “warm hospitality” following their trip over Christmas.

A day later, January 8 2020, rumours about the couple possibly moving to Canada began to surface and that evening, Harry and Meghan announced they would be ‘stepping back as senior members of the Royal Family’. 

Their final engagements were then arranged and announced and their son, Archie was not in attendance, as he was reportedly staying with close friends in Canada. 

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV. 

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