Prince Philip would ‘turn in his grave’ following Harry and Meghan’s latest move, royal biographer claims

Feb 21, 2024
The move has been seen as a significant deviation from royal tradition. Source: Getty Images.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent antics have significantly strained relations with the Royal Family. Nevertheless, it is believed that the late Prince Philp would have strongly disapproved of the couple’s latest move.

In a notable departure from decades-old royal tradition, Harry and Meghan recently changed their children’s surnames from Mountbatten-Windsor to Sussex.

The move has been seen as a significant deviation, especially considering that the late Duke of Edinburgh passionately advocated for the preservation of the Mountbatten-Windsor name.

When Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne in 1952, Prince Philip was reportedly hurt that his offspring would not carry his surname, instead adopting the name Windsor from the Queen’s family. A resolution was reached, spearheaded by Winston Churchill and the late Queen’s private secretary Tommy Lascelles, to name male descendants Mountbatten-Windsor.

According to royal expert Ingrid Seward, as reported in the Daily Mail, Prince Philip would “turn in his grave” over such a move.

“How sad, therefore, that only three generations later, Harry should so blatantly disregard his grandfather’s wishes and effectively abandon the family name for which Philip had fought,” Seward said.

“Harry professed to respect and love the Duke of Edinburgh and I am sure he did and always will, but this latest debacle would make Philip turn in his grave.

“Do Harry and Meghan think they’re being clever? Maybe this is an attempt to entrench the Sussex name so firmly that, whatever the political atmosphere in Great Britain, the title could never be effectively removed.

“Perhaps they’re just badly advised.”

Despite the apparent affront to the Royal Family from the Sussexes, Prince Harry remains hopeful for reconciliation with The Firm.

Harry made the revelation during an interview with Good Morning America in which he also addressed King Charles’ recent health woes for the first time publicly.

Speaking with host Will Reeve, the Duke shared that King Charles personally informed him of his illness.

“I love my family and the fact that I was able to get on the plane and go see him and spend any time with him – I’m grateful for that,” Harry revealed

When pressed about the specifics of King Charles’ diagnosis, the Prince maintained a respectful silence, firmly stating, “That stays between me and him.”

In response to the possibility of his father’s illness having a “unifying effect” on the Royal Family, Prince Harry affirmed, “Absolutely, for sure”.

Drawing parallels with the strength observed in the families involved in the Invictus Games, the Duke emphasised, “From all these (Invictus) families I see on a day-to-day basis (I see) the strength of the family unit coming together”.

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