King Charles feels 'bewildered and betrayed' after being 'very fond' of Meghan Markle, royal expert claims

A royal expert has claimed that King Charles feels 'bewildered and betrayed' ahead of the release of Prince Harry's memoir

King Charles feels 'bewildered and betrayed'
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A royal expert has claimed that King Charles feels 'bewildered and betrayed' by  the Duchess of Sussex as it is claimed the monarch was 'very fond' of her.

Meghan and Prince Harry ‘stepped back’ as senior members of the royal family and became ‘financially independent’ in March 2020 as the pair moved away from the UK and explored lives outside of being working royals.

Since then, the pair have opened up and explained what it was really like to be such high-profile members of the family. In an interview with Variety, Meghan Markle opened up on the death of Queen Elizabeth II and how it's affected her family. 

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"There’s been such an outpouring of love and support. I’m really grateful that I was able to be with my husband to support him, especially during that time. What’s so beautiful is to look at the legacy that his grandmother was able to leave on so many fronts," Meghan said in the interview with Variety. 

Meghan added that the Queen's passing brought up 'complicated' feelings, "It’s been a complicated time, but my husband, ever the optimist, said, 'Now she’s reunited with her husband'," said Meghan.

A royal expert has claimed that Meghan's comments about the Queen and her death being 'complicated' for their family, has dampened Charles's transition from Prince to King.

"I think — as far as the Charles is concerned, specifically — you know, he feels betrayed,” royal expert Christopher Andersen told Us Weekly, as he pointed out that the King, “walked Meghan up the last half of the aisle” in place of her own father in 2018. "I mean, he really was very fond of her. And I think he’s somewhat bewildered," added the expert.

The author then referenced Prince Harry and Meghan's bombshell interview with Oprah back in 2021 as he said, “the queen was used to handling this kind of” behavior from the couple. "I don’t think it threw her as much as it has thrown at Charles, and understandably so, because this is his son and the daughter-in-law who … [have] said some pretty hurtful things," said Christopher.

UNSPECIFIED - UNSPECIFIED: In this handout image provided by Harpo Productions and released on March 5, 2021, Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on A CBS Primetime Special premiering on CBS on March 7, 2021. (Photo by Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese via Getty Images)

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In a recent turn of events, it has been revealed that Meghan Markle isn't the only one opening up about royal life. Prince Harry is now releasing a memoir about his life, which is set to include a lot of information about his family. However, the expert claimed that this wasn't going to ruffle too many royal feathers. "They’ve both agreed to reach a neutral ground by softening the parts on Charles and adding intimate details about [Elizabeth’s] legacy,” said the expert. 

Prince Harry's memoir 'Spare' release date is set for January 10, 2023, and the Duke of Sussex gave fans an idea of what might be included in the book.

The Prince said, "I’m writing this not as the prince I was born but as the man I have become. I’ve worn many hats over the years, both literally and figuratively, and my hope is that in telling my story – the highs and lows, the mistakes, the lessons learned – I can help show that no matter where we come from, we have more in common than we think."

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