Prince Philip reportedly had a strong opinion about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah Winfrey interview — and it was not positive. Official biographer and longtime friend, Gyles Brandreth, claimed the Duke of Edinburgh said the royal couple’s interview was “madness.” In a profile piece for the UK’s Daily Mail, Brandreth wrote that Prince Philip believed “no good would come of” the two-hour tell-all. He said, “I know from someone close to him that he thought Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey was ‘madness’ and ‘no good would come of it.'”
Brandreth, who knew Prince Philip for 40 years, also suggested the duke’s comments mirrored his feelings when Princess Diana gave her infamous BBC interview. “I was not surprised because that is exactly how he described to me the personal TV interviews given by Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, back in the 1990s,” Brandreth wrote.
The Sussex’s explosive interview with the television veteran aired while Prince Philip was hospitalized. However, Brandreth said, despite this, the duke was not upset by the timing. “The fact that the Meghan and Harry interview was aired while Philip was in hospital did not trouble him,” Brandreth began. “What did worry him was the couple’s preoccupation with their own problems and their willingness to talk about them in public. ‘Give TV interviews by all means,’ he said, ‘but don’t talk about yourself.'”
But Philip was reportedly sympathetic to his grandson when it came to his distrust of the media and encouraged him to “do his own thing in his own way.”
Former British Prime Minister hopes Prince Philip's funeral will repair royal rifts
While the Duke of Edinburgh might have been unhappy with Prince Harry’s extremely candid Oprah Winfrey interview, it has often been said the two had an “especially close bond,” per Town & Country. In a piece for the Daily Mail, Prince Philip’s official biographer Gyles Brandreth wrote that Philip loved Harry and admired him for his service career — he succeeded him as Captain General of the Royal Marines in 2017 — and thought he was “a good man.”
The Duke of Edinburgh, who died on April 9, 2021 at age 99, will have a small, private funeral at Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021, with Prince Harry in attendance. The royal recently arrived in Britain from his home base in Los Angeles without pregnant wife Meghan Markle, who was advised to remain in the United States during her third trimester. Many hope that Harry, who will likely walk behind his grandfather’s coffin (per BBC), will be able to patch things up with his family during his first visit to the U.K. in more than a year.
Former British Prime Minister Sir John Major told the BBC that, despite Harry’s decision to reunite with his family being on compassionate grounds, it is “an ideal opportunity” to mend royal rifts. “They shared emotion. They share grief at the present time because of the death of their grandfather,” Major said. “I think [this] is an ideal opportunity. I hope very much that it is possible to mend any rifts that may exist.”
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