The Duke of Edinburgh thought it was “madness” and “no good would come of it”, Gyles Brandreth said. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made a series of explosive claims about the royals during the controversial interview, which aired last month while Philip was in hospital.
According to Mr Brandreth, the Duke was not worried about the interview itself being broadcast during his hospital stay.
But he was concerned about Meghan and Harry’s “preoccupation with their own problems and their willingness to talk about them in public”.
Mr Brandreth told the Daily Mail: “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’.
“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.”
Mr Brandeth claimed Philip advised royals of his rule not to talk about themselves if they give TV interviews.
He said: “The fact that the Meghan and Harry interview was aired while Philip was in hospital did not trouble him.
“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’.
“That was one of his rules. I know he shared it with his children. I imagine he shared it with his grandchildren, too.”
It will be the first time Harry has returned to the UK since Megxit.
The Sussexes ended royal duties in March 2020 for a new life in America.
Since quitting as working royals, the couple have bought a mansion in California and signed lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify.
Ex-Suits actress Meghan and Harry plunged the Royal Family into crisis with their tell-all interview.
They made a set of astonishing claims about the monarchy, including accusations of racism.
He also claimed his father Prince Charles and brother Prince William were “trapped” in the Royal Family.
But the royals made clear they did not agree with all of the Sussexes’ version of events.
A statement issued by Buckingham Palace pointedly warned how “some recollections may vary”.
Published at Mon, 12 Apr 2021 08:00:00 +0000