Prince Philip was reportedly “spitting blood” after finding out Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s plans to leave the royal family, a royal author has claimed.
The late Duke of Edinburgh allegedly also further told an aide “we were wrong about her all along” and was said to be furious over the fact the couple made the announcement before informing senior royals first.
According to author Christopher Anderson, the late Duke went straight to the Queen to express his “anger”.
In the book Brothers and Wives: Inside the Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan, the author claims that the aide revealed Philip had no knowledge of Instagram but was “furious, deeply hurt, spitting blood” when he learned of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s joint announcement on the app.
According to the aide, Philip shouted “this shows a complete lack of respect” as he told the Queen of his anger.
The author also claims that both Philip and son Prince Charles once had a warm relationship with Meghan – but their views eventually changed.
Anderson suggests that the seniors royals now viewed Meghan as a twenty-first-century Wallis Simpson – the American socialite who married the former King Edward VIII after he abdicated in order to be with her more than 80 years ago.
Philip then confided in one of his closest aides that: “It appears as if we were wrong about her all along.”
The Duke of Edinburgh was not the only male royal who was angry by Harry and Meghan’s announcement.
As revealed in Andersen’s book, according to Charles’ staff, the Prince of Wales’ reaction to the statement was “frightening”.
He allegedly had a phone conversation with Harry and told him to “try and fix this”, the book claims.
OK! has contacted Buckingham Palace for comment.
Prince Harry and wife Meghan recently revealed that they would not be returning to the UK for Prince Philip’s memorial service.
However Prince Harry, who shares children Archie, two, and nine month old Lilibet with wife Meghan Markle, is hoping to visit his grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen, 95, ‘as soon as possible’, according to a spokesman for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
It comes after Harry has recently raised concerns about his safety during trips to the UK and even threatened legal action to acquire security for his family after his request to buy police protection was denied.
A court heard in February that Harry does not ‘feel safe’ in the UK if he doesn’t have protection from Scotland Yard officers.
However Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and their two young children, Archie and Lilibet, were not expected to attend the memorial service.