Prince Philip ‘saddened’ as royals ‘portrayed as a soap opera’ amid Megxit, says Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth reveals question Prince Philip refused to answer

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Prince Philip’s friend and biographer Gyles Brandreth, 73, has detailed conversations he had with the Duke of Edinburgh about changes in the Royal Family that had upset him in recent years. The late Duke’s funeral took place on Saturday after he died “peacefully” at the age of 99.

Speaking ahead of the sad news of Philip’s death, Gyles shed some light on what the Duke thought about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, after Megxit saw the couple leave the UK for America and quit their roles as Senior Royals.

When quizzed on his opinions on Meghan and Harry while speaking to Dame Esther Rantzen on the latest episode of her podcast, That’s After Life!, Gyles said he hopes “that it all ends happily”, before sharing the Duke’s views.

He said: “My hope is that it all ends happily. 

“But having interviewed the Duke of Edinburgh and written about him a great deal, I know that one of his rules, a piece of advice he gave to his own children, and I imagine would have given to his grandchildren, is ‘Don’t talk about yourself’. 

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“That’s the general rule in life, he was interested, the Duke of Edinburgh, surprisingly, in so many different things than you’d expect – from the caricature view that people have of him.

“But he was interested, for example, in the work of [Carl] Jung, he was interested in wellbeing and mental health the Duke of Edinburgh.

“And he read a lot of Jung, and Jung looked at the history of his patients towards the end of his career and came to the conclusion that the happiest of his patients were people who were outward looking people, who didn’t look down in, but up and out. 

“And the Duke of Edinburgh’s philosophy is, look up and out, take an interest in the world around you, and an interest in art, and nature, and science.

 

“Don’t think too much about yourself, don’t brood about yourself.”

Gyles went on to reflect on Prince Philip’s warning to his family members to avoid talking about themselves in interviews.

He continued: “Indeed, the Duke of Edinburgh said, ‘Don’t talk about yourself, nobody’s interested’.

“And though he pioneered interviews, he was the first member of the Royal Family to be interviewed on television, for example, he was always talking about what he was doing, not about who he was.

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“So I think he would see risks in talking about yourself, both for yourself and also because it then begs the next question, once you begin talking about yourself, where does it end? 

“And I know, because he told me, that he regretted in recent years that the way the Royal Family had become, they were portrayed as a bit of a soap opera, and that saddened him.”

During Meghan and Harry’s chat with Oprah, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex discussed the struggles they faced in the Royal Family.

Harry told Oprah that he was “totally cut off financially” when he and Meghan decided to move to America.

He said: “I was totally cut off financially. 

“My family cut me off – if I didn’t have what my mum left me, we wouldn’t have been able to do this.

“All I wanted to do was keep my family safe.”

The Duchess of Sussex described Prince Philip’s wife, the Queen, as being “really welcoming” in one part, however, she also discussed how she felt upset after Archie was not made a prince.

She went on to claim that there were multiple conversations and concerns about “how dark” her son’s skin colour would be before he was born.

The host asked who made such a statement. However, Meghan would not reveal who it was, saying it would be “very damaging” to their reputation.

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