Gyles Brandreth, a longtime friend of Prince Philip, issued a warning recently that support for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is “thinning out a little bit”. According to the author, the late husband of the Queen reportedly advised against royal family members “making themselves the story.” Brandreth also served as the Duke of Edinburgh’s biographer. His statement comes on September 6 as Harry and Meghan travel from Frogmore Cottage in Windsor to Manchester for the One Young World meeting, the Daily Mail reported.
The statement comes as the Sussexes continue to criticize royal life, most recently on Meghan’s podcast on Spotify and her recent interview with US magazine The Cut. “The number of people being as sympathetic to them [the Sussexes] as they were initially does seem to be sort of thinning out a little bit,” Brandreth stated to ITV.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are on a trip to the UK and visited Manchester recently. The couple is scheduled to appear at the German Invictus Games 2023 and the Wellchild Awards in London soon. Referring to their travels, Brandreth said that they were doing “good works”.
“It’s good stuff. And what they’re doing is they’re saying compassion in action, we’re trying to highlight these things. And that’s what royals do, they turn up. Now the problem here is that instead of focusing on their good works – this what the Duke of Edinburgh warned about years ago – once you make yourself the story, then you become the story,” Brandreth said, continuing, “What should be the story is the good works you are doing. And so these two youth projects they’re involved in… that’s what we should be talking about. In fact, we’re talking about the family rift.”