King Charles has gone directly against Queen with Sussex eviction

King Charles went ‘directly against theQueen’s style’ and made a ‘big mistake’ by evictingHarry andMeghan from Frogmore Cottage, a royal expert said.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex this week confirmed that they had beenasked to vacate their UK home on the Windsor estate – which was gifted to them by the late Queen Elizabeth II after they tied the knot in 2018.

According to reports, the King, 74, made the decision shortly after the publication of Prince Harry’s bookSpare – with sources claiming that the Duke’s criticisms of his step-mother,Queen Consort Camilla, had been the“last straw”.

It was reported that Frogmore Cottage willinstead be offered to Prince Andrew, 63, after it was revealed theDuke of York isset to be moved from Royal Lodge in Windsor Park, where he has lived since 2003.

Royal expert and historian Dr Tessa Dunlop said many people in Britain felt "gleeful" on learning of the King's tough stance with Harry, 38, and Meghan Markle, 41.

However, Dr Dunlop believes the move has gone against the wishes of Harry's late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who tried to keep him on board.

She toldThe Mirror: "On one level the vitriol is understandable. Prince Harry had just lobbed several verbal hand grenades at his family and the former institution to which he belonged. But he did so from a position of weakness, on the outside, in pain and feeling side-lined.”

The royal expert said that a “broad-shouldered confident monarchy” would have weathered the storm – adding that the King “has bigger fish to fry” with his upcoming Coronation.

She went on: "Instead, by evicting the couple from the Queen's generous gift of Frogmore Cottage, King Charles is going directly against the conciliatory style of Her late Majesty.

"Worse, he has conflated the problem of the Sussexes with that of Prince Andrew by asking the latter to relinquish his larger home, the Royal Lodge, and move into Frogmore Cottage. Big mistake. The optics are terrible."

Dr Dunlop, author of Elizabeth and Philip, The story of Young Love, Marriage and Monarchy, added that the Queen had tried to keep Harry on board – with Frogmore Cottage part of that package – while she was also lenient with Prince Andrew.

She added: "Charles, in his effort to stamp authority on his reign, has undone those efforts.”

According to reports, the King wants theDuke and Duchess of Sussex out of Frogmore Cottage before his Coronation in May.

Dr Dunlop said the eviction internationally diminishes the monarchy in the run-up to the historic ceremony.

"An event where you can now look forward to seeing Prince Andrew, but probably not the Sussexes," she added.

The shakeup of royal households is said to have left Meghan and Harry "stunned" whileAndrew is reportedly also against the move.

It comes amid thecontinuing fallout from Harry’s book Spare and with Andrew banned from royal duties over hisconnections to the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.


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