Queen Elizabeth II, reportedly, laid out a “secret plan” for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle before dropping their bombshell news.
Earlier this year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they are resigning as senior members of the Firm and voiced their desire to live independently outside the monarchy.
Although the two have now settled in their post royal life, a new biography claimed that the Queen offered the couple to live in Africa for two years before officially announcing their decision to step down in their royal duties.
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Queen’s supposed plan for the Sussexes
In the new book “Battle of Brothers,” the royal biographer and “The Crown’s” advisor Robert Lacey revealed that the 94-year-old monarch secretly staged a plan for the Sussexes to move to South Africa.
It must have been a eureka moment for the Queen after the former “Suits” star, and Prince Harry may have expressed their desire to relocate to a memorable place where they became closer in the early years of their relationship.
With this, the book claimed that Her Majesty had been working on with the arrangement alongside her then private secretary Christopher Geidt, other royal advisers, and former ambassador to the US Sir David Manning.
Moreover, the “secret plan”, reportedly, involves a position for the most sought after couple that would allow them to be “self-sufficient” and not a threat to Prince William and his future role to the monarchy.
The King and Queen’s early years
To recall, Queen Elizabeth II also experienced temporarily relocating to the British Commonwealth of Nations.
According to the documentary “The Royal House of Windsor,” then Princess Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Phillip– who was also stationed as a naval officer, stayed in Malta between 1949 to 1951.
At the time, the royal experienced normal life outside the monarchy and enjoyed her privacy on the island.
As cited by royal author Philip Eade, who was also interviewed in the documentary, he recalled how the future Queen lived like a “normal young woman.”
“She could for the first time do more or less what she wanted.She could be like a normal young woman. She could go to the hairdresser on her own.”
Eade also shared how Elizabeth would stroll around the island without being bombarded by paparazzi.
“She could drive around the island. She could go to restaurants with her husband, go on picnics, and all the while; the Maltese people left them alone.”
With this, the royal author pointed out that Malta represents a “great feeling of freedom” for the Queen.
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