Prince Harry's alleged decision to retreat from public discussions about royal life in light of his memoir, is being interpreted by some close to the late Queen Elizabeth II as too little, too late, according to a report from The Daily Beast.
An individual claimed to be a friend of the Queen, who passed away in September of the previous year at 96, reportedly expressed dismay over Harry and his wife Meghan Markle's pledge to cease discussing royal challenges following a barrage of interviews, a docuseries, and a memoir.
The Daily Beast quoted this purported friend as stating, "Their so-called vow of silence, even if genuine, which I greatly question, cannot quell the 'anger and disgust' felt by several of her friends for what they believe Harry and Meghan inflicted upon the Queen in her twilight years."
This source condemned Prince Harry for his decision to pen a memoir amidst Queen Elizabeth II's health decline.
According to the alleged friend, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex should have shown restraint during the Queen's health deterioration and consequential suffering.
"From the moment her husband passed away in April 2021, the Queen was in tremendous pain," the supposed friend disclosed to the media outlet. "Her health sharply declined in her final months. By the Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, her sight and hearing were significantly impaired, and confusion became frequent. She was virtually confined to her apartments in Windsor Castle. Her appearance on the balcony during the jubilee was a Herculean feat."
The Queen made only two appearances during her 70th anniversary celebrations - a brief presence at the Buckingham Palace balcony during a flyover and a fleeting appearance at the closing of the festivities.
The source stated, "This was the time when Harry and Meghan should have remained silent. But they decided to continually broadcast harsh films and interviews attacking her life's accomplishments. Harry's announcement of a memoir, knowing that his grandmother was both recently widowed and critically ill, was a devastating blow."
These claims have yet to be independently corroborated by the International Business Times.
Prince Harry's controversial memoir, "Spare," was announced shortly after Prince Philip's demise in 2021 and launched in tandem with the Netflix docuseries "Harry & Meghan" shortly after the Queen's passing on September 8, 2022.
The alleged friend's comments followed a report by The Sun suggesting that Prince Harry and Markle were done with interviews and revelations as "there is nothing left to say." However, royal commentator Kinsey Schofield and former BBC journalist Michael Cole are among those who remain skeptical of this declaration.
Schofield suggested to Fox News Digital that the couple's relationship with the royal family is far from over. In contrast, Cole suggested a shift in the Sussexes' tactics, citing their new partnership with the influential talent agency WME.