Prince Harry shocked the Royal Household last week when he said he was pleased to recently see the Queen so he could ensure “she’s protected and [has] got the right people around her”
Prince Harry’s concerns for the Queen’s safety may have been sparked by his fury at seeing his disgraced uncle Andrew escorting her at Prince Philip’s memorial, Buckingham Palace aides believe.
Harry shocked the Royal Household last week when he said he was pleased to recently see his grandmother so he could ensure “she’s protected and [has] got the right people around her”.
His comments in an interview on US channel NBC were first seen by royal watchers as a dig at his father, Prince Charles, and brother, William.
But we can reveal insiders now think they were a response to Prince Andrew’s re-emergence last month.
A Buckingham Palace source said: “Those images of Prince Andrew escorting the Queen to Westminster Abbey may have upset Harry, which is now believed to be one of the reasons he made such an astonishing remark.
“Harry is familiar with the Queen’s aides and there is no animosity at all. The Palace were aware he might do an interview, but no one was expecting those sorts of comments.
“He seemed to be implying he had concerns about the Queen’s safety.
“There is a feeling this may be linked to Andrew who has grown quite close to his mother in recent months.”
The controversial interview took place while Harry was in Holland with wife Meghan for the Invictus Games.
It sparked a storm of criticism from Royal watchers and fans
Author Tom Bower said: “He is not only targeting Charles and William but also Edward Young, her private secretary. Harry’s full demands have been rebuffed and he is hitting out at those standing in the way of promoting the Sussex’s self-promotion.”
The source added: “The word initially from officials was that Harry’s comments were directed towards palace aides and not members of the family.
“The Duke of York is trying to keep a low profile after the enormous damage he has done to the monarchy so Palace officials were determined to deflect those comments away from him.”
While Andrew has been widely condemned for his association with the late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, the Queen is said to have been more forgiving.
Earlier this year, Andrew agreed to a multi-million-pound settlement with Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre.
She had accused him of sexually abusing her on three occasions, including once when
she was 17, which the Duke has repeatedly and vehemently denied.