Prince Harry told to ‘give it a rest’ by Andrew Pierce
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A royal insider claimed money to the Duke of Edinburgh’s grandchildren would have been “sorted out quite a while ago”. The source added that royal patriarch Philip was “very fair” and would not have punished Harry – who has lashed out at the Royal Family in a series of recent interviews – for “misbehaving”.
The insider told The Sun: “Philip was not the sort of character to punish a grandson [Harry] for misbehaving.
“He was a very fair, even-handed and lovely man. Never held a grudge.”
Philip left an estimated £30million in his will when he died peacefully aged 99 at Windsor Castle in April.
The majority is expected to go to the Queen, who now reigns alone without the support of her “strength and stay” as she famously described her beloved late husband.
The Duke, who died months before his 100th birthday, has also reportedly left money to three of his key aides.
The insider said: “Unlike some other royals, Prince Philip will be generous to the three men who looked after him.
“These include his private secretary Brigadier Archie Miller Bakewell, his page William Henderson and valet Stephen Niedojadlo.”
The trio were among a group of six aides who walked behind members of the Royal Family in the Duke’s funeral procession last month.
The source added that Philip’s children – Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew – have been told they can “take what they want” from his collection of 13,000 books in his library at Buckingham Palace.
A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace told the Sun: “This is a personal matter for the family and as such arrangements are private.”
Harry returned to the UK for the first time since Megxit for Philip’s funeral at St George’s Chapel.
His trip came in the wake of his and Meghan Markle’s controversial Oprah Winfrey interview – which aired while the Duke was in hospital in March.
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The Sussexes made a number of damaging claims about the royals in the tell-all interview, including racism accusations.
Harry went on to speak out again in an appearance on the Armchair Expert podcast earlier this month.
During the chat, he appeared to suggest Charles, the Queen and Philip had all failed as parents.
The 36-year-old insisted he wanted to “break the cycle” of “genetic pain and suffering” for the sake of his own children.
He said of heir to the throne Charles: “He’s treated me the way he was treated, so how can I change that for my own kids?”
And Harry has made more explosive claims after teaming up with Winfrey for an Apple TV+ documentary series on mental health, The Me You Can’t See, accusing the royals of “total neglect”.
In another blow to Charles, he said: “My father used to say to me when I was younger, he used to say to both William and I, ‘Well it was like that for me so it’s going to be like that for you’.
“That doesn’t make sense.
“Just because you suffered doesn’t mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact quite the opposite – if you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences you had, that you can make it right for your kids.”
The royals are likely to be bracing for further explosive claims tomorrow as Harry and Winfrey reunite to “go deeper” into the mental health stories explored in their series.
The pair will join participants and experts to host a “town hall” discussion entitled The Me You Can’t See: A Path Forward.
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