Prince Philip 'struggled' with Harry and Meghan's decision to leave the royal firm

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  • Prince Philip, having dedicated most of his life to the monarchy, "struggled" with Harry and Meghan's decision to leave the royal firm.
  • The 99-year-old saw it as "dereliction of duty" writes veteran royal biographer Ingrid Seward in Prince Philip Revealed.
  • The biography, detailing the prince's life, will hit shelves on 20 October.

A new biography is revealing the one royal who really "struggled" with the Harry and Meghan's decision to leave the royal firm.

According to People, in a book detailing 99-year-old Prince Philip's life, veteran royal biographer Ingrid Seward writes in Prince Philip Revealed: "He has struggled greatly, for example, with what he sees as his grandson Harry's dereliction of duty, giving up his homeland and everything he cared about for a life of self-centred celebrity in North America."

Prince Philip "has found it hard to understand exactly what it was that made his grandson's life so unbearable".

"As far as Philip was concerned, Harry and Meghan had everything going for them: a beautiful home, a healthy son, and a unique opportunity to make a global impact with their charity work."

Ingrid writes, Philip's own undying dedication to the monarchy is what resulted in his disappointment in his grandson.

"For a man whose entire existence has been based on a dedication to doing the right thing, it appeared that his grandson had abdicated his responsibilities for the sake of his marriage to an American divorcée in much the same way as Edward VIII gave up his crown to marry Wallis Simpson in 1937."

The excerpt from the book, which will be released on 20 October, was originally published in the Mail on Sunday, and also speaks on Philip's feelings towards son, Prince Andrew, following the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.

"For Philip and the Queen, their son's failure of judgment was a tragedy," Ingrid writes.

"Not only had he besmirched the reputation of the monarchy, but had become involved in something extremely distasteful and far more serious."

His Royal Highness is currently staying at Balmoral with the queen but was previously moved to Windsor Castle amid the pandemic. Though he himself stepped back from royal duties three years ago, Prince Philip broke retirement to hand over patronage of The Rifles to The Duchess of Cornwall back in July.    

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