Meghan Markle received a warm welcome from her grandmother-in-law the Queen when she joined the Royal Family through her marriage to Prince Harry, according to royal commentator Neil Sean. But despite the close relationship the pair are believed to have built, the monarch has reclaimed another family member as her closest confidante, with the Duchess of Sussex closely behind. Mr Sean claimed Sophie Wessex, wife to the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, has remained the go-to relative for Her Majesty to chat.
Speaking to Today, the royal commentator said: “The Queen’s favourite is the Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward’s wife. She is the number one the Queen goes to for a chat.
“I would say Meghan has ingratiated herself very cleverly with the Queen. We saw last year them going on the trip and the royal train and all that sort of stuff.”
Mr Sean suggested the Queen is a “girls’ girl” and has sought to help and support Meghan transition in her new role as royal – a move the commentator called “the kindest thing” the monarch could have done to help her new granddaughter-in-law.
He continued: “I think the Queen herself is very much a girls’ girl and she does try and connect with the younger members of the family and guide and nurture them.
“If you watch what she’s done with Meghan is possibly the kindest thing she’s done to all the people coming into the family, she’s tried to connect as quick as she can to prove that all these terrible stories about her being unkind to previous people are certainly not the case.”
Despite the alleged close relationship the Queen has built with the Duchess of Sussex, some sources have suggested the monarch was forced to put her foot down when faced with the prospect of her youngest great-grandchild being raised with an alternative approach to childrearing.
Meghan and Prince Harry are set to welcome their first child sometime in April after the former American actress confirmed in January she was six months along in her pregnancy.
A royal insider told Woman’s Day the couple had wanted to raise their firstborn as vegan but had to contend with a furious reaction from the Queen.
The source said: “The Queen won’t have it.
“It’s created tense discussions between Meghan and Harry, who doesn’t want to upset his grandmother.
“He’s hoping Meghan will settle once the baby comes and he’s putting this latest polarising idea down to heightened emotions while being pregnant.”
They added: “Meghan keeps pushing the boundaries with the Royals and it’s not being well received, least of all by Her Majesty.
“Meghan seems to have little regard for royal traditions but bringing the baby up as a vegan simply won’t be tolerated by the monarch.”
The Duchess of Sussex also reportedly an additional blow to the Queen after she allegedly refused support from her specialised gynaecological team during delivery.
The Queen has relied on the services of experts Alan Farthing and Guy Thorpe-Beeston, who also supported Kate, Duchess of Cambridge when she delivered all three of her children – Prince George,5, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 11 months.
Meghan, who recently moved to Windsor with husband Harry, is expected to give birth at nearly Frimley Park Hospital, where the Countess of Wessex was also delivered of her two children.