In a newly-resurfaced letter, Princess Diana complained how she was “continuously misunderstood” and “extremely isolated” within the royal household, particularly as she could see what was “coming to this country and this family”. The prescient letter was written just six months before author Andrew Morton’s controversial book ‘Diana: Her True Story’ was published. The biography sent shockwaves around the country and the British monarchy as it revealed Diana’s marriage to Charles was broken and that they had both had extra-marital affairs.
The Queen was reportedly furious at the Princess for providing insight to her life inside the Palace.
Before the Princess of Wales’ death, the Royal Family – especially the Queen – kept a lot to themselves and remained closed off to the public.
However, according to 2018 documentary “Harry and Meghan: the first 100 days”, Her Majesty now understands it was the Royal Family who failed the Princess of Wales, as the monarch herself eventually changed her ways to become more like her daughter-in-law.
For example, royal author Katie Nicholl and royal biographer Duncan Larcombe notes how the reason why the monarch is making more effort with Meghan Markle is because she has “learnt lessons from the past”.
“They didn’t include her – they didn’t go out of their way to make her feel welcome.
“Is this why they are making such an effort with Meghan?
“I am sure the Queen, by bringing her in under her wing, supporting her, going out with her on a very public away-day, it sends out a great message.”
Royal biographer Duncan Larcombe also added: “The Queen, in particular, has learnt from the lessons of the past.
“They know how badly affected Princess Diana was in the early years of her marriage, feeling that she joined this alien world that she couldn’t cope with.”
Despite the documentary suggesting the Queen’s “grandmotherly love” could also just be a “PR exercise by the Palace”, several reports suggest the monarch has actually grown very fond of the California native.
Meghan reportedly refers to her grandmother-in-law as “mama” in private, which is a nickname Princess Diana gave to the Queen.
Her Majesty also proved to respect Prince Harry’s wife when she invited her mother, Doria Ragland, to attend Christmas celebration at Sandringham with the rest of the Royal Family last year.
A source close to Buckingham Palace said that the invitation was a “mark of [the Queen‘s] respect” for Meghan and an acknowledgement that she doesn’t have any family in England.