When Meghan Markle joined the royal family in 2018, she had a lot to learn.
As well as getting to grips with protocol, curtsying, official titles, she also had kidnap training and media advice to prepare for life as the Duchess of Sussex.
There have been mixed reports about how much support her new in-laws gave it when it came to finding her way, but royal expert Ingrid Seward claims Prince Philip went to an extra effort to welcome his grandson’s new wife.
Speaking to the Mirror’s royal podcast, Pod Save the Queen, she explains: “Philip welcomed Meghan at the beginning. He was an outsider, he knows what he feels like. He feels he’s has a part to play, he can do something useful and help her, but whether he ever managed to do something I don’t know.”
Giving her thoughts on how Philip has reacted to Meghan and Harry’s decision to quit their senior roles, Seward adds: “I think he is completely baffled by Harry and Meghan’s desperation to leave the royal family. I think he feels they had so much going for them.
“Harry had all his military appointments and he was helping.
“They had a beautiful house that was just finished, they had a beautiful baby, they were beginning to really make a mark in the world.
“They had the support of the Queen in promoting the Commonwealth and Philip just thought their dereliction of duty was just appauling.
“He didn’t understand it.
“What is so wrong with the royal family, and if it’s so awful why did Meghan ever marry Harry if it’s so ghastly? Obviously, we know that she didn’t know.
“I think he was at his wits end to understand as someone at his age would, I mean, we don’t really understand, do we?”
Ingrid believes that Philip would have very vocal about his feelings to his wife, but would have let her deal with the situation.
“I think that he has said his bit to the Queen and stepped back.
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“When there was the summit at Sandringham, just before everyone arrived Philip was driven away from the big house and definitely didn’t want to be there.
“He says his bit and steps back, which is what he’s done all his life.
“He does liken Meghan to the Duchess of Windsor.”