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Gyles Brandreth says sympathy for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appears to be ‘diluting’

Prince Philip’s close friend Gyles Brandreth warned today that sympathy for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is “leaving a little”.

The author, who was the Duke of Edinburgh’s biographer, said the Queen’s late husband warned that members of the royal family were “making themselves history”.

Mr Brandreth spoke out as Harry and Meghan traveled from their home in Windsor, Frogmore Cottage, to Manchester for the One Young World summit today.

It comes as the Sussexes continue to dig into royal life, including in recent weeks with Meghan’s interview with US magazine The Cut and her Spotify podcast.

Mr Brandreth told ITV: “The number of people who are so sympathetic towards them [the Sussexes] as they were initially seems to be thinning out a bit.’

Meghan and Prince Harry at St Paul's Cathedral in London on June 3 - their last visit to the UK

Meghan and Prince Harry at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on June 3 – their last visit to the UK

Prince Philip's close friend Gyles Brandreth can be seen on the ITV program This Morning today

Prince Philip’s close friend Gyles Brandreth can be seen on the ITV program This Morning today

This morning Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby are with Mr Brandreth and Camilla Tominey

This morning Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby are with Mr Brandreth and Camilla Tominey

Meghan and Harry's boyfriend Omid Scobie appears on ABC's Good Morning Britain today

Meghan and Harry’s boyfriend Omid Scobie appears on ABC’s Good Morning Britain today

In his speech this morning, he added that the Sussexes had done a “good job” with their visit to Manchester today, at an event of the Invictus Games Düsseldorf 2023 in Germany tomorrow and at the WellChild Awards in London on Thursday.

Mr Brandreth continued: “It’s good stuff. And what they’re doing is they’re saying compassion in action, we’re trying to emphasize those things.

Where will Harry and Meghan go on their European tour?

TODAY – One Young World 2022 Manchester Summit

The Sussexes traveled to Manchester today where Meghan is due to deliver a speech on gender equality. The summit brings together young leaders from more than 190 countries.

The area around Bridgewater Hall, where the summit is taking place, will be cleared 90 minutes before the couple’s arrival, reports The Times.

However, Harry and Meghan have asked private security firms to provide a “steel ring” in Manchester for their appearance at the forum.

The event lasts from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

TOMORROW – Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023

After the trip to Manchester, the Sussexes head to Dusseldorf tomorrow to celebrate a year ahead of Harry’s next Invictus Games.

Harry had previously announced that the sixth games would take place in September 2023. He and Meghan attended the Invictus Games 2022 in the Netherlands last April.

WEDNESDAY

The Sussexes have no official plans on Wednesday. They have not said if they intend to visit the Queen, who is in Balmoral, Scotland.

THURSDAY – WellChild Awards

The couple will return to the UK for the WellChild Awards ceremony in London on Thursday, where Harry will be speaking.

The WellChild Awards are designed to “recognize the inspirational qualities of seriously ill children and young people in the UK, along with those who make the effort to make a difference in their lives”.

“And that’s what royals do, they show up. The problem here is that instead of focusing on your good works – which the Duke of Edinburgh warned against years ago – once you make yourself history, you become history.

“What the story should be is the good works you do. And these two youth projects that they are involved in, that’s what we should talk about. In fact, we are talking about the family divide.”

Telegrpah Assistant Editor Camilla Tominey also appeared on the show, where she spoke about the interview with The Cut and the Sussexes’ attacks on the royal family.

And presenter Phillip Schofield said: “There’s no dignity in that, though, is there?” I also think that the Queen, at 96 years old, has had the dignity of having to deal with this all her life.

“There have been rumors that both she and the Prince of Wales are ‘confused’ by what they are saying. You look at it and — we were very compassionate and then critical at times — but you look at it and you’re like, ‘Oh, why don’t you two just shut up?’

Meghan and Harry’s friend and trusted media partner Omid Scobie said separately today that the couple’s recent trip was “very much about work”.

He told ABC’s Good Morning America: “After Meghan’s recent revelations, the family and the institution itself will no doubt have been preparing for this visit.

“But for the Sussexes, this is very much about work. These are the kinds of trips they’ve wanted to do since stepping down, but the pandemic has prevented them from doing so so far.”

Over on NBC this morning, royal commentator Daisy McAndrew told the Today program that the Sussexes would not be getting as much media coverage as usual today due to the announcement of new Prime Minister Liz Truss.

Ahead of the announcement, Ms McAndrew said: “All the excitement is going to be on them [the next prime minister]one of these two shortlisted will go to Balmoral tomorrow to visit the Queen to kiss hands and be named the next Prime Minister.

“Harry and Meghan will get some coverage but not as much as they are used to. They’ll share some of the limelight.’

Meghan told The Cut magazine in the US that it takes “a lot of effort” to forgive and hinted she could “say anything” which translated as a veiled threat to the royal family.

Kate, William, Harry and Meghan at Westminster Abbey in London on March 11, 2019

Kate, William, Harry and Meghan at Westminster Abbey in London on March 11, 2019

Gyles Brandreth was friends with the Duke of Edinburgh. They are pictured together in 1983

Gyles Brandreth was friends with the Duke of Edinburgh. They are pictured together in 1983

Spotify has so far released two episodes of Meghan’s Archetypes podcast, which features talks with veteran tennis player Serena Williams and singer Mariah Carey.

In the podcast with Williams, the Duchess took a veiled swipe at life in the royal family while recounting her horror when a small “fire” broke out in son Archie’s room during a tour of South Africa.

Despite her excitement, she said she was forced to go ahead with the couple’s official engagements, accusing the tour guides of focusing “on how it looks rather than how it feels.”

And on the show with Carey, Meghan said she was first treated “like a black woman” when she first started dating Prince Harry.

She said she had previously been treated “like a hybrid woman” and “things really changed” when she began her relationship with Harry.

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