Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 'have single-handedly modernised the monarchy' and royal aides are 'inexperienced' at how best to 'deploy and harness their value', source 'close to the couple' tells US TV station

  • Couple are 'single-handedly' modernising the monarchy, royal source tells CNN 
  • Source says institution is full of people who are unable to 'harness their value'  
  • The source also slammed 'hysterical' reaction to the comments about William
  • It comes after Prince Harry and Meghan criticised media in ITV documentary 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are 'single-handedly' modernising the monarchy, a source close to the couple has told CNN. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex insider said the institution around the royal family is full of people 'inexperienced' at how best to 'deploy and harness their value.'

The source also hit out at the 'hysterical' media reaction to the comments made by Prince Harry in an ITV documentary on Sunday about his brother William.

The source told the US broadcaster: 'The institution around the British royal family is full of people afraid of and inexperienced at how to best help harness and deploy the value of the royal couple who have single-handedly modernized the monarchy.'

The extraordinary comments come after the Duke and Duchess criticised the British media in the ITV documentary, saying they were struggling with the intense scrutiny they face on a daily basis. 

The source close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured) said the institution around the royal family is full of people 'inexperienced' at how best to 'deploy and harness their value
Meghan and Harry launched a scathing attack on the British media in an ITV documentary

The source close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (pictured) said the institution around the royal family is full of people 'inexperienced' at how best to 'deploy and harness their value 

The source, close to Harry and Meghan, launched a defence of the couple to CNN (pictured)

The source, close to Harry and Meghan, launched a defence of the couple to CNN (pictured)

Harry also told the programme about his relationship with his brother, saying they have 'good days' and 'bad days' and are travelling on 'different paths'.

It triggered a response from William as an insider told the BBC that he was worried Harry and Meghan were in a 'fragile place.' 

According to the source, who spoke to CNN today, they said that Harry was just giving an 'honest answer' to ITV reporter Tom Bradby, and that any sibling seeing that 'would of course be concerned.' 

The criticisms came from a briefing given to US television correspondent Max Foster. 

Harry has known Foster for at least six years and was interviewed by him during his four-month tour as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan in 2013.

It was the latest in a series of briefings given to US broadcasters about Harry and Meghan.     

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During the documentary 'Harry & Meghan: An African Journey' aired on ITV on Sunday night, Prince Harry (pictured above) revealed his feelings about his royal duties

During the documentary aired on ITV on Sunday night, Prince Harry (pictured above) revealed his feelings about his royal duties 

Royal commentators yesterday revealed The Queen and senior royals are 'very worried' about the direction the 'divisive' couple are heading. 

Jonny Dymond, the BBC's royal correspondent, said: 'I think they (the royal family) will be pretty horrified actually.' 

And royal commentator Penny Junor described the couple's actions as a 'big mistake'.   

Yesterday it was reported that Prince William and Prince Harry spoke to each other privately after Harry's emotional ITV interview. 

Prince Harry spoke of his mental health and relationship with brother William, saying they have 'good days' and 'bad days' and are travelling on 'different paths'. 

Meghan revealed friends had warned her about marrying into the Royal Family, while Harry said he needed 'constant management' to deal with the pressures of his life. 

Last night, a source close to William told the Times: 'It would be very difficult for anybody to watch that and not feel compassion for them.

'Whatever is going on is taking a personal toll on them. That, of course, would cause concern.'

It has also emerged that William and Harry have spoken to each other privately following the documentary, although it is not clear if William saw it in advance.

Describing how William felt at seeing his younger brother clearly upset in the programme, a senior royal source said: 'He is concerned, as anyone would be watching the documentary.' 

Meghan Markle was interviewed by Tom Bradby (pictured) for the ITV documentary on Sunday

Meghan Markle was interviewed by Tom Bradby (pictured) for the ITV documentary

William and Kate
Archie, Meghan and Harry

A source said Prince William (left, with his wife Kate in Pakistan last week) hoped Harry and his wife Meghan (right with baby Archie in South Africa last month) were 'all right'

Insiders told the BBC that William was 'worried' about his brother, hopes he is 'all right', and thinks the suggestion that Harry and Meghan want a six-week break from royal duties is probably a 'good thing' as they are in 'a fragile place'.

But royal sources scotched talk of William being 'furious' about the timing of the programme, which ITV began trailing toward the end of his own successful tour of Pakistan with his wife Kate.

One said: 'Actually I just think there is a really deep sadness there. Things will never be the same again, clearly.'

The source added: 'People will debate what he [Harry] said about their relationship, although the truth is, as he said, that they are on different paths and don't see as much of each other as they used to.

'But that doesn't stop [him] being concerned about his brother. I think it would be difficult for anyone to see a member of their family talking like that on camera.'

Harry and Meghan's interviews, which aired on Sunday night, triggered huge public debate about their roles in the Royal Family, with several commentators expressing concern for them, but one suggesting they should 'stop whingeing'.

Harry admitted in the documentary that he and his brother, who were once inseparable, now have their 'good days' and 'bad days'.

But he insisted that he knows his brother will always be there for him, a suggestion that was repeated to the Mail by royal sources, who said that William, 37, would 'always have his back'.

A royal source also told The Times of Harry: 'He has got a new wife, a new kid, a new home and a new office and is putting together the plan to launch his own foundation.

'That is both a lot of change and evidence that they are both on very divergent paths. One of them has had a predestined path, and the other hasn't.'

Prince Harry and Prince William are pictured outside Windsor Castle in May 2018

Prince Harry and Prince William are pictured outside Windsor Castle in May 2018

It is clear that the two brothers' relationship is unlikely ever to be the same again even if the 'rift' between them, which began in the run-up to Harry's wedding last year, has been bridged by a fragile peace.   

In the one-hour documentary, Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, presenter Tom Bradby followed the couple and their young son Archie on their tour of the continent.

Harry, 35, said he still felt grief over the death of his mother Diana, describing it as 'a wound that festers'.

Meghan, a 38-year-old former actress from California, admitted she struggled with becoming a new mother under the glare of the media spotlight, saying: 'Not many people have asked if I'm OK.'

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex inPrince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex visit to Africa - 02 Oct 2019

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Johannesburg during their tour of South Africa on October 2

She said her British friends had warned her about marrying into the Royal Family because of the scrutiny she would face, and admitted that adjusting to royal life had been 'hard'.

She said: 'I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip. I tried, I really tried. But I think what that does internally is probably really damaging.'

Of his relationship with William, Harry said: 'Part of this role, part of this job and this family being under the pressure it is under, inevitably stuff happens.

'But look, we are brothers, we will always be brothers. We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and, as I know, he will always be there for me.'

The ITV documentary came just weeks after Harry launched an extraordinary attack on the Press, comparing recent media coverage of his wife to that of his late mother and saying: 'My deepest fear is history repeating itself.'

Royal author Penny Junor said Harry's decision to talk about his and Meghan's struggles was a 'huge mistake', adding: 'My advice would be to keep his head down, and I'm afraid to say, stop whingeing.' 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say they've 'modernised the monarchy'

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