KEY POINTS

  • Lady Colin Campbell predicted that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle "won't last"
  • The royal author claimed Prince Harry was "not pleased" Markle lied during Oprah interview but "went along"
  • Campbell suggested that it would be difficult for Prince Harry to "get out" if he wants to return to being a working royal

Royal author Lady Colin Campbell doubts that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's marriage will remain happy in the coming years.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been married for two years and are expecting their second child. However, the "Meghan and Harry: The Real Story" author told Cindy Adams of New York Post's Page Six that she predicts they "won’t last."

"Once she became the royal Duchess of Sussex, it was off with everyone’s head," Campbell said. "Disconnected from reality, she lost it. She froths at the mouth when my name is mentioned. But nothing she can do because I made no legal mistakes. With all I stated about her — her background, how she learned about him — I am legally OK."

Campbell also claimed, according to the report, that Markle's name is "mud throughout the Commonwealth, even in the islands," following her and Prince Harry's bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.

"This wrong-footed woman stated untruths. She couldn’t keep her mouth shut. Knowing some statements could not be massaged into reality, Harry went along. Not pleased, he knew they were not true," Adams quoted Campbell as saying in the report.

Campbell pointed out Markle's claim that they secretly married in their backyard three days before their royal wedding in May 2018 — something they later clarified was not legal. She noted that Prince Harry knew "the difference in a real ceremony. As did the Archbishop of Canterbury."

Commenting on whether or not it is possible for Prince Harry to return to being a working royal in the future, the royal author said it is unlikely that the duke will be able to simply pick up where he left off.

"No matter how disagreeable, the Crown handles situations. They’ll wait until the situation crystallizes. For now dignity and politesse rule the situation. She’s picked America and a communal property state and has two children. She’s got him. Difficult for him to get out. He’s entrapped," Campbell said of Prince Harry and Markle. "Returning, London would act polite. Be received politely. Treated with respect. The Establishment, however, will treat him as a pariah."

Prince Harry and Markle announced their decision to step back as working royals last year and moved to California with their son, Archie. The couple has since settled in their Montecito home and signed multimillion deals with Netflix and Spotify.

Prince Harry was reportedly nervous about his return to the U.K. for Prince Philip's funeral, which took place Saturday. He had encountered frostiness from the royal family due to his and Markle's tell-all with Winfrey, Vanity Fair reported, but many are hopeful that his return would pave the way for reconciliation.

"Harry was out in the cold after Oprah and then when details of private family conversations were leaked to Gayle King it was the final straw," an unnamed family friend explained to Vanity Fair, referring to King's revelation last month that Prince Harry talked to Princes Charles and William following the interview. 

The source continued, "Some family members cannot believe what he has done, but there is a feeling that with the Duke's death and the family coming together, conversations need to be had."

Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle quickly set about plans to forge a uniquely royal Hollywood power brand, courted by multiple major studios before penning a lucrative deal with Netflix Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle quickly set about plans to forge a uniquely royal Hollywood power brand, courted by multiple major studios before penning a lucrative deal with Netflix Photo: AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS