Tom Bower, royal author of new book ‘Revenge: Meghan, Harry and The War Between the Windsors, claimed Lady Susan Hussey made the damning comments about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex before they tied the knot in a glorious Windsor wedding. Lady Susan, who has been the Queen’s lady-in-waiting since the 1960s and is Prince William’s godmother, is said to have issued the warning at a lunch with a group of theatre executives, according to columnist Richard Kay.
Writing for the Daily Mail, he quoted Mr Bower’s book saying one of the Queen’s lady-in-waiting warned Prince Harry and Meghan’s marriage would “all end in tears”.
Mr Kay said: “Bower writes: ‘While discussing the possibility that Meghan might become linked with the National Theatre after the wedding, Hussey became unexpectedly serious about the couple’s future. “That will all end in tears,” she is alleged to have warned. ‘Mark my words.’”
Lady Susan, Baroness Hussey of North Bradley, is said to have offered advice and support to help Meghan “settle into life within” the Firm when she was living at Nottingham Cottage.
But the duchess is understood to have been “insistent” she would not let the Firm change her mind.
Mr Kay added: “She was said to have visited the duchess at Nottingham Cottage, the home she shared with Harry in the grounds of Kensington Palace, to offer help and advice, the book claims.
“In response, the American–born actress was said to be ‘insistent’ that she would not allow Buckingham Palace to shape her, dictate her thoughts or activities.”
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Lady Susan Hussey is one of the Queen’s ladies-in-waiting and travelled with the monarch to the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral service.
Lady Susan, who was married to the late BBC chairman Marmaduke Hussey, is godmother to Prince William and reportedly close friends with Prince Charles
She has been a friend to the Queen since 1960 when she became her Woman of the Bedchamber.
She was initially employed to respond to letters after Prince Andrew’s birth.
She is the youngest daughter of the 12th Earl Waldegrave and Mary Hermione, Countess Waldegrave.
The role of lady-in-waiting has existed in Britain for centuries, and often ladies-in-waiting hail from the nobility.
Ladies-in-waiting assist the Queen with her official duties.
As such, they may be entrusted to assist with running errands and attend to personal matters.