Queen's Praise for Newspaper Shows How Far She Is From Harry and Meghan's Media War

Queen Elizabeth II has praised the same newspaper that published bullying allegations against Meghan Markle—for its front-page picture of the Changing of the Guard.

The Monarch, 95, met soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery at Windsor Castle yesterday (October 7) after they participated in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on October 4.

Elizabeth was overheard saying it was "rather nice" that U.K. newspaper of record The Times had included a photo in its edition on October 5.

She was filmed by ITV telling a soldier: "The picture was rather an advance, on the front page of The Times, wasn't it?

"Well, it's rather nice to think that they, you know, took an interest."

The comments are a long way from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's own relationship with the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper.

The Times published a bombshell October 2018 email from Harry and Meghan's former communications secretary in which he accused the duchess of bullying her staff.

The story ran days before the broadcast of the couple's Oprah Winfrey interview in which they accused the press of racism in March.

Knauf's email read: "I am very concerned that the duchess was able to bully two PAs out of the household in the past year.

"The treatment of X [name removed] was totally unacceptable."

The Queen liked the front page of The Times on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/etOh9UySCt

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Queen at Windsor Castle
Queen Elizabeth II meets members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery to mark the 150th Anniversary of the foundation of A and B Batteries, at Windsor Castle, Windsor on October 6, 2021. The monarch praised U.K. newspaper 'The Times.' STEVE PARSONS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

He added: "The Duchess seems intent on always having someone in her sights. She is bullying Y [name removed] and seeking to undermine her confidence.

"We have had report after report from people who have witnessed unacceptable behavior towards Y [name removed]."

However, Prince Harry later told his Apple TV docuseries The Me You Can't See the revelations left Meghan crying into her pillow.

He said: "The interview was about being real, being authentic and hopefully sharing an experience that we know is incredibly relatable to a lot of people around the world despite our unique privileged position.

"But before the Oprah interview had aired, because of their headlines, and that combined effort of the firm and the media to smear her, I was woken up in the middle of the night to her crying in her pillow because she doesn't want to wake me up, because I'm already carrying too much.

"That's heartbreaking. I held her, we talked, she cried, and she cried, and she cried."

This is not the first time the royals have chosen to praise the same industry Meghan and Harry have engaged in open warfare with.

In May, two months after Oprah, the official Royal Family Twitter account praised the media, referencing her role as patron of the Journalists' Charity.

This #ThankfulThursday, let’s recognise all of the journalists and broadcasters working to keep us informed. 📝💛

From the national titles and broadcasters, to the local and regional outlets making a difference to the communities they serve - #ThankYou. https://t.co/PhT63rPoCD

— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 7, 2020

The account posted: "This #ThankfulThursday, let's recognize all of the journalists and broadcasters working to keep us informed. 📝💛

"From the national titles and broadcasters, to the local and regional outlets making a difference to the communities they serve - #ThankYou."

In addition to public comments, Meghan and Harry launched a series of lawsuits against the press and paparazzi.

Most famously, Meghan sued The Mail on Sunday for publishing a letter she sent her father begging him to stop talking to the media, which she won in February.

The U.K. tabloid appealed and a hearing is due to take place in London over two days on November 10 and 11.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: "Earlier this week, a contingent of soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery (RCA), led by the 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (1 RCHA) and supported by the RCA Band assumed the honor of Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. The honor marks the first time the Regiment had undertaken these duties and was the first overseas Guard Mount since the start of the pandemic.