Although initially hailed as a breath of fresh air for the stuffy royal family, it gradually became clear the US actress was struggling to cope with the strictures and scrutiny of royal life in Britain.

A year on from leaving frontline royal duties, the relationship with his family has soured even further with senior royals angry about a “tell-all” interview Prince Harry and his wife Meghan gave to US chat show icon Oprah Winfrey.

The dogs have reportedly been living with the queen for several weeks at Windsor Castle, west of London, where she has been self-isolating from the coronavirus pandemic for nearly a year.