Meghan and Harry turned on by former allies Zara and Mike Tindall

Of all the photos of the Queen’s extraordinary Platinum Jubilee, of all her Royal Highnesses; superstars such as Sir Elton John and Ed Sheeran, who took the stage in front of Buckingham Palace in a $25 million concert; 71 jets and 200 horses, the absolute best depiction of the Windsors featuring a bunch of sassy kids who will probably never see a throne, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, or anything more than a mediocre tiara.

I’m talking, of course, about the heartbreaking, adorable images of Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte and their cousins ​​Mia Tindall, Lena Tindall, Savannah Phillips and Isla Phillips eating sweets, dancing and generally doing just as many pranks. how is it possible to be stuck in a plastic chair during an anniversary pageant.

Not only were there many more babies than the public usually sees, but what really set the images apart was how abundant and natural the joy, warmth, and friendship between the babies were.

It was the same with their parents’ generation. Flip through the photo archives (what? You don’t know?) and you’ll find plenty of shots of Peter Phillips and his sister Zara, Princes William and Harry and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie in various combinations at Balmoral and Sandringham, in exclusive ski resorts, being forcibly dragged to church, on equestrian events and aboard the official Britannia family yacht. You know, the usual royal baby stuff.

But a new report shows the extent to which the once-close bonds that bound the Queen’s grandchildren have been torn at the fault line that now divides the younger members of the House of Windsor into two distinct blocks.

At the heart of this sad situation? Why, Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and the fact that they spent more time after Megzit becoming professional malcontents.

Now the disintegration of the relationship between Harry and his older brother Prince William, the future king with follicular problems, has caused a split that caused 1,000,001 news stories (according to conservative data). The same can be said for the Ice Age-worthy hilarity that reportedly exists between their wives, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan.

But Harry and William are only two of Her Majesty’s six adult grandchildren.

I’m talking about Princess Anne’s son and daughter, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, and Prince Andrew’s duo, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

(Okay, Prince Edward and Sophie, daughters of the Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, are now 18 years old and going to university later this year, but given the most sensational news about her, there was a Friday revelation that she had $11. .80). hour job at the garden center, I think we can take it off the list.)

It was announced this week that Harry and Meghan are set to return to the UK in September to take part in charity events. daily mailDan Wootton of Dan Wootton (who broke the news in 2020 that the Sussexes were planning to move to North America, thus setting off events that would lead to a tough Megzit) published a column on feelings on the ground in London.

With Harry’s memoir reportedly hitting store shelves in the coming months (with some reports citing October as the date), emotions are said to be running high and, according to Wootton, “many lower-ranking members of the royal family are now openly rebelling against couples — and ready to do it.” their feelings are clear behind the palace walls.”

“Noting this change in tone, even Harry’s former allies Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall are said to have been highly critical of the couple’s low-key, haughty and arrogant attitude during their last visit to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”

While it was Zara who was seen in the company of Harry and Meghan outside St. Paul’s after the Thanksgiving service during the anniversary, Wootton’s account follows a series of messages that hardly paint a rosy picture of the cousins’ relationship.

In June, To express reported that Tyndall allegedly branded Harry a “bastard” while talking to another guest at a reception after the platinum anniversary pageant.

A week after the anniversary, Tyndall revealed on his podcast that the “highlight” of the event was the “good cousins ​​dinner” after Trooping the Colour. Mail stated that: “Unknown [the Sussexes] were invited”.

However, Telegraph Camilla Tomini later reported on the event that the royal cousins ​​present at the party “planned to pay Harry and Meghan a visit to Frogmore later that day, but the ‘festive’ dinner dragged on much longer than planned.”

“It was pretty drunk and it went on until the early evening, by which point there was no time to get to Windsor to see the Sussexes,” one insider told Tomini.

Interesting, no?

Then there’s Beatrice and Eugenia, who deserve some credit for having managed to resist the example set by perpetually scandalous parents, and somehow the princesses managed to avoid befriending sex offenders, looming financial disasters, and legal squabbles with multi-million dollar… dollar deals with real estate.

Back in the days when Harry was busy making a name for himself in Chelsea’s finest pubs as a lager-sipping dynamo, he and Eugenie used to be friends. (In fact, the princess knew Meghan before Suits the star met the prince, according to the former Suits star.)

This closeness has clearly endured despite reports that “it’s not going well” with Eugenie after the Sussexes told his family she was pregnant at the young woman’s 2018 wedding. Be that as it may, in February, Harry and Yuni went to the Super Bowl together, and later the paparazzi photographed the two couples at dinner at an upscale restaurant in Santa Barbara.

It is probably no coincidence that during the Duke and Duchess’s only outing during the anniversary, in which they appeared in full royal family, they found themselves crammed into a row with Eugenie and her husband Jack.

(It was, of course, the second row, a detail that seemed to carry a whole universe of sharp, painful meaning. Similarly, the Sussexes, no longer playing on the first string, had to wait 20 minutes along with hundreds of other guests in Cathedral for the arrival of Charles, William and Kate. Oh.)

Wootton reports that the York Gels “have made an extra effort to stay close to Harry and Meghan,” however, other than the most important lady, “allies in the Sussex family now do not exist.”

The sad part is that, according to Wootton’s story, two separate factions are forming: the Cambridge-Tyndall alliance, plenty of riding and hunting gumboots, and the Sussex/York axis, two families united by how much they’ve lost in recent years.

So, what kind of reception could the Sussexes have in the royal household when they move to Britain?

Emotions sound, according to Wootton, as if they are running high, and he writes that “rage, resentment and disgust” reign at the highest levels of the monarchy, which “only escalate” in connection with the decision of the Duke of Sussex to publish his autobiography, while his Grandmother was in the midst of a current health crisis.

The book, he reports, also caused his father Prince Charles “months of agony as he tried to mourn the passing of his father Prince Philip.”

The still unanswered question about Montecito Two’s grand return to the UK charity beat is why? Or at least why now?

While the couple have retained ties to a number of UK groups they have long maintained, including Meghan’s relationship with Hubb Community Kitchen, run by survivors of the Grenfell disaster, and Harry’s relationship with WellChild, their efforts and attention on the humanitarian front have lasted for years. currently mainly focused on the US.

One possible answer could lie in the “at home” documentary series they’re reportedly making for Netflix. Page six stated that the streaming bosses want to hit screens later this year. The combination of Harry and Meghan and a couple of adoring viewers is sure to warm the heart of any TV producer.

Or the answer may lie that, with pandemic restrictions thankfully a thing of the past, the Sussexes are finally ready to fulfill their original promise to “balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America while continuing to fulfill our duty to the Queen, the Commonwealth and our patronage.”

What will be interesting to see is whether this renewed intimacy will help or rekindle tensions and feelings between the Sussexes and the wider royal family.

So far, there has been almost 3,000 miles of Atlantic Ocean between the House of Windsor and the California rebels, but William and Kate were set to hit the US East Coast later this year for the Earthshot Award, and Harry and Meghan are returning to earth. warm beer and Nigel Farage, all bets off?

One thing’s for sure: remember all those cute pictures of the girls Tyndall and Phillips and Louis and Charlotte? The only pity is that among them was not the son of the Sussexes Archie.

While much of the youngest generation of the royal family is clearly determined to grow up playing, playing, joking and joking together, there are two great-grandchildren of the queen on the other side of the world who may never know the joy of secret forbidden jelly beans. snakes behind a sofa in the style of Ludovic Quators, hiding from their royal parents and the footman tsk-tsking.

Daniela Elser is a royal expert and writer with over 15 years of experience working with a range of leading Australian media outlets.

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