With the platinum anniversary celebrations just days away, the Palace is reportedly working on a stunning finale that could be painful for the Duke of Sussex.
Who would have thought that it was the royal family that would give the world a little
one of the most famous additions to our glossary of touchy-sensual-isms?
We have several (well, actually, two) members of the House of Windsor whom we have to thank for introducing the words “survive, not thrive” and “genetic pain” into the popular lexicon.
So, what better way to start the week of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a newbie?
new to this too easy-to-banter vocabulary?
I’m giving you “reconnect” which is supposedly what Princes William and Prince Harry are doing.
According to a report in Mirrorbrothers who in recent years have become
the fraternal equivalent of North and South Korea, have been FaceTiming to try to fix their
a decidedly damaged relationship ahead of the return of Harry and wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex
to the UK this week for the anniversary.
As the source said Mirror“They also had FaceTime calls with their kids, which
allowed them to reunite.”
(Look, at least they’re not so desperate that they’re ready to be reborn…)
Now it would be nice if we could leave things here – two men, previously such an integral part of
each other’s lives – slowly rebuilding trust one video call at a time, but it’s the Windsors we’re talking about, a group of people who have taken family dysfunction and turned it into an extremely painful art form.
Because as precarious as the world William and Harry are,
off to à deux, may well collapse around 5:00 pm next Sunday, London
time, according to another report that came out over the weekend.
The reason lies in the plan drawn up by Buckingham Palace.
in Mirrorwho will see the four days of jubilee celebrations come to an end once a
moment of life on (where else?), if not on the palace balcony.
According to the newspaper’s royal editor Russell Myers, Her Majesty “wants the world to see
her family’s heartbeat and the future of the monarchy” (which sounds less
something that a 96 year old would actually say, and more like something someone made up
impatient communications trainee).
To that end, the Queen is reportedly planning to appear on the world’s most famous balcony, along with all three of her heirs – Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George – to close the popular performance, the anniversary’s final event.
The source said this Mirror: “Her Majesty believes that this will send a strong signal to the world,
that despite the trials and tribulations of the family over the past few years, those at the very top
united in continuing the work, sharing her sense of duty and dedication to service
people of this country and the Commonwealth.”
Politely leaving aside the fact that there is no other industry in the world than the throne.
business would gladly make an appearance of eight years ago and would earn money if this regal picture
happens, it will immediately go down in history.
Never before has the present sovereign and the next three sovereigns alone appeared together in front of the monarchy’s headquarters. (There have been portraits of the foursome, such as the 2016 picnic when two-year-old George stood adorably on foam blocks, but never on the balcony.)
It is reported that now not only various princes, but their families will also take part.
but given the intention of the Palace to impose symbolism here with a trowel,
it’s likely we’ll get a quartet appearing before the masses before Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis join them.
Regardless of image composition or schedule, the things I can imagine
which are now painstakingly drawn on the board by former army majors,
there is nothing to soften the anguish of this moment on the balcony for Harry.
If we see this situation playing out as discussed today, then the biggest takeaway would be
that it would remind the world how irrelevant the Duke of Sussex is to the future of the monarchy.
Never before has the Palace stated so poignantly that dynastically, whether the Sussexes are in the royal family or sell homemade ylang-ylang candles at US home stores, they don’t matter.
By birth, Harry was and always will be a minor player.
Reportedly, this is precisely the problem with the need to be regularly reminded of their royal B-list status.
played a role in the Sussexes rushing out back in January 2020.
An oily biography of a couple Looking for freedom reported that by 2019: “Harry,
who wanted to do so much in this world, became increasingly frustrated that he and Megan often
faded into the background in relation to the initiatives and priorities of other family members.
“While they both respected the hierarchy of the institution, it was difficult when they wanted to focus on a specific project and were told that a higher-ranking family member, be it Prince William or Prince Charles, had an initiative or tour announced. at the same time – so they’ll just have to wait.”
Then there was a photo of Queen Charles published in the first days of January 2020,
William and George together, in the throne room of Buckingham Palace, the perfect
a reminder that the monarchy has a habit of acting with the dexterity of a sledgehammer
According to veteran royal biographer Andrew Morton, writing in Megan: Hollywood
Princesswhen the Sussexes saw the image, “the royal couple suspected that the entire
the institution was preparing a conspiracy against them. When they saw it, the evidence was all around them.
“The secret code was simple: the future of the monarchy was secured, with or
without Meghan and Harry.”
It is impossible to understand how, given all this, Harry, forced to look after his grandmother,
father, brother and nephew soak up the stormy adulation of the expected 10,000th
The Folk Pageant crowd could be anything but deeply frustrating.
And if he is injured, well, that’s understandable. Diana, Princess of Wales, carefully and
very consciously raised her sons as equals. In the same way, after leaving the army and joining
acting royal in 2015, it was Harry who courted the crowd, captivated the media and was
royal golden boy.
Imagine how hard it must be to keep an eye on your brother, regardless of your obligations,
hard work and dedication, constantly being above you or taking precedence over you for nothing.
for some other reason than that he arrived first? Galling wouldn’t even describe it.
Yet it should also be said that the reason why the royal house is reportedly planning this
the grand ending makes sense too.
The monarchy has just gone through the last few years of turmoil and tremors.
Megzit and the horrifying spectacle of the fall of Prince Andrew. while support
an institution can be surprisingly solid, you don’t need a crystal ball to see what the future is
the throne is far from guaranteed.
The Republican question rages in most, if not all, of the 15 countries where the Queen is head of state. The Commonwealth, as an organization, is likely to face retribution for the problems of colonialism and slavery.
It wasn’t until April that William and Kate happily embarked on a trip to the Caribbean.
the walk was expected to be a home run, only to come out of it all looking like two
pasty anachronisms for which the social and cultural shifts of Black Lives Matter
traffic passed them by.
Until this point, the collective consensus was that the monarchy was in good hands.
with the Cambridges due to their popularity, willingness to regularly take their children out
and their work on issues that resonate with young Britons such as climate change and
But this calculation was deeply shaken by their Caribbean fiasco.
All of this before we touch on about two decades of King’s rule.
Charles III, with whom we must pass before we get to the reign of the Cambridges.
Given all this, is it any wonder that the queen and company. seem desperate to get as much hay out of Jubilee as possible? To get as much monarchical uplift as possible from
get on your knees and try to enthusiastically promote the image of the monarchy as a symbol
continuity and consistency in the hectic 21st century?
A snapshot of the Queen, Charles, William and George, if that happens, will be the image that
will appear on the front pages of newspapers and websites around the world.
This will serve its purpose, but its success may come at the cost of the royal family being “reunited” with Harry once and for all. What is the likelihood that he will want to do something nice after being put in his place while the whole world is watching?
Judging by the way things are going, this grand spectacle of the heirs on the balcony will go down in history.
but not necessarily for the right reasons.
Daniela Elser is a royal expert and writer with over 15 years of experience working with
some of the leading Australian media.