Many amazing things have happened in the last 10 days since the Queen’s death. There has been an incredible outpouring of national grief in the United Kingdom; see a divided post-Brexit UK coming together in a collective effort; David Beckham stands in line for 13 hours to pay his respects dressed as an extra from Peaky Blinders.
And let me add something to this list: I felt sorry for Prince Harry.
Not only has the Duke of Sussex lost his adored grandmother, one of his reportedly most loyal and last allies in the royal family, but he has also taken a devastating blow after blow from Buckingham Palace’s chaotic handling of events.
Her Majesty’s Funeral Order was released Monday morning ET, and on page eight was just the final humiliation that fell on the 38-year-old’s famous red head. When he and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex take their place in the procession following the Queen’s coffin to Westminster Abbey, they will be forced to follow his nine-year-old nephew Prince George and seven-year-old niece Princess Charlotte.
Monarchy business can really suck, can’t it?
As hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people around the world tune in to watch the Queen’s funeral, they will also witness the fact that Harry, who was born a substitute for the heir, has been forced out and his uselessness to the crown will never fade. be more obvious.
For the Duke of Sussex, the news that he will literally have to step into place behind two first graders only completes what must have been the most frustrating two weeks of his adult life.
First came the ultimately futile attempt to see the Queen in Scotland on 9 September. Telegraph showing that on that day Harry was only told “some time” after his brother that “their grandma shouldn’t have done that”.
“So Harry’s aides struggled to get to the flight, frantically considering all options to get him to his grandmother,” the post reads. Telegraph This was reported by Victoria Ward. “Meanwhile, his brother joined forces with the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex to take off from RAF Northolt for Aberdeen and land at 15:50.”
By the time Harry took off in a private jet from Luton Airport at 5:35 p.m., Prime Minister Liz Truss had known for an hour that Her Majesty had died. The Queen’s grandson was then only informed of his death five minutes before the public announcement at 6:30 p.m., while he was still in the air.
Then, a couple of days later, there was a brief, abrupt resurgence of the Fab Four when the Sussexes joined William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales, to greet the public at Windsor Castle. Interestingly, someone from the Kensington Palace side seemed to give an enthusiastic briefing to the media almost immediately, stating that it was all due to William’s generosity.
As the past week progressed, Harry became more and more of a collateral damage as confusion and a strange reversal of the official stance ruled the day.
One of the biggest questions was the issue of uniforms. It was initially reported that King Charles would not allow Harry to wear a military uniform to the Queen’s funeral (as he did to the disgraced Prince Andrew) only so that Andrew would be allowed to wear naval attire for a vigil hosted by Her Majesty’s children.
On Wednesday, when the procession with Her Majesty’s coffin moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, Harry, like Andrew, was in overly conspicuous costumes. The black sheep of the House of Windsor were literally dressed in black. Lots of symbolism?
The no-uniform ordinance was then lifted after the more cold-blooded prevailed in the palace, and Harry was granted permission to also wear it when he and his seven other cousins held their own vigil around the coffin.
“Common sense has prevailed,” a royal source said. Telegraph. “It was a laughable situation considering the Duke of Sussex has served his country and is a highly respected member of the military with all he has done for veterans. It is important that the Queen’s grandchildren feel welcome and comfortable as they mourn their beloved grandmother together.”
Except that, reportedly, another setback awaited Harry here.
Harry, by this point, had received permission from his father to wear a blues and royals uniform, however Telegraph reported that he was “devastated” after learning that he would not be allowed to wear his grandmother’s ambulance initials on his shoulder, which he only discovered after his uniform was taken to the Sussexes’ cottage in Frogmore. The ornamental braided cord, called aiguillettes, denoting the position of adjutant, was also removed.
The situation then “set off a furious exchange of phone calls and messages that was never resolved on Friday night,” the report said. Telegraph reported. “His frustration was so great that he is said to have decided to wear his morning suit to the vigil to avoid humiliation.”
Eventually, William removed the aiguillettes from his uniform “to appease his brother”.
Stay here with me, there’s more. Much more.
Within hours of the Queen’s death, the Royal Family’s website was updated to reflect the changed order of succession and include the new titles of Wales. (When Charles announced this in his live televised address, it was the first time in history that a sovereign had formally given his heir this title before a coronation.)
Mysteriously, the Sussex children, Archie and Lilibet, were still good old Masters and Misses, even though under the 1917 Letters Patent, they should have automatically become Prince and Princess upon their grandfather’s accession to the throne.
Almost a week later, Sun reported that after “intense discussions” it had been decided that while the Sussex children would receive their titles, Charles would not make them His/Her Royal Highness, as the children of Wales are called, leaving Harry and Meghan “furious”. (At the time of writing, the royal website is still unchanged and there has been no official announcement.)
On the same day, Harry turned 38 years old, but due to official mourning in the royal family, he went unnoticed. We hope that at least Meghan gave him a gluten-free and dairy-free cake.
Then there was confusion with the invitation.
By the end of last week, it emerged that the Sussexes had been mistakenly invited to a grand reception at the palace in what would be the largest gathering of heads of state and royalty in a generation.
How did the duke and duchess know they had been crossed off the guest list? media, according to Page sixwho reported that they learned about the error only through the media.
“Harry and Meghan actually received an invitation and no one actually told them they weren’t invited,” a royal source said.
(However, according to Telegraph, the couple was told on Friday about the accident. “There was a message in the dispute saying whether the message was received.”)
All this, all these jugglings, humiliations of varying degrees and confusion, Harry and Megan, I must say, endured surprisingly staunchly.
And here we are today, with the news of the funeral procession, just another minor humiliation. Yes, of course, I know that this was not done arbitrarily and not out of pettiness – the order of inheritance is an immutable thing – but does this reduce the possible sting?
Harry had always realized that his destiny, like that of any other reserve, was to go down and down the stairs all his life.
In 2017 he told Newsweekthat he was in a hurry “to do something with my life”.
“I feel like it’s just a small window where people are interested in me before. [William’s children] take over, and I have to make the most of it.”
(The same year, he also said of George and Charlotte in another interview: “The reason I’m in fifth place right now is because I have a nephew and niece and I could never wish for them to leave. .These are the most amazing things in the world.”)
But knowing that something is going to happen and experiencing it are two very different things, especially after the events of the past three years, during which Harry seemed to feel that his family was abusive and mistreating him.
One can only guess where the civil war between Sussex and Windsor will go in the coming weeks and months as the royal family gradually emerges from mourning and resumes a normal program. But the way the Palace had been behaving for the past two weeks couldn’t help matters.
The Queen’s approach has always been duty above all else, and in recent years the Sussexes have been accused of reckless ignorance. But these last 10 days? Harry and Meghan did the right thing and followed the rules, even facing one insult after another. You would have to think that she would be proud.
Daniela Elser is a writer and royal expert with over 15 years of experience working with a range of leading Australian media outlets.
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