The real reason Prince Harry was late to Balmoral, William flew ahead

For decades, the cumbersome plan for Operation London Bridge lay in boxes all over London, collecting dust and crumbs of sand. (Eating cookies and reading Evelyn Waugh is what a certain breed of Britons do – pinstriped men, schooling – all day long, right?)

Everything was taken into account, from the fact that the pallbearers would have to practice carrying her lead-lined coffin, to the fact that someone would have to cover Big Ben’s hammer with exactly 1.1 cm thick leather padding for Her Majesty’s funeral.

But, as it has become painfully obvious, there is one very serious detail that no one has bothered to consider or develop any contingency plans: Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, may be on British soil when the Sovereign painted her. last breath.

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In the past four days, since the Queen passed away at the age of 96, Buckingham Palace has proven what a carefully managed, gold-woven machine it can be with hundreds if not thousands of military personnel, privy councillors, dignitaries, and trumpeters have all been mustered. and put into place, apparently without much effort.

This is where the big fat “except” comes in…

Except with Harry. It is clear that no one has taken into account how things will play out if the sixth in line to the throne is literally not far from his family when this all unfolds.

New details have now surfaced about how the younger prince was kept out of the way and why he wasn’t on the same private jet as his brother Prince William, who made a wild dash north last Thursday afternoon, UK time, from Windsor to Scotland. . .

By Thursday morning UK time, the Sussexes had been in the UK for several days, having flown in for several days for charity events during which they reportedly had absolutely no intention of seeing his family. Then good.

The first two of those outings went off like clockwork with much-needed applause, all probably for Netflix super content, and then on Thursday night, the duo were scheduled to attend the WellChild Awards.

Things went downhill at 12:34 p.m. when the palace released a highly disturbing statement about the Queen, saying that “doctors are concerned about Her Majesty’s health” and that she was “under medical supervision”.

Within hours, photographs of a grim William, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex rushing through the gates of Balmoral to be close to the Queen appeared on news sites around the world.

By the time Harry was photographed in the same location, shortly before 8pm and in pitch darkness, the Queen’s death had already been announced.

These shots of the Duke of Sussex traveling alone with a grim face contrasted perfectly with shots of William’s Range Rover stuffed with HRH. An isolated, abandoned figure against a grim but united front.

Since then, the melodrama surrounding the return of the Sussexes to royal life, while temporary, has proven to be a constant distraction from the death of the queen and the accession of King Charles III.

So how the hell did this mess happen?

Let’s go back to dinner last Thursday when the Queen of the Palace made her announcement.

It took just 13 minutes for Kensington Palace to announce that William would travel to Scotland, with the announcement being posted at 12:48 p.m. More than an hour later, at 1:55 p.m., a spokesperson for the Sussexes issued a similar statement saying they too were heading to Scotland.

Camille Tomini, the journalist who made the sensation of the decade in 2016 when she revealed that Harry was dating Suits star Megan took a fresh look at the events of last Thursday in Telegraph.

When William boarded the private jet at RAF Northolt around 2:30 p.m., “Harry didn’t even get a call,” writes Tomini. (Keep in mind that both men currently live about 120 meters apart at their homes on the Windsor estate.)

Telegraph reports that Harry’s omission “was due to the fact that the heir to the throne was originally called by his father in his constitutional capacity as Councilor of State”. Which would make sense if it wasn’t for the fact that Harry is also an advisor. (As did Prince Andrew, who also toured with William.)

According to Telegraph: “It seems that although the family knew the Queen was seriously ill when they took off from RAF Northolt at lunchtime on Thursday, they did not expect her condition to worsen so quickly – Charles even thought that he and William could take is hosting a virtual meeting of the Privy Council, which she postponed the day before.”

At 3:52 p.m., William’s plane landed at Aberdeen Airport and he and his aunt and uncle arrived at Balmoral, his grandmother’s favorite home, at 5:11 p.m.

It wasn’t until 5:35 p.m. outside London that Harry’s chartered plane took off from Luton Airport. (Interestingly, he flew in from a commercial airport, which is 45 minutes from Windsor, unlike William and his colleagues, who had to use an air force base closer to their homes.)

At 6:31 pm, the palace confirmed the queen’s death while Harry was still in the air. He arrived at the 50,000-acre estate at 7:52 pm.

It does not help this business that it has now arisen, through DAiley Postthat Harry had never even seen his father or brother, the well-connected Richard Kay reported. Kay writes that Charles and William dined together at Birkhall, the king’s home, while Harry ate with his uncles and aunt.

“Two dinners were organized that evening at the royal estate and there was a clear division, one was for the new king and his heir and the other was for the rest of the family,” said Kay, an insider.

So, let’s recap: Harry didn’t get a call or report on his grandmother’s deteriorating health, the Palace announced Her Majesty’s death even though they knew Harry was heading to Balmoral, and then Charles and William didn’t have dinner with Harry even though whose choice which was we we don’t know.

None of this is a good look at the royal family, which is now more than ever, given the world is watching, obsessively, keenly focused on public perception and image.

Sure, Harry and Meghan’s whining about the many injustices they say they’ve faced during their royal careers has seen their support in the UK plummet in recent years, but that changes the fact that the Palace has dealt with them in the last few years. days were really not enough.

If William had been warned of his grandmother’s deteriorating health in his role as State Counselor, why wasn’t Harry given his Councilor status as well?

Then, when it became obvious that the duke was going to rush to Scotland to see the queen, why couldn’t the situation have been better planned? The optics of how the two parties of arrivals played out only reinforced the overall characterization of Sussex Palace as an insensitive, compassionate institution.

In fact, the Palace has completely played into the hands of Harry and Meghan with their chaotic behavior here, and they risk coming across as petty and unnecessarily unkind. Intentionally or not, their pulling away from Harry reflects badly on them.

Harry may not have shown much dignity or respect for the Firm in recent years, but he loved his grandmother unconditionally, and told the world over and over again how much she loved him in return.

In April, during a TV interview (where else?), he said: “We have a really special relationship. We talk about things she can’t talk about with anyone else.”

Unfortunately, like many of Harry’s ties to his family, this “special relationship” also ended.

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

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