HARRY. The relationship between Prince Harry, his brother William and the rest of the royal family does not seem to be heating up, despite the unity displayed during the funeral of Elizabeth II.
[Mis à jour le 19 septembre 2022 à 12h54] He is one of the most scrutinized members of the royal family this Monday, September 19, 2022, on the occasion of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London. Prince Harry, son of Charles III, the new king, attends his grandmother’s funeral in a relatively tense family atmosphere. And appeasement does not seem to be for tomorrow, despite the unity of facade displayed in memory of the sovereign. With his brother William, direct heir to the throne, relations are not looking good. And this, although they made a joint appearance at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, two days after the announcement of the Queen’s death, or even standing side by side during the various processions of the coffin of the deceased. . Since the decision of the younger brother to withdraw from his obligations related to the royal family, the atmosphere has cooled. King Charles III, however, authorized him to wear a military uniform during the vigil of the grandchildren around the coffin of Elizabeth II on Saturday. However, the Times reports that the letters “ER”, for “Elizabeth Regina (Queen, in Latin)”, were not embroidered on the shoulder pads. A detail that would have greatly affected Harry. Furthermore, the Telegram claims that Harry and his partner Meghan were initially invited to a reception hosted by King Charles at Buckingham Palace – in the presence of many heads of state including Emmanuel Macron and Joe Biden – before seeing their invitation withdrawn, because they are no longer working members of the royal family.
Cold for more than two years and the decision of the first to no longer have obligations vis-à-vis the royal family, the two brothers seem to have put their quarrels aside since the announcement of the death of their grand- mother, Queen Elizabeth II. The duo appeared side by side to walk behind the coffin of the monarch during the processions organized in Edinburgh as well as in London, after having created the surprise by leaving together Balmoral Castle, in Scotland, accompanied by their respective companion, two days after the death of the sovereign. This Monday, September 19, 2022, the two brothers are once again together for the last tribute to the queen. A simple facade unit? The two men are known to be cold, but it is difficult to know what is really going on in their relationship, even for the British press. However, if specialists of the royal family agree that the bond which united them has been broken, a warming of the reports is not to be excluded.
In any case, this is the position of Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, as she explained on Talk TV September 15: “I personally don’t think William and Harry will continue their feud, but I don’t think they will ever be the friends they once were.” The image of Harry and William walking behind their grandmother’s coffin was reminiscent of a similar image, in 1997, when they followed the funeral procession of their mother, Lady Diana. On the eve of the announcement of the death of Elizabeth II, Omid Scobie, editor in charge of the royal family for yahoo, had indicated that “the relationship of the two brothers is at a standstill”, adding that “people are desperately waiting for action to be taken, but behind the scenes there has been no movement”, quoting a source close to the family. Harry would wait for a step from William, which would not be on the agenda. The family unit should therefore not play the extensions once the funeral of Elizabeth II is over. Especially since a potentially explosive Harry book is to be published…
Their publication was initially scheduled for next November, but will undoubtedly be postponed to 2023. The prospect of the upcoming release of Prince Harry’s memoirs is enough to make the British Crown tremble. According to a source close to the new sovereign quoted by The Sunthe one who became King Charles III following the death of his queen mother, would be “particularly worried” about the potential content of his youngest son’s book, especially since no copy has yet reached him in proofreading.
“Charles has expressed his concerns to William and wants him to know that he will defend Camilla if certain passages in the book attack her. But even if William loves his father, he is unlikely to want get involved. He will probably try to stay neutral,” said an insider close to the royal family quoted by the British tabloid.
In mid-July 2022, a shocking book by Tom Bower “Revenge: Meghan, Harry and the war between the Windsors”, looking back on Meghan and Harry’s break with the royal family in 2020, had already made headlines for several days. Prince Harry’s memoirs are presented in some press titles as “a response” to this book judged to be against his couple.
Meghan and Harry on European and UK tour
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had been in Europe since the beginning of the week to participate in a series of charity events when the alert on the health of the queen, then her death was announced on September 8, shaking up their agenda . Without Meghan Markle, who remained in London, Prince Harry then rushed to Balmoral Castle where the queen had been resting for several months. Like his big brother, who also came without his wife (Kate Middleton stayed with her three children who were back to school that day), Prince Harry could not have arrived in time to see his grand- mother before her last breath. His last physical encounter with the queen dates back to June, during the celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee marking the 70 years of reign of Elizabeth II.
No meeting with the royal family was initially on the couple’s program during their stay on the continent and in the United Kingdom, which several British titles did not fail to recall. Not even with the queen, whom the couple allegedly “ignored” according to some newspapers. Meghan and Harry arrived at Frogmore Cottage on September 3, in Windsor, to go a few days later to the One Young World Summit, an annual summit bringing together 190 international leaders in Manchester, in the north of the country, and from which Meghan Markle had left involved. On Tuesday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle then traveled to Germany, to Düsseldorf this time, for the launch of the Invictus Games 2023, a sports competition for injured war veterans and people with disabilities of which Harry has been the patron since many years.
Thursday, the couple was still in Germany when the alert on the health of the Queen of England was given. He was to return to London, according to the official program, for the WellChild Awards ceremony, an organization providing care to children with serious illnesses. Sean Coughlan, correspondent following the royal family for the BBChad indicated in the afternoon that “the Sussexes” should “give up” this charity event.
In January 2020, less than two years after a lavish wedding, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle caused an earthquake by expressing their desire to put an end to their duties with regard to the royal family and their intention to step back from this one. Months of unpacking and scandals around Meghan Markle, her alleged behavior and her family, will have got the better of their relationship with the Windsors. Meghan and Harry also announced that they wanted to obtain their financial independence and live between North America and England.
The case will obviously make a lot of noise, the English tabloid press very quickly evoking a “Megxit”, in reference to Brexit which was still upsetting the country. The couple will retain the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but renounce the predicate of royal highnesses. They will also lose their right to police protection and will then have to reimburse the taxpayer for the £2.4million spent on refurbishing Frogmore Cottage, the mansion they were intended to reside in.
From March 2020, Harry and Meghan settled with their son Archie in Beverly Hills and then in Montecito, California. Financially independent of the British crown, they have since embarked on a series of media activities in order to finance their lifestyle and the devices necessary for their security. The couple notably signed a multi-year contract, estimated at 100 million dollars, in order to produce series, documentaries and programs for children. They now live with their two children, Archie and Lilibeth, in the Santa Barbara neighborhood, northwest of Los Angeles..
Despite the tensions in the royal family, exacerbated by the scandalous press, Prince Harry like Meghan Markle have always tried to spare Queen Elizabeth II. At least on the front. Meghan Markle has repeatedly wanted to express her sympathy for the now deceased queen. In an interview given to Oprah Winfrey on the CBS channel in March 2021 and remained in the annals, she had sent a message to the sovereign, to make her understand that she had nothing to reproach her for: “There is the family , and then there are the people who run the institution, they are two separate things and it is important to be able to compartmentalize them because the queen, for example, has always been extraordinary with me,” she said. Nor did Harry have the slightest reproach for his grandmother during those years of latent conflict. “I have deep respect for her. She is my Colonel-in-Chief. She will remain so,” he said.
The week before the death of Elizabeth II, the tabloids nevertheless made a big deal of the stay of Meghan and Harry in the United Kingdom, stressing that no visit with other members of the royal family was in the program. One of those tabloids, The Express, assured Wednesday that the couple had even gone so far as to “snub” Elizabeth II, refusing to visit her after ignoring an invitation from Prince Charles. Katie Nicholl, royal columnist at Vanity Fair, for her part assured television that the queen had invited the couple twice, without response.