I really didn’t expect myself to feel so sorry for Prince Harry. Yet as the days of mourning for his beloved grandmother passed, this young man appeared to suffer humiliation after humiliation.
Sadness, shame and anger swirled in his face, and I could only pity the man who still, to me, seems to be the child who chases his mother’s coffin in the full glare of public attention.
Everyone seemed hopeful in the beginning. He was already in that country, and I doubt his home is still in the heart.
She did not get the news of her grandmother’s death as quickly as the rest of the immediate family. He was still on the air on his way to Balmoral, but he was told as soon as possible, certainly before the news became public. He was there to share his immediate grief with his close relatives.
The next day, his father, now King Charles III, delivered a touching and heartfelt speech to the nation. He shared his feelings of ‘deep sorrow’ at the death of the queen. He announced the promotion of his son and heir, Prince William, and his wife, Kate, to their new titles as Prince and Princess of Wales, adding: ‘I also want to express my love for Harry and Meghan Because they continue to build their lives abroad.’
What I don’t always admire about Harry is because he married a woman whose fame came from a TV series and who has now appeared to give me a starring role beyond my wildest dreams, writes Jenny Murray
It was more, I’m sure, given Meghan’s continued criticism of the royal family and concerns about what might come out in the prince’s autobiography, I’m sure. Charles insisted on his choice to leave their lives as working royals and live abroad, but he used the word ‘love’ and it is not a trivial word that can be denied or dismissed.
What I don’t always admire about Harry is because he married a woman whose fame came from a TV series and who appeared to me to play a starring role now beyond my wildest dreams.
He should never be persuaded to participate in interviews with Oprah Winfrey, critical magazine coverage, silly podcasts and memoirs all – increasing his and his wife’s earning power while undermining his family’s reputation.
But now he was mourning for his grandmother and experiencing the real power and admiration that he could afford to be a close member of the late Queen’s family.
Harry came here to take a full part in the Queen’s mourning, but I do not understand why a father who declared his love so openly, and was so eager for a reconciliation between his two sons, had lost his mother’s death. Why would you have spent the days after? Exposing his other son to constant humiliation.
Clearly there were traditions the ‘men in suits’ wanted to follow. None of the uniforms worn by non-working royals was the most obvious.
But Charles is King. Within royal protocol, he has all the power. He, like his brother William, could have allowed Harry to wear the uniform of the regiment for which he fought so proudly during his two terms of military service in Afghanistan.
Harry served in the British Army for ten years. His uniform was not received as a gift from the Queen in recognition of the non-active leadership of any particular regiment.
Charles is king. Within royal protocol, he has all the power. He, like his brother William, could have allowed Harry to wear the uniform of the regiment for which he fought so proudly during his two terms of military service in Afghanistan.
It was earned through real bravery, real fighting. The way his Uncle Andrew didn’t have his status as a royal working against his will. He has not been closely involved with a convicted pedophile. He is just a romantic guy who falls in love and lets himself be led by his wife. There is no crime in this.
And yet we saw her burning with embarrassment as she was forced to mourn on a public show, her medals pinned in her morning suit.
It appears that he and his wife were not invited to a Buckingham Palace reception during the period of mourning. The Prince of Wales and his wife went there. We saw the pain on his face as the procession passed through the cenotaph and, while his father and brother, in uniform, were not allowed to salute him.
A mere nod of the head was enough for a young man who has seen death and destruction on the battlefield alone of the three.
Jenny Murray: I really didn’t expect myself to feel so sorry for Prince Harry. Yet as the days of mourning for his beloved grandmother passed, this young man appeared to suffer humiliation after humiliation.
On one occasion he was allowed to wear the uniform, when he stood guard at Westminster Hall with his brother, finding that the letter EIIR, the Queen’s name, had been dropped from his shoulder. They were still present on his brother’s coat. When it came to the day of the funeral services, more minor insults were visible. Why weren’t Harry and Meghan seated next to the King, Queen Consort, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and their children?
Why were they hiding behind the King in the Abbey, out of the way, and in Meghan’s case, in Windsor, behind a giant candle?
Overall, the king has behaved impeccably over the past week, giving beautiful speeches and putting himself together, apart from some understandable incidents involving the pen.
But if it’s true that Camilla can always calm him down and offer good advice, then she needs to remind him that a good parent should never favor one child over another.
If Charles wants to see a reconciliation between his two boys, he must fully welcome the prodigal son into the family and treat them both equally.
Well, I saw Harry gnash his teeth and sing God Save the King – but who can blame him?
The Bravery of ‘Dolly Partansky’
I marvel at the courage of a woman to be equated with Russia’s Dolly Parton, who is arguably the most famous star in the country.
Alla Pugacheva has fans in the upper echelons of society, including Putin himself.
Or used to
Alla Pugacheva has fans in the upper echelons of society, including Putin himself (the pair pictured together in 2014)
She has dared to criticize her war in Ukraine, valiantly speaking out for the ‘misleading goals for the death of our boys who are crippling our country and diminishing the lives of our citizens’.
Given the dire consequences for others to criticize Putin, I hope Alla lives on – and that Putin eventually makes sense.
I thought the Glasto headliner must be genius
The Spice Girls are set to headline Glastonbury next year. Really? It’s been 26 years since Girl Power. A bit old now, and the Pyramids aren’t the performers on stage meant to be the best – Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Johnny Cash, Adele – and not a band built to make a quick buck for music Has the promoter been hired?
If it does, I suspect Posh will want to participate. Then again, she can’t sing anyway. no harm.
Male jab? not at all baby
The contraceptive injection used by men is said to be only a year away. A drug called Risug damages the tails of individual sperm cells and thus prevents them from fertilizing the egg. The effects last for ten years, can be reversed with baking soda and the jab contains no hormones so no mood changes as we have done with the Pill. Why couldn’t such discomfort-free contraception be developed for women? And, honestly, would you trust a guy who says he has a jab? Remember who is always holding the baby!