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Prince Harry faces a life of permanent “exile”, with King Charles planning to follow the script drawn up by the royals as they overcome the crisis caused by Edward VIII, the king who abdicated in 1936 and was obliged to live the rest of his life outside the UK, The Daily Beast understands.
A friend of the king told The Daily Beast: “The royals solved the abdication crisis by banishing Edward, which meant that he and Wallis ended up appearing unimportant, misguided, disloyal and even traitorous individuals to almost all of the British people. It was a masterly operation in the service of which the Queen Mother, in particular, worked tirelessly.
“The same is already happening with Harry and Meghan and will only increase in the coming years under the reign of King Charles. And, of course, a wayward second son is far less of an existential threat to the fabric of the monarchy than a wayward king.”Read:Meghan Markle Paid Tribute to Queen Elizabeth With Funeral Dress
Another source, a former Buckingham Palace employee, told The Daily Beast that King Charles’s accession statement, in which he encouraged his son and Meghan to “continue building their lives abroad,” sent them an undisguised message. was not to disrupt his government by frequent trips to the UK
“Harry and Meghan will be invited to the coronation, but they will be sitting firmly on the cheap seats, along with Beatrice and Eugenie, as they were at the funeral. That must be it. Charles will be ruthless when it comes to protecting the Crown, which means Harry and Meghan must be moved as far from the center of gravity as possible,” the former staffer told The Daily Beast.
The news follows the revelation, reported by the Sun Thursday night, Harry turned down Charles’s offer the night he was in Balmoral after Queen Elizabeth’s death, after Charles banned Meghan from joining Harry at Balmoral.
Instead of eating dinner with Charles, Camilla and William at Charles’ house on Balmoral’s estate, Birkhall, Harry stayed with Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie at Balmoral Castle itself.
A source said: “Harry was so busy getting Meghan to Balmoral and rowing with his family that he missed the flight. Charles has an open invitation for Harry to dine with him when he is in the country. But Harry was so furious that he refused to eat with his father and brother. It was an enormous stupidity. And he left Balmoral at the earliest opportunity to catch the first commercial flight back to London.”Read:Rumor Roundup: AEW talent exodus, Buddy Matthews’ future, McIntyre & Kross, more!
Although it was the couple themselves who made the decision to live in America, they envision a transcontinental role for themselves. As they said in their initial departure announcement, “We now intend to split our time between the UK and North America.”
They were equally open about their desire to continue to “represent” the monarchy while also being able to earn their own money.
This plan was rejected by the Queen at the so-called Sandringham Summit, where the couple was told that as part-time royals they could play no part in public life.
A statement from the palace at the time said the Queen had told the couple “that by relinquishing the work of the royal family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties associated with a life of public service.” employ.”Read:Thirteen-Year-Old Reina Ley Performs Mariachi Song "Cielito Lindo" | The Voice Blind Auditions 2022 – The Voice
In response, Harry and Meghan basically said, “Oh yes, we can,” and released a statement that read, “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”
Although the Queen did not order them to live abroad, as far as is known, the cessation of travel due to the pandemic, which hit the world just weeks after they left the royal family, and the birth of baby Lilibet , essentially for the demand of them traveling back and forth to the UK for two years.
Little surprise that Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl, in her new book The new royalssays William and Kate felt “relief” when Harry and Meghan announced their decision to move to the US, as they felt the “drama was over”.
However, the notion, widely believed, that they have given up the idea of an important role in British public life is wrong. Indeed, Harry has made it explicit in a legal proceeding he is bringing against the UK government, which seeks automatic police protection when in the UK, that he still sees the UK as his home and wants to operate here.
In a submission made in January this year, Harry’s legal team said: “The UK will always be Prince Harry’s home and a country where he wants his wife and children to be safe. With the lack of police protection comes a great personal risk.”
At a court hearing in February, Harry’s lawyer said: “It goes without saying that he wants to come back to see family and friends and to continue to support the charities that are close to his heart.”
The idea of Harry coming back to make public appearances every few weeks is likely to give Charles chills.
So while the decision on Harry’s safety is strictly a matter for the courts, it’s probably safe to rule out the establishment pulling strings to get Harry what he wants.
Charles’ advisers will be aware that when Harry and Meghan entered the UK early this month after announcing what was to be a four-day whirlwind trip to support charities “besides their hearts” (that phrase again) it dominated for days. the royal news feeds.
That trip became the subject of intense irritation at the palace, with insiders annoyed at the couple entering into betrothals indistinguishable from their former royal duties.
Then, of course, the Queen died, meaning the four-day excursion turned into a two-week epic – the couple eventually flew home to their children on Tuesday, September 20. Page six reported, arrived, it is believed, on Sunday 4 September.
A reasonable interpretation of Harry’s treatment in the days following the Queen’s death and at her funeral is that it was part of a strategy to take away Harry’s importance, to reformulate him in the public eye from “Prince Harry, sixth in the row for the throne” to “Prince Harry, underage, non-working royal living abroad.”
If Harry and Meghan had tried to blur the lines between their current identities as citizens and their former identities as monarchs through charitable commitments, the past two weeks offered the palace an unprecedented opportunity to bring them back into focus.
The most explicit illustration of this was the seating arrangement at the Queen’s funeral, which, humiliatingly, denied Harry a front row seat in favor of his cousins Peter and Zara Philips. Sources at the palace have maintained that the placement was purely in order of age and that there was no “pinch” involved.
Harry’s facial expression and his reluctance to sing “God Save the King” suggested that he saw things differently, understanding all too well that for the king’s second son who came in the second row in favor of his cousins based on of his age, if not a stump, certainly a massive recalibration of the royal pecking order, which has traditionally accorded rank privileges.
This was just a last reminder of Harry’s new humble status as an outsider. The tone was set on the day of the Queen’s death when no seat was found for Harry on the military plane that took William, Andrew and Edward to the Queen’s deathbed in Scotland, forcing Harry instead to take a privately chartered prop plane from a civil airport, Luton, over an hour from London, and just five minutes before the whole world was notified of his grandmother’s death.
After either not being invited to dine with Charles, or – as the… Sun reports – Harry refused Balmoral early to fly home on a scheduled BA service. He was then ordered not to wear a uniform for any of the ceremonial events before Charles insisted that it was entirely in his gift to enable him to wear a uniform, if he so wished, by instructing Harry to wear a uniform during his wake for the queen.
“There is genuine nervousness about the impact his memoir – now believed to have been delayed in the wake of the queen’s death, but has not been confirmed – could have on the king.”
Prior to the Queen’s death, Meghan’s incendiary interview with… the cut in which she implicitly threatened to release more secrets about her time in the royal family.
However, there is a perception in the palace that Meghan’s attacks on the monarchy can be repulsed and they fail to break through. The all-important British public seems to have largely decided that she is not credible, mainly due to the fact that she has made some outlandish claims in interviews, such as her inexplicable remark comparing her marriage to the release of Nelson Mandela, who are the British media. then jumped on it and made a huge show of forensic pulling apart.
Harry represents an entirely different level of threat. There is genuine nervousness about the impact his memoirs—thought to have been delayed in the wake of the Queen’s death, but unconfirmed—could have on the king if he decides to launch a serious attack on Charles. what many insiders fear he will.
One explanation for the relentless reports of the past two weeks that Harry is now firmly outside the royal club, and so are his descendants, could be that it must undermine Harry’s status as the ultimate insider before the book comes out.
King Charles’s office declined to comment on the claims made in this piece when The Daily Beast contacted him.
While there’s no personal reason to doubt the palace’s unofficial statement that Charles loves Harry and wants nothing more than to be reconciled with his son, the personal will now take a distant second to Charles’ top priority; preserving the crown.
Harry and Meghan are a huge distraction that the royals don’t need. Charles wants them out of sight and out of mind. So he’ll probably feel a lot more comfortable with Harry and Meghan safe on the other side of the world – forever and ever, amen.