Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘Risking Wrath of Queen’ with Quasi-Royal UK Tour

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As prince harry Y Meghan Markle announced earlier this week that they are I am going to visit the UK next month To carry out a series of charitable commitments, watchers of the British monarchy’s great soap opera have been trying to understand what exactly the surprise move means.

While disinterested observers may see absolutely no objection to the couple visiting Blighty to support causes they said are “close to their hearts” on their way to and from the Invictus Games, experts complain about what Harry and Megan they are apparently positioning themselves as quasi-royalty by undertaking institution-style charitable engagements.

Behind the palace walls, the atmosphere is one of weary resignation. While any irritation is being carefully tempered by the unwillingness to add fuel to the fire, one source, a former Buckingham Palace staffer, told The Daily Beast: “The sass of those two is unreal. Their proposal to be hybrid working royals was completely rejected. [at the Sandringham Summit]but they seem to go ahead and do it anyway.”

Queen Elizabeth’s office dismissed the suggestion that there was irritation in the palace over Harry and Meghan’s visit. Sources at the palace previously told The Daily Beast that they were given advance notice of Harry and Meghan’s plans, but declined to specify how much notice they were given. Harry and Meghan’s office did not respond to a request for comment for this article.

The problem that Harry and Meghan’s visit presents to the royals was clearly described to The Daily Beast by Duncan Larcombe, a harry’s biographer who previously served as the royal editor of Britain’s best-selling tabloid, the Sun.

They will be in all the media. It’s a calculated provocation on his part.

Duncan Larcombe

“To the casual observer, especially abroad and more especially in America, it will look like Harry and Meghan are back doing real jobs, especially given that one of the concerts Harry is doing is the WellChild Awards for sick children, which he always used to do when in reality he was a real worker. It will have an incredibly high profile. They will be all over the media, and you won’t be able to put a cigarette paper between what Harry and Meghan are doing and what Will and Kate are doing. It’s a calculated provocation on his part. They are seriously pushing his luck and risking the queen’s wrath.”

One thing the queen will not do, since The Daily Beast exclusively revealed earlier this week, she’s rushing to clear her schedule to make time for a nice chat with Harry and Meghan. A source at the palace told The Daily Beast that the queen had a busy schedule in early September (including formally inviting Britain’s new prime minister to form a government), saying: “There is formal work to be done that week. and some things can’t be moved.”

Writer Christopher Andersen, whose latest best-selling book on royalty brothers and wives named Prince Charles as the royal racist (the palace denied his claims), he told The Daily Beast: “It makes perfect sense for Harry and Meghan to travel to the UK and Germany; these are three charities that are near and dear to their hearts. It makes perfect sense that the queen and the rest of the royals would want to stay away from the Sussexes. The queen is unwilling to be seen accepting a half-in, half-out role for Harry and Meghan. She said fish or cut the bait, you’re either in or you’re out, and she meant it.”

But for Harry and Meghan, this visit seems to have a lot to do with blurring the line between their real and unreal lives. His argument, that they are simply helping worthy causes, echoes his rejection of the queen when he said, announcing his departure from frontline royal life: “Following discussions with the Duke, the Queen has written confirming that at walk away from royal work. royal family it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service”.

Harry and Meghan released a statement in response that concluded: “We can all live a life of service. The service is universal.

Meghan and Harry attend the National Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 3, 2022 in London.

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It is interesting, in this sense, to point out that they have not yet lowered the website they created in early 2020,, which says they “will become privately funded members of the royal family with permission to earn their own income and the ability to pursue their own private charitable interests.” The website also references their (denied) wish to continue as part-time royals, saying: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s preference was to continue to represent and support Her Majesty The Queen, albeit in a limited capacity. more limited…”

The statement issued later by Buckingham Palace was more forceful: “With the Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private sponsorships and partnerships. While they can no longer formally represent the Queen, the Sussexes have made it clear that everything they do will continue to uphold Her Majesty’s values.”

This is where the palace has real grounds for suing Harry and Meghan for breach of contract. Whichever position one takes on their moral right to expose the royals’ alleged vile behavior towards Meghan or Harry’s decision to publish his memoir, it’s hard to argue that publicly airing grievances is a way of “upholding values”. of the family. Queen.

There is a compelling case that Harry and Meghan have violated the exit agreement. If, for the sake of argument, one accepts this, the question is what sanctions the palace is now able to impose on them.

The idea of ​​stripping them of their “duke/duchess” titles is still popular in the UK, but it will never happen because the palace dodged that fight with Sarah Ferguson. She was never stripped of the title of “duchess” from her when she divorced Andrew, she left the ranks of working royalty and launched a business career that, at her nadir, saw her sale of juicers on QVC.

The frozen shoulder shown to them at the Platinum Jubilee made it clear that Harry and Meghan will never again stand next to the queen in public.

He still uses the title to promote himself, especially on Twitter, where he trades under the name of @SarahTheDuchess. The palace has also been notably reluctant to remove Andrew’s “Duke of York” title (despite the protests of the good people of the city of York). If you can pay a multi-million dollar settlement for a sex case, or get caught selling access to your husband to undercover journalists (as Sarah was) and still maintain a title of duke or duchess, it doesn’t seem appropriate to take it away from Harry for attending a fundraiser for sick children

The only recourse the queen – and the rest of the royal establishment – has is to deny the commercially independent Sussexes a refresher on the royal endorsement on which much of their commercial appeal is based.

This seems to be what is happening. the frozen shoulder were shown at the Platinum Jubilee made it clear that Harry and Meghan will never again be able to be with the queen in public. The events of that weekend also suggest, quite clearly, that a photograph of Lilibet with her will never be published.

But the queen signaling that she may refuse to make room even to meet the couple behind closed doors on her next trip to the UK represents an unequivocal and tangible hardening of the position.

In fact, there’s a chance the Sussexes have already met the queen one last time, whether they know it or not.

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