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Prince Harry faces a life of permanent ‘exile’, with King Charles plotting to follow the royal family’s playbook as they weather the crisis sparked by Edward VIII, the king who abdicated in 1936 and was forced to live the rest of his life outside the UK, The Daily Beast understands.
A friend of the king told the Daily Beast: “The royal family handled the abdication crisis by exiling Edward, which meant that he and Wallis eventually came to appear as unimportant, misguided, disloyal and even unimportant individuals. traitors to almost all of the British people. It was a masterful 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 accelerate over the next few years under King Charles. And of course, a wayward second son is much less of an existential threat to the fabric of the monarchy than a wayward king.
Another source, a former Buckingham Palace staff member, told The Daily Beast that King Charles’ membership statement, in which he encouraged his son and Meghan to ‘continue to build their lives abroad’, was an undisguised message for them not to disrupt his reign by making frequent trips to the UK
“Harry and Meghan will receive an invitation to the coronation but they will be firmly seated in the cheap seats with Beatrice and Eugenie, as they were at the funeral. That’s it. Charles will be ruthless when it comes to protecting the Crown, and that means keeping Harry and Meghan 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 On Thursday night, Harry snubbed Charles’ dinner offer the night he was at Balmoral following the death of Queen Elizabeth, after Charles banned Meghan from joining Harry at Balmoral.
Instead of joining Charles, Camilla and William for supper with Charles on the Balmoral estate, Birkhall, Harry stayed with Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie at Balmoral Castle itself.
A source said: “Harry was so busy trying to get Meghan to Balmoral and rowing with his family that he missed the flight. Charles has an open invitation for Harry to have dinner with him whenever he is in the country. But Harry was so furious that he refused to eat with his father and brother. It was a huge slap in the face. And he got out of Balmoral at the first opportunity to catch the first commercial flight back to London.
Although it was the couple themselves who made the decision to move to America, they envisioned a transcontinental role for themselves. As they said, in their first departure announcement, “We now plan to balance our time between the UK and North America.”
They were also open about their desire to continue to “represent” the monarchy while being able to earn their own money.
This plan was pushed back by the Queen at the so-called Sandringham summit, where the couple were told they could not play any role in public life as part-time royals.
A Palace statement at the time said the Queen had told the couple ‘that in stepping away from the work of the Royal Family, it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of service audience”.
In response, Harry and Meghan basically said, “Oh yes, we can,” releasing a statement that read, “We can all live a life of service. The service is universal.
Although the Queen did not order them to live abroad, as far as is known the halt in travel caused by the pandemic, which hit the world just weeks after they left the royal family, and the birth of baby Lilibet, basically raised the question of them going back and forth to the UK for two years.
Small surprise that Vanity Fair’s Katie Nicholl, in her new book The New Royalssays William and Kate felt “relieved” when Harry and Meghan announced their decision to move to the US as they felt the “drama was over”.
However, the widely accepted idea that they have given up playing a significant role in British public life is not correct. Indeed, Harry has made it clear in a legal action he is taking against the UK government, asking for automatic police protection while in the UK, that he still considers the UK to be his home and wants 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 he wants his wife and children to be safe in. With the lack of police protection, the personal risk is too great. .”
At a court hearing in February, Harry’s lawyer said: “It goes without saying that he wants to come back to see his family and friends and continue to support the charities that are so close to his heart.”
The idea of Harry returning every few weeks to make public appearances is likely to give Charles chills.
So while the decision about Harry’s safety is, strictly speaking, up to the courts, it’s probably safe to rule out the establishment pulling the strings to get Harry what he wants.
Charles’ advisers will be aware that when Harry and Meghan traveled to the UK earlier this month, after announcing what was supposed to be a whirlwind four-day trip to support charities ‘close to their hearts’ (that sentence again) he completely dominated the royal newsfeeds for days.
The trip became the subject of intense irritation at the palace, with insiders annoyed by the couple undertaking engagements that seemed indistinguishable from their former royal duties.
Then, of course, the Queen passed away, meaning the four-day excursion turned into a more than two-week epic – the couple finally flew to join their children on Tuesday, September 20. page 6 reported, having arrived, it is believed, on Sunday, September 4th.
A reasonable interpretation of Harry’s treatment in the days after the Queen’s death and at her funeral is that it was part of a strategy to reduce Harry’s importance, to reframe him in the public eye by passing off as “Prince Harry, sixth in line to the throne” to “Prince Harry, underage, out-of-work royal who lives overseas”.
If Harry and Meghan had sought to blur the lines, via charitable commitments, between their current identities as private citizens and their former identities as members of the royal family, the last two weeks have presented the palace with an unprecedented opportunity to make them embossed again.
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. Palace sources insisted the seats were decided solely by age and there was “no snub” involved.
Harry’s expression and reluctance to sing “God Save the King” suggested he saw things differently, understanding all too well that for the King’s second son to be second in favor to his cousins based on his age was, if not a snub, certainly a massive recalibration of the royal pecking order, which has traditionally privileged the order of precedence.
It was just a final reminder of Harry’s new status as an inferior. The tone was set on the day of the Queen’s death when no seat was found for Harry on the military jet which carried William, Andrew and Edward to the Queen’s deathbed in Scotland, with Harry instead forced to board a private propeller plane from a civilian airport, Luton, over an hour from London, and learned of his grandmother’s death just five minutes before the whole world was told.
After not being invited to dinner with Charles, or – as the Sun reports – refusing, Harry left Balmoral early to return home on a regular BA service. He was then ordered not to wear a uniform for any of the ceremonial events before Charles pointed out that it was entirely within his gift to allow him to wear the uniform, if he had been. thus, ordering Harry to wear the uniform during his vigil for the Queen.
“There is genuine nervousness about the impact his memoirs – which are now thought to be delayed following the Queen’s death, but have not been confirmed – might have on the King”
Before the Queen’s death, Meghan’s inflammatory interview with The cup in which she implicitly threatened to divulge 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 ignored and fail to be heard. The all-important British public seems to have largely decided that she was not credible, mainly due to the fact that she made bizarre claims in interviews, such as her inexplicable comment comparing her marriage to the release of Nelson Mandela, that the UK media then jumped on it and put on a massive forensic separation show.
Harry represents an entirely different level of threat. There is genuine nervousness about the impact his memoirs – which are now thought to be delayed following the Queen’s death, but have not been confirmed – might have on the King if he decides to launch a serious attack on Charles, which many insiders fear. he will be.
One explanation for the incessant messages over the past two weeks that Harry is now firmly outside the royal club, as are his offspring, could be that it is to undermine Harry’s status as the ultimate insider before the release of the book.
Prince Charles’ office declined to comment on the claims made in this article when contacted by The Daily Beast.
While there is no reason to doubt, on a personal level, the unofficial Palace line that Charles loves Harry and wants nothing more than to reconcile with his son, the staff will now come a long way behind. Charles’ top priority; preserve the Crown.
Harry and Meghan are a huge distraction that the royal family doesn’t need. Charles wants them out of sight and out of his mind. So he’s likely to feel much more comfortable if Harry and Meghan are safe on the other side of the world – forever and ever, amen.