So, Just How Screwed Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Now?

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There was a silver lining that Harry and Meghan weren’t completely cut off from the royal family on Friday when King Charles said in his first televised address to the nation as king that he loved them.

After speaking at length about William and Kate’s new roles as Prince and Princess of Wales, Charles said: “I also want to express my love for Harry and Meghan as they continue to build their lives overseas.”

As the olive branches disappear it seems, at first sight, significant, but the cold reality is that Charles III actually used his early hours as monarch to demonstrate that he could and would be in ruthless effect by excluding them from the inner circle. family if desired.

Although sources close to Charles have always insisted that he loves his two sons and would like nothing better than to heal the wounds with Harry and Meghan, the fact is that Harry and Meghan have suffered a series of humiliations. in the difficult 24 hours after the Queen’s death.

The first note was struck when it was announced by Harry’s people that both Harry and Meghan would be making the trip to Balmoral, but then, after several hours of delay, it was announced that Meghan would not be going afterwards. everything.

What happened in the meantime is now hotly debated, but there is a strong body of opinion that Meghan was told not to darken the door to Balmoral on the orders of William and Charles .

Indeed, the BBC’s royal correspondent came close to saying as much when he said on air: ‘She might not be very warmly received, to be perfectly candid about that.’

The reasons why Meghan would not have been “warmly welcomed” are not difficult to understand. In addition to the now two-year-old racism allegations she has made against the Palace, Meghan recently made a veiled threat to leak more royal secrets, recounting The cup magazine that she could “tell it all” and that she had not signed a confidentiality agreement with the palace.

Given that the Queen was almost certainly severely incapacitated (at a minimum) as this unseemly debate raged, one could argue that banning Meghan from Balmoral (if that’s what happened) was the Charles’s first act as king.

Given her threats to spill secrets, Meghan’s exclusion from the Queen’s deathbed family reunion is unsurprising.

King Charles III makes his first televised address to the world from Buckingham Palace on September 9, 2022.

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Above all is the impending publication of Harry’s memoir, and what he might say, and who he might throw in it. Since their bombshell Oprah interview and other interviews since, the royals have kept the couple at arm’s length, fearing the words spoken to them will end up being repeated.

What is far more alarming for the couple’s future prospects of retaining their position on the royal Christmas card list is how Harry was not included in the royal party of William, Edward, Sophie and Andrew “Andrew for God’s sake! in Scotland on Thursday afternoon aboard a military plane.

Instead, he had to take a commercially rented Cessna, which left several hours later, meaning he didn’t land until after the death was announced.

He then arrived at Balmoral at 8pm and departed just over 12 hours later on Friday morning, taking a regular British Airways flight to London. Charles caught an RAF jet a few hours later. It has not yet been revealed what, if anything, was said between Harry, Charles and William during the hours they were together. In the dramatic period, Harry seemed particularly isolated.

Then there was today’s talk, and a very public and loving olive branch. Charles has publicly stated that he loves Harry, yes. But for the royal family, actions always speak louder than words.

Harry and Meghan knew that one day the Queen would die and Charles would become King. But his anger might have blinded Harry just how much of an enemy he was making when he accused Charles of cutting him off, saying Charles told him he had to ‘suffer’ and giving the general impression that was a cruel one. and indifferent parent.

And perhaps Harry was one of the many who expected the Queen to live as long as her mother, who died aged 104.

Harry and Meghan certainly didn’t expect her to die this week, but the somewhat sudden death of the late monarch makes Meghan’s interview extremely provocative with The cup look like an increasingly calamitous decision.

While Elizabeth lived, Harry, who was deeply loved by her, would have known that there was always a place at her table for him as part of the family.

So far, the signs point to her father perhaps not being so keen on separating family and state. Even if he was, the truth is that Harry attacked Charles very personally in a way that he was cleverly careful not to do to his grandmother. Thus, Charles has every reason to be aggrieved on behalf of the Crown and on behalf of himself, as a father.

But then there was today’s talk and a very public and loving olive branch. Charles has publicly stated that he loves Harry, yes. But for the royal family, actions always speak louder than words.

In other words, if Charles really wants to mend the bridges with Harry and Meghan, you better give them some damn good seats at the funeral.


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