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Prince Harry faces a life of permanent ‘exile’, with King Charles planning to follow the script laid out by the royals once they emerge from the crisis unleashed by Edward VIII, the king who abdicated in 1936 and the The Daily Beast understands that he had to live the rest of his life outside of the UK.
A friend of the King’s told The Daily Beast: “The royals managed the abdication crisis by exiling Edward, which meant that he and Wallis ended up appearing to almost the entire British people as unimportant, misguided, disloyal and even traitorous figures. It was a masterful operation, in the service of which the Queen Mother in particular worked tirelessly.
“The same thing is already happening with Harry and Meghan and will only gain momentum in the years to come under the reign of King Charles. And of course, a wayward second son poses far less of an existential threat to the fabric of the monarchy than a wayward king.”
Another source, a former Buckingham Palace staffer, told The Daily Beast that King Charles’s accession statement, in which he encouraged his son and Meghan to “keep building their lives abroad,” was a blatant message to her, his Not to disturb Reign by making frequent trips to Britain
“Harry and Meghan will be invited to the coronation, but they will be seated firmly in the cheap seats, along with Beatrice and Eugenie, as they were at the funeral. It will be. 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 disclosure reported by the Sun Thursday night that Harry turned down Charles’ offer of dinner the night he was at Balmoral after Queen Elizabeth’s death after Charles banned Meghan from joining Harry at Balmoral.
Rather than join Charles, Camilla and William for dinner at Charles’ home on the Balmoral estate in Birkhall, Harry stayed with Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie at Balmoral Castle.
A source said: “Harry was so busy taking Meghan to Balmoral and rowing with his family that he missed the flight. Charles has an open invitation for Harry to dine with him whenever he is in the country. But Harry was so angry that he refused to eat with his father and brother. It was a massive snub. And he left Balmoral at the earliest opportunity to catch the first commercial flight back to London.”
Although the couple made their own decision to move and live in America, they have their eyes on a transcontinental role. As they said in their initial departure announcement, “We are now planning to balance our time between the UK and North America.”
They were just as open about their desire to continue to “represent” the monarchy while still being able to earn their own money.
This plan was rejected by the Queen at the so-called Sandringham Summit, where the couple were told that as part-time royals they would not be able to play any role in public life.
A palace statement at the time said the Queen had told the couple “that it is not possible to continue the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service by retiring from the work of the Royal Family”.
In response, Harry and Meghan basically said, “Oh yes we can,” and issued a statement that read, “We can all have lives of service. The service is universal.”
While the Queen didn’t, as far as is known, order them to live abroad, the pandemic-induced travel disruption that ravaged the world just weeks after her departure from the royal family and the birth of baby Lilibet essentially put the question of They travel back and forth to the UK for two years.
Unsurprisingly Vanity Fairs Katie Nicholl in her new book The new royalsShe says William and Kate felt “relief” when Harry and Meghan announced their decision to move to the US because they felt the “drama was over”.
However, the widely held notion that they have given up the idea of playing a significant role in British public life is incorrect. Indeed, in a lawsuit he is launching against the UK government seeking automatic police protection in the UK, Harry has made it very clear that he still considers Britain his home and wishes to operate here.
In a submission filed in January this year, Harry’s legal team said: “The UK will always be Prince Harry’s homeland and a country where he wants his wife and children to be safe. With the lack of police protection comes too much personal risk.”
At a court hearing in February, Harry’s attorney said: “It goes without saying that he wants to come back to see family and friends and continue to support the charities he loves so much.”
The idea of Harry stopping by every few weeks to make public appearances will likely give Charles goosebumps.
While the decision on Harry’s safety is strictly a matter for the courts, one can probably rule out the establishment pulling any strings to get Harry what he wants.
Charles’ advisors will be mindful of the fact that when Harry and Meghan arrived in the UK earlier this month, they announced what was to be a four-day hurricane trip to support charities “close to their hearts” (this one again expression) it completely dominated the royal newsfeeds for days.
That trip became the subject of intense irritation at the palace, and insiders were upset that the couple were making commitments indistinguishable from their previous royal duties.
Then, of course, the Queen died, meaning the four-day outing turned into a more than two-week epic – the couple finally flew home to their children on Tuesday September 20. page six reported arrived, believed to be Sunday 4th September.
A reasonable interpretation of Harry’s treatment in the days after the Queen’s death and at her funeral is that part of a strategy to belittle Harry’s importance was to keep him from publicly saying “Prince Harry, sixth in line the Throne” to “Prince Harry, Minor Non-Working King Living Abroad”.
If Harry and Meghan had sought to blur the lines between their current identities as private individuals and their past identities as royals through charitable commitments, the past two weeks have afforded the Palace an unprecedented opportunity to make them clear again.
The clearest example of this was the seating arrangements at the Queen’s funeral, which humiliatingly denied Harry a front-row seat in favor of his cousins Peter and Zara Philips. Palace sources have insisted that the seating arrangements were strictly in order of age and that there was “no snub”.
Harry’s facial expression and his reluctance to sing “God Save the King” suggested he saw things differently and understood all too well that the king’s second son is second-ranked to his cousins because of his age should. if not a snub, certainly a massive recalibration of the royal pecking order, which has traditionally held privilege in the hierarchy.
This was just one last reminder of Harry’s new lowly outsider status. The tone was set on the day of the Queen’s death, when no place was found for Harry on the military jet taking William, Andrew and Edward to the Queen’s deathbed in Scotland, and Harry was instead forced to take a privately chartered propeller plane over a civilian one Airport, Luton, over an hour from London, and found out of his grandmother’s death just five minutes before the whole world was informed.
After he was either not invited to dinner with Charles or – when he was Sun Reports – Harry refused to leave Balmoral early to fly home on a scheduled BA service. He was subsequently ordered not to wear a uniform for any of the ceremonial events before Charles highlighted the fact that it was entirely within his gift to allow him to wear a uniform if he were so disposed by ordering Harry to while his vigil for the uniform to wear Queen.
“There is real nervousness about the impact his memoir may have on the king, which is thought to be delayed after the queen’s death, but that has not been confirmed”
Before the Queen’s death, tempers had been stirred by Meghan’s inflammatory interview with The cut in which she implicitly threatened to reveal more secrets about her time in the royal family.
However, there is a perception at the palace that Meghan’s attacks on the monarchy can be dismissed and that they will not prevail. The all-important British audience seems to have largely decided that she’s not credible, largely due to the fact that she’s made some bizarre claims in interviews, such as her inexplicable comment touting her marriage to the release of Nelson Mandela compares what the UK media then jumped on and made a huge show of forensically pulling themselves apart.
Harry represents a whole different level of threat. There is genuine nervousness about the impact his memoirs could have on the king if he decides to launch a serious attack on Charles, which many insiders fear he will.
One explanation for the relentless message of the past two weeks that Harry is now firmly outside the royal club, and so are his descendants, may be that it is intended to undermine Harry’s status as the ultimate insider before the book comes out.
King Charles’ office declined to comment on the claims in this article when contacted by The Daily Beast.
While on a personal level there is no reason to doubt the Palace’s unofficial line that Charles loves Harry and desires nothing more than to reconcile with his son, the personal now comes a distant second to Charles’ top priority stand; preservation of the crown.
Harry and Meghan are a huge distraction that the royals don’t need. Charles wants her out of sight and out of mind. So he’ll probably feel a lot more comfortable when Harry and Meghan are safely on the other side of the world – forever and ever, amen.