Since returning to the UK, Harry and Meghan have faced one humiliation after another. A new photo perfectly encapsulates your disastrous journey.
To get an idea of what rubbish is going on with Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in London, just search for images of James, Viscount Severn of Thanksgiving of the queen. celebrated on Friday in Sant Pau.
The boy is, of course, the 14-year-old son of Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, and young James is currently 15th in line to the throne, which means he hopes to meet someone who can get a comfortable job. Investment Banking: Entering the family business of plaque discoveries and ribbon cutting is simply not on the cards.
And yet, while James enjoyed a front-row position at the front row at St. Paul’s, his cousin Harry, a prince, twice a war veteran and sixth in a row at the first job, was ignominiously trapped. in the back row. the teenager.
If there was ever an image that summed up the descent of Harry and Meghan it was this one. The former front-line representatives of the Queen, members of the inner sanctuary of the Palace, must be humiliatedly left behind by a nasty-looking teenager.
Seat graphics, such as the placement of the tables and the photos chosen for the Queen’s Christmas speech, are a serious matter in the world of the palace and the position of the Sussex in what was equivalent to Siberia in the interior of St. Paul did not speak as much as he was indecently called at the top. of his lungs.
While the last time Harry had been inside the famous 17th century church, for the Grenfell Tower National Memorial service in 2017, he had sat gloomily in the front row next to his brother and sister-in-law, William and Kate, Duke and Duchess. of Cambridge on Friday was forced to accept his designated seat in cheap seats, Sussex’s B-list status became too obvious.
Harry and Meghan were literally being put in their place.
And all this is even before the Sussex were booed out of service by some members of the crowd, the first members of the royal family, as far as I know, to have such a mortifying reception. (William was booed in the FA Cup final last month by Liverpool fans, something the team’s fans have been doing for decades in terms of the English establishment’s figures.)
With two days of four-day Jubilee celebrations now under the royal belt, what is clear is that for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, they flew in a private jet for the occasion with their two young children in trailer, this trip is proving. be something far from pleasing in the public sense at least.
When the couple came out two years ago to make a fortune and make an impact and spend their days creating witty hashtags, it seemed like they still had a lot of cards. Harry, having fallen in love with the Suits star and dragged her into the working royal ranks, had accidentally found what the monarchy did not know he was looking for.
They were the adored golden couple and the royal family needed them, and so badly, to inject a little youthful verve into the dying royal brand and connect with the younger generations.
When Megxit crashed into the headlines and the Zeitgeist in January 2020, the chances of where they would go next seemed limitless and exciting. World, beware!
What no one expected was for his star to lose its luster so quickly.
Returning to London this week, for the first time since the last round of emotional engagements that took place in March 2020, is under a kind of cloud.
A report in May a the times reported that the release of Harry’s memoirs could be delayed and the same month it was reported that the duo is filming something that looks more like a passing resemblance to a reality TV series. Isn’t that the kind of job that invites one to Davos or Jeff Bezos ’yacht now?
While they couldn’t wait for a warm welcome to Blighty, the public reception they received wasn’t as cold as it was frankly worthy of the Ice Age.
The day before he returned, a new poll by YouGov revealed that his popularity had plummeted to an all-time low, a hit for two people who have been steadily falling in public esteem for years.
Then on Friday came Trooping the Color, the great military show that traditionally commemorates the sovereign’s birthday. (We have George III around 1760 to thank for making this an annual tradition.)
The last time Trooping was held in London in 2019, Harry and Meghan were in front and in the center, enjoying a leading role in the procession of carriages from Buckingham Palace to the horse-guard parade and then appearing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
And this time? Although they saved the trip from the Palace to Horse Guards by bus such as York, Tindalls and Phillips, the Sussex made the trip by van before joining 70 other Windsors to see the events. from the office of Major General. .
In none of the few photos of Harry and Meghan in Trooping was he seen talking to any of the highest members of the royal family, only taking pictures with his sons Tindall and Phillips and at one point chatting with the 86-year-old. -old Duke of Kent.
Then came Friday’s Thanksgiving service. Although, again, Her Majesty had made certain concessions to the couple, such as arriving via Range Rover and not via the bus placed on the Queen’s other grandchildren and cousins and the Sussex given to them. his own entrance to the church; tenderness ceased and the cold business of the monarchy began.
After walking down the 150-foot-long corridor, Harry and Meghan reached their seats. Her first-class status has disappeared, and she was between Princess Eugenie’s husband and former tequila ambassador Jack Brooskbank on one side and Lady Sarah Chatto, daughter of Princess Margaret and 28th in line. of the throne, of the other.
The message of the Palace when putting the Sussex in the cheap seats seemed to be: Did you want to go out? Well. But it is time to reap what they have sown.
The royal shoulder continued on social media. Prince Charles’ Clarence House Instagram account posted a series of pictures of the day and the chosen photo of his son and daughter-in-law was not just of them with Zara Tindall, but a picture of them alone. but it also came after a series of photos of the Cambridge, Charles brothers and an artistic image of the church. It’s not exactly the kind of top-notch billing the future king’s son and daughter-in-law might expect.
(Charles, on the other hand, was seen kissing Kate sweetly on the live TV show.)
Also, while the rest of the extended royal family enjoyed a meal at the London Guildhall after the service, Harry and Meghan returned home to Windsor.
Although so far we have not seen any animosity behind the scenes leaking into the public sphere, as we did during the final service of Commonwealth Day in 2020, the cracks are very evident in the royal unity show d ‘this weekend.
While we’ve had cases where Harry and Meghan were treated to a higher status than Her Majesty’s other non-working grandchildren, we haven’t witnessed anything that vaguely resembles a genuinely warm outreach show.
So far, all that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have achieved from this trip to the UK is having to suffer a medium-level public humiliation on behalf of the Queen and the country. If they had hoped to enjoy a new injection of royal star dust and remind the world that they are truly “beloved” members of the queen’s family, they should be very disappointed.
The big test will come on Saturday night, London time, when younger members of the Queen’s family are expected to appear at the concert at Buckingham Palace. Freed from the limitations and formality of things like seat graphics and precedence, will we see Sussex doing it with their cousins? Will we see a slight thaw in Cambridge and Sussex relations? Will we see something vaguely resembling a smile from Harry?
And to what extent can a cashmere dress be worn by Meghan?
The biggest question is whether the Sussex will have achieved anything during this trip, in addition to knowing exactly what James’s head, Viscount Severn, is like? Here we wait for the good of your private jet bill.
Daniela Elser is a royal expert and writer with over 15 years of experience working with several of Australia’s leading media titles.
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