A SELECTION of the remains of the world’s royal dynasties flew in yesterday to honor the memory of Prince Philip.
So if they were happy with the security arrangements, it’s hard to believe Prince Harry – sixth in the UK royal pecking order and actually the grandson of the deceased – has not shown up and paid no homage to him.
But as I’ve hinted at, the security issue may just be a symptom of Harry’s lingering resentment at being brushed aside as royal irrelevance.
After all, being deprived of all duties if you made it clear that you wanted to stay involved, it must have hurt in some way.
For him, it wasn’t just about royal protocol. It was about family.
When Harry and Meghan first migrated to the US from the UK, they had made no commitment to continue representing the Queen by showing loyal duty to the 54 nations of the Commonwealth?
But “Granny” – acting on the advice of the “grey men of the palace”, eh Princess Diana earlier called her – ended that dream by stripping the couple of their positions as President and Vice-President of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
And after retiring as Senior Royal, Harry was forced to give up his position as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador as well.
That must have hurt.
In July 2020, while still in his role at the QCT, Harry told young leaders, “If you look across the Commonwealth, there is no way to move forward unless we acknowledge the past.”
This was something his brother William attempted in Jamaica last week, when he afterwards expressed “deep sadness at the transatlantic slave trade.” Prime Minister Andrew Holness had thanked them fairly for their efforts while indicating that the country would not need their services much longer.
It was another harrowing moment on a tour that, despite William and Kate’s best efforts and apparent popularity, wasn’t the unqualified success the Palace had hoped for.
William’s military insignia while atop a Land Rover was seen by some as dated and outspoken, while the pair, who held excited children’s hands through a metal security fence, also drew criticism.
Never mind the fence has been there for years and is the Jamaican-born Manchester City footballer Raham Sterling had done the same, having rained upon his head with little or no disgrace.
The burning question is: if it had been so Harry and Megan Would the result have been different in Jamaica?
The answer I believe is yes.
As demonstrated during Harry and Meghan’s successful ten-day visit to South Africa in September 2019, the couple redefined royal tours, eschewing the pomp and ceremonies of olden times and embracing a more modern perspective, perhaps summed up by the fact that Meghan jumping on a stump to say to women in the Nyanga community, “May I just say that while I’m here with my husband as a member of the royal family, I want you to know that for me as a mother, as a wife, as here am a woman, as a woman of color and as your sister.”
The crowd went wild, and one can only surmise that had she and Harry taken the same approach on a Jamaica tour, the reaction might have been the same.
Barbados replaced the Queen as head of state last year and there is little doubt that Jamaica will now follow.
Would Harry and Meghan’s desire to represent the Queen in the Commonwealth have changed that?
Probably not, but perhaps their fresher approach would have persuaded Jamaica to pause its public statement until after Her Majesty’s death?
Hindsight is a wonderful thing and we will never know for sure.
But one thing is for sure. If the Sussexes had been kept under the royal wing in the Commonwealth role they desired, the Cambridges would have been able to stay happily at home with the children, Harry would still have felt wanted and the royal family might not have been as fractured as it is today.
Rebel can be thankful that Will wasn’t there
REBEL WILSON has her lucky stars to thank for that Will Smith couldn’t fly to the UK for the last Baftas.
Otherwise when she made her gag about his and his wife Jada’s supposedly open marriagewho knows how he might have reacted?
Surely his apologists will now mitigate: “Oh he would never hit a woman”.
But the bottom line is that you shouldn’t attack anyone for making a joke at your expense — no matter how distasteful it was.
Will is by all accounts a charming and funny man who could easily have walked on stage, grabbed the mic for Chris Rock and brought him down with a snarky remark.
Instead, it was an uncontrolled outburst of violent anger that, if it had been Joe Bloggs at a nightclub, would have resulted in his immediate eviction from the building and possible arrest.
In fact, the courts are full of people accused of similarly aggressive behavior.
That it was a Hollywood star who perpetrated an attack on the global stage shouldn’t make any difference at all.
Aren’t we all equal before the law?
Tennis tribute Boris
Boris Becker claims he has “forgotten” where nine of his tennis championship trophies and medals are located.
BeckerThe court, who is on trial on charges under the Bankruptcy Act, says the items bankruptcy investigators have been trying to find for months are not of “great value” to him.
Hmmm. In my time, I’ve misplaced or lost my house keys, a cell phone or two, car fobs, and about 475 lipsticks.
But nine championship titles and medals? Never.
If I had won them in first place, of course.
You are joking
Obviously, the latest fashion trend won’t cost you anything.
Except for blood, sweat, tears and maybe a gym membership.
It’s the toned waist that’s currently being flaunted by various Hollywood A-listers in their crop tops.
Thanks, but I think I’ll stick with voluminous kaftans.
In fact, I laughed so hard at the thought of baring my waist that my abs got the best workout they’ve had since I was forced to lift a medicine ball in the school gym.
Why so angry mom?
The top 25 typical things moms say to their kids include timeless classics like “I never want to get” and “I have eyes in the back of my head.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, there was a noticeable lack of my own dear mother’s claim that if I were careless enough to step onto the street and be hit by a car, she would, “Yell at me all the way to the hospital.”
AUTHOR Josh King says the first rule for political photo ops is “Never put anything on your head.”
Perhaps we should now extend that warning to feet as well – specifically the £335 designer trainers from Chancellor Rishi Sunak shortly after posing at the pumps with someone else’s budget car.
A political misstep, no matter how you look at it.
“There when they need you”
UKRAINE President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has praised the UK’s response to the crisis, while criticizing France, saying it appeared “scared of Russia”.
As a politician once ironically told me: “The French – always there when they need you.”
A recipe for bad dinners
CLEM JOHNSON, 24, from Liverpool, posts photos of his mother cooking with captions like: “Worst food I’ve ever eaten . . . ”
So here’s a radical thought, boy.
Get your lazy ass in the kitchen and cook yourself something.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5005446/harry-meg-caribbean-royal-tour-william-kate/ Harry & Meg would have been more successful on the Royal Tour in the Caribbean than Wills and Kate