Many eyes have been on Prince Harry, now the Duke of Sussex, and his wife Meghan as they shared in various aspects of the memorial and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. The queen passed away at age 96 on Sept. 8. On Monday, Harry was accused of showing “total, utter disrespect for his father,” according to a report in the New York Post.
Last March, The New York Times noted that, according to Buckingham Palace, Prince Harry was “stripped of his honorary military titles and royal patronage appointments” after he and his wife, Meghan, announced they wanted to relinquish their official duties.
Contact between Harry and Meghan (who moved to the United States) and the royals in London has been very strained — particularly after Meghan’s interview with Oprah that cast certain members of the royal family in an exceptionally unflattering light.
Not all were sure what the reception would be like for the young couple when they returned to London to share in services and ceremonies associated with the passing of the queen and the ascension of Charles III to the throne.
Most of the citizenry has been gracious and welcoming. However, the interaction between the royals is obviously strained.
Some suggest that after a too-brief public acknowledgment by Charles of Harry and Meghan’s participation in official events, being invited then disinvited to share in a private gathering for “working Royals,” being told he could not wear his military uniform, then being told he could but not with all of the standard insignias, Harry has had enough.
As thousands gathered and millions watched the solemn transfer of power, and the hallowed chambers of Westminster Abbey were filled with a chorus of “God Save the King,” Harry was caught on camera, tight-lipped and silent.
The video shows King Charles III overwrought with emotion and Harry not singing — at least the last part of the song. The chorus “God Save the King” brought the 10 days of mourning the queen and ceremonies recognizing the transfer of power to the new king to an end.
In contrast, Queen Consort Camilla, Prince William, Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, and Charles’ brother Andrew were noted on camera singing every word of the song paying tribute to the new king.
Supporters of Harry insist that, though emotion prohibited his singing the entire anthem, Harry did sing the song. And video shows that both Harry and Meghan sang the song when later sung at the queen’s committal service in Windsor.
Nevertheless, Harry is once again on the wrong side of the press. Mike Murphy, a veteran reporter with Sky News reported:
“Total, utter, disrespect for his father, the nation, the Crown and the monarch.”
Murphy continued, “Strip him of all of his royal titles and funding…”
Many insist Harry’s actions were a clear “snub” of his father, King Charles III, whom Harry has blamed for his “pain and suffering” and all but forcing his move out of the country.
“He couldn’t be anymore disrespectful if he tried,” a supporter of the royal family tweeted:
Supporters of Harry have noted how the former prince and his wife Meghan have been slighted over the last 10 days — including only being notified about the queen’s death “five minutes before the palace’s official announcement,” according to the report in the Daily Mail.
Harry is also reportedly upset that his children may not be allowed to hold “His and Her Royal Highness” titles.
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