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The elderly queen has a very busy week at the start of September, and according to insiders at Buckingham Palace, “Some things cannot be relocated,” so she may find it difficult to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle when they come to the U.K. next month.
The Daily Beast was informed by sources at Buckingham Palace that although there was no intention to influence public opinion regarding whether Harry and Meghan would be granted an audience with the queen or not, it is a simple fact that the queen has a busy schedule of constitutional duties starting the week of September 5.
Harry and Meghan are anticipated to visit the UK twice in September: once for the WellChild Awards on September 8 and once for the One Young World 2022 Summit in Manchester on September 5. They will be in Düsseldorf for an Invictus Games competition between these days. Although it hasn’t been confirmed, they’re anticipated to stay at their Frogmore Cottage residence in Windsor.
The queen’s meeting with Britain’s incoming prime minister on September 6 to extend an invitation to form a government will be the most well publicised of her responsibilities that week. Even though this won’t be a particularly lengthy meeting, the queen, who is renowned for her meticulous work ethic, will demand extensive briefing notes to prepare for her meeting with the new PM, who is most likely to be a right-winger named Liz Truss. She won’t likely welcome trivial domestic distractions as she gets ready to appoint the person who could, theoretically, be her last prime minister. She’ll probably want to take some time after the official activity to ponder on and write about her meeting with advisers in her private journals.
Who could blame the queen if she appeared to get a bit less enthusiastic about the idea of a meeting? Harry said to Hoda Kotb in an NBC Today interview about the last time he saw his grandmother that she had a tendency of giving him family secrets that she wouldn’t share with anybody else and that he had been making sure she was surrounded by the “proper people” as if he were her guardian.
Few individuals enjoy having their private talks broadcast on television, particularly when it indicates that other family members are careless or inept and especially when they are the queen. The queen may become twice as timid after being bitten.
As a result, the palace may have a simple way to announce a meeting given that Harry and Meghan picked this week for their visit.
Any failure on Harry’s part to meet his brother won’t have such simple justifications.
Consider this as a striking illustration of how severe the current conflict between William and Harry is: With William relocating to Adelaide Cottage on the Windsor estate in the coming weeks and Harry and Meghan anticipated to remain at Frogmore Cottage, their homes will be less than half a mile apart, but the brothers apparently have “no plans” to meet when Harry and Meghan visit the UK next month.
In an article written by their royal correspondent, Victoria Ward, and published Monday evening, The Daily Telegraph made the astounding assertion that they had “no plans to meet the Cambridges.” Strangely, the newspaper simply stated, “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to meet the Cambridges when they return to the U.K. next month,” without citing, even anonymously, its sources for the assertion.
Although the language gave the impression that the assertion came from a briefing from the Sussex camp, the Sussexes promised last year that their spokesmen would no longer provide the media anything that was not on the record.
The Daily Beast has no reason to assume that this policy of not offering anonymous quotations is not still in force, indicating that they did not make the remark, even if their spokesmen would not be dragged into explicitly denying they made the “no plans” remark. The “no plans” claim had not originated from them either, according to a source at Buckingham Palace. Williams and Kate’s office did not respond to a request for comment through email.
Although the intelligence’s source may be unknown, few people will question its reliability. The thought of William and Harry getting together for a chat is ridiculous in light of the Platinum Jubilee disaster, in which William and Kate neglected to meet Harry and Meghan in person and held an official engagement in Cardiff on Lilibet’s birthday.
As with most thorny issues, it is not difficult to understand why a settlement is so elusive: each side believes they are right and that they are entitled to an apology.
That neither brother has even the slightest desire in making amends is now blindingly evident.
It is not difficult to understand why a resolution to this impasse is so difficult to come by because both parties believe they are in the right and are deserving of an apology.
The Sussexes have been vocal and outspoken about what they view as the royal family’s improper treatment of them.
Meanwhile, William was outraged by Harry’s very public claim to Oprah Winfrey that a family member had made racist remarks about the possible race of his and Meghan’s unborn children.
William’s sole comments on the subject were shouted inquiries from a reporter at the time, to which he responded, “We are not a racist family.”
William and the royals are aware that further water may likely pour beneath the bridge on top of the water that has already done so. The Sword of Damocles that is Harry’s memoir, which is scheduled to be published this autumn, hangs over everything. No title, cover art, or even a release date have been disclosed, intentionally obscuring publication information that may be done to reduce leaks or to heighten anticipation for the book’s eventual release.
“The greatest example of how toxic this conflict has now become is arguably the fact that at Windsor they will be physically so close and yet emotionally so far apart,” said one observer.
While Harry and Meghan have stated that they are travelling to the U.K. to support causes that are “close to their hearts,” it is of course entirely possible that they may not be opposed to raising their profile in a deliberate manner as the summer vacation season comes to an end in order to increase interest in the book.
It would be improper if Harry did not bring up his mother’s passing in any interviews or remarks given in public given that his trip to the U.K. will take place just one week after the 25th anniversary of her passing.
On his most recent trip to Europe, he revealed to Hoda Kotb that his mother was a “constant” in his life, adding of Prince William: “She’s got him set up, and now she’s helping me.”
The once-loved comrades in arms are now fighting the coldest of conflicts, regardless of what happens next month.
The final example of how venomous this conflict has grown is arguably the fact that they will be so physically close at Windsor while being so emotionally apart.
But many will see it as the strongest indication yet that Harry and Meghan have genuinely been expelled from the royal fold if the great pragmatic and broker of the Windsors, the queen herself, finds herself too busy for a cup of tea with her grandson next month.