Harry’s ‘slap in the face to the Queen’ and has he been got by the ‘California goblins’ over his Europe plans?… all this plus lots more on our unbeatable Palace Confidential royal talk show
- Prince Harry will not attend Duke of Edinburgh’s service of thanksgiving, despite travelling to Europe to attend the Invictus Games
- Daily Mail’s Royal Editor Rebecca English says the decision has been seen as ‘a slap in the face to the Queen’
- For author and historian Dr Tessa Dunlop, Harry’s actions seem like he is living in a different world
- Meanwhile, Samantha Markle has launched legal action against Meghan over Oprah interview comments
The news that Prince Harry would not be coming to the service of thanksgiving for his late grandfather Prince Philip was shared with the Queen only a quarter of an hour before it was released to the world.
It was made worse by the fact that he then announced that he would be travelling to the Netherlands just a few weeks later for the Invictus games.
The Daily Mail’s Royal Editor Rebecca English says the decision has been seen by Palace insiders as ‘a slap in the face to the Queen’.
‘Within a couple of minutes of announcing that he would not be attending the Duke of Edinburgh’s service of thanksgiving, Harry’s team also announced that he would be attending the Invictus Games in the Hague in April, just a few weeks later,’ she tells the programme.
Royal watchers have discussed how Prince Harry’s decision not to attend his late grandfather Prince Philip’s service of thanksgiving could be perceived by the Queen (pictured)
‘This has obviously surprised a lot of people… to travel to Europe to go to that, but not to his grandfather’s memorial service has, to use a well-worn phrase, got people’s goat.
‘They feel it is a slap in the face to the Queen and, again, another PR disaster as far as many people in the UK are concerned.’
The Mail on Sunday’s Editor at Large Charlotte Griffiths believes that the move could have even more profound implications.
‘There is that feeling that this could be one of the last chances he gets to see some of the older members of the family,’ she says. ‘It just feels so insensitive and so vitriolic and so pointless.’
Meanwhile Meghan has found her family back in the spotlight in the past week, once again for reasons that won’t please the duchess.
The Mail on Sunday’s Editor at Large Charlotte Griffiths believes Prince Harry (pictured right, with Meghan) is being ‘insensitive’ as the service could be one of the last chances he has with some of the older members of the family
Author and historian Dr Tessa Dunlop says it doesn’t seem like the move of the Harry we know.
‘This is our Harry, our military man, tours of Afghanistan – it doesn’t stack up. I’m like, oh my God, you’ve been got by the Californian goblins,’ she says. ‘I feel like he’s living in a different world, he’s lost the sense of where we’re at. Maybe he doesn’t want to have a sense of it.’
Our panel also look at the legal action launched by her half-sister Samantha Markle against Meghan claiming damages over comments that she made in her famous interview with Oprah – Meghan’s lawyers say the claims are ‘baseless’.
Plus her father Thomas Markle has launched a YouTube channel airing his disappointment with Meghan and Harry.
Plus we look at the health of the Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall as both are forced to cancel engagements.
The panel looked at the legal action launched by half-sister Samantha Markle (pictured) against Meghan claiming damages over comments that she made in her famous interview with Oprah
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