Tell us about the Windsor house – they have a few too many relatives who got married to the Nazis tucked into their family tree at will; they seem to be better at raising champion thoroughbred breeds than happy children – they have some really impressive genes.
The Queen Mother passed away at the age of 101; the queen herself is still strong at almost 95, does not need a walking stick and still reports full days of work. (In fact, she breaks through her daily red box of government briefings and newspapers 363 a year.)
And of course, there is Prince Philip, who at the age of 99 managed to oppose the chance – again – and is still with us after a few days of feverish speculation as to whether he is ready to drive to the big yard of polo ponies in the sky.
The neonager, who we remember leaving as a working member of the royal family at the age of 97, was transferred to a central London hospital last week, which the palace claimed was simply a “precaution”.
After all, the Duke of Edinburgh was photographed entering the hospital, of course in a sharp navy suit – they must never miss anyone’s standards, which gives rise to hope that nothing too serious has happened.
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That calm was deeply shaken when his son Prince Charles visited him on Saturday afternoon, British time, and photographed him leaving with tears in his eyes. What was remarkable about this was not only that the future king showed emotions in public for the first time in his 72 years (who knew that a man even had tear ducts?), But that he had never before considered a member of the royal family to be it is appropriate to visit Phillip during his semi-regular admission to the hospital in recent years.
Things started to look particularly complicated, but fortunately, at the time of writing, Philip is still with us (see, Princess Margaret’s candle prayer works).
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However, the wait of the last days over Philip’s health raised a particularly thorny, unpleasant question: if the inimitable duke were to die, what would Harry and Meghan, the duke and duchess of Sussex, do?
Of course, they would immediately express their sorrow and support the queen in such a heartbreaking moment, but there is an ocean of difference between what is expressed in a poetically worded press release and what a man actually does.
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Would they drop everything, pack a private jet and drive back to Windsor? Would only Harry travel? So, what would happen to Oprah?
For during the last seven days, in parallel with Philip’s hospital drama, Sunday was a Sussex melodrama that was extremely turbulent and messy, even for the Duke and Duchess – which really says something – and who saw Oprah Winfrey somehow join the Royal Inner Circle .
Things finally started for Harry and Meghan last week when they announced they were expecting another baby, albeit with a black-and-white shot that owed rom-com more than a little in the creative department Notting Hill.
Then came the news that the Montecito-based duo had agreed to a 90-minute TV interview with Oprah, which aired on March 8 (AEDT). The curtains would undoubtedly be drawn, and the appearance of wet eyes, trembling lips, and hearing how the hell it became the real life of the Duchess in prime time became a reality.
Before the end of the week, an announcement arrived from Buckingham Palace that Harry and Meghan had definitely closed their doors to them ever returning to the royal wing and would (forcibly) relinquish the remaining official royal roles, namely numerous patronages and honorary military titles.
Three minutes – literally – after the press release of the palace came out, the Sussex returned fire with their seemingly pre-prepared salvos, slamming the palace sullenly, saying: “We can all live official lives. The service is universal. “
(What was left out here was the obvious addition of “nuh nuh neeee nuh nahhhhh.”)
Then! This weekend brought with it the news that Harry and Meghan had actually already filmed their Oprah seat The Times quoting a royal source who said: “Time [for the royal family] to hide behind the sofa in the palace. “
Then this morning, a report arrived that just a few days after the historic (perhaps) control lamp was in a can, the TV confessional in Sussekes needed to be refurbished. The source said The The mirror: “When the duke and duchess talked, it was never planned to take away their patronage.
“However, now, apart from their titles, they will have no role in royal life – which the producers know was not discussed when Winfrey spoke to them.” (Well, that certainly sounds like a fun conversation! You don’t have hurt feelings and axes then for grinding …)
What brings us back to the original question we started with: If Philip had breathed tragically in the coming weeks, what would the duke and duchess have done? For example, would they, hypothetically speaking, ask CBS to relocate its Oprah konfab, which should be broadcast almost a year after their final official royal engagement?
While all of this could live in the theoretical realm, for now what this situation highlights is the inevitability of crossroads in the near future in which Harry will be forced, in full public reflection, to prioritize between his dazzling U.S.. future and British family.
In the last year, since moving to the land of sun cakes and kale smoothies, Harry has started a great new life at the same time, but even though he is increasingly at odds with his ex.
There were various comments made during Zoom’s appearance on the Commonwealth and racism, its controversial entry into American politics, and then the conclusion of a massive lucrative deal with the same company that commercialized its family history for profit.
It is worth noting that Harry and Meghan, during the last 12 months and changes, have become thorns on the side of the palace, despite the fact that they must surely realize that the day will come when their remaining family ties will stretch across the Atlantic.
What Harry accidentally prepared for the future is the inevitable course of the collision between the first 35-year chapter of his life – Harry the Prince – and the second chapter – the Montecito years. What happens when these two worlds collide and he is forced to choose between them?
For example, if Philip were to die at the time of the broadcast of their Oprah gabfest?
Or, for example, come in June this year, which will, we hope, see that Philip hit a big 1-0 on June 10, and then two days later, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, Trooping the Color will be set.
It is said that the queen wants to return to the “balcony business”, that is, to return the royal show to the road.
Therefore, this year’s Trooping the Color will be a symbolic moment for Her Majesty, as well as for the British who faced constant locks and a horrible number of victims. If Harry had attended, it would have been the first time he had actually seen the family since March 2020.
Here’s the rub: These significant Windsor events that Harry would surely like to be a part of, will happen near the end of Megan’s pregnancy and potentially around her due date. So what does Harry do? Staying committed with your wife and son or returning to the UK in a striking show of public support for your grandmother?
So it is on July 1st. That day is Diana, the birthday of the Princess of Wales, and this year’s celebration would turn 60 years old. To mark the event, William and Harry, before Megkit, ordered a statue in her part for Kensington Palace, and the beauty will be unveiled on July 1 this year.
Again, how will Harry choose between honoring his beloved mother and supporting his very young family?
This constant tension is not just about personal consequences. This exhausted dichotomy between his American and British selves will also be tested in terms of Harry as a public figure. Will his loyalty, when it comes to pushing, be tied to his transplanted star on the tracks, or to the country he actually fought for? (Actually twice.) He seems to be trying to keep his foot on both continents, but how realistic is that?
What seems shockingly inevitable is that the duke will have to answer these tricky, difficult questions again and again in the future.
If there is one thing we know about Harry, it is that a man is driven by love: love for his nation, love for his mother in recent years, unwavering love for his wife and son. Last year, during their debut, and so far only, in the release of their own podcast Spotify, Sussex declared that “love wins”.
As a guiding principle, it might sound wonderfully correct, but in reality, following this doctrine would seem to be a much, much more complex undertaking.
Daniela Elser is a royal expert and writer with more than 15 years of experience working with a number of Australia’s leading media titles.