Apologists for Harry and Meghan are at it again, demanding that the Royal Family roll out the red carpet for exiled Sussexes on their vanity tour of Britain next month.
I can assure you that that will not happen.
The fury, outrage and disgust at the highest levels of the monarchy over Prince Harry’s decision to go ahead with the publication of his next autobiography, even as the 96-year-old queen’s health suffers, has only growing up.
Indeed, Penguin Random House’s £14.7m “intimate and candid” book is seen as the final straw in relations between Harry and his brother, Prince William, who has yet to forgive Harry. the Sussexes for her bonanza of lies, aka Oprah Winfrey. interview.
For Prince Charles, who has tried to remain magnanimous in the face of harsh public criticism from his youngest son during that discredited television special, the book has been responsible for months of torment as he tried to mourn the death of his father, Prince Philip. .
Despite his best efforts to cultivate a positive relationship, it is feared that Harry may publicly criticize his stepmother Camilla in the tome.
Those concerns were heightened significantly when there was radio silence from Montecito as the Queen made the historic announcement that it is her wish that the Duchess of Cornwall become Queen Consort after her death.
Meanwhile, many lower-ranking royals are now openly rebelling against the couple, and are prepared to make their feelings clear behind the palace walls.
Apologists for Harry and Meghan are demanding that the royal family roll out the red carpet for Sussex exiles on their vanity tour of Britain next month.
Camilla, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry pictured leaving a Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service held at St Paul’s Cathedral in December 2017
Marking that change of tone, even Harry’s former allies Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall are said to have been highly critical of the couple’s aloof, haughty and arrogant attitude during their last visit for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Outside of the disgraced Prince Andrew, Fergie and their two daughters Eugenie and Beatrice, who have gone the extra mile to stay close to Harry and Meghan, and the Queen herself, the couple’s allies in the family are now non-existent.
Leading courtiers are horrified by the Sussexes’ ongoing battles with the Home Office over their demands for government-provided Met security, something they knew full well would go away if they left their formal royal roles to make their fortunes in California.
His take is that this was all so predictable and the reason the couple was warned about leaving the Royal Family in the first place.
It was clear to them that there was no going back at the Sandringham Summit in January 2020, less than two weeks after he revealed the couple’s decision to Megxit.
So perhaps the bigger question is, given the acrimony, why are Harry and Meghan so eager to return to the UK soon after their last disastrous visit?
The answer, courtiers suspect, is likely to be, at least in part, commercially driven.
To their horror, the Sussexes are finding that America’s interest in them is waning, as their proximity to the Royal Family and Britain grows ever more distant.
While they secured the initial big-money deals like Netflix, Spotify, and Ethic Bank needed to set up their expensive new life, making them successful is another matter entirely.
In the 20 months since they signed their deal with Spotify, only one 33-minute podcast featuring their fellow liberals talking about Christmas has been released, though a feminist series by Meghan called Archetypes was promised to launch that “investigates labels trying to stop women. released this summer.
Meanwhile, in the 23 months since signing with Netflix, the pair have yet to deliver any content, with Meghan’s drama Pearl canceled before it was made. A behind-the-scenes series about the Invictus Games is expected soon.
Prince Charles, The Queen, Prince Louis, The Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte, Prince George and Prince William at Trooping the Color on June 2, 2022 in London
Both sides appear to be banking on a reality-style show offering insight into the couple’s lives, despite Harry and Meghan initially denying there was any chance of such a show.
Grim commercial realities, especially as Netflix rejects aroused content, could make it necessary for them to go down the tawdry path of the Kardashians, in another blow to the credibility of the British monarchy.
There are suspicions that the trip to the UK early next month, ostensibly to attend a series of charity events, could be used to create more content for such a TV show.
No wonder trust between the royal family and the Sussexes is rock bottom.
Charles and William are now said to be very careful in any communication with Harry, well aware that details of private conversations have previously been leaked to America’s favorite media outlets.
Requests for photographs and filming involving the Queen are treated with the utmost suspicion.
Of course, it’s tragic that relations have sunk to this level, but it was always inevitable, given that Harry and Meghan are on the warpath, to hell with the wider consequences for the Royal Family.
It’s easy to understand why some courtiers believe Harry and Meghan no longer care about the destruction they’re wreaking on the monarchy, and their criticism is likely to increase if the Queen passes away in the next few years, a perspective royal aides now have. . have to tolerate.
However, the risks of the trip to the UK are also significant for the Sussexes.
Since Megxit, there has been a growing paranoia about the couple being booed by the furious British public, a fear that was realized when they walked in and out of St Paul’s Cathedral in June, though coverage of that event was trumped by fans. much louder boos received. by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie at the same event.
There is also the potential for embarrassment if Harry and Meghan’s offers of private meetings with members of the royal family are turned down.
But why on earth should Charles and William keep pandering to Harry and Meghan?
Until Harry’s autobiography is shared privately with the royal family or published, there is no chance of a genuine reconciliation. For very good reasons.