Prince Harry canceled his 30th birthday party after Duchess Kate fell ill


Here are some assorted photos of Prince Harry at the opening of the Invictus Games late last week, plus some photos of Harry participating in “celebrity rugby tournament” on Day 2 of the games. Harry’s cousin-in-law Mike Tindall (married to Zara) participated as well but on an opposing team. As you can see, the game was all-wheels. It’s Murderball only there are non-disabled celebrities playing by Murderball rules.

Today is Prince Harry’s 30th birthday. I think he comes into his full inheritance today, which is worth millions. Princess Diana’s estate was split into two parts, slightly lop-sided in Harry’s favor (because William would inherit the crown, eventually, and wouldn’t need Diana’s money). I’ve also heard that the Queen put money aside for both William and Harry along with the trusts left by Diana. We kept hearing stories about how Duchess Kate was planning some huge party at Kensington Palace for Harry’s birthday. The plans involved Guy Pelly turning KP into a nightclub and Kate cooking Beef Wellington, but alas, it was all for naught.

Thoughtful Prince Harry called off his own 30th birthday party at the last minute when sister-in-law Kate fell ill with severe morning sickness. Harry, who is 30 on Monday, had invited close friends to a mini banquet tonight at Kate and Prince William’s newly refurbished apartment in Kensington Palace. But last week he contacted his guests and announced he felt it was “inappropriate” to carry on with the party in light of Kate’s illness.

Yesterday a source said: “Harry was in no doubt that the party should be postponed, even though 30 is an important milestone.”

Camilla Thurlow, 25, rumoured to be Harry’s new girlfriend, is thought to have been among the disappointed guests, along with best friend Guy Pelly and cousins Beatrice, Eugenie and Zara.

Kensington Palace officials confirmed last week that Kate had been suffering morning sickness after becoming pregnant for a second time. The source said: “Kate had been very involved in organising Harry’s party, and once she fell ill he felt it wrong to let the event go ahead.”

Harry, who will on Monday inherit £10million left to him by his mother Princess Diana, spent this weekend watching the Invictus Games. He is expected to fly off for a short break this week. But the source said: “He has promised his friends he will organise a post-30th birthday party when the time is right.”

[From The Daily Mirror]

Yes, better to let Harry organize his own birthday party, then he’ll get the kind of party he wanted in the first place. But I seriously hope someone got him a puppy! All he wanted for his birthday was a puppy!!!!! Maybe he’ll go and pick out a puppy today.



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  1. Anna says:

    I know it is sooooo so so so wrong of me to say and even think, but it’s like Kate’s pregnancy is sucking all the fun out of royals. First we are begrudged new appearances and fashion p0rn, and now Harry cant even celebrate his milestone birthday? Not cool, royal baby.

    • wolfpup says:

      This sounds like something that Harry thought up; the palace or Charles/Camilla do not ever appear sensitive in this way.

      I wonder if Diana would sh** to see her boys at attention with Charles and *Camilla* (the preceding photo). It’s “royal” after all, to appear together, but I believe that it would still hurt; it would hurt me, that is. Diana was pragmatic in her way, and would probably watch them “do their duty”, and be proud of them as she happily went about living her own life.

      • LAK says:

        considering how she reacted when the nannies had their attention, she wouldn’t like this one bit.

        However, it’s important to remember that in her final year, she’d developed sympathy for Camilla and Charles’s situation and they [Charles and Diana] were tentative friends without the rancour so she might have been OK with her sons being friends with Camilla.

      • MAP says:

        When I saw that photo, I thought to myself that I was glad Charles and Camilla are happily married. I am sorry that Charles’ and Diana’s marriage didn’t work out (for lots of reasons, not just because he was carrying a torch for Camilla), but I bet that if Diana was alive today, she’d be alright with the fact that her boys get along with Camilla. (It’s not like she would replace their mother in any event). And perhaps she is ok with the fact that Camilla seems to treat the boys well and they seem to like her — what mom wouldn’t like that?

    • Sixer says:

      Oh, thanks to wall-to-wall coverage of the Invictus Games on Auntie Beeb, I saw Harry do his special speech and tear up.

      Even I thought it was cute!

      • LAK says:

        did you see Harry become emotional when the GB captain thanked him for his support at the opening ceremony? definitely no stiff upper lip there!!!

      • Sixer says:

        YES! Sixlet Minor is big into para-sport, so we have watched all the Invictus stuff on the TV. The British team captain was a great bloke, wasn’t he? He kept breaking the brackets on his blades while training and in the end, his brother designed him the ones that worked.

        Even for a mizzog old republican like me, it’s nice to be able to say that I can wholeheartedly support an initiative by a Royal. The UK is already doing better than most countries for para-sport, if not so well on mental health for veterans, and these games were just another step forward for both. If it weren’t for Harry, we wouldn’t have had daily BBC coverage, would we?

        Sixlet Minor runs cross country and trains with a mixed abilities group. After the Paralympics in 2012, we noticed a real difference – not so much in participation, but that the para kids weren’t hiding away under trackie bottoms nearly so much. “A stump’s a stump; nothing to stare at.” “Blades are cool, let’s have a look.”

        If Harry’s offering more of the same, I’m all for it.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      The days of Fergie were so much more fun.

    • Chammy says:

      Maybe Harry wasn’t too sad about cancelling that birthday party which Kate had organised …

      In the end the precise date of the celebration doesn’t matter as much as the quality of the party! ;-D

  2. Farah says:

    One of these days, I hope it’s revealed Harry and Kate had an affair. Or engaged in emotional affair. This generation needs a good scandal.

    • FLORC says:

      It would have to happen to be revealed.

    • Ka says:

      Yes, our generation need a good old-fashioned affair. My un-requited loving self always thought Harry had a thing for Kate. He was young when she and William started dating and probably hadn’t wet his whistle just yet. He hadn’t had any – as Michael K would say – skinny-ass blonds in Vegas yet. I’m sure he holds Kate in very high esteem and has a little love between them. They are always laughing together as if they are sharing in some kind of intimate joke.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Do you not remember Harry’s quote, soon after the engagement, that he was looking forward to getting to know her? W&K were together for a decade before the engagement, and Harry had spent no time with her during that decade.

        The rumors are of him agreeing with and using “The Limpet” as her nickname, because she gloried too much in being “the royal girlfriend” unlike circumspect Chelsy. William treats KM poorly in public, Harry rushes to put everyone at ease, and jokes to relieve the tension — nothing more. No, I don’t think Harry has ever had a “thing” for Kate.

      • Luciana says:

        I agree with @notasugarhere. If any, Harry feels pity about her. Harry seems nicer than William.

      • FLORC says:

        Pre engagement there was much talk that William wasn’t close to marriage and it apeared he would remain a bachelor for some time. The engagement took his inner circle by surprise.
        Post engagement many stories came out about how Kate was such good friends with William’s friends and Harry. That she was already family. Would cook for Harry and William on a weekly basis.
        Maybe Kate did cook for them. I believe it. Not to the frequency the press would have you believe though. And as to how Harry and other royals thought William was nowhere close to settling down is in direct contrast to the post proposal stories.

        With the others here. Harry gets along with all. He’s Charismatic. William stands very stiff while Harry appears to be cracky jokes. Because Kate favors a smile with Harry to standing stiff with William does not mean there’s fooling around there. Unless you’re a writer for Star or Sun rags.

    • Green Girl says:

      From your lips to [deity of choice’s] ears!

      I can’t see an affair between them. Kate worked and waited for almost a decade to get to where she is today, after all.

    • Jocelyn says:

      Right? Ha, Will & Kate are about as scandalous as white bread.

  3. GiGi says:

    Can we make bets on the timeline of all this? Absolutely nothing else will happen officially in the BRF until Kate’s baby is born. But I bet that Harry will continue “quietly seeing” this Camilla woman. Then, when the baby is about 3-4 months (or post Christening), we’ll see a Harry engagement. That’s my wager, at any rate 😉

    • Lex says:

      Aaaand Kate will be their wedding planner so she can avoid more royal duties

      • Deedee says:

        Sorry, that’s Pippa’s job: “When one is planning a wedding, a wedding planner comes in handy. #pippatips”. Kate will no doubt cook some beef wellington for all the guests at the reception.

  4. PHD Gossip says:

    I think the Queen ordered the party cancelled on the eve of the Scottish vote. Since so many believe the BRF is useless, why make a blow out party on the eve of the vote.
    We all know Kate is not really sick.

    • SamiHami says:

      Uh, no, we don’t “all know Kate is not really sick.” Say whatever you want about her, but it’s not unusual for woman to be quite ill early in pregnancy.

    • notasugarhere says:

      We may be proven wrong, who knows with these two. I don’t think there was ever a big party planned by KM. The rumored “other” birthday party for PGTips was proven false. Either gossip completely made this Harry’s b-day party up, or sources put it out there to make it look like Kate Middleton was doing something, anything, rather than just spending time shopping and decorating.

      Throwing a party and making a huge dinner for her brother-in-law (who is far more popular than W&K right now) ? An attempt to justify the time at the cooking classes and the seven kitchens. “See she loves cooking so much she’s an amateur chef, whips up dinners for 30 no problem, so stop criticizing that she doesn’t work.”

      Not even the Mirror is buying the HG story. The quote from the Mirror article: “Kensington Palace officials confirmed last week that Kate had been suffering morning sickness after becoming pregnant for a second time. ”

      Meanwhile, Invictus Games was a triumph.

    • Jag says:

      Oh I didn’t even think of that, PHD!

    • FLORC says:

      There’s no reason to assume Kate isn’t experiencing morning sickness. You can speculate it’s mild to moderate morning sickness and won’t last long. Or that the severity is played up to justify more work cancellations, but that doesn’t mean she’s not experiencing what many women who are expecting experience. Basic morning sickness.

      • Nur says:

        Im lying in bed incapacited with a bucket near my head and Im ashamed to say that Im glad to hear Im not the only one. I believe shes sick (though dont know how bad really) and my sympathies. This is horrible.

      • FLORC says:

        Nur! Oh feel better!
        Maybe it’s from the over the top press releases that have been a constant with Kate from the engagement on, but I think she’s fine. Still not well, but getting top shelf care. IV, muscle relaxers, proper food, and rest.
        No doubt she’s a little pukey, but if this follows the same pattern as with George we should get some all day shopping trip pics very shortly.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Latest rumor is William was shooting in Scotland this weekend. Interesting if that proves true.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Update: politically motivated. Charles and William were both with HM at church ahead of the Scottish vote.

      • hmmm says:

        Duchess Kate blog is reporting that Wills has been at Balmoral since Thursday and Kate has been at Bucklebury with her parents since then. It’s hard to throw a party long distance, isn’t it? Looks like the Scottish vote has them all scurrying.

      • notasugarhere says:

        He went up Thursday night. If it was only for political reasons, he could have gone up late Saturday. Once again choosing to dump the wife and kid. An extra $100,000 in taxpayer-funded security if she’s been in Bucklebury five days.

      • FLORC says:

        Where’d you here/read this? About the 100,000 in security costs.
        At least the Middleton’s home is fortified for security after George was born. They made out like bandits in the upgrades they got. And it was taxpayer funded since it was for security purposes.

    • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

      Yes she’s pregnant its not like she has Ebola.

    • hmmm says:

      All things stop when Dolittle is on her sickbed? I don’t think so unless one believes everything revolves around her. Fact is, the party could have gone on without her. I’m sure she’s heard of caterers (Beef Wellington for 30!), and Pelly and Pippa could have stepped into the breach. Or the party could have been small and intimate. There were ways around it. But no, it has to be all or nothing. So, I don’t believe this story like I didn’t believe she was doing all the cooking herself (good point up top, that the Dolittles have to justify those 7 kitchens somehow).

      Putting the kibosh on celebrating on the eve of the Scottish vote is more likely. Good guess, PHD Gossip!

    • H26 says:

      As someone who had hyperemesis gravidarum, it’s not just “a little morning sickness.” I could keep nothing down till about 3pm, if I drank water, tea, whatever right back up,and then I had to be so careful of what I ate. At 17 weeks they realized it wasn’t going away and I was lucky the medication worked for me. I know women it did not work for, who were so sick they needed iv hydration. She had this first pregnancy and needed iv hydration, all the women I’ve met that have had it all their pregnancies.

      I believe she is really sick and I empathize cause it sucks.

      • FLORC says:

        If she has HG it’s awful. I think it’s simply morning sickness though. Too many facts to support it’s simple morning sickness.
        If and when there’s anything to support this it shouldn’t be blindly believed. Outside of the pr claiming it’s HG within literally minutes of finding out Kate went to the hospital there’s no proof. That HG cannot be diagnosed that quickly and often not within the 1st pregnancy i also reason to not believe.

      • H26 says:

        @ FLORC for some reason I thought she was diagnosed, if that was tabloid rumor, my bad. As you said HG is awful and I tend to empathize strongly about it. 😊

      • FLORC says:

        That’s something many have just accepted. If enough people online claim something, like Kate having HG, it becomes truth.
        Simply put she was never diagnosed and within days of leaving the hospital she was extremely active for the rest of her pregnancy. Even with treatment at no point did Kate appear to have nausea past her 1st trimester or did anyone say HG outside of her horrible KP PR that was horrible at the time.

  5. Gina says:

    Kate why can’t you have that inner girl naughty like your mom-in-law did. She’s so vanilla. Harry is a cutie pie, even though I’m not a fan of orange hair….you have that white skin with the little freckles everywhere. I’m so crabby, fire alarm going off all night….sorry….Happy Birthday Ginge, have fun in spite of Kate!

  6. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I hope the baby is ok and Kate feels better soon. I hope Harry gets a puppy.

  7. Size Does Matter says:

    Trying to imagine Kate making beef Wellington for a party crowd … not sure who dodged the bullet here, Kate for not having to cook or the guests for not having to eat.

  8. Lilix40 says:

    WAIT. Did Mike Tindall fix his nose? It looks a tad different!

  9. LAK says:

    The Invictus games were amazing. Well done Harry and happy birthday.

    • FLORC says:

      They were!
      It was a shame so many headlines were royal baby related. I was hoping to see more from the games.
      He (and his team) did so well and everyone looked happy.

  10. The Original Mia says:

    I’ll say it again…Kate & Pippa were never planning a birthday party for Harry. It’s the stuff of the DM dreams. Harry just finished a very successful endeavor, which saw him involved in every aspect of it. After all of that, I seriously doubt, Harry was going to say…let’s disco on Monday. It was never going to happen. I hope Harry has the birthday celebration he wants, and one that doesn’t have him playing 2nd fiddle. Today should be all about him.

    And I’m seriously sick (see, I’m like Kate) of hearing about this royal baby in context to everything else that happens in the BRF. The Scottish vote went for the monarchy! Baby Cambridge 2 & Kate saved the Union. Harry pulls together nations to honor and promote wounded vets. Well, Kate didn’t show up so the games didn’t have the glamour it normally would have had. Bwah. Give me a break.

    • Pager90 says:

      Some of The British press who were at Invictus are saying the whole story about Kate planning a party was a complete fabrication, it was NEVER true!

  11. Dany says:

    No way was Kate (with Pippa or not) planing a party for Harry and no way canceled Harry this party because of Kate´s morning sickness. His sister-in-law is pregnant, she has not cancer.
    I bet he partys as always with his boys in some of his favourite clubs

  12. Feebee says:

    I suppose it was appropriate to cancel a party when the host is ill. If I had been the host, or lending my city pad to the festivities I would have insisted they go on, especially if I had my mum’s to head to or my country estate, I mean what the hell? It’s a 30th birthday party!!! Life must go on. He’s been working so hard on his invictus Games, if anyone deserves a little celebration is Prince Harry!

    Not to turn morbid or strange or anything but for those in the know…. Can you tell me what would happen if (god forbid) something happened to William and both his children were still under 5 or something, like still way too young… Would Harry be expected to take the throne temporarily, or would it be inconjunction with Kate? There must be a protocol, right?

    • LAK says:

      Assuming HM and Charles were also dead, Harry would be Regent until the kids came of legal age to assume the throne.

      If HM and Charles were still alive, but W died, nothing would change except the places in the line of succession moving up by one. Everything would remain as it currently is.

      Kate doesn’t have any say in any scenerio whether W is alive or dead except to breed.

    • Red Snapper says:

      To be blunt, the Queen and P Charles have to die for that become an issue. If the Queen, Charles ans William were to die tomorrow, then George would be King, and Kate’s unborn baby would be the next in line. George being a baby would entail a regent being named. I would say that Harry, Andrew, and maybe Anne would be considered, although who makes the choice, or how I don’t know. I also don’t know if the regency would end at George’s 18th or 21st b-day. Lak? Art Historian?

      • LAK says:

        Legal age is 18, so he would assume the throne then.

        As far as Regency is concerned, it tends to be by order of succession which means Harry would be the most likely candidate, then Andrew, then B &E, then Edward (and his kids if they were of age) and finally Anne, then Peter & and Zara etc etc and so forth.

    • Green Girl says:

      I have been wondering about scenarios like this, too.

      If you want an amusing take on the line of succession, do check out the John Goodman film “King Ralph.”

  13. Reece says:

    I never believed this story to begin with. Besides he had such a great weekend with the success of the Invictus Games, who needs a party? I imagine he’s exhausted.

    • FLORC says:

      I think he can rally up the energy. I know if Skarsgard showed up like with the Wounded Warriors trek I would too.

  14. Bread and Circuses says:

    Man, look at that last photo — where did the height come from? Prince William is 6’3″ and Harry is 6’2″. Their mom and dad were/are only 5’10”.

  15. Bridget says:

    What a truly weird story.

  16. Jocelyn says:

    I have a feeling this isn’t true but whatever.

  17. Jocelyn says:

    I have a feeling this isn’t true. He could have cancelled any party at all but I doubt it was because of Kate. He could have just been tired from the Invictus Games.

  18. Amy says:

    Pippa and James were at the Invictus Games too? Nice of them to support Harry I guess (or was Kate supposed to be there originally? Seems weird for her siblings to shoe up to a royal event without her there)

  19. Ange says:

    Aw lucky Harry, wheelchair rugby is the MOST fun to play.