Prince Harry had to cancel his ski trip following his brother’s shenanigans

Prince Harry attends a ceremony at the Embassy of Nepal

The royal family is still feeling the effects of Prince William’s crappy life choices. This month’s crappy life choice was William’s lads-only vacation in Verbier, which would have been eye-rolly enough on its own, but the fact that he skipped Commonwealth Day really set people off. Plus, the actual visuals from the ski holiday were not good, as William was spending a lot of time with a 20-something underwear model in-between his tragic dad-dancing and day-drinking. So it’s little surprise that Harry ended up canceling his ski holiday (with Meghan Markle) to Verbier this weekend.

Shots of his elder brother William ‘dad dancing’ on his recent lads’ skiing trip to Verbier may well have raised a smile on Prince Harry’s lips. But now poor Harry is laughing on the other side of his face – after cancelling a trip he was planning to the lively Swiss resort in the aftermath of William’s high jinx. On top of his very awkward dance moves, William, 34, was caught on camera chatting to a blonde at the Verbier nightclub – when he placed a hand on her waist – and at a boozy lunch attended by a 24-year-old former topless model from Australia.

After the wave of negative publicity that followed, Harry, 32, has pulled out of a big party in the resort this weekend, and will be in London with girlfriend Meghan Markle instead. The bash at Le Rouge bar had been organised by Harry’s close friend Jacobi Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe for his record company, Housekeeping. Harry will also miss the chance to catch up with best pal Tom ‘Skippy’ Inskip and his new wife Lara Hughes-Young. The couple, whose wedding Harry and Meghan attended in Jamaica three weeks ago, are skiing in nearby Zermatt and Harry could easily have nipped across to see them.

Last night one of Harry’s Verbier friends said: ‘Everyone was expecting him, but he’d be mad to be seen here after the furore his brother created.’

William is said to be incandescent after the pictures of him partying went public and has vowed never to go dancing in Verbier again. The friend added: ‘The mood in Verbier is very pro-William. No one here thinks he did anything wrong. The worry is that the whole incident will affect Verbier’s reputation as a haven for royals and high society.’

[From The Daily Mail]

While I think it’s more than possible that Harry canceled his trip because of William’s shenanigans, I also think he probably wanted to stay in town because of the London terrorist attack last week. If there were photos – and there are usually photos – it would have looked so bad for Harry to be yukking it up in Verbier just days after a tragedy.

So, once again, Harry shows better PR instincts than his brother. That’s the point of Tom Sykes’ latest Daily Beast column, called “Why The Public Loves Prince Harry, Not William.” Sykes argues that the press has been so hard on William in the past few weeks because he and Kate go out of their way to act with “extraordinary hostility” towards the media, so turnabout is fair play. Sykes says that Harry, Kate and William all shared a deep loathing for the media, but in the past few years, Harry has softened a lot and become friendlier to the press in general. Sykes also says that Harry has changed a lot since finding work he enjoys, like founding the Invictus Games and his ongoing work with Sentebale, both of which need media coverage and support, and Harry has learned how to play the game. Basically, long story short: William is a controlling, petty a–hole and Harry is a mellow dude who just gets on with his life.

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  1. Mikasa says:

    He’s always on vacation anyway, he’ll surive that ;)

    • flora says:

      This!!!!! These people hardly work anyway, so why do they need 6 holidays a year?

    • TyrantDestroyed says:

      Yeah I am not going to jump in the “Poor Harry” wagon. These are royals, not blue collar people missing a well deserved vacation. But I will give him that he has indeed better P.R. instincts than Bill and Kate, so good for him

    • Nicole says:

      Exactly. Was I supposed to feel sorry for him? Cause I don’t

    • minx says:

      My thought exactly.

    • Sarah says:

      Poor poor Harry! Has to cancel his vacation after working SO HARD at weddings and museums after hours and renovating his apt at taxpayers’ expense and, what? Six appearances this month? He must be so weary!!!!!
      Harry has been coming across as a dilettante just like his brother and just as hostile to the press. The letter he sent plus if his coldness to Meghan was due to paps, he is a big spoiled baby about the press. He needs to grow up and suck it up.
      Maybe the Idiot we have and his mooching family whose protection we pay for as they travel the world, just like Britain does for the Royal Family, is making me less tolerant of these moochers who work as little as possible, get married and have more future moochers. As least we will be rid of Trump.

  2. astrid says:

    Honk for Harry

  3. Guest says:

    The comments on the Daily Fail… people really don’t hold back with their opinions about the royals, used to be different.

  4. Shijel says:

    Well, Harry’s always been the ‘spare of a spare’ heir so I can imagine there isn’t much pressure on him to act ‘princely’. The ‘rogue prince’ shtick works out for him. Not that I’m complaining, I’m glad, he seems to be genuine and do good by people.

    But what I really wanted to say was that I really wish Will the Crybabill would buzzcut his head. That overcomb is tragic. Just… let it go, man. Let it go.

    • Deedee says:

      I get what you’re saying, but shouldn’t Harry be the troubled one, having to find his own way, always getting thrown under the bus to make his brother look good, etc. William’s course has been set since Day 1. Shouldn’t he be the calmer, more settled one?
      I agree 100% on the combover. It doesn’t do anything for him.

      • Shijel says:

        Oh he should. But Will was the golden boy from the start though, always more loved by the media, and at some point ‘being a heartthrob’. I do feel sorry a tiny bit. Like Luca76 below said, knowing that one day he’ll be king has ruined him for life. Though I guess same could be said for Charles, but for all intents and purposes, Charles seems to be happy, Camilla’s down to earth and a genuine working royal, and Charles himself seems to possess a lot of savvy, goodwill and desire to do good, despite lacking in charisma. So like… what’s Will’s excuse, being such a snotty, spoiled prince.

        Suppose there could be taxpayer’s money allotted for a good hairclipper machine, lol?

    • Luca76 says:

      Yes I think the knowledge being a King someday basically ruined William for life. Everyone seems to treat him with kid gloves. I just think Harry got that small dose of reality by being second born and lack of Damocles sword hanging over his head.

      • derpshooter says:

        I truly think he needs a little of Tyrion’s kid-glove-to-Joffrey’s-face treatment. It’s the best kid glove treatment. And so very royal.

    • notasugarhere says:

      There is a lot of pressure, especially from the public. Calls for the BRF to downsize even further and remove Harry (and future spouse) from public roles. Keep funding for only the direct line and first heir, like many of the European royal houses do.

      • Maria says:

        Nota, I think there is some opposition in Denmark that prince Joachim and his wife Marie are still being funded, and also in Sweden where Prince Philipe and Sofia are still on the public payroll. In Belgium, I thought Laurent and family were stll living off the public purse. Has there been anything recent to change that? I mean there all have heirs.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I think there is backlash in Denmark, but mostly centered around Alex (Joachim’s first wife) still being on the taxpayer’s dime. ArtHistorian can tell us more. I think Joachim wasn’t meant to be a working royal, but Fred wasn’t married yet and Alex (J’s first wife) was incredibly popular. Joachim was supposed to go off and be a farmer but that didn’t work out. Denmark has announced that only the heir (Christian) will be on the public payroll in adulthood.

        Yes, push back in Sweden with political parties banding together to call for the removal of everyone but monarch and heir. Not sure about Laurent in Belgium. He protested about something around this, and his wife stopped coming to events with him as part of it. She has an outside job from what I remember.

      • Lady D says:

        nota, when did this ‘remove Harry from royal perks’ begin? Please tell me it didn’t start after his relationship with Meghan became public.

      • notasugarhere says:

        No LadyD it has been for years, increased when he quit the Army.

    • Penelope says:

      This. William would look 100% better if he just went with it. The combover ain’t working.

  5. Kitty says:

    Oh William!!!! Guy who is not meant to be King.

  6. Nic919 says:

    So the people at Verbier are also a bunch of entitled idiots if they are pro William and can’t see how bad it was for him to skip an appearance that is part of his job… much less hang out with the boys and leave his wife and kids home.

    • justsaying says:

      Many wrote “let him have some fun”, “he has an air ambulance job and works as a royal too, leave him be”. – as if the young royals are hard-working people. They just attend some royal duties and that’s it.

    • INeedANap says:

      They have an interest in being Pro-William because they are the same kind of people — entitled adults born into money who see no need to dirty their lives with nose-to-the-grindstone work. They don’t see anything wrong because they do the same nonsense.

    • Llamas says:

      They’re pro bill because publicity.

  7. Indira says:

    Has anyone here seen the show The Windsors (Channel 4)? There’s an episode where William wants a “royal Brexit” referendum. I think the real William isn’t that different, he wouldn’t care if the British monarchy would be abolished etc. because he doesn’t want to be king.

    • roses says:

      Really think this is the reason for alot of his antics, he just doesn’t​ want to be king bottom line. He basically has no choice and resents it, so what does he do as a way to rebel? As little work as possible he probably sees his actions as the only way to fight against it instead of just accepting his situation for what it is.

      • notasugarhere says:

        He has always had a choice. He can choose to walk away, remove his children from the succession, and live a private life in a country where no one is allowed to photograph him. He would have to earn respect, not be given automatic deference, so it is unlikely he’ll ever walk away.

      • Luca76 says:

        I don’t think he’s mature or self aware enough to know that’s what he wants but clearly that’s what he wants.

    • addie says:

      William wants deference and unlimited income, but does not want to do the work associated with it. He’s too weak and too much of a coward to step away and live more modestly on his own funds. Losing the deference aka the ability to throw his weight around would never do.

    • Citresse says:

      I hope that show The Windsors will be broadcast in Canada. I tried to find it on YouTube.

    • imqrious2 says:

      I watched it and LOVED it!! Sadly, it went the way of “Dallas” (It was all just a dream sequence lol). I’m looking forward to the 2nd series! My thanks to the Celebitchy poster who linked it!

  8. my3cents says:

    And this is how you avoid a PR nightmare. Well done. Once again Harry proves to be the one with more EQ and IQ than the two of them put together.

  9. Lainey says:

    I doubt there was ever going to be a holiday. The DM have been talking about it for months with nothing coming from it. This was an easy way of saying we were wrong it’s not happening.
    The public likes Harry more because he’s genuine and puts in an effort. Simples. Even the media themselves say Harry is less hostile when on his own. When in NZ he and his bodyguards entered a table quiz against the media. Apparently he was very relaxed and his usual cheery self. The only time he’s openly hostile is when he’s with The Cambridges. Then he doesn’t even glance at them. Probably cause it would be even more obvious his bro and sis-in-law don’t acknowledge them in every way. Do I think he likes the media no not really but i think he understands that he needs them to promote thinks he cares about. So he’ll suck it up.

    • Sharon Lea says:

      That is an interesting theory Lainey, that maybe there wasn’t a trip, but the DM had to cover themselves. It did seem a little soon after their trip to the Bahamas. And isn’t she back filming the next season? I have seen Harry be a little playful with the press, like putting that purple handprint on Arthur Edwards head. And recently he made a hand motion when he noticed a reporter’s glasses.

      • Manny'sGrammy says:

        Meghan isn’t filming, yet, I believe that starts up in April.
        She is back home tho. There were some pics of her at a friend’s house & some of her going for yoga….
        So what happened to all the stories stating she’s still *living with* Harry & that she was to meet the Queen on Mothers Day!?!

    • Sarah says:

      @MannyGrammy, when is Mother’s Day? Yesterday? And Meghan wasn’t there in England? I thought for sure she was getting introduced to the Queen and an engagement was imminent??
      I swear, this whole thing is so weird. Yesterday, the DM had a story that Harry and Meghan were impatient to move into the new part of the palace that was getting ready for them. I think that was the story. I think 90% of it is made up – she is here, she is there. Everywhere!!

      • Can'tRecall says:

        There are no pics of Meghan in Toronto over the weekend. That’s coming from the tumblr troll brigade. Someone posted a pic of her on an acct with only 1 picture. Nothing to say when it was taken or even if it’s a legit pic for that matter.

        Let the tumblr brigade hold on to their delusions a while longer. It’s looking more and more like Harry and Meghan are waiting to the 1 year mark to announce an engagement. Only time will tell BUT for now they are happy and together and she is staying with him at NC when she is in London. Acceptance will feel so much better.

      • xo says:

        Yeah! I saw that story and thought it was legit. So, why aren’t we talking about it? Personally, I think it would be a smart move for them to be “officially” living together in KP prior to an engagement announcement. Might help the, uh, “traditionalists” get used to the idea of a divorced (!) bi-racial (!) American (!) actress (!) in the RF.

        I love Harry for choosing this girl. Truly.

      • HappyMom says:

        I can’t believe the DM criticism that they shouldn’t live together and it’s unseemly. As I recall, Will and Kate lived together at St. Andrew’s, and Sophie lived with Edward.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I think she’d need to have a job in London if she moved there full-time before an engagement. Being seen to move without a job, she’d be attacked even more than she is now. I don’t think we’ll know what all is happening with KP until it actually happens. The Orangery and HRP staff changes and builds may take years. I’m wondering if some royals are being moved out of BP to KP for the 10 year BP reno.

        They’re criticizing them living together before marriage? Yes, HappyMom, W&K lived together off-and-on over their 10 year relationship. There was even acknowledgement that she was moving to Wales with him when he was posted there. Sophie lived with Edward at Buckingham Palace for several years before their 1999 engagement.

  10. Char says:

    I don’t particularly care if they don’t like the media. I would say some of that, for William & Harry has to do with their mother’s tragic death, right? What I see as the problem for William & Kate is not their hatred of the media, but their inability to do the work they are supposed to do! Most events they skip, they’d just have to show up for a few hours & look nice, smile, shake some hands, whatever. It’s not exactly strenuous work. I’m thinking, if they had the public on their side, it wouldn’t matter so much how the media felt about them because the public would defend them. Instead they’ve pissed everyone off.

  11. Emily says:

    Harry cancelling his ski trip makes William looking even worse. You KNOW that if Harry had gone on this trip, they would have used this opportunity to throw him under the bus. It’s interesting that he’s not letting that happen this time…

    • Capepopsie says:

      Besides, he’ll be finding comfort in London,
      no doubt. . . .

    • Anitas says:

      The public and media attitude towards the Cambridges has shifted in the last year or so, many more complaints now about their work-shy and tone deaf approach. And Harry’s been gaining a lot more popularity, partly because he actually makes an effort to be more visible, engaged and accessible than the Cambridges. But also because comparisons with the “lazy so-and-so’s”, which are always drawn, make his efforts look even better. So whatever ‘throwing under the bus’ he experiences from them (like having to reschedule one of his multiple holidays..) , he also profits just from being associated with them.

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      Yes, Harry has been pushing back on being used as a scapegoat by his brother and his wife and it might have to do with Meghan. It seems he’s serious about her and serious about protecting her from the press. In order to do that he needs to protect her from his brothers/SIL’s press manipulations as well (his father’s too). If they think they can keep pushing Harry under the bus then that will extend to Meghan and he has already shown he won’t tolerate that.

      Their chickens are coming home to roost.

  12. justsaying says:

    William’s comb-over is funny. He should just shave it all off. Jmo ^^

  13. AfricanBoy says:

    This whole concept “monarchy” is so dumb and outdated. I don’t think it should exist in the 21st century.

    • addie says:

      Why does monarchy as a concept even exist in the 21st century? Retire it to the movies for those in need of Disney fairytales.

      • notasugarhere says:

        It can serve a purpose, if the costs are strictly regulated, as a voice of reason between warring political and military factions. Imagine there was a government-based voice of reason to whom Drumpf was required to listen?

        1950s-1960s, a crown prince of one area gave all the royal land back to the people, bought farming equipment anyone could use, pushed for universal education, and fired corrupt politicians and members of the military.

        He wanted his country to be a true democracy, where the people (and not he, the government, or the military) ruled. The military disappeared him in the mid-1960s. I suspect the people of Burma/Myanmar might consider themselves better off with a democratic monarchy than the current military junta.

  14. Lauren says:

    Just another reason why Harry needs his own press office.

  15. Alexandria says:

    Sometimes I wonder what being termed as a spare does to their self esteem, for example, looking at Princess Margaret trying to live up to her sister. There’s a consolation that they’re crying over it in their Rolls Royce while sipping champagne, on the way to the airport for Mustique. Also, they have access to mental health professionals.

  16. Cynthia says:

    I don’t follow the Royals much, but every time I turn around, I see a picture of Harry at attending an event with a smile on his face.

  17. Anne says:

    Are Windsor’s brothers working so hard, that they need vacation after vacation??

    • alfaQ says:

      Wills, Kate, Harry, Beatrice, Eugenie.. the young ones just love to vacation. Must be nice not to have to work for it.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Beatrice and Eugenie are not members of the official team of royals and never will be. Lumping them in with W&K&H is comparing apples to oranges. They both have jobs, Eugenie’s more regular than Beatrice’s, but they are private citizens with famous relatives.

        B&E also have millions in personal trust funds, from the Queen Mum’s private money + private money given to them in lieu of a divorce settlement for their mother. Compare them to Zara and Peter, who both live rent free in their mother’s private home – fixed up and secured with taxpayer money.

      • Odell says:


        How does Zara fund her lifestyle? Only with being an equestrian?

      • notasugarhere says:

        From advertising revenue (line of watches, clothing line), being paid to show up at events, plus her husband’s income (formerly as rugby player, now doing reality shows, etc.), selling first photos of their daughter to Hello ( £150,000). She and Peter also inherited a couple of million from the Queen Mum. Couple of million 20 years ago in 20-years-ago money, so that has grown over time.

      • Odell says:

        Thanks for the answer!

    • minx says:

      In my opinion, no.

    • addie says:

      No. Most definitely not. They do so because they are largely idle and have pots of other people’s money at their disposal.

  18. Maria says:

    The main reason that Willy was criticized was that he missed the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey. I mean the weekend in Verbier was really his business. Now Harry presumably isn’t missing some important royal event so I don’t see why he can’t spend a weekend skiing with his girlfriend that he seems to be serious about. He’s not leaving a wife and two kids behind either. That made William look really bad, as well as cavorting with some young thing. I think Kaiser is right, that it had more to do with the attack in London, it’s all about public perception.

    • LA Elle says:

      This. No one would care if William had had his lad’s weekend but been back in time for Commonwealth Day events.

  19. NOLA says:

    I like that William’s takeaway from all of this is “I’ll never go dancing in Verbier again .” Really? That’s why everything went sideways, Will – your dancing? Not the failure to appear at a Royal function. Not the excessive drinking. Not the familiarity with other women while his wife is (allegedly) at home with their children. Not the reckless behavior of drinking all day and then skiing (surely that can’t be safe?). Never dancing again in Verbier will make everything right in the world. Good to know.

    Signed, An American who isn’t even invested in how the BRF and future king looks.

    • Maria says:

      He will just find somewhere else to go to, lots of places in Switzerland, France, Austria. I don’t understand why he is so mad, he has had the press around him all his life.

    • Tough Cookie says:

      I want a t-shirt that says “I’ll never go dancing in Verbier again .” That is my new favorite motto.

  20. Skins says:

    Poor baby is going to need to schedule another vacation ASAP!

  21. suze says:

    Isn’t Jacobi Cressida’s half brother? (The fact I know this is horrifying)

    Even though people tell me that it is very common for exes to stay good friends in that crowd, maybe Harry didn’t want to drag Meghan into the bosom of the Althruster clan.

  22. Gracey says:

    Harry would be such a beautiful king!

    • Betsy says:

      Because he seems to give a frack about the job! Amazing, isn’t it? Such a rare platform and Will and Kate are just always “keen, but never actually “doing.” Harry? Invictus, Sentebale, and he shows up to do this day to day Royal stuff.

  23. wow says:

    Press like that are so fickle. The minute Harry does something “they” don’t approve of, like not giving them their pictures or the inside scoop for their newspapers, they will turn on him to. Just like some royal followers have turned on him because he isn’t dating someone they deem as “worthy” or because he stood up to them by taking up for Meghan.

    I think they are smart enough to know the press can love you today and hate you tomorrow and hate you today and love you tomorrow.

  24. Plain Jane says:

    It’s interesting to note that William was “incandescent” about the pictures of his Verbier shenanigans getting out, not full of shame. Angry, not ashamed of his bad behavior.

  25. derpshooter says:

    I like Kate’s dress.

  26. AnotherDirtyMartini says:

    I’m fascinated by the party host’s triple-hyphenate last name. I’ve conjured up an image in my mind of him, and it’s not good.

    Off to google image search.

  27. Toni says:

    It’s apparent that the only winners are Harry and Meghan………they are going to take the Royal,family to the next level……Wm &Kate…..and the rest are dust in the wind..

    • Sarah says:

      Harry went after the press aggressively, jet sets all over with his rich idle friends making the taxpayers pay for his security and hasn’t been doing much work at all.
      He is a pampered lazy brat, just like his brother. He just has a little more charismatic
      Package to hide it in.

      • Can'tRecall says:

        Who to believe. Sarah who is suffering from bitter grape/ Meghan derangement syndromes or your eyes. Harry has been working (such as it is) almost non stop this short year.

        More Charismatic than Will…YES. Pampered..Sure, Brat…it’s possible, lazy…NO!

      • notasugarhere says:

        He didn’t go after the press. He issued a statement condemning certain press outlets for their openly racist language, and for allowing out-of-control racist posts on their websites. That included all the bitter tumblr fangirls.

  28. seesittellsit says:

    The heart bleeds, she said as she finished a Monday tied to her 8-5 desk job.

    Welcome to the royal web, Meghan. If you think it will change after you get the ring, it won’t. I still say you should go looking for the billionaire CEO instead.

  29. PrincessK says:

    This story has no substance to it at all.