Prince Harry will appear at the annual Stand Up for Heroes, which is virtual this year

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The Invictus Games are still loosely scheduled for next year, although who knows, that could change because of the pandemic. Meanwhile, the Windsor conglomerate seems to believe that they alone have the franchise on honoring military sacrifices, only Prince Harry is here to tell them “not so much.” The Windsors have tried to cruelly push Harry out of all of his military work and honors. But he still found a way to honor the fallen on Remembrance Sunday, and he continues to find ways to honor veterans and those who serve:

Prince Harry is joining a star-studded lineup for a great cause. The Duke of Sussex, 36, is set to appear on the 14th Annual Stand Up for Heroes Event, which is slated to air virtually for the first time ever on November 18. He’ll join big names in entertainment also making appearances such as musicians Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley and more as well as comedians including Ray Romano, Tiffany Haddish and Iliza Shlesinger. The event will be hosted by Jon Stewart.

Stand Up for Heroes launched in 2007 as the brainchild of Bob and Lee Woodruff and New York Comedy Festival founders Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox to honor the nation’s injured veterans and their families. The New York City-based event has raised more than $55 million to support service members.

[From People]

This sounds like exactly the kind of event Harry would have done regardless of his royal status, so kudos to him. I imagine this is Harry’s future – since he’s being pushed out of honoring British military and British veterans, he’ll use his situation in North America to honor Americans and Commonwealth veterans and soldiers.

Tom Sykes at the Daily Beast did a summary of the f–king bullsh-t around the palace’s refusal to lay a wreath on Harry’s behalf at the Cenotaph. While Sykes says that Harry & Meghan’s LA National Cemetery photo-op was “childish” (I disagree), he goes on to heavily criticize the Windsors:

Was this the most diplomatic way to press his case? Probably not. The curated pictures have gone down badly back at home. It is admittedly hard to have complaints about privacy taken seriously when you are bringing a photographer along to record your “personal” act of remembrance and sending the pictures out to media organizations. It looks childish.

But have the Royal Family once again made a total and utter mess of their attempts to silence Harry and Meghan? Definitely. This feud is not, and never has been, a zero-sum game. There are no winners. Instead, it is turning into a universally damaging war of attrition. As each side lashes out at the other, they succeed only in steeling their adversary’s resolve—and making themselves look increasingly petty and self-centered.

It’s quite clear to all onlookers that Harry and Meghan are not about to shut up, and were there any doubt about that, the events of this weekend have made that even more apparent.

In the season of armistice, the royals should perhaps recall that lasting peace deals involve uncomfortable compromises, even on the side of those who think themselves the victor. If ever there was a moment for the palace to be generous, to bend the rules a little, to elevate the human above the procedural, this was it. It’s hard to see how allowing a beautiful wreath from Captain Wales to be laid at the Cenotaph by one of the thousands of veterans he has helped over the past decade could have been worse for the royals than the undignified debacle that has now resulted instead.

[From The Daily Beast]

Yeah, I still don’t get how Harry & Meghan’s photoshoot was that bad or even that different than what other royals do all the time. The reason British people are salty about the Sussexes’ photos is because it only underlines the point that the Windsors were senselessly cruel to an actual veteran who served in a war. That for all of their talk of duty, service and sacrifice, they gleefully denied a veteran’s simple request to have a wreath laid in his name. I’m still not entirely sure Harry and Meghan would have even done the LA photoshoot if the palace had agreed to lay H’s wreath at the Cenotaph.

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  1. Snuffles says:

    I’m kinda hoping that Harry participates in a comedy skit.

  2. Amy Bee says:

    The Queen released pictures and video of her honouring the Unknown Soldier the day before so I’m not understanding why Harry and Meghan are being criticised for doing the same thing. I also think that Sykes is mistaken in thinking that Harry and Meghan are in a war with the Royals. Just as he and others saw the stupid Instagram account as some kind of competition with the Cambridges, they’re reading the situation wrong. Harry and Meghan are just doing what they think is right and what they believe in. It’s clear to me they have moved on but the Royal Family and press have not. This “war” is one-sided but I agree that the Royal Family could have shown some humanity and ensured that the spotlight remained on the military by letting a veteran lay Harry’s wreath.

    • L4frimaire says:

      I think it’s one-sided as well. It makes them look both petty and desperate. Harry and Meghan’s best option is to not engage unless really necessary, because it was never their goal to take on or change the monarchy, despite what others are saying. Whenever you see historical films about monarchies when they wielded real power, part of that is showing grace and magnanimity, to ones adversaries (which is a horrible way to describe family members). The Windsors are incapable of that, especially considering that they are fairly stable, the country is stable, there are no competing claims to their throne. We tend to forget why we are where we are. Because they couldn’t stand the attention the 2nd son and his biracial wife got, just for being themselves.

  3. Becks1 says:

    I 100% think if they had let someone lay Harry’s wreath they wouldn’t have gone to the cemetery – or wouldn’t have released pictures of it. Harry would have released a statement and that would have been it. I know there is some debate over the pictures, but I maintain at that point they had to release them or else they would have been destroyed for “forgetting” Remembrance Sunday.

    • Amy Bee says:

      The Royal Family undermining Harry’s reputation with the military meant that he had to document honouring Remembrance Day.

      • GuestWho says:

        I totally agree with you…the RF spent the month leading up to the event by undermining Harry through the press. I imagine it was supposed to culminate with the headlines about Harry ignoring the day, abandoning veterans. I don’t necessarily believe there is a “feud*,” but Harry knows the game better than most and could probably foresee what the headlines would have been if he hadn’t taken the initiative and publicly acknowledged his paying respect to the fallen.

        *because two sides need to be engaged for that – and I think that H&M are just trying to live their lives and do what is important to them.

    • Snuffles says:

      I agree. Harry really wanted to honor veterans in his own way. Probably both in the US and the UK, but the petty UK family prevented him
      from doing so in the UK.

      Honoring and working for veterans WORLDWIDE is part of his brand. Invictus is an international competition not just a UK one. So him sharing his photos is also part of furthering his brand as a staunch supporter of veterans. It has nothing to do with him warring with his petty family.

      Like others said, he’s doing his own thing and is no longer in competition with them. It’s the press that wants a war narrative so they can sell papers.

      • GuestWho says:

        @Pilot – the message Harry is sending is his continued support of veterans. That’s it. He probably knew, given the way the RF/BM have sent the last month(s) tyring to convince people he has abandoned the military, that, without evidence that narrative would have been pushed to the nth degree.

        The stories about his abandoning vets doesn’t just hurt Harry (although I imagine its really painful for him) but hurts the cause as a whole – and probably hurts veterans who have come to believe in Harry’s support. He didn’t do it to stick it to his vile relatives – he did it to reassure his family of vets that he is still standing with them.

      • ABritGuest says:

        Good point. There was that army general letter helpfully sent to tabloids asking Harry to come home because the military misses him (knowing there’s a pandemic so limited ability to travel) & then that ‘cancelled Invictus concert cos of Netflix deal’ crappy story. So with his & his wreath‘s absence from Remembrance Sunday events, he would have been slaughtered by the press if he hadn’t been seen paying his respects. Not only would that presumably hurt because of his commitment being questioned but could also impact vets advocacy work. So I don’t blame him for not playing games with that. It’s his life’s work.

        Can’t even be bothered with the usual boring privacy complaints they make but the York princesses & their partners have been photographed doing lots of volunteering during the pandemic& posted the pics to their SM. Interesting there aren’t comments about PR etc even though they are non working royals. And when Sophie, Edward & kids were pictured cleaning up a beach (presumably off duty) again no cynical comments in the press about PR.

        Working royals don’t have the monopoly on being seen paying respects & laying wreaths etc.

    • Nic919 says:

      I agree. And there is also this weird ethnocentric presumption from royalists that only “working” members of the royal family can send off posed photos of them doing some activity with no audience. The cenotaph ceremony was closed to the general public so why did that have to be photographed any more than Harry honouring commonwealth veterans on another continent?

      Harry sending out photos challenged their petty behaviour and they can’t deal with it.

      • tcbc says:

        It’s also completely delusional. Diana did these kinds of events and had photos released after her divorce, when she was no longer an official working royal. And before Diana, Audrey Hepburn did them. And now Angelina Jolie does.

        All that’s required is a level of celebrity which arouses the interest of the public, and a desire (real or manufactured*) to make a difference. The royal family doesn’t realize, like it or not, that Harry and Megan are still famous.

        *I believe they, and the others I mentioned, are sincere, but I know that other people who use these tactics are not.

      • anotherlily says:

        Zara Tindall has never been a ‘working royal’ but has a high public profile. She and her husband are classed as sports celebrities but it is the royal connection that gains them publicity and much of their income comes from this.

    • Zazu says:

      I wonder if releasing the pictures through a veterans organisation, as part of a message to honour Remember Day together, even when we’re apart, might not have been better than just sending them to People magazine. It was a bit strange to say ‘here are public photos of our personal, private remembrance moment’. It seemed like the messenging was a bit contradictory- maybe it was a rushed idea.

      To be clear, I have 100% no problem with Harry taking the initiative to mark the day when the Royals were such jerks about the wreath. And I think all he cares about is that other veterans know he cares and that he has their backs.

      • Rebecca says:

        They could have sent the photos to the New York Times and people would still take issue with the photos becaise Meghan was in them WITH Harry.

        There’s no formula or set of behaviors to shut those critics up. They were going to criticize regardless of whose platform was used. Remember how pissed the “UK public™” and UK Press were when the Sussexes released the Christmas card featuring Archie through the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust’s social media last year? Or all the negative comments that flooded their Instagram, to the point they had to reinterate their social media policy regarding hate speech and bullying?

        They can’t win for trying. It’s high time people realize that there is absolutely nothing they will do that will stop some media personality or tabloid from finding fault (ESPECIALLY when they monetize the “outrage”).

      • Rebecca says:

        Also, it’s not remotely “strange” to share private photos/moments publicly. Again, this goes back to the lie pushed by the UK tabloid press that Meghan and Harry wanted “privacy”, when the reality is they didn’t want to be lied on. She wanted fair treatment and a chance. The UK press gave her neither.

        So, they spin the lies about “oh, they want privacy” to paint them as hypocrites every time they’re in public. It’s a false narrative pushed by the very people clamoring for any scrap of news about them.

    • Jessi says:

      That’s the thing, for me, that is so wretched about their situation – they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. I can see the unhinged screaming headlines in my mind, if the Sussexes hadn’t done something to mark the day.

  4. Vanessa says:

    I don’t think what Meghan and Harry did anything wrong This just once again shows people how petty and mean spirited the royals really are . The only people complaining are the Sussex’s haters and royal reporters because they assumed that once the story broke about the palace petty behavior it would look bad or embarrassed Harry instead Harry and Meghan made lemons of lemonade and did their own thing which ended up over shadowing the royal family. All the palace and the courtiers are doing are trying to undermine Harry Service career it’s not good look for them for all the royals talk about duty and country it’s all Pr for them a chance for Kate to theme dress and the others royals to look into important. But for Harry it’s so much more than that and for the palace to continue to play stupid games is ridiculously and I don’t understand why the royals aren’t being called out .

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Your summation is what many right thinking Brits feel. I have never seen so many people, including readers of the Sun be united on the fact that the palace is being very petty. Harry and Meghan will continually overshadow the RF, not intentionally but because that family sicced the press on them in the first case and it’s now back fired badly. Like Sykes said the feud is not a zero sum game. There will be losses on both sides but mostly on the RF as H and M have already been dragged in the mud so there isn’t much left to smear. However the palace PR are so bad at their jobs and particularly bad at reading the signs, plus they are left with non charismatic members to work with. Very very sad.

    • Sarah says:

      They’re playing with the concept of ‘private’. Because H&M stepped away from the active hate campaign they were experiencing as members of the BRF they can never appear in public again without someone somewhere calling them hypocrites and shouting about privacy. It’s ridiculous.

  5. Jen says:

    If they had laid the wreath, it would have been a mostly non-story. Instead, it led to this perception of dueling ceremonies, etc.

    If Harry and Meghan hadn’t done their shoot, it would have been “Harry doesn’t care at all!” So they did one and it is “Look at them try to steal attention!” They will never win with these people so they might as well just suit themselves.

    • Myra says:

      They have come to the point where they just need to drown out all the noise and do things their own way. I think a lot of the anger from the press is that they were robbed of the opportunity to run their ‘Harry doesn’t care about the military now that he is in Hollywood’ stories. They were absolutely gloating at the news of the palace snubbing Harry’s request and only after the backlash did they try to offer feeble excuses on behalf of the BRF.

  6. JT says:

    People are just mad that H&M aren’t going away. That’s what this is about. Will thought he could exile them and they would slink away silently, but it’s not happening and it never could. Not with this couple. And the he’s paying for his mistake by slowly becoming irrelevant to anyone but UK royalists. And look how hard they have to work now. Every damn heir was doing events Sunday and all anyone talked about was H&M. They underestimated H&Ms strategic thinking, hard work, as well as the goodwill they have gotten from many people. The royals and BM had to turn this into a competition because they are the ones who would’ve faded into the background. This “fight” is just they can attach the Duke and Duchess of Montecito to themselves to get press and must kill them that this is the case.

    • L4frimaire says:

      This is exactly it. They thought they’d fade away and rely on the kindness of friends and opportunists. Them buying that house and the Netflix deal really set them off and they were hoping to use this Remembrance Day service to completely humiliate Harry. The cemetery photos , as others have said, completely overshadowed them and amplified their pettiness, hence the anger and name-calling. I’m just sick of it.

  7. Mich says:

    Harry found meaning – and family – serving in the military. His blood family tried to take that away from him in the most petty way possible and have gone a step further recently saying that he “abandoned” the military and veterans. The vast majority of his work is for wounded (mentally and physically) veterans. As far as I am concerned, bringing a photographer was important for him to counter the narrative being put out by his own family. He hasn’t abandoned anyone. All the people acting like this was a tit for tat PR stunt ignore that this is deeply important to him. And most of the people chastising him a) never served and b) have never done anything remotely notable for veterans.

    • sunnyn says:

      Hell yes to this comment. Harry has spent years shining a light on veteran causes. His service has obviously been one of the brighter more meaningful parts of his life. What the RF has done by undermining that service and trying to discredit his work and commitment to veterans is disgusting. It is also terrible optics for them. Again, how is the royal family so bad at understanding PR?

    • As you say Mitch, I agree. Also, there are several bios and reports out there that Queen, Charles, and William leaned on Harry hard to step down from his military service and step up his work for the firm as William wanted to continue his half-in/half-out (mostly out) Crown work at that time. Some bios have said that William actually threatened to give up his place in the succession if he did not get his way. Harry gave up something he loved for the good of the Crown and to allow his brother and Kate to continue to live in the country and William to do his rescue work. Harry threw himself into it and was successful, but from his recent statements it is obvious that it had a strong drain on his own mental health as it was not the work he had hoped to dedicate his personal life to….thus his side channeling with Invictus Games, etc, kept him somewhat balanced. For God’s sake he is now far down the stream of succession and the Crown still acts like he is next in line after the Queen. Having done all that for Crown and William it must be extremely painful for Harry this last couple of years to see how little his family supports him. Harry and Meghan were given no time off as they started working for Crown before they married and continued up till the day they left.

  8. Pilot says:

    This is so great! I wasn’t such a fan of the cemetery photos, but this is perfect!

  9. LaraW” says:

    My first reaction to the announcement of Harry as a guest in Stand Up for Heroes is that Springsteen learned what happened and immediately offered him a spot on the show, and everyone in the show gathered around him in support. I don’t think this was a planned thing, but Springsteen must have known how much Cenotaph meant to Harry. I will not be surprised if the Mail et al spin this as some pathetic attention grab, but I personally think that this was the US veteran community welcoming Harry as a brother in arms. Ten years is a big deal, especially since it seems widely known Harry had wanted to re-up, but was forced to choose go back to royal duties.

    For those in the UK, is military culture a huge presence in society as it is in the states?

    • Amy Bee says:

      This has nothing to do with Springsteen. This event is run by Bob Woodruff who has worked with Harry and the Invictus in the past. This was probably planned long before the whole Remembrance Day debacle.

      • K.T says:

        These things take so much time to organise and confirm famous guests and their agents etc. plus the event schedule. Harry must been invited months ago. That’s why, in my opinion, once he knew about the anti-wreath and leak from the palace, it was best to have public photos of him remembering the commonwealth soldiers who died, at their US gravesite. Otherwise, he could be perceived as ignoring the memorial of his fellow soldiers?!

      • LaraW” says:

        @Amy Bee and K.T. – thanks very much for the clarification. I definitely I got my impression just from the way events have unfolded, as well as the way the event seems to be framed in the British media (again, only basing my judgment on headlines).

  10. S808 says:

    “It is admittedly hard to have complaints about privacy taken seriously when you are bringing a photographer along to record your “personal” act of remembrance and sending the pictures out to media organizations. It looks childish.”

    Does no one in the UK media know what privacy means????? Releasing pictures was a strategic move cause the royals have been trying to undermine Harry’s commitment and WORK for the veterans ALL. YEAR to set the stage for William to replace him. It’s not enough to just hand the position to William they are determined to destroy his reputation too. This is about work and making sure the veterans know he’s still committed to them despite his family’s attempt to undermine and sever that connection. This has nothing to do with his personal life. Championing for veterans has become a HUGE part of his life’s work, OF COURSE he’s gonna make sure his audience knows he’s still committed. It is not at all childish. What’s childish is disrespecting one of the few royals and most high profile veterans for the sake of bitterness and pettiness. I’m willing to bet if they had just laid the wreath like he asked H&M wouldn’t have had to do their own show of support. This could’ve been a non issue but the Windsors made it one. So here we are. I look forward to Harry efforts with veterans here in the states. Hope he teams up with Jill Biden again!

    • equality says:

      They only understand privacy when it is Will’s right to not tell that he has covid.

      • GuestWho says:

        That’s not strictly true. They also understand privacy when it comes to Cain banging the neighbors, accountants and/or attorneys.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Or when he and family borrow private jets to take multiple foreign holidays, possibly during an international pandemic. Then it is all about privacy.

    • Nic919 says:

      This is the best part. The same people who argue about Billy having privacy over having a communicable and possibly fatal virus are the same ones who think a photo at a cemetery means no privacy whatsoever.

      • Pat says:

        Let’s Not forget that when there was some mention of Will cheating on Kate and the BM was going to print what they knew of it they were threatened by Will’s lawyers and his privacy was cited as one of the reasons for threatening litigation against the tabloid

    • molly says:

      OMG, yes! The UK press knows exactly the kind of “privacy” Harry and Meghan want. They want “privacy” from drones flying over their back yard while their kid plays with the dog. They don’t collect tax payer money, and they don’t owe the public details of their lives. That’s the “privacy” they want.

      Releasing photos and information in support of their charities and causes important to them is basic PR 101. Anyway can take photos of themselves doing something, write a summary, and send it to media in hope that they run it. That’s how PR works! It’s fundamental!!

  11. Kalana says:

    Harry very rarely openly pushes back against the BRF. But he’s willing to do that for his ties to the military, Meghan, and Archie. The BRF has to decide whether they can win on any of that and I think they can’t.

  12. Jen says:

    They absolutely did the photo op because BRF refused to lay a wreath in his name. If they had done that simple request, that would have been the end of it. Because of that, if he hadn’t shown some kind of support, he would have been crucified by the press. Regardless, I truly believe 1. It’s close to his heart and he wanted to pay respect. 2. It was a message to his “family”.

    The RBF are so dumb. The shoot themselves in the foot at every turn.

  13. Vanessa says:

    The pure double standard is extremely ridiculously at this point the royal all show up dress in what I consider military costume and pay professional photographers to take picture of them . Laying down wreaths appear to look concern and caring about the military and the fallen while behind the scenes making sure the only actually veteran in the royal family who actively services in a war risk his life for his country. Is smeared to the press because all he wanted was for his family to lay down a wreath for him since he couldn’t be there . We all know that if Harry and Meghan didn’t have those pictures taken what the headlines would be the palace and the royals reporters have been trying for a whole year to undermined Harry reputation within the military community . To suggestion that what Meghan and Harry did was some how distasteful is ridiculously what the royal family did was disgusting and disrespected Harry Service in the military he is a veteran and the way the media and his family have treated him over this shows . Everyone that the royal family don’t care about the military they only care about Pr their using the media to further abuses a military veteran who served with dignity .

  14. Osty says:

    It’s only Pr or tasteless if the rota doesn’t take the pictures, its attention seeking if the rats are not part of it etc The royals existence is based on PR but that is regal n beautiful because the rats are able to capitalise on it , n anything other than that is unacceptable. And it’s time sme sit these pple down and explain the meaning of privacy amd secrecy cos it seems they all don’t want to understand it
    Also I hope harry continues to honour his army buddies and veterans n maybe create something awesome with them in America

  15. Carobell says:

    If the UK doesn’t want him, I think American and Canadian Veteran organizations will gladly take him. He actually served overseas, he was on the ground in Afghanistan. He can speak from a place of experience that so many lack. Good for him, he clearly cares deeply about this issue.

    • Oh-Dear says:

      true – he came to Canadian bases to train quite a bit. Particularly but not exclusively in Alberta.
      I do think it would have been a good idea for Harry to be at the gravesite alone, and have Megan lay a separate acknowledgement if she needed to. The imagery would have been powerful and it could have centred on his work. I am glad he has a strong and supportive wife and I am glad she is there for him, so this is not a criticism of her, but the effectiveness of messaging for him and his role with the military.

  16. NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

    As impossible as it seems, Harry needs to give up his entire toxic royal family and his association with them for his benefit, not theirs. There is no repairing anything and they’ve decided that they will only continue their abuse of him even if he is in the position to help. It’s time for Harry to sever all ties for his own sanity. His association with them will only be a heavier anchor as the years go by.

    • BnLurkN4eva says:

      It doesn’t matter what Harry gives up, they will not stop harassing him and his family, don’t you understand? Nothing but their (H/M) complete demise will satisfy the BRF and the BM, so Harry and Meghan need to just get on with their lives like they are doing, continuing to do the work that matters to them.

      • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

        I think we’re saying the same thing.

        Harry doesn’t have to give up anything but he also needs to not let them affect them in any way. However, he needs to sever contact completely with them. Maybe he can keep a nice relationship with some of the members he’s friendly with but I think at this point, he only had grandparents, a father and a brother as long he was serving them. That isn’t a family, that is glorified indentured servitude. The three I mentioned have no identity outside of being royal so it makes sense but it’s not Harry’s problem. Harry can take the high road and be a loyal subject but in no way should he have contact with them or any courtiers.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      @NotSoSimple I agree that Harry needs to realize the family he thought he had doesn’t exist. If he comes to accept it–and grieve for that loss–how he views future actions of the BRF and the BM will not hurt him as much. He’ll probably always have some feelings about it, but his mental health would not suffer anywhere as much. He knows this will continue, so the only thing he can change is how it affects him.

      I hope that Harry makes this an annual event. Remembrance day is clearly very important to him and his message to Veterans has always remained the same. There are a lot of national cemeteries in the US, so he can always go to different ones. I have no doubt there are other Commonwealth Veterans buried in some of those. I didn’t take offense at the pictures, and something immediately stood out to me when I saw them. I saw the rows and rows and rows of headstones. I think that was part of Harry’s message.

      • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

        The royal family kicked a prince out but the rest of the world gained a hero, honestly. The only place that truly has no admiration for Harry is England, the place that bore and abused him.

        Harry has such a wonderful opportunity to turn Armstice Day into something special in America. I know the disposition of ex servicemen and servicewomen in America is a lot of lip service and no action with the vets and Harry could easily change that for them. Harry is exactly where he needs to be and I hope we see him do so much good. Harry needs to be looking completely forward rather than any kind of longing towards the past.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        @NotSoSimple I agree!!! I think he could do a lot of positive things for the service members. And, I think he would be eager to get involved. I can’t wait to see what he does in future. The UK loses big time, and we win.

  17. tee says:

    Wrong post.

  18. TheOriginalMia says:

    Even if you cringe at the cemetery photos (I don’t), they served a purpose. As Kaiser stated, William & the courtiers have been telegraphing their “Harry abandoned the military” narrative for months. They ain’t slick. We knew. Harry knew and he was prepared. So, the RRs and Sussex haters can suck it. And the UK military should be wary of having William as their patron. They can see how little regard he has for vets.

    This new event is great and I’m glad Harry is doing it.

    • NotSoSimpleTaylor says:

      The only thing one would consider off with Meghan and Harry visiting was the timing and a lack of context. That could be said about a lot of things in our Covid world, however. I would hope he thinks of something.

  19. JT says:

    Completely unrelated (maybe not)but apparently Prince Harry is actually Major Wales and not Captain? He outranks Will who is only captain. Does anyone know this?

    • Lucky Charm says:

      You are correct. I found this online from February 19, 2020:

      In June 2018, Prince Harry received promotions in all three services, becoming Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy, Major in the British Army, and Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force – ranks it was announced in February he will retain.

      • JT says:

        I can’t believe the palace never talked about this. It makes their recent actions even more disgusting. He’s a damn Major! And here we have Will a “captain” trying to take over the Majors position from Harry. Willnot is the one who needs to know his place.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      He doesn’t outrank William though. They are both promoted to Major. Both William and Harry left the service at the rank of Captain. how it works for Royals is they keep getting promoted at the same time as their peers who served with them. So they are both Majors now. Now that Harry has left apparently he will no longer get promoted and William will continue to get promoted and will soon outrank him.

      But yes, we should be calling him Major Wales.

  20. Harper says:

    When Harry wants to come for his family, watch out. He showed his reach with the Remembrance Day photoshoot. The Firm is coasting right now trying to squash H&M because H&M are taking the high road and staying silent, but that doesn’t mean they won’t, or don’t have a plan to tell their side of the story. Harry can call up anyone he wants to and at the drop of a hat have his own Panorama moment. The continued hijinks from the Firm and from Willileaks will probably continue on until the “year in review” moment. In fact, the Firm/Willileaks are building their public case to bring the hammer down in one final repudiation of H&M at that time. March is still a long way off so buckle up.

    • JT says:

      I’m hoping that Harry just announces that he and Meghan aren’t returning to royal work now. It’s only a couple of months away and it’s been very clear from the moves that H&M have been making that do want to or can at this point. Between Netflix and Archewell they don’t have much time to cut ribbons. Harry didn’t even want the review in the first place so it’s high time to just end the speculation and think pieces now to get it over with. He doesn’t owe the RF any deference after the bullsh*t they pulled this weekend. The RR, RF, and the uk will be mad, but their panties are always in a twist. There is nothing that they can do to Harry and Meg at this point. H&M should just drop the bomb and control their own narrative before it is spun as more punishment by the royals.

    • Lady D says:

      Harry probably knows his family wants to yank his title next. It would be funny to me if before they left for the U.K. Harry announced he was giving up his titles when he gets there just to ruin another RF flex moment.

      • JT says:

        It would be funny because this family is always trying and failing to flex on H&M. The Sussex’s have more power now these when they stepped down from the RF it’s about time they cash that check and put that island in a tizzy. The RR have been salivating over the review for a year, imagine the meltdowns if Harry and Meg beat them to the punch on their own terms on what should be obvious by now.

  21. BnLurkN4eva says:

    These people. Tom Sykes is being disingenuous about this situation and it’s so unprofessional of him. He knows that H/M are in a one way fight that they did not choose against the BRF who have been targeting them since it was revealed who Meghan is. They (H/M) have been playing defense since becoming a couple and have repeatedly taken the high road.

    Sykes knows that had Harry not released those pictures, the BM would have gone in hard on Harry repeating the refrain of the last few months about Harry’s lack of support for the military in an effort to hurt and undermine him. Sykes would have been silent in such an event, so would every single BM reporter/outlet.

    Harry and Meghan are in a fight for their literal reputation and their lives, which these people (BRF and BM) are trying to destroy. I say keep fighting Harry and keep fighting and standing up for yourselves H/M. With every attempt to be hurtful the BRF and the BM are showing the world who they truly are. They may be able to pull the wool over the eyes of British citizens, but not everyone in the world are so conditioned to buy what the BRF and the BM are putting out.

  22. Bishop says:

    I’d love to know what Anne has to say about all this.

    • ABritGuest says:

      Yeah I’m curious what rest of the family think of these shenanigans particularly the non working royals. Especially whether Harry’s issues with William have impacted his relationship with his cousins etc? Do they think he’s let the side down & hurt granny or do they have any sympathy because they are aware of the palace machinations against him?

      As much as people are like cut the Firm off completely, I can see why that could be a challenge, especially after having already lost a parent.

    • Nyro says:

      If they aren’t speaking up publicly to defend him and his family from this public smear job coming from Will, Granny, and their servants, then eff them.

  23. SO Dumb says:

    Harry is the most perfect wonderful example of a true 21st century gentleman I know Diana is besotted with pride. I just know it.

  24. Sunnyvale says:

    Perfect example of Michelle Obama’s “when they go low, you go higher”. They thought their petty stunt would harm & humiliate him but it did the opposite and rallied people around the world to support him. I’d suggest you all to check out online campaign for invictus games in honor of harry’s service