Prince William ‘will be concerned’ that Harry is taking ownership of Diana’s legacy

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When Prince Harry and Meghan updated their Archewell site, they included a sort of mission statement which began with “I am my mother’s son. And I am our son’s mother.” They included photos of Meghan as a child with her mom, and Harry as a child with his mom, Princess Diana. We heard soon after that it was quite likely that Prince William is incandescent with rage at the thought of Harry… using a photo of their mother, or making a reference to Diana in any way. Which has led to a pretty uncomfortable conversation about Diana’s legacy and who “owns” it. I think both of her sons have the right to use their mother’s name and legacy in whatever way they see fit. Harry clearly draws a lot of inspiration from his mother, while William treats his mother’s life as a cautionary tale. Anyway, the royal reporters are still very attached to the idea that William somehow “owns” Diana’s legacy more than Harry.

Prince Harry taking ‘ownership’ of his late mother’s legacy could see Prince William intervene, a royal biographer has claimed. Speaking to True Royalty TV’s Royal Beat, Duncan Larcombe said that the Duke of Sussex, 36, and the Duchess of Sussex, 39, should not expect to be able to use the legacy of the late Princess of Wales for their own projects – some of which they’re set to earn millions from, without royal approval.

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle re-launched their Archewell foundation website in December 2020 they used an image of both of their mothers to promote it, with Prince Harry’s photo showing him sitting on Diana’s shoulders during his childhood. The first line of ‘a letter for 2021′ laid over the photographs read: ”I am my mother’s son. And I am our son’s mother. Together we bring you Archewell. We believe in the best of humanity.’

Larcombe told Royal Beat host Kate Thornton that such use of Diana’s legacy were likely to be of concern to future king Prince William, saying: ‘I think William will be concerned with that…Harry trying to take ownership of the Diana Legacy will be a problem.’

He also suggested that should the Sussexes continue charity work in areas once close to Diana’s heart, that could also jar with Prince William and the rest of the royal family. He said: ‘Harry doing mental health, Harry doing conservation, these are the issues that William and Kate want to do – that’s where I predict tensions. Heads Together was also Kate’s Idea.’

Larcombe suggested that because Prince Harry will potentially earn money by using Diana’s name, it could negate the charitable benefit, saying: ‘Because there is money involved, it isn’t a charitable thing.’

[From The Daily Mail]

In all honesty, I think many of us would feel a bit queasy if Harry OR William used Diana’s image for profit, or tried to monetize her legacy directly. But let’s be clear: that’s not what’s happening at all. Harry used a photo of his late mother, the mother who stood up to the Windsor clan and dreamed of getting away from that petty nest of vipers, and he used the photo on the website of the charitable foundation he’s building with his wife after he got away from the same petty nest of vipers. It’s the very definition of a full circle moment. And besides all that, William can’t do jack sh-t about Harry speaking about their mother or using a photo of Diana or anything like that. They are both Diana’s sons.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    So what is William going to do? Issue a cease and desist letter so that Harry can’t mention his mother? Forbid Harry from working in conservation or mental health?

    This all goes back to William’s insecurity and laziness. He doesn’t want Harry to do anything better than him and currently, everything Harry does is better than William – his charity work, his family life, etc.

    • Seraphina says:

      And it does not help that Diana’s legacy is associated with activism (which means WORK and actually caring) and thus, Wills looks foolish when using Diana in any way, shape or form and Harry does not. But Wills can’t see that because he has been taught, as heir, his will is law and that everyone in the family will fight for his (King) survival. I guess Harry and Meghan showed him 🤣😂

    • Agirlandherdog says:

      The whole “these are the issues Will & Kate want to do” thing is what really got me. If they want to do them so badly, why haven’t they done anything. I mean, you can say you’re “dedicated” to a particular issue as much as you want, but unless you’re willing to do the work, get out of the way of people who do actually want to put in the time and effort. Also, we’re annihilating our planet… there’s plenty of work to go around.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        That stood out to me, too. They “want” to “do” them, is code for they want someone ELSE to do the work and slap their own names onto it towards the end. They can’t do that anymore for Harry’s (and Meghan’s) work product(s).

        This is what bothers PwBT and Keen CEO King Maker: they always want the *credit*, but they don’t want to to any of the *real* work.

        Their family name should be The Coasters.

      • Osty says:

        Agirlandhegdog and if that is what they want to do then they should do that. Harry doing it doesn’t mean no one can , in fact the conversation around mental health and conservation is too broad it need all hands on deck . So if bilson and buttons want to do that ,they should go ahead no one is stopping them .Besides I don’t see them asking Charles to stop his work cos they want to do something similar

      • Over it says:

        Then stop wanting to and do. And last time I checked Diana was no longer an hrh , the queen took that so if Harry wants to use a picture of his mother, that’s his right. She is not property of the crown and wiiliam doesn’t own her. His ego is far too big. A few rose thorns should help deflate it

      • notasugarhere says:

        The Queen did not take Diana’s HRH, that was a Diana lie. Diana willingly traded her HRH for more cash from Charles, her lawyer admitted it. When she found out Fergie had kept her HRH in her divorce a few months earlier? Diana pitched a fit, ran to the press, and cried her lies.

        As a result, QEII issued new Letters Patent removing HRH from anyone who divorces out of the family. Fergie, who had kept her HRH in her divorce, then lost hers as a result of Diana’s actions.

      • Amy Too says:

        This reminds me so much of the pre-pre-school aged children I watch. Child One is playing happily with blocks or something. Child Two decides to play with the dollhouse. Suddenly Child One is like “No! That’s my dollhouse. She can’t play with it! I was going to play with it!” I interfere and say that Child Two CAN play with the dollhouse because Child One is not currently using it and if a toy is just sitting there, anyone is allowed to play with it. Child One is upset but begrudgingly agrees. Child One then goes around the room and “claims” all of her other favorite toys by picking them up and putting them in a pile right next to her. She will not play with them, she will still play blocks, but she will play blocks with only one hand so that she can keep another hand on the pile of toys, to make sure that Child Two does not get to play with them. Since she is “touching them” she thinks that counts as playing with them.

        Sometimes when Child One is done playing with a toy, she will ask me if we can put it up and away just so that Child Two cannot have a turn to play with it. When I say “no, we’ll leave it out and that way Child Two can have a turn if she wants to since you’re done,” she will then decide she is not done, and she will keep playing with it just so Child Two cannot.

        They will also pick up all their tiny little toys and shove them into a bag or backpack and carry that around just so that the other child can’t play with those things.

      • Christine says:

        The very best point. Word.

    • Nikki* says:

      William never said ANY of this. If you read, it’s all someone else trying to make a buck saying what William’s reaction COULD BE. Totally fake news.

      • Osty says:

        Nikki, because they know by his previous actions that this is exactly how he feels.

      • Gruey says:

        @Nikki the problem is that KP is constantly leaking to the press, or even issuing statements about the stupidest ass shit. Kate’s botox and and all the official statements objecting to the Tattler story and Wooton’s scoop about the Sussex’s move are just a few to mind, but there’s been a ton much more recently that comes from them directly. When they make it clear they are willing to constantly talk to these tabloids, it becomes very difficult to discern what’s actually coming from KP. Whereas the Sussexes never talk to the British press ever.

      • Nic919 says:

        If William disagrees with this then he will have someone like Richard Kay write an article denying it, as he did with the gardening activities.

  2. Lemons says:

    The BRF and KP look more pathetic by the day. No one has taken anything away from the Cambridges, but since they cannot be the ONLY royals in the space, they feel that someone else is claiming ownership. With all the organizations underneath the Heads Together umbrella, you’d think Kate would understand that there are plenty of opportunities to get involved…but I guess not.

    Once again, ladies and gentlemen, the gold-standard.

    • SpankFD says:

      Agreed. It all comes down to primogeniture. The royals are classifying Diana’s legacy according to primogeniture.

      Here’s my take: the Brit royals try to preserve wealth and power by giving everything to the legitimate first born. Of course they include in this inheritance scheme even sacred things like a parent’s emotional legacy to a child. It’s next level ruthlessness.

      I would argue that primogeniture, in marginalizing everyone outside the direct line, is the source of the royal family’s issues. They don’t help themselves with the tendency towards cultural/genetic inbreeding as well as hoarding of vast wealth/influential power.

      You can almost hear the various members of the British royals — direct line and not — moaning, “Why is my family so dysfunctional? Why? Why? Why?”

      (Slightly threadjack-y side question: Do any of the royal charities do anything or are they mostly tax dodges? I ask because every private charity whose finances I’ve researched seems to be a scam or a tax dodge. See Donald J Trump Foundation)

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Spankfd
        Without a doubt the Royal Foundation is a scam with very, very little going to intended charities.
        It fundraisers on behalf of these charities in its umbrella. Absorbs the donations and uses them to pay themselves (overhead) as well as staff and utilities. Then it pays for parties to fundraise more or just as congratulations for being keen. Maybe it finds a way to a charity. The charities do suffer waiting for funds.

        It’s also worth noting H&M never wanted the hubb kitchen to be there or the cookbook profits to be absorbed and lost in TRF.

      • Talia says:

        The Royal charities mostly (not counting the Cambridges’ slapping their names on other people’s work) seem to be legitimate and well run plus the other Royals do seem to work reasonably hard. Of course, the Royal Family are funded by the State and have very preferential tax status (for a long time the Queen didn’t pay tax at all). They also get voted extra cash when they need it – for example, they were given £369 million in 2016 to renovate Buckingham Palace (not a private home, a state asset etc.). I seem to remember some questions about where the (taxpayers’) money to pay for the upkeep had been going that it needed the renovation but I can’t find that online now.

        The RF run the charities completely squeaky clean because they don’t need to do anything else since the system is stacked in their favour anyway. The Cambridges’ dodgy financing is actually unusual and I think more to pretend they are working hard / benefiting the charities rather than because they are using the money themselves.

  3. SarahLee says:

    They do realize that there is literally nothing they can do about anything Harry says or does at this point, right? The loss of titles and military patronages clearly didn’t stop him from following his own path. They’re clearly making their own money (and could likely make a lot more of they weren’t worried about duty and loyalty to the Queen), so what do they need them for?

    • LaraK says:

      I think many British royal journos like to pretend like the RF has a say. Like if William chose to, he could stop Harry from using their mother’s name. It gives them something to write about.

      Like the Oprah thing. Who’s going to tell Oprah not to use an emoji? I’d pay money to see how that goes down. But they like to pretend so they can have a headline. It’s so pathetic.

  4. Lauren says:

    Willnot and Cannot can continue to work in conservation and mental health. No one is telling them not to. Actually someone should tell them to do some actual work while at it.

    • Over it says:

      But they are so keen ,any year now they will do something anything to tackle all the issues they are so passionate about for a hot New York minute until vacation time kicks in or it’s fashion week

  5. JanEJ says:

    It’s his mother too, Harry can share whatever he wants on Diana, William doesn’t own her or her legacy he shares it and if Diana were alive right now she’d be a part of it William needs to worry about his own job and life.

  6. RoSco says:

    Here’s the thing, though. Nothing is stopping William from working in these areas except his own workshy ways! Lead, follow, or get out of the way!

  7. Harla says:

    Wow, these reporters can’t stop inserting Meghan into every royal conversation can they. I noticed that it’s “Harry and Meghan “ or “the Sussex’s “ but it’s never “William and Kate” or “ the Cambridge’s “ it’s just William. One more stick to try and beat Meghan with.

    • The Duchess says:

      That’s because Kate was only useful for when she was being used as a contrast example of ‘class’ when being compared to Meghan. Now that isn’t washing anymore, she’s utterly useless to them. The only mere interest she creates is when she wears new clothes that don’t fit her, or when her ego needs tending to (future qween is strong and stable PR line)…

      • Cerise says:

        :::This is what they are worried about:::
        “When 50 million people are watching Harry’s chat about organic yoghurt or whatever it is that he wants to promote, and 5,000 people are watching his brother – Prince William, the future King – do a royal engagement, opening a supermarket in Hemel Hempstead or whatever – that is when it becomes a problem.”
        :::::

        It still comes down to be “overshadowed” and now the Sussexes have a bigger megaphone than all the BM combined with their podcast.

  8. Noki says:

    William is probably only worried that if Harry does do stuff that ‘uses’ his own mother he will do it well or highlight something that William never thought of. That seems to be Williams biggest problem he only wants to work harder when Harry is,only wants to show his kids off when Harry does,only wants to get closer to Charles cause he could see the fondness he was displaying towards Meghan. If H & M were a couple of charmless lazy sods ,you would only have seen the Cambridges unless it was an absolute must.

  9. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    So now everyone knows the real problem. Let him bury himself.

  10. Bibi says:

    It’s his mother. Her heritage is also 100% his. Nothing to do with who’s going to be king. William can stfu. I think the world already knows they are lazies and the harry and meg are the real workers for humanity. Is there any doubt of that? Nope.

  11. damejudi says:

    Once upon a time, I felt sorry for William. The accounts of Diana parentifying him during the volatile times of the marriage are so heartbreaking-if they’re true, he did bear an emotional burden that he shouldn’t have had to.

    But he’s now nearing 40 years old, he’s a husband, and a father. He has agency in his personal life, but I don’t know that he’s gotten the help he needs to make different and better choices.

    • Harper says:

      Harry was there too during all that turmoil. In fact, William got out of the household before Harry did by going to boarding school, so for a good two years, Harry was living in the middle of the War of the Wales as an only child. Yet we don’t recognize this trauma’s effect on Harry because he was a good-natured, lovable bloke on the outside. William has hidden behind the sympathy he garnered as Diana’s son far too long into adulthood and it has provided cover for his disinterest in royal work. Harry doesn’t benefit from the narrative that he was damaged by Diana as Will does. Wills is threatened if Harry starts talking about Diana but doesn’t hide behind her, but instead uses her legacy as a springboard for actively doing good in the world.

      • Linda says:

        @Harper
        while I understand the point you are trying to make lets also remember that Diana not only parentified William, she put him directly in the middle of her relationship between her and his father. She had told stories of him sitting outside her room while she cried pushing tissues under the door. She also spoke of how he would tell her that he would be her protector when he grew up. She died when he was 15. I also read the recent interview from Diana’s former boyfriend Hasnat Khan where he talked about how Martin Bashir made her not trust William who was thirteen at the time and they ‘fell out’ as a result only getting closer before her death. These are not things that a parent should do towards a child and it borders on abuse. It would be awful to hear his side, but I doubt we ever will. (Or if he even could put it into words)

      • Harper says:

        My point is that during all of this turmoil, Harry was also a witness. It matters if Harry is sitting next to Will as he puts tissues under the door of his crying mum. It matters if Diana and Charles are in the middle of dueling tv interviews about their sorry lives and Harry is home alone at KP because Diana had to drive up to Will’s school and talk to him. Harry doesn’t figure into any of these narratives but he wasn’t a nonentity or a lost boy. He was there too during it all but the focus is always on Diana cried in front of Will. I’m pretty sure she cried in front of Harry too just as much.

      • Tessa says:

        harper, Charles was witnessed putting Diana down publicly so his behavior was nothing to write home about IMO. Diana did leave the room when she felt like crying. How much is “too much”? Diana did not do this to ‘burden’ her sons. It was a bad situation all around. From the biographies I read, Harry was more “shielded” by the events around him than William was, he was younger for one thing. As I said two households were hit hard by the breakups by the PBs and the Wales, interconnected that they were. Charles also did not do the right thing by his sons by sheltering William and scapegoating Harry as the spare. I fear that William will treat George “special” and do the same thing that was done with Harry by the family. After a time, Charles and Diana separated and lived in separate dwellings and the friction would not be seen by the boys. Diana told her sons that she and papa loved each other but could not live under the same roof anymore. I think had DIana lived, there would be more and more civility between Charles and Diana.

    • Tessa says:

      I disagree that Diana “parentified” William. Having read various biographies of the royals, it seems to me that those sympathetic to Charles have said this of Diana. If anything, Diana was tougher with William than Charles, he was told to clean up his own room by Diana and wash cars for allowance money. After Diana died, Charles coddled him more and even now does not even try to rein him in. Charles has some of the blame, he went to Dimbleby in 1994 over a year before Diana’s interview and made it clear in the authorized biography that he never loved their mother and he preferred his mistress. He also confessed to all and sundry on TV that he had an affair with Camilla, which forced the PB divorce. Both sets of children in the Wales and PB family suffered from the respective homes breaking up. Tom Parker Bowles was teased in school for instance. Diana only went to talk to William and Harry to reassure them that she and “papa” loved each other but could not live in the same place. Diana decidedly did not “abuse” William. Penny Junor disparaged Diana for being a bad mother which I found appalling. There was a BBC documentary that never aired (because the Prince of Wales complained) which told the story of how william was “incandescent” over Charles telecasting all over the globe that Will invited Camilla to tea. There was a rift at that time. So I would say the divorce was hurtful to William but I would not blame Diana for it all. BOTH parents loved and adored their sons. I don’t see Diana as hurting William. Charles has his share of the blame, he was faxing messages to his sons at KP while more or less living with Camilla at Highgrove while Diana was at Kensington Palace. I think the damage was caused by William and Harry seeing how hurt their mother was by his keeping Camilla around, And less than a year after their mother died, Charles foisted Camilla on them. Even using them with PR which William was said to object to. Diana never forgot she was the parent, and was concerned that William would grow up spoiled if some boundaries were not put up. she had a good idea to give him chores to earn his own money.

    • Tessa says:

      One more thing: William was not living with Diana 24/7 all year. He was away at School, she still was doing royal work during the separation and after the divorce still was involved in various projects. She gave William public credit for suggesting she sell her gowns for charity. Not every parent-child relationship is perfect, But I don’t think Diana was a bad mother. And both Charles and Diana adored their sons.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Both of the boys were away at boarding school during much of the War of the Waleses. Diana’s lies about relying on William, pouring her heart out to him? She only saw them a few weeks a year.

  12. Kalana says:

    Ugh. Creating an umbrella organization and labelling it Heads Together was Kate’s idea. I think working on issues of mental health may have been Harry’s idea.

    Also, I wonder how William feels about Terra Carta. Environmental work is William’s cause, right? Lol.

    • Amy Bee says:

      Yeah, I believe Harry came up with the idea of doing something with Mental Health, William went along with because it would boost his and Kate’s profile and Kate came up with the name Heads Together.

      • February-Pisces says:

        I think harry was being generous at letting kate take the credit for the idea. But I remember at the time thinking “I bet this is all Harry’s idea”and that was even before I disliked the Keens.

        But I don’t think she thought of a damn thing, and ever since Harry left, I done see the Keens doing anything whatsoever for Heads Together.

  13. atorontogal says:

    I actually clicked comments on a story about Chuck and Cami in the daily mail (I’m not sure why), and they were not favourable. Most commenters were more in favour of getting rid of the monarchy once Betty passes.

  14. Sofia says:

    This is just ridiculous. Diana’s legacy does not belong to solely one son alone. It belongs to both of them and they can share and mention as they see fit without having to consult the other.

    • Tessa says:

      William I think is carried away by his own sense of “power” that his father and grandmother seem to have encouraged. He does not hold a permit to be the only one to mention his mother. And nothing he can do about it. The Cambridge bots trash Harry for “cashing in” when he talks about his mother then William does it in a “saintly” way. Terrible.

  15. Snuffles says:

    I see William never grew out of the “you stole my Mummy!” stage of sibling rivalry.

    • Pétulia says:

      Exactly. I think he’s always been jealous of Harry. Even if Harry weren’t better than him( emotional intelligence/ better work ethic) he would still be jealous.

      He clearly needs therapy, I read somewhere that he encouraged Harry to go to therapy. I wonder why he didn’t go himself.

      • Snuffles says:

        I read that too but I’m doubting that version of events now. He probably just said that to make himself look like the wise older brother. Either Harry decided on his own or one of his true friends encouraged it.

    • Darla says:

      Well, their mother died. So how would you grow out of it? You know how they say people stay the age they became famous at? There’s some truth to that emotionally. I believe the same can happen with such a devastating loss at such a young age. And all of the public attention surrounding it. No one was walking away from that. I don’t think many accept that fact. These two never had a chance of being well adjusted emotionally. Not without a lot of work, which Harry seems more likely to be putting in. But maybe only since he fell in love, not sure how much work he was doing pre-Megan. And being the eldest child is a whole story of its own. Think about the adult eldest child of an alcoholic. That forms their personality. It just does.

      • Ann says:

        My mother was the oldest of three, and both her parents were alcoholics. Her mother was worse, and her father quit drinking in his fifties, but it was too late by then. She was definitely the one impacted the most by it, as the oldest. So I can see why William has issues that are not of his own making, as does Harry. But he shouldn’t take it out on Harry, if that is what he’s doing. Harry suffered the same loss and was clearly just as devastated by it.

      • VS says:

        So that excuses him sabotaging his own brother? why because of spotlight? H&M are gone now, yet the spotlight just followed them instead of being re-directed to W&K.
        Let’s be honest here, W’s problem is that he is just NOT that interesting or charismatic! He is not a leader and unfortunately for him, I do think he should have married a woman more like Meg but in a way, he married the perfect woman for his character. Had he married a woman who is as competent as Meg, it would have been Charles and Diana all over again; a man with a fragile ego is a dangerous man…..example: Donald trump

      • Tessa says:

        Harry was neglected after his mother died. William established Club H at Highgrove and Harry got involved in drinking and smoking early on. Charles was busy promoting Camilla and visiting Scotland with her. He had support of TIggy Pettifer and Mark Dyer; Dyer was not the best guardian of Harry IMO. William was away at school and living his own life. And less than a year after their mother died, Charles introduced them to Camilla. A lot for him to have gone through.

  16. Amy Bee says:

    For Harry, Diana is a source of inspiration and he wants to continue the work she was doing before she died. He has always said that and his work has shown that. Harry is not using Diana for financial gain so William or the press have nothing to be concerned about.

  17. chocolate princess says:

    This is breaking their mother’s heart. Two of her sons fighting over everything.

    • Osty says:

      They are not fighting each other at least not harry cos ever since he married Meghan the only one who keep letting their aides insult, ridicule and degrade Meghan and harry is William. And it has continued after they left, we always hear KP being angry, William being incandescent with rage about something harry supposedly did. And harry hasn’t said anything neither has he allowed his camp to say anything negative about the cambs and the RF. So if there is a feud it starts and ends at the doorstep of William
      And the media knows this is how he always feels about everything harry does how angry and incandescent he will be , how jealous he will be that’s why they are bold to tell us that

      • Tessa says:

        What I found sickening is that Flybe Jet stuntWilliam pulled. Instead of supporting his brother and making a public statement defending him against the barrage of trashing by the media over use of Private Jets, he pulls a very obvious PR stunt where he and the wife and children, look like the Von Trapp family leaving Austria. His holding George’s hand with Charlotte trailing behind, then Kate with Louis and luggage. Shows William’s point of view. That probably was the last straw for Harry.

    • VS says:

      Where have you seen H fighting? where have you seen H say anything about W to the press?
      1) It is W who said he is tired of putting his arms around his brother; given that people don’t want him to touch them, he should keep those to himself
      2) it is aides at KP who were leaking the most about H&M; as soon as H&M moved out, the leaks seriously diminished
      3) it is aides at KP who continue to talk down on H while propping W;

      I have always said when you are good, you don’t need what W is doing. He knows, so does his team, that he is not a leader……there is the problem! people are willing to listen to H but not him

    • notasugarhere says:

      I see an older sibling constantly attacking a younger sibling their entire lives, using and abusing that sibling as a result of the older sibling’s jealousy. William is the one at fault here, not Harry.

    • Myra says:

      It’s a one-sided fight, one which Harry could never win as there is no logic or rationale behind it. William can’t keep getting angry at every little thing his brother is doing. He should also call off the smear campaign he started against his younger brother. It’s unbecoming for a future king.

    • TheOriginalMia says:

      There’s no fighting between both sons. There’s William using his position to abuse his younger brother. He ran Harry & Meghan out of the UK with his relentless harassment campaign. He’s the one who wouldn’t allow Harry & Meghan to have any peace. Diana’s heart is breaking because she sees William becoming full-on Windsor in the way he’s treating his younger brother.

      • Dollycoa says:

        I think this is exactly right. William is not a ‘ modern’ Royal. He is following in the footsteps of generations before him because he wants to preserve the position and priveleges the heir to the Throne and the Monarch has had for centuries. He wants everything the way it always has been, which includes having a convenient whipping boy who’s only purpose is to prop up.the monarchy for the benefit of only some members of the family-Charles, William and George. The rest of them are there to support those 3 because they will be dependent on their cash and eont have to rely inbtheir charm or intellect to survive, because they are a pretty dimwitted bunch, despite the best education money can buy.

      • Tessa says:

        I fear for Charlotte and Louis’ future with their father the way he is. He may “oppose” Charlotte’s choice of husband or Louis’ choice of bride. And he’s already making George look more important.

      • Lady D says:

        I think it will be Louis’ wife who will get the Meghan treatment to keep George looking good. Especially if the lady is gorgeous.

  18. Osty says:

    Well PWBT can also follow Diana’s legacy if he wants , I’m sure Harry isn’t stopping him. The sky is so big that it can accommodate two stars , so if William wants to continue her legacy he can and shouldn’t be jealous or incandescent because harry is . Well he inherited diana’s bad sides so it should be ok for him
    Also Diana worked hard to build that legacy so instead of fighting about who gets it why don’t he work hard to leave his own legacy?

  19. TeaForTwo says:

    ‘Harry DOING mental health, Harry DOING conservation, the work William and Kate WANT to do.’

    Doing vs., wanting to do . . . LOL! Do you think the writer knew what they did there? 😆😆😆

    • Snuffles says:

      Maybe that will be the Cambridges new excuse. We WANT to do those things but can’t because Harry and Meghan are doing it! Because they know if they tackle the same issues, comparisons will happen and the Cambridges will ALWAYS fall short.

    • Christine says:

      “There is no try, only do” – Yoda. It’s official, Star Wars is a more competent source of wisdom than the royals. Wills and Kate need some Yoda.

  20. Cecilia says:

    Harry IS Diana’s legacy. Bye wiliam👋🏼

    Lmao this man had YEARS to profit of the popularity he enjoyed because of his wedding and birth of his kids . He chose to use it by doing nothing.

  21. Iris says:

    Also, I just looked on the website and the photos of both (meghan with her mother, Harry with his) are so subtle, they’re almost see-through. It’s just a nod to both. It’s madness to have it blown up in this way

  22. MsIam says:

    William must be convinced that Harry’s popularity is only due to being Diana’s son. Bet he’s wondering why it hasn’t worked for him.

    • VS says:

      1) before they left, it was “H&M are popular because of their titles” LOL; the british press without knowing did Meghan a favor by always calling her Meghan Markle

      2) now the narrative has changed; H is popular because he is Diana’s son. isn’t W as well? why don’t people pay attention to what he does?

      3) soon, it will be H&M continue to steal the spotlight from W&K

      why can’t the british just stop talking about H&M? why not focus solely on W&K? I think H&M will be happy never to have their names on trashy tabloids

      • Tessa says:

        H and M are used by the tabloids IMO to trash and promote more of the unkind talk about H and M on social media and in comments section. then they are set up against the Perfect (LOL) cambridges and Kate dresses better and is a better wife and mother and is classy –all the cliches. I don’t think there is enough substance to W and K so the articles usually include put downs of the Sussexes.

  23. notasugarhere says:

    W&K have monetized Diana, through a clothing partnership with a childrens clothing manufacturer. They made little girl dresses in a ‘Diana Tartan’ with a portion of the money going to a Diana-related charity.

    I don’t see William using Diana’s life as a cautionary tale. If he did, he wouldn’t have gotten himself in so deep owing the tabloids over his affair coverups. Nor would he have spent the last twenty years cheating on Kate.

    • Tessa says:

      Harry is a devoted husband who adores his wife. He is a good man who defends his family. William OTOH disrespected Kate when they dated and beyond. Kate should have been the one to dump HIM. Harry does not want to see Meghan treated the way Diana was by Charles and the royals.

      • Where'sMyTiara says:

        I agree with this. And… does anyone find it interesting, the *way* in which it was phrased, on their website? The meanings could be taken in a couple of ways. Both honoring their mothers, but also cautioning the haters: We’re done playing with you. Push us and we reveal your secrets.

        “I am my mother’s son” – A second read could reveal this as a shot across the bow to the BRF, and William in particular. A “I’ve got the dirt on what you did to us, and if you push me too far, I will sit down for a Panorama-eque interview and blow your reputation to bits” feel to it. I think Harry by nature is too good and level headed to do it, but everyone has their breaking point. This felt like a “Imma do this, and keep my powder dry but if you don’t shut up about it, this is your notice, do not come for me because I’m done playing.”

        I think the “And I am my son’s mother” from Meghan was similar. BIG mama bear vibes I got from that. “Do not come for me or my kid or I will curbstomp your life in court”.

        No lie, I hope they do have that kind of inner fire after everything the press and the BRF have put them through.

  24. February-Pisces says:

    William now wants to take away the fact harry is also Diana’s son. Could he get any lower? I would never stop William paying tribute to his own mother, because that is his mother, and it’s exactly the same for harry too. William has used his mother countless times for publicity so he can stfu.

    • L84Tea says:

      For real. I am the youngest of four, and our mother died when I was a teenager. If any of my older sisters tried to claim our mom’s legacy as “theirs”, or tried to claim her death as something only they could own, just because of age or whatnot, I would tell them to kick rocks. William can suck it.

  25. ABritGuest says:

    I think this is BS from Larcombe as the press love the rivalry stories. The firm made such a mistake not showing solidarity & feeding the press beast with the feud stuff.

    I think they are both honouring Diana’s legacy. William with taking up with some of the charities/causes close to her like Passage & Crisis & with work he’s doing on being open about mental health with Heads Together. Harry with mental health, AIDS, Sentabale. Not everything has to be a competition.

    I think they both also take inspiration from Philip & Charles with their environment/conservation work.

  26. BlondieR says:

    LOL Wills! Part of Diana’s legacy is breaking from the stuffy protocol and unemotional connections of the BRF. For all I’m concerned Harry and Meghan are living her legacy to the fullest! I imagine she would have loved to do what they are doing!

  27. TheOriginalMia says:

    Harry is Diana’s son too. He doesn’t need William’s consultation or approval for what he does concerning her. He loves his mother and wouldn’t commercialize her image or memory for his own gain. Shame on those who are even suggesting he would.

  28. molly says:

    Kate’s multiple Diana cosplay dresses say WHAT?

  29. steph says:

    I remember replying to a tweet when H&M first left saying they’d be fine bc H had already set up long term successful organizations. Someone said “he didn’t do it in his own, he had access to the best resources.” I agreed with them and said he won’t be losing that access either.

    William has the same access if not more. He’s pushing 40. He has chosen not to do anything substantial. The article should have been H&M are trying to copy W&K because their initiatives should have been long started and fully functioning by now. They are grown ass adults who have yet to get anything off the ground. That’s their choice, it has nothing to do with H&M. Diana was younger than then when she died. She had already left a legacy.

  30. tcbc says:

    From the article: “without royal approval”

    Diana wasn’t a “royal” when she was killed, so the royals have no say. Diana certainly wouldn’t want Charles and the queen – the two people most responsible for her misery – having a vote. William can have an opinion as her other son but that’s it. He doesn’t get to trump Harry just because he’s the heir.

    And that’s what’s going on. William is used to getting his way because he’s the future king. But this doesn’t have to do with the firm, it has to do with the family. They want to have it both ways. You’re “out” when it comes to the protections of the royal family, but “in” when your own achievements or popularity benefits the family. They did it to Diana and now they’re trying to do it to Harry.

    The smartest thing Harry ever did was move to California.

    • Tessa says:

      The royals made it clear Diana was not “one of them” after the divorce. They would not give her a royal funeral, only public demand forced the larger funeral than the “private” one that was discussed. Charles really should have reined William in instead of coddling him.

  31. Alexandria says:

    What’s the point of writing this even if it’s fake. DM is so dim. This is just showing he talks a lot, doesn’t he? Why don’t you just DO instead of blaming everybody. He’s just fed up that everyone is setting up expectations for him because of what his grandparents, parents and brother and sister in law have done through the years. He is so used to coasting and getting away with everything. I wonder who took his exams for him!

    • Pétulia says:

      It’s too late for him to live up to the legacy of both his parent now. Especially if he keeps complaining and not actually do the work.
      With the covid and the political climate of the uk I doubt the earth shot project will be something substantial.

  32. Jumpingthesnark says:

    I mean, the wording says it all. William sees Diana’s legacy as a commodity that he as their heir “owns” and his “ownership” overrules Harry because William is the heir.
    Harry OTOH sees this legacy as an inspiration to carry on advocacy and philanthropy. And he no longer buys into that BRF BS that lineage overrules everything including motherhood. He is just as much Diana’s son as W, and has just as much right to carry in her legacy!!

    • Tessa says:

      When William got less than favorable PR (like shirking duties for hunting weekends) he played the DIana card. So in that sense he has “used” Diana.

  33. Jay says:

    Ha! Back off everyone, all mental health and conservation stuff are the Cambridge’s issues, they call dibs, so nobody else had better do anything for those very challenging and worthy causes. Top CEO Kate’s on it, guys. (So, we’re all doomed, basically.)

    In all seriousness, although this article obviously didn’t come directly from the Cambridges, I couldn’t ask for a greater illustration of their different approaches to their respective work and the problems they are trying to address:
    One couple talks about being keen to work; the other actually does the work, even when it’s unglamorous.
    One couple is constantly looking for credit for themselves (” It was Kate’s idea”) and the other takes every opportunity to highlight the work of others.
    One couple looks at the challenges we face and sees opportunities for competition, how can we “own” this problem so nobody else puts their name on it? And the other sees opportunities for collaboration, how can we get more help to solve this from people who know more?

    I feel like I could write a whole dissertation about this, so I’m stopping now, but I think the personality dynamics are pretty stark.

  34. Jezebel's Lacefront says:

    Harry lives as Diana’s legacy daily and Little Willy hates it. Why? The latter lives as his father’s legacy and he’s embarrassed.

    • Where'sMyTiara says:

      Workshy Wanderdick truly is the Windsor’s, and Petty Betty’s legacy. Petty actually works pretty hard for an OAP. I wonder how she really feels, about Workshy’s lack of dedication? I wonder how Chaz feels? Because Chaz accomplished a lot more by the time he was Workshy’s age.

  35. Aa says:

    The Royal family has benefited greatly from being able to claim Diana’s legacy as their own after her death because they had William and Harry and it was easy for courtiers to forget over two decades that her legacy is as important to William and Harry’s popularity as their status as princes, but Harry leaving as separated Diana’s legacy from the Royal family again and William in pushing out and undermining Harry has damaged his own connection to Diana’s legacy. To me this is William finally realized some of the fallout of his actions and he’s angry as usual.

  36. Implicit says:

    Oh how he must hate not to be the king when it comes to being a son to Diana it doesn’t matter .Maybe him and Ben Affleck can start a support group Douchebags Together At roses house

  37. Korra says:

    Had Diana’s legacy not been so enduring, William wouldn’t be as interested in claiming ownership. He wants to be popular, and that is all he cares about.

  38. Christine says:

    “TAKING OWNERSHIP”??!!!!

    I have two brothers, the three of us are able to speak of our parents whenever we wish, without consulting each other. I’m not sure if the bigger idiocy is with the British press, or the royal family, if they weighed in on this. Honestly, if I called my brothers and asked them if I could, for example, put a picture of our mom and dad on Facebook, they would be beyond baffled.

    Who in England thinks this is a good look?

  39. Lyn says:

    From what I can tell, William doesn’t seem to want any overt association with anything Diana or her life or works.I never see him take any interest in anything she did or said and heck I haven’t even seen him with the Spencer family or involve them in his life. So he comes across as someone who is ashamed of the way his mother acted and don’t like her family.

    While Harry for years has worked to keep her works going or completed e.g the landmines. He has co-founded a foundation in her memory – Sentable, created another one in her image – Archewell, regularly interacts with his Spencer cousins, and had his mother’s sisters in prominent pictures at his son’s christening.

    So its really so surprise that people associate all the good things about Diana with Harry, seeing as a lot of the things he’s done in his life is with her in his mind

  40. 809Matriarch says:

    “…should not expect to be able to use the legacy of the late Princess of Wales for their own projects – some of which they’re set to earn millions from, without royal approval.”

    ???????

    This is a hugely arrogant statement. In the first place, Diana’s royal status was vindictively stripped from her. So there is no need for “royal approval.” Willileaks better start taking ownership of his own royal PR. The constant drip drip drip of him being INCANDESCENT with rage, paints an ugly picture of the FFK.

  41. 809Matriarch says:

    “…should not expect to be able to use the legacy of the late Princess of Wales for their own projects – some of which they’re set to earn millions from, without royal approval.”

    ???????

  42. 809Matriarch says:

    Truly sad that PWT is so frightfully jealous. His great grandfather, George VI had a speech impediment. His great great grandfather was considered a bore who was only good at stamp collections (so I heard).

    All that big mango head had/has to do is just keep living his own life and leave H&M alone. Even if they command ALL THE SPOTLIGHT all the time. Once William becomes PoW and eventually King, everything he does will be scrutinized (good or bad). Wearing the Crown comes with its own spotlight. He should stop this foolishness because he is tarnishing his own brand.