Prince William is predictably incandescent with rage at the Sussexes right now

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Just to be clear, Buckingham Palace and the royal press pack have completely lost their everloving minds about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s statement of fact that “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.” This has been branded “rude” and “disrespectful” and as the verbal equivalent of Harry spitting on his grandmother. It’s worth analyzing this controversy alone, because I feel like Americans don’t get why “We can all live a life of service. Service is universal” is being interpreted in such a vile way. The simple fact is that for the Windsors, service is duty, duy is a birthright, and the Queen is the gatekeeper of duty and service. The Windsors believe that duty must be met with grim hatred, because of the devil’s bargain: they get palaces and jewels and white privilege, but in exchange they have to “serve.” That’s why everyone is so mad at the Sussexes: they’re saying f–k your palaces, f–k your jewels, f–k your privilege, we can serve without your say-so and we can serve because we actually enjoy helping people. The Sussexes find joy in serving their community and don’t just see it as the transactional exchange of royalty.

Prince William absolutely believes that service is duty, and that the Queen is the gatekeeper of duty. William thinks that service is awful, that it’s something to be avoided, and that he has every right to be filled with rage, contempt, angst and boredom at the thought of a prescribed life of service. So as you can imagine, William is full of rage about the Sussexes’ statement:

Prince William was left furious and saddened by Meghan and Harry’s parting shot at the Queen and believes the couples’ final statement was ‘insulting, disrespectful and petulant’, it was claimed last night. The Duke of Cambridge has been ‘shocked and saddened’ at his brother’s behaviour towards the monarch the sources told the Sunday Times – after Harry and Meghan were stripped of their royal patronages and Her Majesty suggested a ‘life of public service’ is not compatible with the couple’s lucrative new career in America.

Courtiers and other members of the family were equally upset by the tone of the pair’s response – released just minutes after the Queen’s announcement – in which they argued ‘service is universal’. But the row has now placed even further strain on the relationship between the brothers, with some in the Palace claiming it is the most serious royal rift in decades.

William, 38, has struggled to accept the concept of Megxit and now feels there is added pressure on him with Harry turning his back on the UK. The Times sources said William believed the Sussexes statement was ‘petulant and insulting to the Queen’ and he was left ‘really sad and genuinely shocked’ and is ‘very upset by what has happened’.

While other Royal sources said: ‘Don’t disrespect your granny, Harry’ and ‘You don’t answer the Queen back — it’s just not done.’

Explaining the Queen’s position on what constitutes public service, an informed insider said last night said: ‘People need to be able to look you in the eye and know that you are here for them, not filming a Netflix documentary. Being a Royal is all about public service, not serving yourself. If public service is not your primary purpose, and making money is, then it’s impossible to represent the Queen.’

And a Royal aide said: ‘When someone has dedicated their entire life to duty, as she did on her 21st birthday, she understandably has very strong views on what public duty entails.’

One royal source told the Times: ‘Once [William] he got over the anger of how things happened, he was left with the absence of his brother. They had shared everything about their lives — an office, a foundation, meetings together most days — and there was a lot of fun along the way. He’ll miss it for ever.’ Another friend of the Prince admitted he was ‘still raw’ from the fallout, but insists his relationship with Harry will heal over time.

[From The Daily Mail]

Do you understand now? Do you understand WHY the royals have their panties in a bunch about the very idea that service might be undertaken with something other than angst, grim determination and disgust? Harry and Meghan have exposed the strained transactional relationship between royalty and the public. The Sussexes are showing the world that they can serve without the tit-for-tat, and they can do it out of joy and a genuine desire to help and improve the world. As for William… at some point, maybe one of his Tory advisers will speak up and tell him that it’s not a good look for a nearly 40-year-old man (and future king) to meet every story with rage and tantrums. William looks, as always, like the petulant one, like the tantrum-prone, ill-tempered would-be despot. William can rage all he wants, but he got exactly what he f–king wanted, which is Harry and Meghan out of the country and the spotlight entirely on him.

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  1. Frida_K says:

    He’s always incandescent with rage. Wish he’d been in Texas this past week to shed some light and make himself useful.

    Or not.

    Anyway, all dumb jokes aside, my question is: will these people EVER give it a rest? They are so privileged and have so many resources but they just can’t ever shut up and be grateful.

    • Yoyo says:

      Meghan and Harry are donating to a shelter in Texas.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Willcandescent doing what he does best. Throwing his brother under a bus. Luckily he is over playing his hand. Everyone sees him for the jealous, always briefing the press, backstabber that he is.

      • Athyrmose says:

        I find it somewhat amusing that he’s also basically broadcasting his inability to manage things without his fraternal scapegoat to stand on.

      • ravynrobyn says:

        @ Elizabeth Regina-’Willcandescent”. You have TRULY outdone yourself! **chef’s kiss**
        ##name for all time##

      • Liz version 700 says:

        Right he is briefing the press on what a massive anger crazed awful person he is with no sense of irony

      • Nic919 says:

        Willcandescent is the word of the day!

    • SnowQueenM says:

      “Just shut up and be grateful” is exactly what these people need to do. They have massive riches and all they have to do is visit a few charities every once and awhile. This hysteria with the patronages has done nothing but expose their grift even further. Like, it’s as if they feel if they occasionally make themselves useful, no one will question their purpose and they can keep their life of luxury intact without very many questions.

      • fishface says:

        All this brouhaha is really just the Murdoch media trying to scare up a story to divert attention from the Tory-led government’s corruption (i.e. Covid contracts going to mates).

      • UptownGirl says:

        @ fishface, I am intrigued!!

    • PrincessK says:

      I want Rose to one day break cover and tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth about her dirty deeds with William.

      The British media are now painting him like some kind of saint, the saviour of the monarchy devoted to honourable service…except that is not all he has been servicing….much ti the humiliation of his wife.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        She’ll never do that. I think she enjoyed some of the notoriety from the first cycle of rumors, (didn’t Houghton Hall end up getting more visitors/interest for a while?) but I don’t think she wants the full spotlight of the British press. She already looked pretty annoyed at that photo-op church visit before Kate’s birthday last year.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        @ Princess K – Regardless of what picture the British media is painting, the British media knows ALL the truths about the BPwBT and the Cambridge clan.

      • one of the Marys says:

        Well, he should be the saviour of the monarchy and devoted to service, he’s the heir ?🤷‍♀️?

      • Gabby says:

        I would love a sit-down tell all interview with Rose. Are they still going or is it over? I bet the sex was intense with him being so enraged all the time.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Rose may be his past, present, future mistress. Or she and her husband are providing cover for William’s myriad affairs, a la the Van Cutsems and Anmer Hall.

    • Nievie says:

      Queenie & Co have to keep up the facade that their privilage and position above us peasants their ‘god given right’ and not because of generations of ‘marrying up’. In my opinion the french had the right idea in 1793.

  2. ThEHufflepuffLizLemon says:

    The photo selection remains, as always, impeccable for stories about William’s rage.

    It’s so frustrating to me that they view service as transactional instead of an act of humanity and compassion. Harry and Meghan can both earn income and dedicate themselves to making the world a better place-it’s not an either/or situation. Millions of private citizens around the world perform acts of service without servants, palaces, jewels, or patronages. From what I’ve seen, W&K might benefit from some experiences serving without rewards.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      Agreed. I also love the second one with the Covid breaths.

      • ThEHufflepuffLizLemon says:

        I remember when that one came out-I think it’s from their infamous Scottish Tour. It’s the best PSA for mask-wearing they could have made, inadvertently or not.

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      Of course to them it’s transactional. They’ve always been served by others and put on a pedestal and even Willcandescent was always told how intelligent and handsome he was as a child and teen. He’s never really had to think of anyone except how their needs serve him. Hence why he married Keen. Hence why he is upset at his whipping boy, Harry deciding to leave all the crap behind and make a life for himself as far away from the toxicity as possible.

      • Snuffles says:

        Any Dr. Seuess fans here’s?

        I hear by declare that William is Yertle the Turtle and Harry is Mack.

        Yertle the Turtle

        The eponymous story revolves around Yertle the Turtle, the king of the pond (William). Dissatisfied with the stone that serves as his throne, he commands the other turtles to stack themselves beneath him so that he can see farther and expand his kingdom. However, the stacked turtles are in pain. A turtle named Mack (Harry) who has a checkerboard-style shell and is at the bottom of the pile, is bearing the brunt of the suffering. Mack asks Yertle for a respite, but Yertle just tells him to be quiet. Then Yertle decides to expand his kingdom and commands more and more turtles to add to his throne. Mack makes a second request for a respite because the increased weight is now causing extreme pain and hunger to the turtles at the bottom of the pile. Again, Yertle yells at Mack to be quiet. Then Yertle notices the moon rising above him as the night approaches. Furious that something “dares to be higher than Yertle the King”, he decides to call for even more turtles in an attempt to rise above it. However, before he can give the command, Mack decides he has had enough. He burps, which shakes up Yertle’s throne and tosses the turtle king off the turtle stack and into the water, leaving him “King of the Mud” and freeing the others.

  3. ThEHufflepuffLizLemon says:

    Sorry for the duplicate post

  4. TeamAwesome says:

    Meanwhile Team Sussex is sending money to Texas through Archewell, so I assume we will be getting comments on how they should help the UK instead?
    Are they and their PR team that quick on their feet, or do they get advanced notice of what Petty Betty will say?

    • one of the Marys says:

      I wondered that too, it was so succinct and a fabulous clapback. now #serviceisuniversal is a thing. God i love these two

  5. Eni says:

    This is a very interesting take that I don’t really see discussed here in the UK.
    I’m fascinated to see how pro-monarchy and pro-republic sentiments evolve in the next 10 years.
    I’m French so having my taxes go to royals NOT serving really grinds my gears.

    • SarahCS says:

      I agree, I would love this to become a more mainstream topic of conversation rather than automatic assumption that the status quo will continue. I’m British/French and begrudge every penny of our taxes that they pile into their bank accounts even having largely lived here all my life. They are parasites.

    • Belli says:

      The Queen passing will mark an enormous change in the conversation.

      Let’s not forget she’s been on the throne for 68 years. In a lot of families, she has been Queen longer than three whole generations have been alive. The impact of that can’t be underestimated.

      Right now, for a lot of people, it’s completely unthinkable to even consider ending the monarchy. Once Charles is king though, I think the republican sentiment will only increase. He doesn’t have that sentiment that most people have had for the Queen for literally their entire lives.

      But Charles is old and there might be some people who think, “I don’t like him, but William’s better and it’s not going to be that long before Charles goes and he’s king”.

      This might be why they’re so ruthlessly protective of William’s image. Charles has huge amounts baggage, but if they can keep the public on the idea that the monarchy is worth keeping because William will be better and will be king sooner, they might just squeak through.

      If people start to see William as petty, jealous, angry and adulterous, however…

      • Becks1 says:

        @belli – I think that’s a HUGE part of this – maybe all of it- protecting William means protecting the future of the monarchy. William’s family man image is the only thing he has going for him (its not like Charles where you can say, “well he really messed up his personal life but look at the Prince’s Trust!” or something). and I think a LOT of people think like you described – they arent necessarily fans of Charles, but they think “well William is next and he’ll be king before long.”

        I think the press buries a LOT of stories about William (and the palace keeps more stories from even getting to the press) because if things started to leak, it could get ugly.

      • February-Pisces says:

        I’ve said that this is probably the only reason why Charles doesn’t throw William well and truly under the bus. He needs William to retain a certain amount of popularity only to secure his own reign. I doubt Charles cares what happens after him, but people are only clinging on to a future of the monarchy because of Willie and keen. Now they have revealed how nasty they are, they have lost atleast half their fan base.

      • Where'sMyTiara says:

        William, who takes after his father and the rest of the Windsors in the petty/jealous/petulant strain, is already carrying the baggage of his crappy decisions. From bringing shame onto the RAF, to blagging his way to have meemaw buy a special chopper so that he could pretend to be an Air Ambulance pilot (despite not having enough log hours to qualify as one in his own right), to fiddling the books at his charitable organization that he once ran with his brother, redistributing money Harry brought in away from Harry’s charities so that Will & Kate’s own fundraising numbers looked less shambolic… Will’s perennially tone deaf comments and off the cuff insults (esp. since the pandemic started, good gourd)… the cheating… William is going to drag down the Monarchy past the point of no return.

      • UptownGirl says:

        @ WheresMyTiara, let’s hope that the monarchy dies with Charles as PWT is incompetent.

  6. Ohlala says:

    Projection and toxicity is strong with this lot. Wow and crazy how stupid public accepts it

    • SarahCS says:

      As Eni says above, this just isn’t something widely discussed in the UK, most people see the odd big headline (Sussexes not coming back) and that’s it, off the radar again.

  7. Amy Bee says:

    What I can’t understand is if they were so close as KP and the press want everybody to believe, shouldn’t William’s reaction to Harry deciding to leave be different? Harry has been very vocal about being a member of the royal family and his desire to lead a different life. Now that he has decided to do that, why couldn’t William be supportive of his brother? It doesn’t seem that William and Harry had a loving relationship and William only saw Harry as cover for his misdeeds and support for him when he ascended the throne.

    • Ginger says:

      Good point Amy. Just a few weeks ago we had stories on how close the Queen was to Harry and Meghan and how they felt bad the RF couldn’t see Archie and hoped this year they could. This statement that BP released wasn’t a statement of someone that is close to their grandson.

      The Queens statement was rude and tone deaf (especially during a pandemic) and The Sussex’s responded accordingly. The RF and press have no idea how to the handle someone that defends themselves.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      Exactly. When you love someone you feel for them, you empathize and support them. There was no love lost between the brothers.

    • Couch potato says:

      Yeah! Really good point! Both the Swedish and the Norwegian heirs support their siblings (Madeleine and Martha) staking out different lifes for themselves. And Martha started an angel school ffs. When your beloved sibling’s unhappy, and wants to try something else, you support him/her. This shows how little he cares for his brother and his wellbeing.

      They’ve done nothing wrong. Had the family actually functioned like a caring family and/or a proper firm(with control over their employees), this shitstorm would’ve never happened.

    • Jaded says:

      William is emotionally stunted, he suffers from arrested emotional development due to a number of things – his mother’s untimely death, his father’s apparent lack of interest and coldness, and growing up royal with hundreds of staff to look after everything. He’s clearly the emotional age of a spoiled toddler and continues to think he’s the centre of the universe. Add to that his obvious self-pity at having to play a role in the royal family that he’s obviously not cut out to do or has any enthusiasm for, and you have a perfect storm of jealousy for a younger brother who has proven himself very capable and eager to work for the people. He’ll do anything to belittle Harry including picking on Meghan and fomenting racist attacks by the BM.

      I grew up in a situation similar to William and Harry, albeit not royal. My older sister was insanely jealous of me, my accomplishments, everything about me. And she did everything she could to hurt, humiliate and insult me because she was basically lazy and unfocused. I finally cut ties with her it got so bad, it was like living with a terrorist. The cutting ties part was difficult but worth it in the end without having that black cloud of fury hanging over you all the time.

      • lanne says:

        I’m sorry you faced this–I think it’s a great insight into William. He ultimate wants what Harry has: a capable wife who’s smart, talented, and up for the job, and that he’s madly in love with, the freedom to choose a life different from the one prescribed to him, and the ability to tell the courtiers to go F themselves. I’ll bet a lot of what has given William solace is that Harry will be there like a pet dog–to support him and give him unconditional love, to look up to him, and to bask in his glory. The crap role of being king wouldn’t be so bad so long as Harry is there–not to support him, but to be less than he is, and to let him feel better about a lot in life that he’s not up to. William doesn’t want to top job, but he doesn’t want to come in 2nd place either. He doesn’t want anyone else to be more popular than him. So he acts out and puts all his ire on Meghan. In his eyes, it’s her fault that Harry’s leaving when the truth is likely that Harry’s the one who said goodbye. I think William hates, more than anything else, that Harry will get to enjoy his life, and live is life on his own terms.

      • Liz version 700 says:

        I’m so sorry you had to grow up like that jaded. It sounds like a daily trauma. You did the right thing.

      • Jaded says:

        @Ianne – your ‘pet dog’ theory is spot on. It seems like an untenable situation that will likely never get resolved unless William grows up ASAP, which I doubt will happen. William is and will be a big part of the gradual diminution of the royal family.

  8. AVEA says:

    Is this man incandescent with rage all the time? Maybe get some therapy and not shit on your brother at the tabloids 24/7 ? I feel so bad for Harry, no one deserves a sibling like this

    • Becks1 says:

      I dont know who decided that leaking all these stories about William always being so angry was a good idea. I wonder if they think it makes him look strong? It makes him seem like an angry petulant bully.

      • AVEA says:

        Right? Pretty much everything that leaks out of these palaces makes all of them look like complete asses. It’s like they want people to think they are horrible!

      • Couch potato says:

        They are complete asses! Complete incompetent, rasist, classist asses!

      • Nic919 says:

        I noticed Omid made a joke comment a few days ago about someone being incandescent about the Oprah interview. Being known as an anger bear isn’t a good look for a future leader.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      He’s beyond jealous. Harry is achieving the life William wants. Harry was always supposed to be the scapegoat. The spare that elevates the heir by being thrown under the bus.
      Instead Harry is respected beyond the commonwealth. He has private wealth and is befriended by politicians and celebrities. He still works for the betterment of humanity and has a gorgeous, intelligent and empathetic wife. Beautiful son with 1 on the way.

      William has always wished to rub elbows with celebs. So has Kate.

      This must really be a twist of the blade.
      And what a sad life to have so much privilege and still have so much hate and jealousy in your heart.

    • Myra says:

      Imagine living around a perpetually angry person. You’d have to tiptoe around him just so you don’t accidentally set him off. Imagine the effects on your mental and physical health. Over time you’ll be looking like a walking corpse, having drastically lost weight and aged significantly.

      • Lady D says:

        Or you just get tired of it, and it doesn’t affect nearly as much as it did at the beginning? I’m sure Kate knows how to turn off feelings towards him by now.

      • Myra says:

        Surely turning off your feelings must have an incremental damage on your psyche. I knew someone who had a husband like that. He always spoke down to her and it was embarrassing to be in their company. He was insufferable. She eventually cheated on him and then one day just blew up and threw a vase at him. They are divorced now.

      • Lady D says:

        Oh it is absolutely damaging to the psyche. Kate however, has made a choice, so she either puts up with it when she can’t avoid him or just blanks him out. The pay0ff is worth it to her. She’s probably relieved he’s living somewhere else. She gets what she wants and doesn’t have to deal with him.

    • lucylee says:

      maybe he is in a drunken rage.

    • Keroppi says:

      He’s going to give himself a hernia or something. He must be such a delight to be around. I worry about his kids. Growing up with a parent with serious anger issues will be very damaging.

    • Liz version 700 says:

      Agra I could not agree more. No one deserves a sibling like this, especially one who goes to the press a couple times a month to trash you. William is so gross

  9. Jay says:

    This story is a veritable “greatest hits” for William – the rage, his relationship with Harry is even more “strained”, Harry “turning his back” on his duty etc etc etc.

    I’ll bet that every royal television will be tuned in to Oprah’s interview, then they’ll all claim they didn’t watch it🙄

    I think Kaiser’s analysis makes sense, it’s sort of the Queen’s version of noblesse oblige, or like the robber barons in North America, where public work is sort of the price of not being overthrown.

  10. Daisyfly says:

    I think H & W’s relationship started to crumble the moment H found out about W’s infidelity. Knowing how much it hurt their mother, I’m sure H saw it not only as a betrayal to K, but also to D. H lost a lot of respect for his big brother then. Everything else that came after with M is just cabbage in the coleslaw of fuckery that is the Windsor family.

    • Lanie says:

      I think it started when Will was trying to undermine Harry’s relationship with Meghan.

    • Amy Bee says:

      I think it’s bigger than an alleged affair. I think there was always a tension between William and Harry because of how the Royal Family and the press treated them differently. William got protection from the press and received better treatment by the family because he was heir to the throne. Diana noticed the difference in treatment early on a tried to protect Harry from that. Unfortunately her death left Harry on his own and unprotected. I think after Harry joined the army, his view on life changed and the separation meant he and William drifted apart. It’s believed that William was allowed to make decisions regarding Foundation. I think after Harry left the army and became a full time royal they began to have differences regarding what the Foundation before Meghan came on the scene.

      • Becks1 says:

        I agree – I think if “the affair” was the final straw that broke the camel’s back (the camel being their relationship) – then it was because of how KP protected William and sacrificed Meghan in the press. I’m convinced that KP told the press it was open season on Meghan as long as they kept the name Rose Hanbury out of the papers.

        I dont think the affair was the final straw in a “Harry was shocked William would do such a thing” kind of way.

      • JT says:

        I think it’s more of Harry thinking, “ how dare you say anything about my relationship when you’re f*cking your neighbor.” William is a hypocrite and that would piss anybody off.

      • Couch potato says:

        And one of the differences regarding the Foundation was probably how the money was used. I saw a twitter a year or two back about RR whispering about something shady around the financial aspects of the foundation, but no one wrote about it,

      • notasugarhere says:

        As friends of Diana tell it? Diana was the one who lectured Harry about how he always had to support William, because William’s eventually job was going to be so hard. This was all based in Diana’s fraught relationship with her own brother not supporting her, but she forced all that on young Harry. That’s part of why Harry put up with being the scapegoat for so long; because it was a role his mummy told him he had to play.

    • Lemons says:

      Let’s be quite honest…Harry doesn’t and never will care that much about William cheating on his wife because Kate has always accepted being a doormat and this was common knowledge. Harry is just disappointed at seeing William continue to be a man-child skirting his duties and trying to piggyback off of everyone else’s achievements. If you can’t “achieve” yourself, not even your marriage, you have nothing to say as an older brother or future monarch.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        Exactly. I don’t think Harry “cares” in that way. His brother has ALWAYS cheated on gfs and most likely his wife. This has to do with how (truly) unaccepting Can’t and Won’t are of his wife, and that not only wouldn’t they say a word in defense of her in the press, THEY were the ones actually FEEDING THE STORIES to the press!

        Harry probably came to him with proof and told him to knock the shit off; they don’t have to be “besties”, but they need to get along/work together. PwBT pulled the “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM” card (ie: I’m the FFK!!) and after one too many times, Harry just said, “Peace out. My wife and child are more important to me than this cannibilistic circus”.

    • tcbc says:

      I think Will has cheated all his life (which he probably felt entitled to do, as the future king), and that Harry, along with everyone else in that circle, probably knew. So I don’t think that has anything to do with it.

      Also it annoys me when people center Kate’s feelings in Harry’s decision to separate from the royal family. There is no evidence that Harry and Kate were ever close.

      • Beach Dreams says:

        Thank you. I don’t get it either and I saw this line of thinking a lot in the early days of the affair allegations. Harry barely even knew Kate before she married William, and from what we’ve heard from him over the years, it sounds like he was just primarily around her for engagements after she joined the family. If he’s mad at William about infidelity, it’s because his wife was dragged into the mess as cover from the media. Nothing more, nothing less.

      • Nic919 says:

        While Harry was respectful of Kate in interviews and at engagements, I don’t think he “cared” about the cheating because it was going on from day one and if she’s tolerating it then that’s not on him. Harry did push back though when Meghan was being attacked by the media in their efforts to hide the Rose affair.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think saying the rift is over the affair (the actual affair, not the cover up or anything else) is….I’m trying to think of a way to put this….but it furthers the narrative of Will and Kate and Harry as a happy trio and Harry being so close to Kate that Harry sacrificed his relationship with his brother over his treatment of Kate. It’s a way of making Kate the princess in the ivory tower being fought over by the two princes, almost.

        In general Harry may hate that William cheats on Kate because of their parents, but that’s not the cause of the rift between them.

    • Beach Dreams says:

      Actually, William and Harry were never that close in the first place. The British press crafted that narrative for them in the years after Diana’s death. People connected to the royals have occasionally mentioned how often they’d fight and how infrequently they saw each other at certain points in their lives. I think there was always going to be a schism, thanks to the blatant difference in treatment they’ve received since childhood.

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        Not even just that treatment, but they’re very different people. Yes, when young, they were both into drinking and partying, but Harry grew up! He actually served in combat, he did the work to attain some personal growth, and became a MAN. PwBT is perpetually Peter Pan. He needs Mommy Carole to feed him cheese toast, and listen to him whine. He needs to feel like the biggest boy on the playground, whether or not he is.

        He is insecure, jealous, petulant, and perpetually ANGRY at how little control HE FEELS he has over his life. He may have a path, a “destination”, but HOW he chooses to walk that path IS his choice, he’s just too immature to see it, so he lashes out at Harry, who IS walking his own path to his own tune. And that is eating PwBT ALIVE.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Harry knows his brother has always been a cheater, that would never be the breaking point. William has always cheated on Kate. The start of their relationship was him cheating on his girlfriend with convenient Kate. He’s cheated on her for nearly twenty years now, no big news to Harry on that front. Harry barely knows Kate, he wouldn’t cut of his relationship with his brother over William’s dealings with a woman Harry hardly knows.

  11. Brit says:

    It’s over and that family and media need to accept it. It’s done and they’re only looking obsessive and deranged about this couple. They’re only making people sympathize with Meghan and Harry and getting people hip to the game. All the insults, abuse and intrusion is pointless because getting to them break or bend has only made them stronger. They should’ve left them alone and instead the family and RR’s look petty and hypocritical especially when it comes to Andrew etc. I’m just glad they’re in California and don’t have to see or hear this mess.

  12. S808 says:

    “now feels there is added pressure on him with Harry turning his back on the UK.”

    Added pressure? What added pressure other than finding someone else to throw under the bus when he needs a distraction? It’s not like he’s going to start working more. Harry is 6th in line, not a future monarch. If him leaving adds pressure then William has bigger problems.

    • Amy Bee says:

      Harry was expected to be King in all but name only. William expected to benefit from Harry’s work and popularity when William ascends the throne.

    • MadamNoir24 says:

      When they need a distraction from the bad press they will use the children like they always do. No more HArry and Meghan they can only use the children from now on to distract from the bad press, it will only get worst when the children get older.

    • one of the Marys says:

      it’s the pressure of being bad at his job. If he was average but surrounded himself with hard working, charismatic, effective people then his reign would benefit from that shine and reflect well on him. Good managers know how to make use of the best qualities of their people and give them the resources to be productive. But he’s not good at his job and his personality is such that he can’t stand anyone looking better

  13. Yoyo says:

    Willnot, is seeing reality, he is going have to earn his keep, without Harry doing all the work and not get credit for it.
    They’re calling the Queen, Charles, Camilla, willnot, cannot, Sophie and Edward the Magnificent Seven, I kid you not.
    BP put out a story that Harry was begging to keep their patronages on the last Zoom call with the Queen, they always try to have the last word, you would think by now, that they would figure out Harry and Meghan have nothing to lose, and will reply in kind.

    • Lanie says:

      More than half of the Mag 7 are nearing the end of their life cycles, 2 of them are pathologically lazy ( and quite stupid), and then there’s the guy who dropped out of boot camp and his Ford Fiesta, both who tried and failed at what Harry and Meghan are accomplishing.

      I see a diminished monarchy.

    • Chrissy (The Original) says:

      Don’t forget Anne.

      • TheAnonymousPimpernel says:

        Adding Anne would have made it eight. She’s not included.

      • Becks1 says:

        Anne probably told them she didnt want anything to do with this ridiculous attempt at rebranding.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        “Branded the ‘magnificent seven’ by palace officials, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and Camilla, Princess Anne and Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex have been tasked with putting on a ‘united front’ for the monarchy.”

    • Lizzie Bathory says:

      I saw that “Magnificent Seven” headline. And that after they tried to make Charlies, Camilla, William & Kate “the new Fab Four.” They keep trying to polish this turd.

      • lanne says:

        The “decrepit 7″
        The “broke down and busted 7″
        The “ow, my back hurts! 7″
        “Pass the porridge 7″
        The “where’re my teeth 7″
        The “bald and gray 7″

    • Poor Anne ….guess she’s just 💩 outa luck….

  14. Darla says:

    This attitude is so disturbing, if people really believed it we would all be worse off. If every single person believed part of being here is giving, of making someone’s life better daily, or weekly, or whatever you can do, of giving more to the world than you take, what a world it would be. I can’t even tell you how much thought I’ve given this matter. Over years. Not a lifetime because I didn’t think of these things in my 20′s, I will admit it. But years.

    This is crazy thinking and also incredibly selfish, and elitist frankly.

    • Lady D says:

      I was the same in my 20′s, Darla. I was 30 when I started doing volunteer work because I wanted to help.
      I really feel at loose ends right now. My last position at the senior’s home kept me there 3 days a week. I was also a volunteer reading tutor for 6yo, at the elementary school. Right now I can’t volunteer anywhere and it’s starting to bum me out. In six days it will be one year since I could be at the senior’s home. I don’t even know if they are all still there.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Do they offer any form of virtual service? I’ve seen many care homes offering video chats for friends and family. If yours are doing that type of thing, you could offer to be a chat mate for some lonely seniors in 10-15 minute blocks. Or weirdly, if you’re musical, you could offer to do a Zoom/Teams singalong with songs from their era. Singing aloud frequently is good for both memory and lifespan.

  15. Cecilia says:

    Charities are here more for the windsors than the windors are here for charity. Having a royal patron does nothing the charity. But the windsors need them to excuse their lifestyle. Meanwhile anybody can do charity work. The sussex statement was the simple truth.

    • FC says:

      Right? Imagining having to explain your “duty” over and over again like it’s a real thing. Showing your work is more effective, but that would require effort.

  16. Elle says:

    Don’t they have access to good therapists? They can do wonders on dealing and regulating emotions.

    • deering24 says:

      Therapists are 1) commoners, 2) mere mortals. How dare anyone tell the RF they aren’t perfect? :)

    • Liz version 700 says:

      William needs a therapist following him around like a sober coach. Now your highness we discussed no incandescent rages today….

  17. Merricat says:

    I think Kaiser nailed it with the word “joy.” Harry and Meghan are joyful people; their service is meant to make the world a better place. In contrast, the RF justifies living lavishly on the taxpayers’ dole with the exchange of grim, reluctant service.

  18. Sofia says:

    At what point does an almost 40 year old man married with kids let go of his brother and let him live the life his brother wants?

    Yes I know they’re not an ordinary family and that they’re siblings but William still needs to accept that Harry is a mid 30s man with his own wife and kid (soon to be kids). If he doesn’t approve of his brother’s choices, fine. That’s his right. But he shouldn’t be incandescent with rage every. single. time and try to control his brother’s life.

    • JT says:

      William has his own family. His own wife, children, and his own “job.” It seems like he spends more time worrying about Harry than his own damn life. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t have time to see his kids; he’s to busy trying to oversee Harry’s. It’s disturbing if you really look at it. William puts more feeling and passion into trying to insert himself into Harry’s business than he does with his own marriage. He spent more time worrying about Meghan’s birth plans, than he did spending time with his kids. He’s a creep.

      • Does anyone else find it interesting that Phillip had to move back into Windsor Castle with the Queen due to staffing issues around the pandemic? AND YET just last week palace PR mentioned that the Queen had opened Sandringham to the Cambridge’s because they felt so cramped just living at Amner. Obviously, no staffing issues at Sandringham / Amner. Or, is there another reason Sandringham was opened for the Cambridge’s use? Perhaps William goes there to scream in the ballroom or the portrait gallery?

      • smlstrs says:

        Hmmmm… good catch, @LowcountryLady, good catch!

      • notasugarhere says:

        Or it supports the idea William is living at the large house at Sandringham, while Kate and kids are at Anmer.

  19. GreenBunny says:

    I love the idea that the Royals are available at the drop of a hat because they aren’t filming a Netflix episode, but Megan and Harry can’t be because they’ll be busy. Clearly, as they’ve shown themselves to be readily available during a pandemic, you just can’t get them to turn off the zoom meetings. Their idea of a life of public service is opening exhibits and cutting ribbons. Have they actually helped make the world a better place? Megan and Harry have donated money, time, and resources to animals, children, natural disasters and veterans. The Royals act like they’ve done so much for the world, but other than spending taxpayers money to justify their existence, I just don’t see it.

    • MsIam says:

      Yes, I’m sure they will come back from their vacations on Mustique or wherever they go at the drop of a hat, lol. Or in eight years or so, give or take. I have to imagine that whoever writes this crap had to laughing their ass off!

    • Betsy says:

      I don’t know about TQ, but Charles has done a lot of work, with the built environment, agriculture, organic growing, Muslim youth, traditional arts – he has put in the time and energy.

      William and Kate have not.

      (Edward and Sophie I don’t know or care about. 🤷🏻‍♀️

    • Couch potato says:

      Not to mention the documentaries the rest of the Windsors have featured in over the years.

  20. Snuffles says:

    Harry and Meghan are exposing the big royal myth.

    The royal family lead colonialism and literally raped, pillaged and pilfered from black and brown countries for CENTURIES. And it was only in the past 100 years, did the whole notion that the royal family was all about “service” come to be. This was designed to cover up their true nature and guilt which is take, take, take, oppress, oppress, oppress. Meanwhile, they line their pockets by taking public money to maintain their lavish lifestyles and influence laws so they can use that taxpayer money to increase their bank accounts.

    But if you look more closely, this service is largely shallow and pointless. Showing up once every few years for a photo op, polite small talk, a smile and a short press cycle that usually is more about what they are wearing and the latest family gossip than about the charity. What’s the point? Some of these charities have even gone under.

    And the Queen having literally HUNDREDS of charities doesn’t mean she doing anything real and tangible for these charities. It just means that she’s had a lot of busy work.

    But Harry and Meghan demonstrating that not only can they live a life of service without taking from the public, but have real, measurable results is exposing this whole “royals are all about duty and service” for the sham that it is.

    The more they do it, the more the public is waking up and seeing it for what it really is.

    • Becks1 says:

      Exactly. I said something similar yesterday. They are exposing the big royal myth, the “transactional relationship” as Kaiser put it, and that’s the reason for all the rage and panic.

      • JT says:

        Once again never complain, never explain would be a good motto to follow right now. All of the outrage over “service is universal” is making people wonder why it’s a problem not say. Just like The Crown. Now people are asking questions, because on the surface level it’s a completely innocuous statement. They just can’t seem to help themselves. Pour one out for the gold standard advisors.

    • Nic919 says:

      Kate did 88 engagements last year. And most of them were trumped up “events” during the Ireland trip and the covid choo choo tour. They do bookended nicely because the first one is where William diminished the true risk of covid not caring that so many had already died in Italy and the super spreader tour help bring the variant to all parts of the UK.

      How is any of this service or duty? It was self serving ego trips.

  21. Lanie says:

    “ People need to be able to look you in the eye and know that you are here for them, not filming a Netflix documentary”

    So does that mean Will’s “environmental” documentary will stop popping up on Discovery + commercials while I’m trying to watch 90 Day Fiancée on TLC?

  22. Elvie says:

    Last week when the Sussex gave that quote I said: by saying that service is universal, Harry and Megan are calling to question the need for a Royal Family, and it is a good question to ask ourselves.

    Which is why they’re incandescent with rage. If other rich people can service charities and do good works then what’s the point of them? North Americans, we get this, celebrities, rich corporations are our donors, patrons, etc. Royals can’t fathom it and they’ve survived by doing work, but the FFK and FFQ cannot be arsed and H&M are exposing that gap.

    Love it.

    • Bloemheks says:

      Service in the US is voluntary. Yes, corporations will often do it for PR and some probably wish they didn’t have to. People who serve as individuals do it because they want to. Harry is a Royal, but his service was that of someone who served because he wanted to. Even if you look at it as Royals having a job they didn’t necessarily want that’s true of many, probably most, people in the world. That doesn’t mean you don’t try to excel. I’m not particularly fond of my job. In my middle age, I no longer find it exciting. I might like to do something else, but quitting and starting over isn’t an option. I still try to do my job well. I still try to excel, not just because I’d like a promotion (I wouldn’t) or because I don’t want to get fired. I do it mostly because it would be boring and unsatisfying not to. Because it would hurt relationships with coworkers I’m fond of and I value those friendships. No matter what job you have a job well done brings a certain amount of satisfaction. At some point a person has to accept life on life’s terms and then find happiness within those terms or they will spend their entire lives in a state of unhappy resentment. The Royals on the whole seem to have a great deal of difficulty understanding this.

  23. STRIPE says:

    Soooo the BRF are the only people in the UK who volunteer or donate money to charity, then? I’m really struggling to understand the logic here.

    I think Kaiser is right here. They are mad because their whole job is “service” and that “justifies” them being supported by the public, but the Sussexes are showing that you can have real jobs and earn you own money AND serve. You don’t have to leech off taxpayers to volunteer it turns out.

    • Sofia says:

      Which is why they wouldn’t allow the Sussexes to do the “half in half out” model. If they can work for the monarchy and do it for free basically, people would start asking “okay why aren’t the rest of them doing it? Why are we paying millions for them when they don’t need our money?” which could then lead to “So why do we still have a monarchy then if they don’t need our money to do their “jobs”?”

      • MsIam says:

        They got exposed as irrelevant figure heads. In one of those Diana books, maybe the one by Andrew Morton, it said she was at dinner with them and supposedly asked the family what they felt the future of the monarchy would be and how they would remain relevant. They all looked at her like she had suddenly grown two heads. All the more reason for them to hate Diana, and I think they feel like Harry is her ghost to come back and haunt them. He makes them question themselves and they don’t like that. They must be above everything, that’s why they don’t speak with the FBI or wear masks like mere humans.

    • Keroppi says:

      Exactly! And for those who work in health care whether it is physical or mental health, but get paid because it’s their job, are they not living a life of service? So many individuals work in helping professions live a life of service. Is that less important or valuable than the royal family because of some notion of duty? I love how M&H phrased it – service is universal. Living a life of service because you WANT to, not because your family forces you into it in exchange for a palace and fancy clothes.

    • Bren says:

      When Meghan experienced the royal model of the life of service up close & personal, she sniffed out that BS immediately and showed them what real charitable work looks like in record time. Given KP and the firm’s reaction, they knew she made them all look fraudulent.

  24. Digital Unicorn says:

    The RF still do not get how bad this whole situation make them look, plus they are allowing the press to run wild with negative stories about the Sussex’s – if Chuck wants to repair his relationship with the Sussex’s he needs to stand up to the press and defend his son and DIL.

    • Sunday says:

      Exactly, it exposes them for the petty, vengeful, jealous, hypocritical figureheads that they are. The larger context makes it even worse – Meghan is pregnant after suffering a miscarriage, and instead of trying to ensure her pregnancy is as stress-free as possible they’re briefing the press against her and her husband. Just disgusting.

  25. Elizabeth says:

    Anything other than cringing servility is “rude” to these people. You can’t have a conversation or negotiation with people who demand unquestioning obedience. 🤷🏻‍♀️

  26. Josie Bean says:

    I am glad H&M have removed themselves from the Royal family and are living the way they want to live. I wish more of the “Royals” would do the same. I pay taxes to the British government and I want my tax money spent the social needs of the British public not on members of the Royal family.

    Hopefully, having the Palace release statements about H&M and then in turn H&M release statements will come to an end and people can just get on with their lives. This whole thing has got silly and should have been avoided (and I am referring to both sides).

    • Kkat says:

      No, the people being abused aren’t being “silly”
      They have the right to speak up and defend themselves.
      It’s not like the abuse is going to stop if they keep quiet, they DID do that.
      And here they are still being abused

  27. Lizzie says:

    This is very trumpian, One can only look good by denigrating someone else.

  28. SarahCS says:

    I have a laundry list of comments I could make about various bits of this story but I’m just going to go with one of them.

    If the BRF isn’t about making money, then (historical sources of their wealth aside – that’s a whole other can of greedy pillaging worms), can they stop taking millions of our taxes every year and pressuring governments to help them keep their wealth hidden?

  29. mtec says:

    This is so true. The Sussexes actually enjoy helping others, and that is evident in the way they approach service, unlike the rest of the BRF. And I think that’s what Harry’s family resented about Diana as well.

  30. Chill says:

    “Explaining the Queen’s position on what constitutes public service, an informed insider said last night said: ‘People need to be able to look you in the eye and know that you are here for them, not filming a Netflix documentary. Being a Royal is all about public service, not serving yourself. If public service is not your primary purpose, and making money is, then it’s impossible to represent the Queen.’”
    Just 2 words- Prince Andrew

    • Lizzie says:

      Remind me how many months the queen is on vacation each year?

      • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

        about 3 1/2 over Christmas (to Feb.), and again 3 mos over the summer, at Balmoral (end of Junish through mid/end of Sept) usually, isn’t it? That’s half the year. And NOT JUST since she got old. She’s ALWAYS done this. So at least 6 mos./yr. she’s not “working”.

        And PLEASE don’t come back with “she reads the red box daily”. It’s not like it takes all the much time, and there isn’t really anything in there she has to “do”, other than rubber-stamp a signature, if that. She’s a complete figure head, that the govt goes through the motions to “bow” to.

    • Becks1 says:

      Also, the Queen absolutely uses her position to fatten her own wallet, just in a different way than Andrew did.

    • Elizabeth says:

      This is the same queen who used her position and influence to lobby politicians to protect her wealth. Shameless.

    • MerryGirl says:

      But, but…didn’t Willnot film a documentary recently? Did he look the UK public in the eye and let them know he was all for them when he did that? Just asking for a friend.

  31. Nutella toast says:

    I’m so bored of hearing “blindsided”, “insulted”, and “shocked”. These people need a dictionary as much as Tr*mp…all this poshness has left them with three or four pedestrian words to use over and over and over – they aren’t even keen enough to find new words to describe their rage. If William really wanted to look like a leader he could just *shrug* and say, “I wish them well. Let’s get on to the business of supporting the country” or something. Throwing fits is…nothing I’d tolerate from my kid, much less someone who has money just because he was BORN.

    • MerryGirl says:

      Also “incandescent”, “keen”, “saddened”, “bombshell” “raised eyebrows” “rule-breaking” and “protocol”

  32. Becks1 says:

    I do think there is a difference between philanthropy and public service, and maybe that is what the palace statement was aiming at, but if so, it fell way short of the mark.

    I said a few days ago and I’ll say it again – Harry knew exactly what was meant in that statement from the palace. He knew what was being implied/stated. And he responded accordingly. So people who insist that the Sussexes “misunderstood” or “overreacted” – nah. Harry knew exactly what the statement meant.

    Finally – lets all recognize that we did not get a statement from KP when the Sussexes announced the pregnancy, or any statement of support about the Sussexes leaving (a simple “I support my brother in all his future endeavors” would have gone a long way IMO) but we get all these leaks about how angry William is.

    • Amy Bee says:

      I think Harry also knew that the BP statement was written by the Queen’s Private Secretary and not the Queen herself. Hence, Harry and Meghan’s statements was not a rebuke of the Queen but the Royal Household who’s mission is to push the myth that the Queen is dutiful and cares about serving the public and who have been constantly briefing against Harry and Meghan.

      • MsIam says:

        I think Harry also wanted them to know that tacking “much loved family members” onto the end of the statement is not the same as being “loving”. I think Harry is done with them.

    • Islandgirl says:

      This Becks…KP never responded to the miscarriage, the birth announcement…but they are able to respond to this.
      Well the comments on Twitter were exactly what they should have been.
      I expect that William will walk back these comments because they did not get the response he expected.
      It says a lot about KP and their ability to read the room. They see the RR and the white racist response to Harry and Meghan and they somehow feel it represents all of the UK. Guess they are also looking at the YouGov polls.

      • Bloemheks says:

        I have sensed a huge surge in support for them on Twitter. Lots of accounts who don’t normally discuss them coming to their defense and expressing disgust at the way patronages were taken. I’ve been pleasantly surprised.

    • Rapunzel says:

      Becks1- the splitting hairs on the difference between philanthropy and public service is just a cover.

      The statement issued by BP made that comment about public service to smear the Sussexes. It was an attempt to paint them as lazy fame chasers who abandoned service for Hollywood. The Netflix comments in this recent article are the same.

      The Sussexes were rightly aware of this swipe and swiped back by basically saying, “hey, we serve, you idiots- we can walk and chew gum at the same time and don’t need you telling us how and when to serve. “

  33. Lanie says:

    All weekend, British tabloids and pathetic royal oats have been Britsplaining the difference between public service and philanthropy.

    If you ask an actual charity what they need, it would first be to listen to competent people about what is needed. It would next be money. Not old junk you want to feel good about getting rid of. Not ribbon cutting followed by inaction. Money.

    • Betsy says:

      I think traditionally the Royals showed up and that attracted attention and donations to the charity, yes? That it was only William and Kate who couldn’t be bothered to do that more than sporadically?

      I mean, I’m not British. The existence of the royal family doesn’t bother me on the same level that it would bother me if I were a taxpayer supporting them. But Elizabeth, Philip, Charles, Diana, Camilla – they were all able to do their job and Camilla got involved with osteoporosis charities and something else, too. It’s literally just William and Kate who can’t be bothered with the pretense.

  34. bitsycs says:

    Oh my god, die mad about it!

    William has the emotional intelligence of a 2yo. The fact that the BRF thinks they own service is hysterical. I’m just a normal 30 something mom who volunteers allllll the time (well pre covid) and does tons of stuff because I enjoy it and it feels like a good use of my free time. I guess we should all get clearance from the royal family before we do volunteer work. Lmao.

  35. ABritGuest says:

    Last night in the Torygraph they had toned down his reported anger to sadness and wanting to focus on repairing the family relationship with Harry now that they aren’t working together anymore (I guess he wants to put his arm around his brother again?). William was being dragged online as people were like how come he isn’t standing by his brother and why weren’t there reports of royal anger over Prince Andrew.

    The Times article talked about lots of pressure on Bill without Harry as he prepares to be king. What a slight to the top CEO & kings maker! It’s just interesting this emphasis on how much William needs Harry. the resource available for William was already thin. I can’t believe nobody was more forward thinking with the smear campaign.

    What’s hilarious about this whole saga is it’s largely self inflicted. The Cambridges could have started their full time work earlier so they might have already had a Hold Still or EarthShot by time Meghan arrived on the scene and everyone might have been more secure. Plus if one aim of the smear campaign was to put Meghan in her place, it actually gave Meghan more focus then as people who aren’t even royal watchers noticed the OTT nasty press & her dad’s interviews so effect was still more attention to Meghan than the others.

    Instead the smear campaign likely did drive Meghan out but Harry with her. Seems just letting post wedding and first baby hype die naturally might have been better then deploying a smear campaign.

    Plus the firm could just have shown basic decency to Meghan. How many of us have a colleague, friends other half or an in law that we don’t like but you just get on with it and are polite. Now they’ve lost Harry and the magnificent seven don’t exactly scream youth or glamour so not sure the press interest will be sustained until the next generation of young royals get interesting.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yeah I was reading an article somewhere about this (cant remember where) and it was comparing Harry stepping down to the abdication of Edward and mentioned that they both left for divorced American women (the horror!) and i’ve seen the comparison other places as well.

      But the comparison always misses the very obvious point – that Edward was actually KING and that Harry will never be king (well I would say its 99.9% likely he will never be king.) Edward stepping down changed the line of succession (well Elizabeth may have still been Queen but her father would not have been king.) Harry stepping back just means that William wont have him as his whipping boy anymore/

      • JT says:

        Or it just means William is shit out of luck. They all have been saying that Will expected “to share the burden of being king” with Harry. Now he’s stuck with a job that he really can’t do, and no vision in how to move forward in the 21st century. Harry had all of ideas, the work ethic, the charm, and temperament. William would have been king in name only; Harry probably would’ve been the brains behind the entire operation. They aren’t crying because the spare left, they’re crying because the real king did.

      • Nic919 says:

        There remains talk of Harry leaving means that he won’t share the burden with William. Which is completely stupid because only one person can be king at a time and it was always William’s burden to have alone. (Or possibly share with Charles but that’s it). Expecting Harry to do the work but never get any of the privileges has always been dumb.

        Besides they never spoke of sharing a burden between Charles and Andrew when they were in their 20s and 30s. So why is Harry the one expected to do this?

      • notasugarhere says:

        It also missed the clear point that William is the Duke of Windsor reborn, complete with petulance, arrogance, laziness, and being completely ill-suited for the job. Born 88 years and 2 days apart.

  36. Missjo says:

    Well he was known as Billy Basher in kindergarten, so it’s not like the rage thing is new, people just gave him more leeway after his mother passed away

  37. Drun says:

    With the half in, half out proposal, I thought H&M wanted to make money so that they didn’t need to accept tax payer funds, which would then hopefully lead to less media intrusion in their private lives. Making money was never their “primary purpose”.

    • Bren says:

      The initial proposal was for the Sussexes to become financially independent while supporting the queen. With the proposed new role, the Sussexes changed their approach to media relations which included no longer participating in the royal rota system. Their plan was always to be financially independent, so they could have more autonomy. I don’t think they expected the intrusion from the British media to stop, they just wanted out of the royal rota system that constantly misrepresented them and they were using their new role and financial independence to justify the change.

  38. Erin says:

    So tired of this “it’s just not done” BS being used exclusively to protect white people from experiencing any accountability for their behavior and actions. The monarchy is an awful, evil empire and it SHOULD be destroyed, one statement from Harry and Meg at a time. The only thing keeping the monarchy from being completely irrelevant is that kind of nonsense, Pearl-clutching reporting and our continued interest, I suppose.

  39. Harper says:

    Why does William believe this incandescent with rage storyline makes him look good? He seemingly authorizes this response being released every time Harry sneezes or Meghan hiccups. After rejecting Charles, Will must be modeling himself after Prince Philip, who was notoriously pissed off as a brand too. Which, okay, maybe in the 1950s heyday that was an acceptable persona for a grown-up male, but today it signals someone who needs to start working on understanding his reactions.

  40. AnnaKist says:

    What a bunch of nasty, petty twats. I reckon you’d get more consideration from a nest of vipers. They still cannot accept that Harry stood by his wife and walked away from their rubbish behaviour. Bill is still thinking, “How dare they walk away amd leave me to do all the work?!”
    Save yourself some keystrokes, Kaiser, and just say “Bill’s IWR”. Well know what you mean.

  41. Amy Bee says:

    I think overtime, Harry and Meghan’s work will end up exposing the uselessness of the Monarchy.

  42. Alexandria says:

    I’m surprised he has not split into two to give Kate the fourth child. Or maybe William is the fourth child!

  43. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    You would have thought that PwT and Wiglet and all the other useless hangers-on would really strive, as hard as they could, to actually ‘serve’ the nation, given just how transactional that relationship between them and the Exchequer is. Old Brenda is given nearly £90 million, a sum guaranteed to increase year on year, to be the public face of ribbon-cutting. Behind the scenes she and Charles meddle in our laws and our tax arrangements and consider it an ‘embarrassment’ that anything relating to her finances is disclosed to the *very same public* that pays for such social inequality. William had better find a mindfulness session or two and learn to button his yap, because the more he auto-tantrums over his brother’s actions, the more pathetic he looks. The nation fell out of love with monarchical tantrums and profligacy during the reign of George III, when the Prince Regent bestowed his gambling debts on the public purse. Times have changed, Billy. Times have changed.

  44. chimes@midnight says:

    “Incandescent with rage” makes me picture him like Hades in the Disney Hercules movie. Like William’s head might explode in to blue flame.

    • Elle says:

      I really think it will.

      He hasn’t even hit mid life crisis yet.

      • Jaded says:

        Jeebuz that’s a scary thought – can you imagine what he’d get up to? More insane dad-dancing with blondes, bar hopping, a red Lamborghini, hair transplants…yuck!

      • booboocita says:

        He’s known for his baldness, so transplants are out — although I’d love to see the excuses the Palace staff comes up with. “Honestly, it just started growing again!” But the sports cars, heavy drinking, and hot blondes? Depend on them.

  45. FC says:

    What I love about the “service is universal” clapback is that it took them 3 MINUTES to write that sh*t up and send it out. They were absolutely ready for this moment, and their PR team is working overtime to show their worth.

  46. Over it says:

    I feel like he could be a commercial. Cambridge Royal Incandescents. Just like their name sake, the energy saving lightbulbs. Because why work when you too can save energy.

    • Celia456 says:

      “Cambridge Royal Incandescents…. Because why work when you too can save energy.”
      @Over it Brilliant comment! 🤣 👏🏻 👏🏻👏🏻

  47. MJM says:

    Excellent post Kaiser. Thank you for your analysis of the RF’s approach to duty vs the Sussexes approach to service. Spot on.

  48. Over it says:

    Why is it always Meghan name first in these salty so-call journalists and reporters mouth? I mean Harry is the birth royal. William needs to grow the fuck up. And it’s right there in the article he is incandescent because now him and his f——-ing wife have to work and there is no Harry and Meghan to hide behind and take the credit for their work. The queen, no one talks back to the queen. Give my ass a break . She is not GOD . She is human, granted barely because she is a royal tone deff petty bitch but still human.she bleeds just like the rest of us. F- off palaces, British media and anyone else who had a problem with Harry and Meghan and their facts of statements.

  49. Noor says:

    I do not understand this rage response from Prince William.

    As a brother , should he not support Prince Harry’s desire to carve his own destiny and set new goals in life. In the long term, it is better for Prince Harry to strike out on his own and lead his own purposeful life rather than becomes a sad figure like so many other “spare to the heir” for eg Princess Margaret and Prince Andrew in later life.

    As a father, he may face the same problem later when charlotte and louis become adults and should thank Harry for pioneering a new path in life.

  50. GrnieWnie says:

    “Being a Royal is all about public service…” Ummm….where did I miss this one-way street? Is it not about serving the public PRECISELY so the public will put up with you? Is this not the social contract here? No one in a liberal democracy needs a monarch. Nobody needs a royal family. If they didn’t actually make money for the UK, they likely wouldn’t be tolerated. So what am I missing about this…are we to believe that royalty is an altruistic endeavour rather than one that is just as profit-oriented as anything the Sussexes are doing? And at least with the Sussexes, they have nothing to prove to the public and could simply retire to private life. The fact that they’re continuing to use their profile to support the issues they care about is absolutely a point in their favour that royalty cannot claim.

  51. Beach Dreams says:

    LOL. At this point William and his team would do best to STFU, because this past year is increasingly disabusing people of the notion that he’s better than Charles. Normal people were already getting annoyed with the constant Zooming and PR blunders, and now they’re starting to pick up on his constant state of rage. There’s a reason he’s seen as more Windsor while Harry is seen more in their mother’s light. He’s going to completely wreck his carefully maintained image if he continues to show his ass.

  52. Merricat says:

    William’s jealousy made him drive his brother away, but instead of failing, Harry’s star has only risen higher. Now William has to face the fact that Harry is not just more popular than he is in Britain, but all over the world. He made this bed of nails, and now he has to sleep in it, in front of everyone.

  53. Kyliegirl says:

    All the work they have done to make him Statesman Willy has flown out the window. This man is now just incandescent with rage all the time. Not a good look for someone who is dedicated to a “life of service.” Where is all the talk about his fragile mental state? Oh right, in our societies men having rage issues are nothing to be concerned about, but men who express vulnerability are vilified. No wonder we have off the charts domestic violence. For someone who is supposed to be an advocate for men’s mental health, the messages he is allowing to be sent with these articles are very damaging. Call him a bully and he is demanding a retraction, but he is fine with all of these rage articles. Far from being a Statesman.

    • Betsy says:

      You know, that’s perhaps the weirdest flex of his. You’re right; we have societal problems stemming from rage and the inability to process one’s feelings appropriately. William professes to care about mental health issues (although it mostly seems like an excuse to hang out with professional athletes and shame his younger brother), and he’s always full of rage. Not sad. Not upset. He’s “incandescent with rage,” and honestly it’s not usually anything anyone would be incandescent with rage over.

      I would guess that William is obsessed with appearing strong. What else is anger but fear and posturing in an attempt to look important?

  54. Lilly (with the double-L) says:

    I’m sure others have had this observation and I also wonder if they’ve chosen the base they want to appeal to: brexiters and whatever the UK version of MAGots are. I know when Bruce Willis got kicked out of a store for not wearing a mask some of the comments from his fans of that ilk were very happy. He apologized, but like the worst Chris, ensures that part of his supporters have something to hold onto in their admiration of him. It feels like the RF is counting on the let’s be the non-woke, non-cancelling, status quo (if it’s white) crowd to never want death to the monarchy. So his rage is his privilege and keeps those they don’t want in their place. It’s not working, of course, but they’ll love that he’s trying. Even his choice of mistress likely meets with their base’s approval.

    • betsyh says:

      I think you’re right—the brexiters are who they are marketing themselves to. But isn’t this an older population? By the time William is king, won’t this ultraconservative population have died off? (Or am I too much of an idealist.)

  55. popsicle_vp says:

    Not to be alarmist but these palaces and papers are playing a dangerous game. I feel like this type of writing is putting Harry and Meghan’s life in danger. They are characterizing the Sussexes as being against the U.K. and the Queen. As Trump has shown, words can hurt and incitement can be deadly.

  56. Cel2495 says:

    Maria Shriver has a beautiful response to “service is universal” quote. You can tell she is team Sussex.
    F*** the BRF

    • HeatherC says:

      Absolutely! If America were at any time to have a “royal family” of its own, it would have been the Kennedys. Maria’s own mother founded the Special Olympics (an organization close to my heart, I’d love to mom-brag about the medals Kiddo has) AND helped found real political change (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development). She knows what she sees when she looks at the actions of the Sussexes.

  57. Keroppi says:

    William thought it was ‘insulting, disrespectful and petulant’ – well, he would know!

    • Ann says:

      I haven’t been following Harry or the Royals in general for very long. I really only started following them when Harry and Meghan got engaged (didn’t know who she was before that, I’d heard of the show but hadn’t seen it). But over the years I’ve seen Harry here and there, and William and Kate too. I knew Harry had a rep for getting into a bit of trouble, but he was in the military and I knew about the Invictus Games so I thought he seemed like a good guy overall, maybe a little misguided. William just seemed kind of anodyne. But I will say I have never seen Harry do or say anything that seemed petulant, or ever come across as anything less than nice and solid. So it isn’t working now, the brush with which they are trying to paint him. Goofy, prankster Harry? Maybe. I bought that, I’ll admit it. But not anything unlikeable.

  58. aquarius64 says:

    Billy the Basher is now Donald Trump with a title. I still think KP colluded with Bad Dad on the public hit pieces on Meghan and I think they’re afraid Bad Dad will slip up and give away the game. Calling it- TT and the Markles take the fall for this whole mess. William is unfit to rule; the only throne he belongs on is one that flushes.

  59. notasugarhere says:

    ‘William can rage all he wants, but he got exactly what he f–king wanted, which is Harry and Meghan out of the country and the spotlight entirely on him. ‘

    @Kaiser, he didn’t get what he wanted. Harry and Meghan aren’t under his control. They aren’t hidden away in ‘Africa’ with their voices stifled. Harry has his freedom, William doesn’t. And he hasn’t been able to dump Kate, because Harry and Meghan leaving impacted that.

    This is why William remains incandescent with rage, because in spite of his best efforts? Harry and Meghan are free, happy, wealthy, and pulling positive headlines daily.

    • PrincessK says:

      Well said!

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      William never wanted Harry out of the family. He just wanted more control over him.

      I cannot wait for the BM to leave H&M alone. They can focus on what they have left. Let them sell papers off this boring, corrupt and completely inept family that they praise so often.
      H&M do not engage unless promoted. Best way to go about this. The BRF is shooting themselves on the foot.

  60. Catstan says:

    How is the monarchy any better? They are paid for their (lazy) service by british tax payers. At least Netflix, a billion-dollar corporation is paying Harry and Meghan for their service.

  61. Kalana says:

    If Harry was supposed to share the burden of being King with William, then William had to share the privileges and resources with Harry and clearly that wasn’t going to happen. We know the Sussexes were frustrated about being denied when it came to their projects.

    I wonder if Meghan explained her interactions with her narcissistic father to Harry and Harry understand a lot more about his own family after that.

    Harry has grown as a person because of all this and I wonder if that is possible with William. Watching the Queen snub them at Windsor, have the Cambridges actually spent this year in the doghouse?

  62. HeyJude says:

    When oh when are these people going to realize this isn’t “the most serious royal rift in decades”, but this is exactly the SAME royal rift as there’s been for decades?

    Harry is the realization of Diana’s principals and desires. He’s finishing his mother’s fight by getting away and showing there’s a path beyond royalty, beyond obsolete palace ways, unearned privilege, ridiculous paternal protocols, and vicious press vipers. There’s room for humanity.

  63. Lizzie says:

    I’ve said before but just imagine all William has been given in life then what a miserable person he is. I mean what in the world could make him a pleasant person? Therapy is the only answer I have.

  64. Christine says:

    My God. Kaiser, I am not worthy. I hope to, one day, be at your level. This entire post is haughty, dismissive, AND informative, with a cherry on top. Thank you, for this site, all of it. I know I am new here, but damn. I had so many feelings, mainly four lettered, after today’s news offerings, and you have, like butter, reacted like a God. I can’t even be angry at the royal family, in this moment, your phrasing is everything. I feel sorry for them, because they really need someone like you.

  65. Le4Frimaire says:

    I think this whole William incandescent article is to remind us that he’s still here, because everyone forgot he existed during this whole brouhaha.

  66. Jessie says:

    William needs professional help. How he can dare to condemn Diana’s treatment by the BM while openly using the EXACT same methods to destroy Harry and Meghan is beyond me. He does know the world’s watching, right? Anyone who hasn’t been programmed into a Tory hate machine by the Daily Fail sees him for the narcissistic abuser he is.

  67. Nothing new with William. His resting face is always incandescent with rage. He’s so hate and jealousy-filled.