‘It is rather childish’ that Prince William needed Peter Phillips to be the ‘buffer’

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It’s always pretty funny when the British media accidentally spills some tea which makes Prince Charles or Prince William look bad. The media’s big “tell” is that once the tea is spilled, it’s never referenced again. Immediately following Prince Philip’s funeral, the Daily Mail said that their sources confirmed that William had been the one to request (“demand”) that Peter Phillips walk in between William and Harry. William was the one who was too incandescent, too petty, too small and too self-absorbed to walk beside his brother in a funeral procession. There’s barely been a mention of William’s request since. Instead, commentators are merely remarking on how the choreography was a “mistake” and that using Peter as a buffer came across as “childish.”

The two brothers were reunited face-to-face for the first time in over a year on Saturday, as they both attended their grandfather’s funeral. William and Harry did not stand shoulder-to-shoulder as they walked behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin, as their cousin Peter Phillips stood in between them. Royal biographer Robert Jobson has said the move to use Peter as a “referee” was rather “childish”.

The expert told Express.co.uk: “Clearly a decision was taken like that and frankly I think if they need a referee between them then it is rather childish. They should have been there solely for their grandfather. It left it open to more ridicule really.”

Mr Jobson added that the move could have been to “focus on what they were doing”, which was to mourn the loss of the Duke of Edinburgh.

[From The Express]

Say what you will about Robert Jobson – he’s a tool – but he said no lies here. The fact that WILLIAM threw a tantrum about standing next to Harry is very “childish.” Harry was there to bury his beloved grandfather and William was too immature to put aside his own contempt for his younger brother at a family funeral. Anyway, in case you didn’t notice, all of the royal reporters got served new talking points about how William and Harry won’t be substantively reconciling any time soon:

Prince Harry and Prince William’s reunion at Prince Philip’s funeral was a first step towards reconciliation. Although the brothers walked separately in the funeral procession on Saturday, with their cousin Peter Phillips walking between them as they followed Philip’s coffin to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, the two were seen chatting naturally as they exited the service.

“I think it’s a good start and it was lovely to see but this whole argument runs so deep, I don’t think there is any quick fix,” a family friend tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. Insiders say there is a long road ahead.

“Knowing family, it can mend a bit and then can slip back a bit,” adds a royal insider.

[From People]

Again, it’s worth noting that the British media wants Harry to come back. William and Charles are quite happy with the Sussexes gone. The thing that upsets William in particular is that Harry is so successful, hot, happy and free. And so no, this will not be “fixed.” “This whole argument runs so deep” because William is a childish jackass with anger issues.

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  1. MMadison says:

    He has to keep the British People and Press focused on Harry/Meghan so that he can water the Rose Bush. William really doesn’t want the attention he wants to do NOTHING

    • Madelaine says:

      So it’s about time for Duchess Meghan to do SOMETHING. I have a name suggestion for her daughter: Rose Diana Elizabeth or Dianarose.

      • MMadison says:

        Why would she name her daughter after William’s mistress?

      • Jaded says:

        Meghan is not a petty, vile person like her brother-in-law and his petty, vile wife.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        I think Madelaine was being sarcastic guys.
        Those 2 names would throw off an atomic blast of rage from will.
        I seriously doubt this was literal.

      • Dl says:

        Agree Sarcasm. But you could hear Willnot head explode all over the world😂😂😂😂

      • Cessily says:

        I thought Lilly Beth with the blessing of the queen might be a shot across the bow to grow up and stop the pettiness.. I also love the name Bethany.. but I am sure they have their favorites.

      • Madelaine says:

        @Wiglet Watcher, @ dl: 🤭 Exactly. I was picturing Will exploding at the name announcement, the way he did when the names of Archie’s godparents were not revealed.

      • MMadison says:

        Thanks for the clarification

  2. JT says:

    It was childish and it doesn’t make him look like a strong leader who can do diplomacy. He looks like a man who is too chickensh*t to come face to face with his younger brother. This is starting to become a pattern. He couldn’t face Harry at the Sandringham Summit, he f*cked off to Ireland for the You Coulda Had a Bad B*tch Tour, and he couldn’t stand next to him for a funeral. Who’s afraid of whom Will?

    • Cecilia says:

      It seems like everybody is afraid of william except harry and he absolutely hates it.

    • Tour-malin says:

      William comes accross like someone who really can’t handle tension and tensed situations. He is swallowed by his own anxiety and anger, which causes all the acting out in these situations. A good stress tolerance therapy would do wonders to him.

      • Roo says:

        What an insightful comment.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Armchair diagnosis is best to include the lifetime of similar behavior. With William he’s always acted like a brat. And for context of his upbringing it’s been long confirmed the heir will never be punished. They get what they want as they want it. He’s angry because he can’t control everyone. Harry being the only one that has ever told him no? Charles sure as hell doesn’t.

        There’s so many types of therapy and maybe one way can work for him, but if it involves changing his behavior and not being surrounded by sycophants it’ll never happen.

      • TQ says:

        @Tour-malin 100% THIS! Totally agree.

    • Keroppi says:

      Too true. He couldn’t even be civil and act like an adult at a funeral for a day.

  3. huckle says:

    William & Harry aren’t Philip’s only grandchildren.

    • jwoolman says:

      Does the cousin have especially close connections to their grandfather? This all might be meaningless, just normal protocol being blown up to something it’s not.

  4. (The OG) Jan90067 says:

    William will ALWAYS fail at any attempt at “diplomacy” because he has a “tell”: that clenched jaw that bunches up whenever he’s even slightly annoyed, and turns into the size of a boulder when he’s really pissed off.

    Frankly, I’m surprised he has functioning teeth at this point; they should’ve been ground down into nubs by all the gnashing by now.

    I also think, aside from losing his whipping boy, most of what ticks TOB even more than anything, is that Harry is WAY more popular, and Harry does not NEED him in ANY way. There is NOTHING TOB can hold over Harry’s head.

    “We won’t support you”. Done.
    “We won’t give you and your family *any* security”. Done.
    “We won’t accept your wife and children”. Done and Done.

    And yet… H&M are THRIVING, living the life they want to live, doing the work they want to do, and doing it on THEIR OWN TERMS.

    #LifeGoals

  5. Lauren says:

    We knew that Chuck and the Keens really wanted H&M out of sight and out of mind. Chuck likes the attention on him, the Keens didn’t like that they couldn’t even compete because they are lazy, uninteresting, and have zero charisma. The press once they saw that revenue from outside the UK, revenue that their Klan did not generate… How do you let that go? The Royals don’t sell, Harry and Meghan sell. Willnot and cannot don’t generate the interest that H&M do for their charities, they don’t even want to put in the work. Willnot cannot be a mature 38 year old man even for his grandfather’s funeral.

    • Amy Too says:

      This article really seems like the press telling the royals “don’t separate the brother again, give us the money shot we want, we don’t care about your feelings or whether William wants a buffer and we will call you out publicly for being childish and wrong in how you set this whole thing up since we didn’t get what we wanted.” We’ve got a royal reporter calling the decisions that we were told came directly from the Queen “childish” and wrong, yet these same royal reporters will use “Harry is disrespecting the Queen!” whenever he does…anything, really. They (RRs) continue to show that they have the RF by the balls and they will not be ignored when they yank a chain and make demands. They have no respect for the institution or the family, they just pretend to when it makes a good talking point against the Sussexes. The RF is owned by the tabs and to the point where they can’t even organize the funeral of the Queen’s beloved husband as they would like to. They have to accommodate what the tabloids want or else risk being called out as childish.

      I think that’s partly why we had so many “brothers reconciling!” stories immediately before and after the funeral, because that’s the spin that the tabloids wanted. They wanted that story and were telling the family to make it happen because William/Harry photos and stories sell. And then slowly the RF’s preferred spin of “We actually iced Harry out, no one likes him and no one is ready to forgive him, it was all unproductive, don’t wait up for the reconciliation” came out. And now we’re getting a bit of a backlash to that with “no, you will continue to reconcile and at least stand next to each other so we can photograph you and write our stories” coming from the reporters. They are not okay with the “William and Harry will continue to need their distance” storyline. They want the brothers standing next to each other interacting at the statue unveiling so that they can get the pictures they want.

      • Tessa says:

        I did not buy any of the magazines with the drivel about the brothers getting back together. I notice they are not exactly flying off the newsstands in the local stores.

  6. Jan says:

    Harry and William didn’t walk side by side at their mother’s, great-grandmother’s or Princess Margaret funeral. The BM put out that story expecting the Royal family to cave like they always do.
    Now the next story is the unveiling of Diana’s statue, are they forgetting Harry is gainfully employed, he had time off for a funeral, there is talk of Paternity Leave, since he started working in January, where is he going to get the time from, in the US vacation time is different to the rest of the World.
    Then there is Netflix and Spotify who want returns on the money, plus I’m sure he is on some committee meeting for three months, not forgetting Invictus and Senetable??
    Harry knew when he sign up for these projects, that he would not be jetting back to London for the changing of the Guards.
    BM wanted to play up that Harry didn’t receive a warm welcome that’s why he left so soon, now you know he had an appointment with Annenberg, which was probably made weeks previously.

    • Bloemheks says:

      C-Suiters don’t necessarily keep regular hours. There’s been a statement from the CEO that he isn’t worried about Harry having enough time to do the job. When they announced the Invictus doc they mentioned Harry would be working both in front of and behind the camera, which would indicate he’s not going to be coming into the office on a regular basis. He’ll be paid for getting the job done, not the time he spends doing it.

  7. Woke says:

    The British media don’t read the room. Expect royalist, british people are getting tired of this war against the Sussexes. There was complaints to Ofcom when a commentator made a joke about Meghan when the picture with the grandkids was released.

    • Cessily says:

      Interesting enough searching for that interview I came across one the previous year where she commentated on the Queens birthday and said her 94th birthday would be spent alone, and since the queen celebrated her birthday with Trooping the Color, her actual birthday was not a big deal. Same commentators the previous year.. but they have very short memories,
      Hope that lady joins Morgan outside KP.

  8. ABritGuest says:

    Who knows the truth of the procession order but it wasn’t the smartest to put out there that William requested Peter be a buffer. William, as we keep hearing, is the future king so his job will involve hosting/entertaining all types of people who he may personally dislike.

    Actually an example of where Kate’s PR is better than William’s with the plugging of her as a peacemaker.

    • Jan says:

      Did you forget Kate behavior at last year’s Commonwealth service, with supposedly the Commonwealth watching? Or at the Polo Match? A diplomat she is not, just a mean girl.
      If Meghan was there Kate wouldn’t go anywhere near Harry, she staged that photo-op and seemed desperate in it.
      If it was anyone else I would be worried about them living with a rage monster, they don’t just turn it off and on.

      • PEARL GREY says:

        I suspect all this ridiculously OTT praise for Kate’s “star performance” at the funeral is to deflect from the fact that she spent much of the service staring across at Harry in the pews. She was definitely on a mission.

      • Becks1 says:

        She’s not saying Kate IS a peacemaker, she’s saying that Kate’s team is smarter to push the narrative that she is, rather than whatever the hell it is that William’s team is doing.

    • equality says:

      Maybe both are Kate’s PR. She puts out that Will doesn’t even want to walk next to Harry and then her “peacemaking” looks more effective after the funeral.

  9. Seraphina says:

    The FFK of England in all his glory.

    • Lizzie says:

      Yup. At some point clicks on Harry will quit bringing in the $$ , then they will turn their eyes toward the other brother and see what a loser they have for the next ffk.

  10. Cessily says:

    It looks like his nostrils are flaring standing next to Peter, but they may just be how they are shaped.
    I don’t see the childlessness of this playing out well with anyone outside of Royal and aristocratic circles and face it their numbers are not massive. Arrogance, pettiness and apathy topple empires from within.

  11. MsIam says:

    Notice how when its something positive, its William, William, William but because its negative, they both are smeared with the childish label. William was the one who needed his teddy bear to hold not Harry.

    • PEARL GREY says:

      This. They rarely ever call out William alone. It’s always “both of them”, just like it is “tHey bOtH cRiEd!” with Meghan and Kate. God forbid the Cambridges ever shoulder any blame for their actions on their own without Harry and Meghan being dragged into it. Reminds me of when it was revealed that the COVID jokester hid that he had caught the virus for months and some of his media pals bent over backwards to claim he had a right to his privacy, after screaming for the last 4 years that Harry and Meghan aren’t entitled to any. They don’t dare criticise William, Duke of Wrath.

  12. PEARL GREY says:

    Anyone with eyes can see that William is the spoiled, childish and petulant one and always has been. He’s the one that is holding a grudge. Harry was there purely to focus on burying a loved one, not some feud or petty sibling rivalry performance for the cameras. But of course the media ran with the idea that Peter was put in between them because of Harry not being mature enough to walk next to king of kings William. Yet more proof that what they blame Harry and Meghan for, you can almost always safely assume it’s actually what the others are doing.

    I may be in the minority, but I don’t think Charles or William actually wanted the Sussexes to leave. I think they wanted to break them down and destroy their popularity, but very much wanted them to stay in the fold and serve as human shields to protect and carry the rest of the family on their backs, only they (and the media) massively overplayed their hand with the smear campaign and ended up running their scapegoats away. Now they have lost total control over them and the benefits that come with having them around as deflection props to distract from Charles’ unpopularity, William’s wondering willy and wrathful temper, Kate Mandela’s 10-year lack of achievement, Andrew’s child rape crimes and whatever else they’ve swept under the royal rug, so they are desperate to scrape some of that control back. It’s too late.

    • Isabella says:

      Not a Kate fan, but she had 3 kids in those 10 years. Give a woman a break. That’s a lot of work.

      • Merricat says:

        Then maybe Kate should say that instead of pretending she’s a top CEO burdened with saving the monarchy. 🙄
        Three children are a lot if you don’t have help. Kate has an abundance of help.

      • Haylie says:

        No breaks. Women everywhere work and have kids. Never mind Kate working with the tabloids to destroy Meghan while she was pregnant and working.

      • Cessily says:

        Stay at home moms and working moms should never be adversarial we all need each other but that passive aggressive battle has been going on for decades.

      • lanne says:

        Meghan did more work in 18 months than Kate did in 10 years, while pregnant for much of the time and fighting a major palace led smear campaign.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Kate has never worked an honest day in her life, either before or after the wedding. She chose not to work for the first two years, then used fake HG claims to get out of work for the majority of each pregnancy.

        With the army of nannies and leaks from staff? Kate isn’t raising the kids any more than William is. She’s off shopping, grooming, working out with her personal trainer, and using her binoculars to watch William traipse over to see Rose.

        Plenty of other royal ladies have had small children, often closer together than W&K did, and still manage to do their royal jobs. And enough with the excuses and the idea that all taxpayer-funded woman has to do in 2021 is breed.

      • smarmyo says:

        Kate has a full-time nanny and a cook, never mind the servants. Different world.

      • Nyro says:

        No. If she wanted to be a stay at home mom then she should have married a banker like every other rich girl in Britain. She chose to marry into an institution that requires her to “work” and has failed to properly do so. She deserves to be dragged.

      • Tessa says:

        Kate has wall to wall staff to clean the house, scrub floors go shopping (Kate goes for photo ops sometimes with the kids to play at normalcy), she has a live in nanny and lots of time off. She has done one hour zoom meetings as her “work.” She also has very low work numbers. She is not overburdened by any stretch of the imagination.

      • Carrie says:

        Please Google Princess Mary and see all that she has accomplished with 4 children including learning to speak Danish. Kate is lazy. Pure and simple. She is lazy. 8 years to come up with 5 questions and a log in a garden. My God. The bar could not be set lower for her.
        Mind you she does work to manipulate a memorial, ditto a funeral – so there is that.

  13. Randie says:

    I still say the “after funeral” chatting was choreographed for the Firm’s benefit.
    Just goes to show nothing changed from William wanting a buffer to signaling Kate with his pointing finger “…now! Lets get this over with!”
    And Kate jumped! She stalled slightly waiting for Harry to join in.
    Harry got played.
    William is narcissistic.

    • Jan says:

      I don’t think Harry got played, he is an adult and acted like one.
      Was he suppose to turn his back on them?
      Harry knew he was leaving in two days, wife, child, dogs and a job to get back to.

    • Jaded says:

      Harry didn’t get played, he didn’t play into any of Keen’s and Mean’s very obvious manipulations. He was just himself, discrete and diplomatic and giving the event the appropriate respect it deserved.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I disagree. Harry showed W&K and all the panting RRs that he doesn’t care about any of them. None of this bothers him, they are nothing, not even annoying mosquitos to him. Nothing an abuser hates more than when their victim makes that clear.

  14. IRMAVEP says:

    The BM may want Harry back very much, but…. In every discussion in every paper, there is no mention, whatsoever, of Meghan or Archie or their daughter in this scenario. It’s as if they don’t exist. Is Harry expected to desert his young family? No one comments. Is Harry supposed to divorce Meghan and leave her to raise their children alone in CA? No one says. I can’t help seeing elements of racism in these [unspoken] scenarios, because they are reminiscent of British soldiers or colonists who settle for a time in, say India, or some other ‘foreign’ country, live with a young woman fora time and have children with her there, then abandon her and return to England alone, when their term of duty is over. Or is he supposed to bring Meghan and their children back to the UK, where they will live separately somewhere, in obscurity and possible penury, while Harry returns to ‘normal life’ in the Palace [ which palace?] Whatever the BM desires, it does not appear to include Meghan as Harry’s wife, working as a member of the RF – or are we supposed to assume that this is what the thirsty BM wants after all?

    • lanne says:

      Yes. The British media openly stated many times that they expected Harry to return to them alone. There was even talk about Harry “setting up Meghan and Archie in style” with the Netflix/spotify deals and then returning to his place in the Merry Trio as Permanent Third Wheel. There are plenty in the royal ratchet community who think that Harry abandoning his wife and children is not only acceptable, but the right and the only thing to do. Meghan was supposed to be the “degree wife” after all, three years and out, preferably without offspring. Meghan does not count. Her children do not count.

      The fact that these ratchets seem to think that this is all fine, and that a “win” for them would be Harry returning alone to the fold, shows how complete out of touch they are with the world at large.

      Racists gonna racist.

      • IRMAVEP says:

        OMG! I’d forgotten about the three-year-then-gone predictions Meghan in article after article in the BM. Upon reflection, it seems more like a plan now to oust Meghan within three years, rather than just a prediction. How callous. And so sad when you consider Meghan’s many qualities, her excellent education at a prestigious university and her impressive work as an ambassador with the UN. I hadn’t realised how comprehensive this latter part of her CV was, until I came upon an article recently which went into it in depth. Meghan is a caring, intelligent woman – how sad for Britain to lose such a treasure and to be left with such dross. [But might I suggest that the ratchets to which you refer could be spelled rat shits?]

      • Greywacke says:

        Their attitude is deeply appalling, and reveals a lot how little that institution has changed. Kate did not modernize the monarchy at all. Indeed, she is a step back.

      • lanne says:

        Kates most acknowledged attribute is her silence. What a statement for 2021. It’s embarrassing.

      • swirlmamad says:

        SO.DISGUSTING. That they see nothing wrong with making this scenario known and act as if it would be acceptable for Harry to abandon his “unsuitable” family. The family’s silence on all of this is their stamp of approval on this cruel narrative — they can stuff their “never complain, never explain” right up their clenched uptight backsides.

  15. Margaret says:

    Willie telling friends of harry, if you support harry in any way, you can’t be my friend anymore. Talk about throwing childish tantrums. What parent hasn’t heard their little ones pulling that at one time or another?.

    • Likeyoucare says:

      If someone willingly want to be best freind with willie and following his rules not to be friend with harry,
      they must not be a good people.
      Harry is better without them anyway.

  16. IRMAVEP says:

    It’s occurred to me that – in reference to the BM [and the RF] wanting Harry back -perhaps the real bombshell about the time of the Oprah interview – was not so much the accusations of the RF’s racism, or KPs refusal to help Meghan to get professional care when she was suffering mental anguish during her time in the UK, but the announcement that Harry and Meghan were expecting a second child. This must have blown all fantasies of Harry returning to Britain somehow unencumbered by Meghan and Archie [who have somehow vanished 'poof' in a cloud of smoke] into the water, and the reality that Harry is gloriously happy with a loving wife and a growing family finally hit home. If William was apoplectic post-interview it was probably, at least in part, because his hopes of his diligent, hard-working, caring brother at his shoulder, helping him bear his royal workload were gone forever. Oh, to have been a fly on the Cambridge’s walls. Who would be more jealous? William – viewing Harry’s freedom to marry whom he chose and to live an independent life? Or Kate, envious of the still fertile Meghan happily pregnant, whereas Kate’s pregnancies are a thing of the past?

  17. sassafras says:

    On the one hand, when I saw Peter there, front and center (literally) I thought, “how refreshing that all the adult grandsons can stand together for their grandfather, like in a real family.” But it was also GLARING because this is the freaking Royal family and anyone who watches them knows that there is an ORDER to everything. And Peter does not come in between Harry and Will in “the order” or any order (if they tried to tell us it was birth order, for instance.) It was as if they put a giant neon blinking arrow at the poor man. So obvious and weird.

  18. jferber says:

    IRMAVEP, I still see Kate having a jealousy pregnancy and announcing it soon after Meghan gives birth (as in “the day of”). Kate is 39 too and she can have a fourth rival baby and win the attention/fertility wars: “I have four kids and she only has two! I win!” Does anyone really put it past her?

    • IRMAVEP says:

      jferber I wouldn’t put it past Kate to have twins, if it could make her ‘one up’ on Meghan. But somehow I suspect William’s apparent indifference to her wiggy charms might make another pregnancy unlikely – unless she uses a donor.

    • Jaded says:

      It’d have to be a turkey baster pregnancy – I doubt she and her loathsome husband are having conjugal relations these days.

  19. Sofia says:

    I remember Jobson being one of the rota members particularly upset/angry over William’s COVID diagnosis being hidden. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s still salty about that even now.

    • Becks1 says:

      Yup, I remember seeing quotes of his and he was so mad. Him and Palmer seemed to be the most incensed – maybe they consider the “invisible contract” means more than cute pictures of the kid? (frankly I think in general the second in line to the throne having a bad case of COVID should have been public info, if for no other reason than maybe it would have encourage some younger people to take it seriously from the start.)

      • Becks1 says:

        And I should clarify that I saw quotes of his but not his actual tweets because he has, for some reason, blocked me on twitter, LOL. I don’t think I’ve ever interacted with him.

      • Lady D says:

        You’re getting a reputation, Becks. Congratulations!

    • notasugarhere says:

      They’re all salty over William getting it but not Kate or kids. They want to know (or already know but won’t publish) where-and-with-whom William got sick. And it wasn’t by staying home with Kate.

  20. Julia K says:

    William and Kate do have much in common; she looks at Harry and Wm looks at Meghan and they both realize they could have done so much better.

  21. Margaret says:

    @julia k.
    Amen to that.

  22. jwoolman says:

    All this will be moot soon. People seem to like Elizabeth II, but I don’t get the same sense about the next two in line for the throne (Charles and William) after she dies. Their reputations may not be salvageable today. Charles has other interests to pursue, but William seems rudderless. And the way they’ve treated Harry and Meghan makes sense only to the British media and royals. It is so obviously dysfunctional to the max.

    Granted, I have the advantage of being born and raised in the USA so admittedly I don’t really understand the appeal of the monarchy anyway. (That’s probably why Meghan found it easy to see how ridiculous and abusive the situation was, not being blinded by familiarity.) But I find it hard to believe that everybody in the UK thinks this is all just fine.

    The monarchy has no power anyway, and I find it hard to believe that British charities really could not exist without royal patronages. Rich people of any sort can always be patrons of charities etc. No royal title required. It just seems like way too much effort now to keep it up, and the involvement of the children has always been tantamount to child abuse.

    Wealth should open up opportunities for progeny, not restrict them. Imagine how differently William might have turned out if he was not being groomed for the throne but was encouraged to follow his own dreams and his mother was able to be a truly free agent from the very beginning. I don’t think William wants to be King. I don’t think he even knows what else he wants to do.

    Harry is wise to just stay out of it all and to keep his children out of it also.