Tom Bower: Prince Harry’s exit destablized the monarchy irreparably

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It’s just hilarious to watch people on Isla de Saltines twist themselves in knots to blame every single problem on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. So it is with this hilariously bitter column by Tom Bower in the Sunday Times: “Without Prince Philip the royal house of cards is falling.” You might think, hey at least someone is acknowledging that the House of Windsor is crumbling before our eyes, right? While there is that acknowledgement, make no mistake, Bower saves his strongest ire for Prince Harry. As in, how dare Prince Harry leave, and Harry is the reason why everything is falling apart. Bower basically equates Harry’s exit to, you know, Prince Andrew’s rape of victims of human trafficking. Some highlights:

The crumbling House of Windsor: Monarchists have good reason to despair. In the Queen’s relative absence from public engagements since October, nasty battles have erupted among senior members of her family, not least between the Windsors in London and the exiles in Montecito, California. Instead of unqualified sacrifice and public service, the daily headlines about the Queen’s family highlight sleaze, sex and scandal.

The Queen’s private secretary isn’t doing enough: Realists fear that the Queen’s senior advisers are helplessly buffeted by the remorselessness of the Windsors’ scandals and by their failure to control members of the Firm. Sir Edward Young, the Queen’s private secretary, appears haplessly caught in the crossfire. If Buckingham Palace’s mismanagement continues, there is a serious risk that the public’s respect for the embodiment of British stability will be undermined.

Charles’s mess: The Duke of Edinburgh repeatedly warned his son that demanding millions from controversial billionaires in exchange for access was dangerous. Three years ago Charles stopped inviting the worst of that breed to his homes but the legacy of Fawcett’s activities remains. Now he faces the prospect of a police inquiry.

Harry destabilized the monarchy? That unmanaged saga is just one of many scandals giving the impression of the Palace’s drift towards crisis, now more apparent after Prince Philip’s death in April. Loyalists who predicted that the Firm would be rocked by instability have begun to fear the worst. Although the Queen and her husband failed to control Charles and Andrew, at least their grandsons obeyed Philip’s advice. But as the duke’s life ebbed away, Harry destabilised his family by asserting his independence, fleeing to California and thereafter unleashing a truly awful menu of denunciations of his father, brother and even his grandparents.

Harry is spoiled: Harry’s damning allegations during the Oprah Winfrey interview in March distastefully reinforced the Duchess of Sussex’s many unpalatable assertions, not least that the royal family had denied her unborn son Archie a title and protection because of the colour of his skin. Harry further upset his family by describing his mental torture on Apple TV. To many people’s scorn, the 37-year-old prince, utterly spoilt by obsequiousness, has exploited his unwillingness to be reconciled with his mother’s death. Worse, he comes across as intensely envious of William’s happiness and popularity.

LOL, Harry is mad that William is copying him?? Last week Harry cannot have failed to notice William’s podcast about mental health, his own favoured theme. At the same time another poisonous missile arrived from Montecito. In an unexpected statement Harry claimed that, unlike Charles, he had spotted the danger of a relationship with Mahfouz and had broken off relations in 2015. By implication he accused Charles of recklessness. That denunciation was not only a warning shot to his father about the arrangements for his future coronation but also a victory roll after Meghan defeated The Mail on Sunday in the Court of Appeal. The duchess’s successful assertion of her right to privacy over a letter to her father surprised many lawyers.

Again, it’s Edward Young’s fault? The public is entitled to question the probity of the royal family for their associations with unsavoury characters like Maxwell, Epstein and Mahfouz. Although those relationships are historical, questions are rightly asked about Young’s competence. At every turn, the Queen’s adviser has been caught on the back foot. His latest stumble was last month, when he failed to guide the BBC away from broadcasting The Princes and the Press, a flawed report purporting to describe a briefing war between William and Harry. As the Palace seems incapable of controlling them, their mutually vitriolic retaliation will ratchet up next year.

How dare Harry & Meghan have the law on their side: Young will then be faced with a bigger challenge: Harry’s memoirs. If Harry is uncharacteristically considerate, publication will follow, not precede, the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. But few doubt that in return for an estimated $20 million advance the selfishly indiscreet Harry will be expected to divulge juicy private conversations and discomfiting revelations about Charles and William. The sadness is that Harry and Meghan prosper financially by playing their royal cards. So far, Britain’s judges and the BBC have aided their operation, regardless of their disloyalty. The Queen’s misfortune is that many young people sympathise with the Sussexes and disapprove of Charles, Camilla and Andrew. The new year threatens to be the Queen’s second annus horribilis. The 95-year-old monarch, selfless and discreet, deserves better.

[From The Times]

“To many people’s scorn, the 37-year-old prince, utterly spoilt by obsequiousness, has exploited his unwillingness to be reconciled with his mother’s death…” People scorn Prince Harry because he exploits his grief over his mother’s death? Well, that’s certainly an interesting take. As is: Harry is sick with jealousy at William, who is copying Harry. Bower also seems to be saying that sure, Harry and Meghan have some legitimate issues but how dare they speak about them? And I’m not sure what the Queen’s private secretary is supposed to do about the Montecito royals at this point. There’s nothing to do but take the L and focus on the perverts, criminals and feeble keeners which are left.

Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (C) react as they arrive to visit Canada House, in London on January 7, 2020, in thanks for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay

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  1. bitsycs says:

    All of these complaints boil down to the same, constant problem: despite money and access to the absolute best PR advice that money can buy, these people continually choose subpar, weak advisors who can’t do the job and the people they are advising don’t want to hear it anyway. Every Royal has their head so far up their own ass they think they can do whatever they want without consequence. I think my favorite part is how W/K have squandered all the good PR and sheen they never earned but had. I mean, talk about failure. Though it is hilarious that Charles put in all the work to make Camilla palatable but then was like eh being a shit father seems like a good PR move!

    • STRIPE says:

      I truly believe even if they had the best advice in the world, they would take it. Or, similarly, even the best PR mind wouldnt give them the full T, because they would be afraid to lose their jobs by upsetting the royals.

      For example, someone like Price Charles has spent his whole life believing his feelings were facts because everyone around him have always sucked up to him – he’s always been right. Can you imagine trying to tell him he’s wrong about a certain course of action? Even if you did, would he listen?

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        That’s the flaw in the system. The whole anointed by god as a way to exist healthier, protected, more educated than the plebs. And to get that all paid for by the public.
        It worked then, but the royals refuse to evolve and now it’s just a family or overindulgent, power hungry, idiotic, lazy brats.

        Instead of acknowledging that and changing with the times they remain with the excuse of tradition and keenness.

      • STRIPE says:

        They wouldnt* take it I mean

      • STRIPE says:

        @WW Yep exactly

      • Jennifer says:

        LOL “Price” Charles.

    • windyriver says:

      Speaking of PR, anybody remember the “crisis managers” that were supposedly starting last may for CH and KP? CB had a piece on 3/29 (post the Oprah interview) covering an Evening Standard article:

      “The Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have appointed two NHS spin doctors to oversee their communications. Simon Enright, currently director of communications at the NHS and formerly the deputy editor of BBC Newsnight, will be joining Clarence House to take charge of Charles’ public relations.

      Meanwhile, Victoria O’Byrne, director of communications for NHS Test and Trace, Will be joining Kensington Palace to work with William and Kate.”

      Did either of these happen? Enright was supposedly replacing Julian Payne, Charles’ previous comm director. Could also be: 1) both are as lousy at their jobs as many of the royal staffers; OR 2) the royals refused to listen to their advice; OR 3) they quit shortly thereafter; OR 4) all of the above.

      As an aside, of course we heard nothing further about the “diversity tsar” whose hiring had supposedly been in the works for a long time.

      Tom Bower is giving Dan Wooten a run for his money, may even have the edge with this nasty, delusional piece of work.

      • GuestWho says:

        If the crisis managers started, they are doing a crap job.

        We did hear about the diversity tsar – sometime (late spring maybe) after they announced they would be hiring one, the quietly announced that they would NOT be hiring one.

      • Becks1 says:

        I think the crisis managers started and then left. Like in May we saw a slight shift in the PR and we thought “oh the crisis people have started” and then bam, right back to where we were.

      • Korra says:

        Victoria O’Byrne was posting work about William on her LinkedIn page as recently as 3 months ago. So I imagine that these crisis managers have either resigned themselves to the fact that the Royals will never change (your #2 option) and/or they are perfectly fine with it (#1).

    • Elizabeth Regina says:

      “he comes across as intensely envious of William’s happiness and popularity” It’s the cognitive dissonance in this statement for me. Poor William, he is further gone in his delusions than we think.

      • Tour-malin says:

        Disturbing, isn’t it? Like when Kate started to complain about something that actually Meghan had experienced (aka the brides made fitting tears drama)

      • Lorelei says:

        @Elizabeth Regina, I spat out my drink when I got to that line. That is purely Bower making sh!t up to support his narrative, because there is absolutely *no one* who looks at Harry and thinks, “Wow, he’s so jealous of William.” Not even William! Give me a break.

        Harry is SO clearly winning in every aspect of life; he has the freedom to make his own life choices — like most functioning adults — without having to seek permission from nor justify them to his “granny” and a committee of fusty old palace staffers. He can do exactly the type of work he chooses and to be compensated for that work. He’s out from under the thumb of the nasty, scheming courtiers, and free from the millions of meaningless, oppressive rules imposed on the royals under the guise of “protocol.” He has a wife he adores who clearly adores him just as much in return, and they have a true partnership. He’s an ocean away from the toxicity, and he even appears visibly happier in California; you can tell just by looking at him— it looks like an enormous weight has been lifted from his shoulders compared to photos from five years ago. He has the family he’s always wanted. He is wildly popular, not only in the US but worldwide, and he and Meghan are friends with some of the most influential people *on the planet*. When Harry says or does something, people listen.

        I could go on and on. He’s not perfect by any means, and there have been missteps for sure, but he’s still leaps and bounds ahead of his brother. There is not one. single. thing. that William is or has for Harry to be even the slight bit jealous of. In fact, Harry is living the exact life that William wishes he could have for himself. If anything, Harry pities William for being stuck where he is, knowing how miserable his brother is.

        William, meanwhile, has literally disfigured his face from his constant angry clenching, and almost every single story we hear about him is about how he’s full of rage over something or other. He tolerates his wife, but barely. He cannot even pretend to look interested at engagements, and every few months he says something so offensive (Covid joke, Africans should stop procreating, etc.) that it actually makes headlines. He’s just so obviously a very unhappy person who resents the position he was born into, but doesn’t have the courage to walk away from it.
        I don’t believe that *Bower* even believes that Harry is jealous of William because it is, on its face, an absolutely ludicrous statement, and imo it weakens the entire piece when he says something so blatantly false.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        @Lorelei, right!!! Bower and his ilk need to be hooked up to a lie detector test done by Jack Byrnes. They/he can’t really believe the schlock they write, can they?

        Harry envious of William’s happiness & popularity.LOLZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Nice revisionist history Tom Bower. Good job in making canyon sized leaps of complete nonsense.

    • Becks1 says:

      They need better PR people and advisors in general, but they also need to TAKE that advice, and I don’t think they’re willing to listen to anything besides “you’re right, this is going beautifully, keep it up.”

      Even the best PR person in the world can’t help someone who refuses to help themselves. Like if I was one of the crisis managers, my first thing would be to say “STOP LEAKING TO THE PRESS” and when they refused to do that, because they just couldn’t help themselves, I would be out.

    • Bunny says:

      They’re sub-par people.

      Unless everyone toes the line, and no one who matters ever criticizes them, and the media slavishly reports on them, they fall completely apart.

      They’re shocked that they BBC isn’t kissing their butts. They’re dismayed that Harry walked away and is happy. They’re sick to death that Andrew is finally being called to answer for his horrible crimes. And on and on.

      No amount of advisement, regardless of the quality of advice, fixes their basic horribleness.

  2. ThatsNotOkay says:

    I mean… he’s saying the Queen will be alive to watch it all crumble to the ground before she shuffles off.

    I’m okay with that.

    • equality says:

      “The 95-year-old monarch, selfless and discreet, deserves better.” She should have done a better job with Charles and Andrew. She’s the supposed leader of a country and a church and can’t control her own family (who work for her)?

      • notasugarhere says:

        She let Philip do whatever he wanted to Charles while she coddled Andrew endlessly. If the whole thing falls because of her failures, so be it.

      • Emma says:

        “Selfless” is such a bizarrely inaccurate description of a woman who (among all the other examples) owns and regularly wears a crown featuring a giant stolen Indian diamond, expects everyone to call her the symbol of the nation, is second only to god in her church, expects her “subjects” to curtesy or bow when they meet her, considers her blood literally royal, lives a life of unimaginable privilege, and is waited on by countless servants daily. Etc etc etc.

        She is literally very *selfish.* This is Orwellian doublespeak, it’s pure groveling before a beyond outdated system of oppression.

      • equality says:

        @Emma Well put.

    • Andrew's Nemesis says:

      All this bullshittery from the Palace is desperately trying to cover up the fact that – the general public of the UK really don’t care about any of this nonsense right now. We have a government mired in sleaze, new and damning revelations emerging about Boris Johnson by the day, and Omicron is whipping through the population (sadly, its first victim died today). Brexit has been an utter catastrophe; shelves are running bare and Christmas booze is running out. Real inflation is running at ca. 10%. People may, if they have time, want to know why the RF is costing them so much, especially in the light of Paedrew. In general terms, though, nobody is terribly interested… I would wager these articles are more cover for Charles’ illegal behaviours (deflect, deflect, deflect). Given the Tories’ mountains of corruption, any further revelations are going to get short shrift, even from the Daily Wailers – if they have time to look at this nonsense while queuing to get their booster jabs. Harry is a good scapegoat, but not good enough.

      • CarrieVirginia says:

        I wish they would be interested though. Listened to Jack Thorne, British screenwriter on a podcast. Talked about staff in care homes in Britain being paid 8.50 an hour!!! How do the British keep one family in such obscene wealth while people access food banks and a young black footballer – Marcus Rashford – launched a campaign to prevent children in England from going hungry. What is there in the British mentality that allows this? They always use the argument that other countries have corrupt politicians who also cost the populace. Yes they do, but they can be voted out. The inequality and the absolute myth of being anointed by God. The sheer shit fkery. I can’t even…

      • equality says:

        @Carrie Virginia Elected officials can also be impeached and removed from office.

      • Lady D says:

        “The sheer shit fkery” An awesome turn of phrase @Carrie Virginia. I have to use it:)

  3. Liz Version 700 says:

    Whew the bitterness is strong with this one. How date H & M live their life unbothered by the rediculous tantrums of their bullies. This sounds like another article that will be useful as a chicken coup liner for Archie’s Chickens.

    You act like racists jerks to the wife of a Royal and send them literally fleeing for their lives, but it is their fault the rest of the family is too full, lazy and evil to hold things together? It sounds like the RR is slowly catching on to the fact that nothing is bringing their favorite cash cows back. Harry please do divulge all of the juicy conversations. Bring the whole charade down.

    • Myra says:

      Right? What I got from this piece is that the writer is just a terribly, awful person. What an absolute drama queen.

    • Nyro says:

      He’s bitter as hell because he’s in the middle of writing what he thought was going to be a scathing and scandalous unauthorized biography on Meghan and now he’s having to accept that she has no dirt on her. He’s going to find out the same thing Andrew Morton did, that she’s actually Lisa Simpson, not Wallace Simpson, as someone once put it. A kind, smart, hard working do-gooder who makes her friends homemade chicken soup when they’re sick and was always one of the most professional people on every gig she booked. That’s why he’s seething. He’s stuck with the futile task of writing a book that he knows is going to flop. Meanwhile, Meghan keeps winning and his queen and her royal family are the big losers. He’ll die mad about it and we love to see it.

      • Dutch says:

        I have yet to hear a compelling argument as to why Harry is to blame for jumping from The Firm before they chose to push him out.

      • Cleo D says:

        You prompted me to look up Tom Bower- ow! First thing that came up was a Daily Fail article, complete with heartfelt quotes from Thomas Markle. So there’s your source material…

      • Lorelei says:

        @Nyro, omfg I’ve never heard the “Lisa Simpson/Wallis Simpson” comparison before and I’m dying!! It’s *perfect*— as hilarious as it is accurate. I can’t wait to use it in conversation one day!

    • gruey says:

      We throw around the word “unhinged” a lot around here, but stuff like this warrants it. How do people stomach this kind of deranged, foot-stamping temper tantrum. Is it just me or does this kind of stuff actually make Harry and Meghan look even better. The reality is just so, so far from this delusional crap.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Gruey ita with you about the general overuse of “unhinged” but when it comes to Wooten and to someone like Bower who publishes something so deranged as this article is, unhinged really is warranted. These people are absolutely demented and I honestly don’t understand how these grown-ass men aren’t too embarrassed to publish this kind of crap under their bylines. WE feel secondhand embarrassment for them even reading it, ffs! They truly are unhinged and it’s disturbing.

      • Mslove says:

        Not only are they unhinged, they are also greedy and unscrupulous. I’m sure they’re paid well by their benefactors.

      • RoyalAssassin says:

        The real “unhinged” is Kate’s jaw, which, when unhinged, emanates a maniacal, false laugh that shows more teeth than Ford gearbox.

  4. Anne says:

    So, like, a senior member of the royal family being implicated in a sordid human trafficking ring of CHILDREN isn’t maaaaaaybe more destabilizing? What are these people smoking?

    • A says:

      Right? You’ve got one senior member who should be in jail but sure, the real scandal is the guy who left.

    • Guest says:

      Seriously…whatever they’re smoking must be Grade AAA stuff to come up with these looney rantings.

      • Lady D says:

        It’s gotta be mushrooms or acid to come up with these kinds of delusions. As far as I know, pot doesn’t cause wild hallucinations and delirious speech.

    • Jan90067 says:

      And as well as having a Personal Family Pedo, you have the HEIR SELLING citizenship and honors for CASH?? That, c’mon…we’re NOT stupid…we know he (and his boy Friday most likely did as well) gets a skim off the top to his own little offshore account(s). Probably on just like the ones Mummy has!

      But I guess that’s not juicy enough to write about?

    • NotSoSocialB says:

      That’s exactly why this article was published. It’s a whole “move along folks, nothing to see here” effort that is failing (as usual) quite spectacularly. It’s only the BRF who think it’s actually helping divert attention away from Charles and Andrew’s moral and legal horrific transgressions.

    • A says:

      Ah, but see, a rich old white man in a position of unearned power and privilege abusing young girls who have neither of those things, then using his position to silence his victims and avoid consequences for his criminal behaviour, is the system working as it should. This is precisely what institutions like the monarchy were made for. So of course that wouldn’t destabilize the BRF in any way. It was designed to do exactly this.

      What it wasn’t designed for was for its very existence to be questioned, or for one of its own privileged members to choose to leave that privilege behind for something else. Bc then that calls into question what the purpose of the institution is for if there are people within it who don’t want to stay in it. If people are able to do just fine without the monarchy, then why have it in the first place? Harry’s departure is bringing those questions front and center of the conversation. If a member of the royal family is able to do just fine making their own money, without relying on the tax payer to foot their bills, then why does there need to be a publicly funded monarchy at all? If Harry can turn down all that wealth and privilege for a different life, and not just survive, but thrive, what’s stopping all of them from doing that?

    • nina says:

      In their world it’s always opposites day. The fckery is unbelievable.

  5. Becks1 says:

    I feel like this sentence says it all:

    “Harry destabilised his family by asserting his independence,”

    He was never supposed to be independent. That did destabilize family because it threw off the power dynamic. Harry was supposed to stick around, with his wife and kids (although preferably not Meghan for a wife) for the rest of his life and offer his family up as scapegoats to William and eventually to George, Charlotte and Louis. I think the fact that he said “no thanks” to that accounts for a lot of the messy scrambling we’ve seen over the past year or two. The Windsor family dynamic at this point is so toxic and so dependent on the “heir and spare” relationship that Harry removing himself from that relationship really is throwing the whole thing off.

    Of course that’s not Harry’s fault, that’s the fault of the Windsors for setting up such a relationship over the past several decades and being unwilling or unable at this point in time to just let it go and move beyond that dynamic. But they can’t, so here we are. What a toxic family mess.

    I do like that he did admit that the younger people sympathize with the Sussexes.

    • Becks1 says:

      Also, the line about “not being reconciled to his mother’s death” is really gross. Like it makes it sound like Harry should just say “oh well, that happened, it was unfortunate, moving on!”

      his mother died in a very public way and it sounds like neither boy was ever able to grieve her properly (although I don’t know what “properly” would be in this context.) I’m sure both Harry and William have struggled with that over the past 20+ years.

      • BeanieBean says:

        That was bad, saying H was unwilling to be reconciled to his mother’s death. What an outrageous thing to say. Then there was also the ridiculous, oh he’s just jealous of W’s happiness & popularity. Crying out loud, these are adults! H is spending zero time being jealous of anyone. He’s got a busy, fulfilling life!

      • Amy Bee says:

        @Becks: Part of the grieving process would include encouraging the boys to talk about their mother. According to Harry, the family never talked about her. I also think there are unresolved issues between Harry, Charles, Camilla and the Palace about how his mother was treated during and after the marriage. As long as these issues are swept under the carpet, there’s no way Harry can come to terms with his mother’s death or her ill-treatment by his family. It wouldn’t surprise me if Harry felt that the Palace’s behaviour towards Diana post-divorce, which included smearing her, contributed to her death.

    • Eurydice says:

      The bit that struck me was “unqualified sacrifice.” Like what sacrifices is he talking about, exactly? Maybe Harry should have sacrificed his wife and child? And for what purpose? To provide a fiction of stability? Mental health professionals would say this is a deeply problematic way to live.

      • SnoodleDumpling says:

        These people are ALL IN on the Christian martyrdom, man. Obviously these days you’re not going to get people nailed to bits of wood so you have to make due with just living a long life in obscene luxury doing exactly as your betters tell you and slowly and silently dying inside with a pleasant smile on your face that in some lights may, perhaps, carry a hint of rue.

    • Amy Bee says:

      @Becks: You hit the nail on the head.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Becks, ita with everything you said. But I also think there’s something else at play here. As many of us on CB have noted, the reaction from the palace to Harry’s departure seems to stem from a belief that they know William is not capable of doing the job and they were counting on Harry to basically do it for him. The way they kept stressing how much William would “need” Harry once he became King.

      There’s definitely _something_ going on with William that has the palace panicking to the extent they have been (and I am *dying* to know what it is!!).
      If William was perfectly competent and well-adjusted and there were no concerns about his reign, I don’t think we necessarily would have seen the absolute, complete meltdown that ensued when Harry left (and is still going on, for that matter). Sure, they would have been angry no matter what when Harry bounced, and their pride would have taken a major hit, but there’s something — even though none of us can put a finger on exactly what it is — that seems to signify that they know they’re in deep sh!t without Harry. IMO

      • Becks1 says:

        @Lorelei I definitely agree with that. There is something else at play here that just isn’t being said, but what IS being said is that William needs Harry for his reign. Is it something as simple as a possible impending Cambridge divorce? (So William loses his future consort, who would supposedly help with some of the public duties of the monarch the way Prince Phillip did for QE?) Is it that Kate is just so incompetent and lazy that there is no way she can take of consort the way Phillip did and there is concern over that, and Harry was supposed to pick up the slack??

        Or is it something more than that? Something with William personally – which is what I think is going on – but then what could it be?

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Lorelei, there is nothing wrong with William except the fact that he has spent his entire adult years, and his childhood, displaying a constant temper tantrum at any circumstance to which there is a hint of slight at his character or his actions. A perfect example is his utterly selfish demands that he placed upon his father, and grandmother, that there be a family member to keep a buffer between he and Harry. Imagine for a moment that your grandfather has died and that your first reaction is to demand a family member to keep your brother from being near you. TQ had just lost her love and partner of 70 years but no, Williams demands were of the most importance, in addition to TQ requiring the men wear mourning suits. There was a reason Diana called William, Billy the Basher, as he walks around feeling like he is better than everyone else, nor should one have more than him, including love or attention, and that he should be, above all else, the one that everyone must admire, fan over and devote themselves to his every whim.

        @ Lorelei, you are right that the Monarchy is terrified by Williams reign. But it has everything to do with his incompetence and the mere fact that those before him were relieved that Harry would be there to advise his every step as king, the Monarchy was safe in Harry’s hands, not Williams. Now that Harry has escaped with his adoring wife and beautiful children, the Royal family, courtiers, as well as the men in grey suits, are left them with a future heir that is unwilling to learn what is expected of him. In addition to the fact that when he does try to perform any duty, no matter how small, he fails-miserably.

        The position that the Monarchy is in is purely of their own making. They overplayed their hand, purely out of selfishness and AT the directions of an man-child that refuses to do what is necessary of him to be king. The Monarchy has constantly relied on the fact that Harry, of incredible devotion to duty and service, empathy, compassion and a drive to make the lives of others better, was thought of as the sole person to maintain and keep The Monarchy in pace and in power.

      • ProfPlum says:

        They all know he’s basically Prince Joffrey IRL

      • Jais says:

        Also, William is so malleable to outside influence at this point. He is beholden to the tabloids now and will be forever making his choices from a compromised position. Whoever knows the truth about any secrets he might have and has evidence will be able to manipulate him in exchange for silence. He no longer has his scapegoat so he is in a very weak position, which technically puts the tabloids and their Tory friends in a much stronger one. For this reason, the press and Tory party probably very much want to skip Charles and go strait to William. They will play him like a fiddle and he can’t really object, whether he would even want to or not.

      • Deering24 says:

        I would bet on a stack of Bibles there is something mentally wrong with William—something worse than incompetence, bad temper, spoiled-rotteness, or ego. On some level, he really seems to like hurting/disparaging people, and that seems to go beyond just thinking he’s better. Joffrey sounds like an apt comparison.

      • TeamMeg says:

        @Deering24 I agree and have been saying this for a while. Mentally and psychologically unfit. Details unknown.

  6. Snuffles says:

    It’s just an extremely long way of saying Harry and Meghan refuses to be the family scapegoats and now the family is forced to deal with the consequences of their actions. THE NERVE!

    As far as this quote “ Worse, he comes across as intensely envious of William’s happiness and popularity.” 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 He must have had a mini-stroke typing that nonsense.

    • Lady Digby says:

      Also didn’t Tom get his brothers mixed up? Clearly Basher has always pulled rank on Harry because his younger brother is charismatic, warm and caring where as baldy is just tall and toxic!

    • BeanieBean says:

      That made me snort as well! Jealous? Of William?

      • truthSF says:

        Best laugh I had this morning!! I didn’t know it was opposite day, cause Harry is/was never jealous of Baldington Cambridge!😂😂🤣

      • Lorelei says:

        I wish that Tom here would have expanded on some of the reasons he believes that Harry is jealous of William, lol. Obviously we know that he can’t because it’s not true, but it’s galling that he can just throw that out there as fact with nothing whatsoever to back it up.

        Are there ANY journalistic standards in the UK? This would be fine if it was *clearly* labeled as an opinion piece. But they don’t seem to differentiate between actual reporting and opinion pieces, so most readers take everything that any of these people spew as fact. It’s so irresponsible and wrong.

    • Over it says:

      I want to know who Willy is popular with? Eggs? Lightbulbs?

      • notasugarhere says:

        White supremacists, Tories, xenophobes, Little Englanders, Brexiteers, Trumpers.

      • gruey says:

        Yep. Popular with whoever that Christmas card was for–aka people who long for the days English hung out in occupied countries wearing pith helmets. They know who their audience is.

    • molly says:

      This line made me LOL. “intensely envious of William’s happiness and popularity.” I’m sorry, WHAT?!
      William is popular in the sense that centuries of made up rules by rich people say he gets the best seats at the fake events and silly parades.

      And to claim Harry is jealous of his happiness?? The easy smile he’s had on his face since March 10, 2020 says otherwise.

      • Lorelei says:

        @Molly I am screaming at “made up rules by rich people say he gets the best seats at the fake events and silly parades” because at the end of the day, that really IS all it boils down to 😭

      • Christine says:

        It really IS that simple!

    • observer says:

      This is where the entire article swerved from a propaganda piece straight into pure fanfiction, lol

  7. Scorpion says:

    Tom Bower is one bitter individual. He wrote a column earlier where he disparaged Doria as perpetually silent. I guess he thought Doria would join in on the muck racking like the Markles or pull a Carole and start briefing the RR.

    Meghan’s case was based on copyright law and she rightfully won so Bower and Co can go suck it.

    • Dee (2) says:

      Perpetually silent? So basically she doesn’t leak to us. It’s amazing how the BM makes people not taking them into their confidence, sound like something odd. I am constantly reminded of a t-shirt I saw with them, ” It’s not a secret, just not your business”.

    • L4Frimaire says:

      Why does that clown want or hear from Meghan’s mother? Doria has nothing to say to those people. Her expression at Archie’s christening said it all.

    • Lorelei says:

      @Scorpion are you kidding me? He seriously said that about Doria? The audacity of that prick to say such a thing!
      Does he have a problem with Kate being perpetually silent for almost 20 years now? They just want Doria to be as talkative and messy as her ex-husband because her silence doesn’t make them any ££.
      All of these people are selfish, greedy trash with no integrity whatsoever.

    • Jennifer says:

      Doria’s smart like that.

  8. Cel2495 says:

    Why can’t they leave them alone? They sure are obsessed with them. Shiiiit! H and Megs are living their best life here in California for over a year and these clowns still talking about them. 30 yrs from now they will still be on the same nonsense ugh

    • Snuffles says:

      And this is why they will end up destroying themselves in the process. The could have sputtered on for decades if they just let shit go.

    • StartupSpouse says:

      Because no one else in that family sells clicks. The RR are chasing H&M’s shadows because that’s the only thing that sells.

    • Scout says:

      Because Harry and Meghan still have a public platform. And that wasn’t supposed to happen. They were supposed to fade away. So multiple things are happening in the media now:
      1. Everyone in the RF is on the defensive because Harry and Meghan are stronger now than when they were part of the RF. That soooo was not the plan. Who did what wrong and when. So the blame stories appear.
      2. They are still trying to put Meghan and Harry in their place. Where they belong. They should be invisible and ashamed. So the hate stories appear.
      3. They are doing damage repair. Boosting William and Kate to try and improve popularity for the future. So the Kate is wonderful stories appear.
      4. They have to deal with the non H and M related problems. Andrew, Charles and the cash for honors, the Queens health, William and Rose….So they try and link Meghan in a negative way to these issues to deflect from the issue and also damage her.

  9. ShazBot says:

    Bower also seems to be saying that sure, Harry and Meghan have some legitimate issues but how dare they speak about them?

    That is British people in a nut shell. That nicely summarizes how that entire culture functions.

    • ABritGuest says:

      So accurate. Deep down most brits probably know that the royal family are prejudiced etc but they just don’t like Harry & Meghan confirming what they know especially as they want to continue to support what they stand for& hold them up as this model British family.

      The full piece drags most of the firm but not William so guess Bower’s in KP’s camp & so we can expect more tales of why ‘Meghan is the absolute worst’ in his upcoming bio on her. Yawn. The propaganda is strong claiming Harry is jealous of William’s ‘happiness & popularity’. I’m laughing just writing that. I suspect this is classic KP projection & this is how William feels about Harry (eg Harry having the Apple series so now William wants to work with Apple too) or maybe what William would love Harry to be feeling about him.

      I saw the tabloids hype William’s podcast but after that one day nobody seemed to talk about it. In contrast Harry’s one answer about the great resignation led to multiple articles with people discussing their job exits etc. Even if the press are twisting what Harry says& trashing him, he tends to drive conversation way more.

      the engagement on Apple’s Twitter page promoting the podcast was ridiculously low. This is similar to the poor ratings for Earthshot. Odd given the press polls tell us constantly how popular William is.

    • Andrew's Nemesis says:

      No, it certainly isn’t. Most of us do NOT think like that. Do not dare to bracket 67+m people with 20-30 royal reporters and a few inbred Hanoverians.

      • ABritGuest says:

        I do think that a lot more Brits were upset about Harry& Meghan doing an interview setting out there was concern about their baby possibly being dark, then the fact that this was even a conversation. To me that speaks a lot about the culture.

        Also all this talk about the ‘irrelevant 6th in line’s’ exit destabilising the monarchy doesn’t really mesh with the claim that Harry& his family weren’t part of the slimmed down monarchy as is being retrospectively claimed.

      • Andrew's Nemesis says:

        Do you have any proof that this is the way ‘we think’, ABG, or is it pure conjecture? As for the 6th in line nonsense – very few people care. Life in the UK is excruciating right now.

      • ShazBot says:

        Sorry Andrew’s Nemesis, my whole family is British, and without even talking about the Monarchy, the prevailing emotion is don’t have emotions and if you’re going to have them then at least don’t talk about your emotions and it’s tacky to talk about your problems. They can’t even acknowledge the problems themselves because they are so aghast that someone would TALK about them.

        Right from the Oprah interview, the reactions from the boomer UKers and press made perfect sense to me. Even family members who don’t care about the royal family one way or the other said “but why did they have to talk about it? Shouldn’t it just be kept private??” The whole society is literally built on making the talking the issue because the people who benefit from silence are the ones in power, and British society is so deeply, deeply classist, it’s ingrained in government and law, so it’s tacky and low class to talk about your problems or your money or anything that might put question to those in power. There’s a reason why the aristocracy is the way that it is. And maybe that doesn’t apply to all 67+M people, but it certainly applies to those with the power and they’re doing a great job at making sure nobody else gets heard.

      • ABritGuest says:

        Andrew’sNemesis I know there can be some salty island comments on here which can be unfair but I’m one of the ‘we’ as I’m British too. I can’t speak for all brits of course & am speaking based on my experience rather than statistics etc. And my experience is that many Brits get more offended by accusations of racism than the actual racism so the general reaction on the skin tone comments (minimising, excuses, being upset for H&M bringing it up etc) didn’t surprise me.

        I do agree that a lot of H&M outrage is media generated & they are used as a distraction to government failures etc.

      • Kkat says:

        Yep shazbot, a lot of my family is 1st gen from England. My x was English and his family was very much this.
        Its unseemly to talk or admit there are problems.
        I have so many examples.

      • A says:

        @ShazBot, you can get an inkling of the sort of attitude you’re talking about within the upper classes from the way Meghan’s statement calling out Lord Rothermere after the Fail’s appeal failed was discussed. How people were appalled that she “made it personal” and if only she would have sat down and “had a cup of tea” with a fascist supporting ingrate like Rothermere, she wouldn’t have had to deal with this bad press. The whole prevailing attitude really was, Rothermere is bad for being racist, but Meghan was a lot worse bc she was rude and wouldn’t have tea with him, and called him out on his racism.

        The premium for these people is really placed on politeness. It’s why Kate got burned so badly for trying to freeze out Rose Hanbury after she discovered the affair. They can excuse cheating on one’s spouse, but they draw the line at being rude. Someone can invite you up to their country pile for a weekend shoot, and behave horribly to you, but god forbid you forget to post them a polite thank you note afterward. The overemphasis that’s placed on meaningless gestures of politeness, while overarchingly appalling behaviour is just ignored or turned a blind eye to, bc it’s too awkward and rude to call people on it, speaks volumes.

        Like, I can keep listing examples of this among teh aristocracy and those associated with them all day long. Princess Margaret was a notorious snob, but she was always spoken of as having had impeccable manners. All while she treated her own staff like trash, forcing them to come in and work on Christmas Eve to assert her own rank. Meghan not wanting to associate herself with Piers Morgan was enough for the man to perpetually work himself up into a seemingly endless fury for years at this point, bc how dare she not want to associate with him, it’s rude.

        The worst sin that the Middletons ever committed for the aristocracy wasn’t their horrendous way their jealousy and insecurity manifests itself in their treatment of others, particularly of Meghan, their barely concealed seething jealousy over Meghan’s existence, or the absolute cruelty with which they treated her by leaking complete lies to the tabloid media–the Middletons’ worst sin is being tacky and new money, and having floors in their country estate that are too clean, and furniture that’s not covered in dog fur.

        When a significantly influential portion of society operates on the basis that they can excuse racism, but draw the line at being rude and impolite, all in preservation of a deeply unequal and classist hierarchy, well, it doesn’t really end well does it.

      • Becks1 says:

        This discussion is part of the problem though, right?

        The royal family is supposed to bolster the UK’s image abroad, increase tourism, whatever other nonsense the royalists insist is truth in order to justify the royal family.

        But now, we are debating whether its the discussion of racism or the actual racism that is the problem for the UK; we are debating whether its just the prominent newspapers that have problematic headlines or if the whole island feels that way; we are debating whether the UK is actually welcoming to people of color or not and we have been discussing for years now what the hell the royal family did to Meghan behind closed doors.

        It’s not that I think the entirety of the UK is racist. I don’t. I’m American for crying out loud, I don’t have a leg to stand on for that argument. But it’s the fact that the royal family’s treatment of Meghan has put all this to the forefront WHEN TALKING ABOUT THE ROYAL FAMILY. The family that is supposed to be the face of the UK and the face of tourism….now people are like, so Charles, was it you who was concerned about the baby being too dark?

        That’s not to say that everyone is thinking of that when they think of the UK or that everyone in the UK is always thinking about that. But the royal family’s image has taken a huge beating on the world stage and so has the reputation of the British press, and that’s a problem IMO.

  10. MsIam says:

    Harry is envious of William’s happiness and popularity? Wow, through the looking glass indeed. Has this guy been off the planet for the last few years? And he can flap his gums all he wants about “historical relationships” but the reporting on these scandals is happening in real time. Besides, the royals and their minions are the ones who keep bringing up three year old bullying claims, why don’t they take that advice themselves? What a mess!

  11. Scout says:

    Ahem….SENIOR ROYALS William and Kate haven’t even done 100 engagements this year. Kate hasn’t even done 70.

    Employees not showing up for work will destabilize any company real fast.

  12. equality says:

    What “truly awful menu of denunciations of his father, brother and even his grandparents”? I missed that part. And how are the RF the “embodiment of British stability”? They have to be the most dysfunctional family in the UK. And Di’s death is all that threatened his mental stability? How about being a constant scapegoat, serving in combat, being mistreated by his remaining parent and brother? Big what for H only defended himself because he was jealous of Will doing a podcast? He defended himself at that time because that is when the article trying to drag him into the scandal came out. Nothing to do with Will. He says that H listened to Phil about things and then later in the article complains that H cut off Mahfouz while Charles didn’t. What? This guy can’t tie a thought together logically.

  13. Sofia says:

    Bower sounds extremely bitter and miserable. Also it’s been almost 2 years since H&M announced they were stepping back. You’d think that at this point, the BM would have slowed down and focused on the “real royals” they claim to love. But nope. Just shows you who the real moneymakers are.

    • JT says:

      Kinda also shows how much nobody cares about the other real royals either. Christmas pics of all of the heirs and the kiddos came and went, while the RRs continue to write about whether or not H&M will be releasing their own card.

  14. Amy Bee says:

    Royalists keep saying that Harry is jealous of William but where’s the proof of that? As long as he has been able he has said that he didn’t like being a royal and wanted out of the system. What is there to be jealous of when William is unable to do what he really wants and is trapped and controlled by the press?

    • Becks1 says:

      I can’t imagine who would think Harry is jealous of William – harry with his gorgeous and awesome wife, in his gorgeous mansion with its gorgeous pool and gorgeous views, with his new company that HE is in charge of, with his other work that HE gets to pick, with his charities that HE started, with his gorgeous kids, with his chickens, and with the freedom to do what he wants, when he wants?

      What, pray tell, is there to be jealous of?

      Sure, harry isn’t going to be crowned king, but I don’t know how many times he has to say that HE DOESNT WANT THAT for people to believe it.

      I think though that in all seriousness, this is part of how he “destabilized” the family – the crown is supposed to be the pinnacle, its supposed to be what they all want or what they all admire and support and Harry looked at his grandmother’s life and looked at his father’s life as the heir-in-waiting for decade sand said….no thanks, no castle or crown is enough to make me want that. And that’s a problem because the crown and castles etc are supposed to be what make the “sacrifices” worth it.

      • JT says:

        If Harry is so jealous of William’s life, then why is Willy trying to chase Harry across the pond to “take America back?” Why is William trying to move Struggleshot from his own country to the US? Even Charles is supposed to be planning an event for the Prince’s Trust over here, but Harry is the one who’s jealous? Please. They are envious of Harry’s access to the larger media market and his ever increasing influence over here. They’re mad that Harry is the one on Time Magazine, being covered by legitimate news outlets and not trashy rags like the Daily Fail. They’re mad that H&M are a part of the pop culture landscape, not only as subjects, but as influencers as well. They wish that Harry was jealous of William’s life.

  15. Puffy says:

    This family is so self destructive. Its like they can’t tell how dysfunctional and backwards they appear from the outside. There is no way the Sussexs should have this much power over them. They arent even in the same country anymore. If they ignored the sussexs instead of dragging them into everything they could at least seem less petty. How are they this dependent on blaming Harry? The destabilizing of the family is the fault of the Queen for raising such petty narcissistic monsters.

    • Emma says:

      Exactly. The Windsors did this to themselves. Harry offered to stay half in, and they wouldn’t take it. They deliberately have made some of the worst possible choices over the past few years.

      If the monarchy falls, it will be because Charles and William aren’t strong enough — morally as well as otherwise. (Which they obviously aren’t, so…)

  16. Lauren says:

    I’m noticing that Edward Young is being mentioned a LOT. Are they getting ready to give him the chop? Young was pretty much involved in Sussexit, the Meghan is a bully mess, and now Chuck is in hot waters over his latest scandal and the Queen isn’t saying beep about it.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      @ Emma, I think we can all agree that Baldingham would never agree to such an arrangement. He is so incredibly jealous of Harry, and the marriage with Meghan, that his fits of anger and jealousy eliminated that option. I truly believe that TQ would have been perfectly happy with the half in/out as she has respect for Harry and Meghan. The fact that TQ brought Meghan on that tour so early into their marriage speaks volumes!! TQ had never brought Duchess Do-Little on a tour until 2019, though she did conduct a tour with TQ and PP earlier. Whereas with Megan, it was 2018. So not only has Meghan been treated differently than Duchess Do-Little, the jealousy and anger that Baldingham posses it just as strong, or stronger, with his useless wife.

      @ Emma, you could be right!! Someone must throw themselves on the sword, so to speak, to spare any member of the Royal family.

    • Christine says:

      I completely agree with you both. It’s almost like a certain palace wanted the name Jason Knauf out of the papers. Huh, funny that.

  17. Esmerelda says:

    “The Queen’s misfortune” – what an interesting term for incompetence and complicity. She raised two absolutely spoiled sons (and I think the other two siblings were just cleverer in how they exploited their status to rack up the money), grandchildren who cannot exists in the modern world without their cubic tons of privilege making their non jobs or their vanity jobs possibile (Harry excepted), and she (and sainted Philip) presided over this disgusting mess for decades, covering up all she could, using offshore accounts and tax breaks (Panama papers, etc)… and Bower calls it “misfortune”. The royals have no purpose and no function, and this sick, idle decadence has bred monsters. The fish rots from the head.

    PS: also, when I read the headline I thought “Good for Harry! Keep at it!” 😉

    • Charm says:

      Perfect summary.
      Its an unfortunate fact of life that british culture has had, over its history, an insidious character trait of “madness;” where its perfectly normal for the average brit to insist that things should APPEAR to be a certain way and must be sold as such, nevermind the stark reality. I think in psychiatry its described as madness, in which you paint a picture of “reality” and invite others to believe it and come live with you in that manufactured “reality.”

  18. Harper says:

    This is an ugly piece of slop filled with false assumptions and deliberate misdirection.
    1) “. . . the 37-year-old prince, utterly spoilt by obsequiousness.” This makes zero sense. Obsequiousness means “too eager to help or obey someone important.” This is the OPPOSITE of Harry’s approach to life.
    2) “Worse, he comes across as intensely envious of William’s happiness and popularity.” Other way around, dude. Harry is over the moon happy with his family and was always more popular than Will.
    3) “That denunciation was not only a warning shot to his father about the arrangements for his future coronation but also a victory roll after Meghan defeated The Mail on Sunday . . .” Harry has defended himself regularly against media lies since escaping the firm and his just rebuttals are not linked to Meghan’s court case.
    4) ” . . . the Queen’s adviser has been caught on the back foot. His latest stumble was last month, when he failed to guide the BBC away from broadcasting The Princes and the Press, a flawed report purporting to describe a briefing war between William and Harry. As the Palace seems incapable of controlling them … ” Oh no. The palace men in grey have lost control of the BBC! But the invisible contract! You guys promised!!! Can we give you a new pic of George and Charlotte doing something middle class instead of that bad story on Kate’s perilously thin figure?
    5) “If Harry is uncharacteristically considerate, publication will follow, not precede, the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.” Read your press release, please. The memoir was always slated for fall 2022.
    6) “So far, Britain’s judges and the BBC have aided their operation, regardless of their disloyalty.” Let me get this straight. The judges are aiding in Meghan and Harry’s operation by following the law, and this is a bad thing.

    Tom Bower and The Times should be embarrassed. Every slanted, inaccurate misrepresentation of reality is a deliberate choice by this writer and is propaganda at its worst. Even Prince Philip would have seen this as the garbage that it is.

    • Rapunzel says:

      Harper- re: “obsequiousness” I think he means Harry is spoilt because people are being so obsequious to him.

      Which is bull. Harry has been the family scapegoat, and clearly has not been surrounded by obsequious yes men spoiling him. He’s the spare and has always been treated like that.

      It’s William who has been spoilt by obsequiousness. Not Harry.

      • Charm says:

        LOL I was just about to respond to @harper with this exact! explanation. Everything this bozo wrote must be viewed thru the looking glass. Which is were most monarchists live. Especially the parasites who peddle books abt the royals.

      • Harper says:

        Thanks, guys. Now I get what Bower was trying to say, and I’m even more enraged. The NERVE of this spoiled brat Harry! How dare he not get over his mother’s horrific death at a tender age, and how dare he exploit said death by talking about the mental health consequences of having to grieve in public, then being sent off to boarding school with nary a nurturing figure in sight. If only people had rightly kicked him in the shins when he was a desolate thirteen year old then he would have grown up right and be more like our idol Prince Incandescent. Just go take a walk in the woods, Harry, and do shut up.

    • Poppy says:

      The word “control” was used three times in those excerpts alone. Fascinating how openly he admits that this is all about control. The Firm wants iron rule over both the press and the members of the family. They don’t have it and can’t get it. The press also wants control over the royals and they actually do have a great deal of it, but are freaking out now because Harry is finally fighting back.

      The Sussexes wanted, and got, their freedom. Nobody controls them now. Good for them.

  19. MissMarirose says:

    I think it’s so hilarious that everyone thinks Harry’s memoir is going to be some tacky tell-all in the Kitty Kelly vein, when in reality, it’s far more likely to be a memoir of his time in the Army and fighting a war in Afghanistan. I’m willing to bet money that’s what the focus will be.

    • Charm says:

      Harry’s memoir will be what a memoir is:
      1) a historical account or biography written from personal knowledge.
      2) any nonfiction narrative writing based in the author’s personal memories. The assertions made in the work are thus understood to be factual.
      3) a memoir focuses on a time, or an event, or series of events, or a choice – that is tied together with a theme.
      4) a memoir tells a compelling story using truth, theme, 1st person POV narration, voice, and a fifth element—the M&Ms of writing: Memory and Musing.

      For an insight into what H’s memoir will be like, go and read Andre Agassi’s memoir: “Open” which was ghost-written by J. R. Moehringer, the same man who is helping H with his memoir.
      Here’s a free read of “Open.”

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Charm, yes, you are absolutely right. I don’t understand why those on Salty Island are shaking in their boots as Harry’s memoir will be his life story up to this point, with possibly an insight as to what he, and or Meghan, wish, plan or see themselves in the future.

        The fact that everyone is acting as if this memoir will be solely a hit piece, they are certainly giving themselves too much credit as if the sole purpose of Harry’s book is to tell-all.

        Please, Harry and Meghan have left the petty, jealous and vindictive island and are living their lives far from the repetitive actions of being thrown under the bus.

        They are happily sitting under their beautiful trees, coffee in hand as Lili and Archie roll around in the grass as they play with the puppies!! They then walk over to Chick Inn for that mornings eggs to whip up some eggs or possibly a yummy lemon cake for later.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ @Charm, thank you so much. You said exactly what I was going to suggest everyone do! Read Andre Agassi’s memoir, “Open.” I read this book around the time it was published, and I was blown away by how engrossing, revealing and poignant it is.

        Agassi is a wonderful human being, who is also flawed, but also willing to go deep to understand his beginnings; to dissect what drove him to become a tennis player when he hates tennis (his father); and to realize what he truly wanted to do with his life instead (go to school and learn). Finding peace with this recognition is one of the reasons why Agassi created a school for underprivileged children in his Las Vegas hometown.

        So, when I found out that Agassi’s ghost writer, J.R. Moehringer, is working with Harry on his memoir, I was stoked! It’s a superb fit! Reading about Moehringer’s life, it turns out that he too had difficult, life-defining issues with his own father. Plus, Moehringer is a very adept writer and a wonderful storyteller. Combined with Harry’s own wit, compassion, intelligence, and ongoing understanding of his personal journey, and how he reached this stage of his life, this memoir is going to be a great read.

        I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy as soon as it debuts. It will be a huge bestseller, and that’s an understatement. They will have to publish a large first printing because it will definitely be sold out quickly.

    • Tessa says:

      He will probably write about how wonderful his mother was. Which would probably bother some of the royals.

  20. betsyh says:

    And this is the man that is writing a biography about Meghan? Do you suppose it will be unbiased?????

    • Guest says:

      Say what? This clown is writing another hit job biography about Meghan? What the what?

    • GuestWho says:

      Yes he is reportedly the next to write a fully true and accurate accounting of Meghan. s/

      He’s billed as the most feared biographer in the UK. I suppose we can see why – he just makes isht up.

      • LaraW" says:

        I wonder if his publishers decided that the risk of Meghan taking them to court for defamation (and winning) far outweighed any kind of profit they might get from book sales. In which case the dude also lost a source of income. Maybe he also had to pay his advance back, lol.

    • MsIam says:

      If there was anything out there the tabloids would have found it. They hired a private investigator remember? And all this guy can do is write a more mean and nasty version of what’s already out there and even he is limited, I’m sure he doesn’t want to get sued either.

  21. Nic919 says:

    It was Jason Knauf as permitted by William who provided actual personal communications of a member of the royal family to the media, something that no other royal staff member had ever done so publicly before and for no reason other than to be spiteful.

    While it was hilarious that the messages ended up only solidifying Meghan’s privacy case, the precedent of openly providing assistance to the tabloid media, for a non criminal matter, has been set. It is William who has failed to protect the family in his own jealousy about his brother.

    Nothing Harry has said to date has even come close to divulging such personal information. I mean if he includes angry emails from Billy in his memoirs good for him, but as it stands, the royal who has been most indiscreet is William. And he has the most to hide.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I hope he’ll be smart enough not to direct quote any communications. It would open up the ability for Knauf, KP staff, TOB, whomever to sue Harry and the publisher for copyright infringement.

  22. Layla says:

    You know this JoUrnAliST(!) is a fake when you read “William’s happiness and popularity” 😂b*tch where? I live in England too, I don’t see that anywhere.

  23. Yasmine says:

    Harry took away the legitimacy of being a royal, that’s what is the most destabilizing. Being a royal is some God given right, and it’s something that only a blue blood can do. You can’t hire anyone else for the job lol. They can’t wrap their head around a prince letting go of his royal role and ‘quitting’ as if it’s a job. Because if it’s optional after all, just like any job, then how can they justify keeping the royal institution around?

    They also blame Harry for taking the magic and prestige out of what it means to be a royal. These people want you to think there’s something inherently special about them being born royal in their grand palaces. If being a prince is an honour and something special, then how could this guy say ‘nope, I’d rather get a legit job like the rest of the subjects bowing to me.’ You don’t leave something you were born into and then thrive by living among the lowly subjects. You’re supposed to be like Edward, abdicate for an American divorcee and then live a lesser life. Because what life is more important than that of being a royal. Instead, Harry raves about biking and taking his kids to the beach, living a life better than a royal. Soooooo….. makes the average plebe wonder: why do we keep these princes and dumbfounds*cks propped up?

    • Eurydice says:

      Yes, this. Harry has destabilized the monarchy – in the way the little boy did when he cried, “but the Emperor has no clothes!” At this point, the monarchy is just a bunch of powerless people following an archaic set of rules, kind of like a first generation video game.

      • Mrs.Krabapple says:

        Yes, it’s not Harry who is destabilizing the monarchy — the royal family is doing a fine job of that all by themselves. But even IF it is Harry, shouldn’t he get “praise” rather than “blame”? Monarchies serve no purpose in the modern world. They are a relic of old racist, misogynistic, “superior blood” way of thinking. All government positions should be on merit, and/or affirmatively selected by the public. The end of the british monarchy is already overdue.

    • JT says:

      But do any of these clowns even know what they are saying by reporting that Harry is “destabilizing the monarchy?” They are saying that Harry is so powerful, so important to the firm, that his mere absence from the spectacle is bringing it down. How’s that for irrelevant? Harry is the so-called “unimportant, sixth in line” and yet he’s the one bringing the firm to its knees. The last time that happened it was the actual king who left. As has been said here, over and over, Harry was more than just a scapegoat, he was the glue holding it all together. Stories like this one are just saying how dependent the monarchy was on Harry and how lost the royals have been since he’s been gone. This isn’t a good look for the firm because it makes them look, not only weak, but stupid. Why would you let the one who can destabilize the monarchy walk away and why can’t the royals who have remained fill in his place?

      • Eurydice says:

        It’s probably like Joni Mitchell says – you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.

        But Bower isn’t saying that Harry was the glue keeping the monarchy together – he’s saying that the Queen and Philip did a crappy job raising Charles and Andrew and they thought they had control of William and Harry, but Harry took advantage of Philip’s weakness to escape from the palace and air the RF’s dirty linen on global TV. This leaves the loyal, popular, happy, charming, forward-thinking, more intelligent and dutiful William to shoulder the load with no support from his faithless brother – but at least he has his keen and dutiful wife by his side.

        And, actually, apart from the hysteria and finger-pointing, this is the true state of affairs. There are only Charles and William – and Charles seems increasing problematic, so there’s only William left- for whatever that’s worth.

      • JT says:

        @Eurydice I know that this guy isn’t saying that Harry was the glue holding everything together, but it’s clear that the family has been unable to move without him. They’ve been scrambling for 2 years now, with no end in sight. I took a look at old stories about Harry and it’s clear he was very much an asset within the firm, even if the royals never acknowledged it. The recent doc on the BBC even says that Harry was so popular they couldn’t even smear him, with Harry’s mistakes no less, which is something in and of itself. Nobody else had/has that sort of pull without being propped up or playing the game. The queen is MIA die to health reasons, Charles is shady, William is unprepared, lazy and incandescent.

      • Eurydice says:

        @JT – the family has been able to move just fine without Harry – in that, his absence hasn’t affected the way they do business. Events, performances, ribbon-cutting, funerals, etc. – all could happen and have happened easily without Harry being there. And if Harry were still there, the Queen would still be in her 90’s, Charles would still be shady, Andy still a pedo, Wills still unprepared, lazy, incandescent and wildly jealous, and Harry still 6th in line. He couldn’t possibly stabilize the monarchy no matter how popular he is/was with the people.

        The RF have been scrambling for 2 years because of the way they treated Meghan, because Harry won’t let them get away with hiding it and because the royal reporting industry demands constant feeding. Harry wasn’t the glue – the glue was the fiction that the RF was an actual family, instead of breeding stock like some kind of rival horse farms. The RF could have welcomed and supported Meghan, but they didn’t. They could have managed H&M’s withdrawal from “working royals” in a simple and calm way, but they didn’t. They could even have dealt with HM’s departure for the US with grace, but they didn’t. All these choices were self-inflicted wounds to the fiction that the RF is a family. In the end, they were the glue holding this thing together and they chose not to do it.

      • BothSidesNow says:

        @ Eudice & @ JT, after having read both of what you two have written, I found myself drawn into seeing that JT was making an excellent point and placing the spotlight on the true issue with regards to why and how he Monarchy, the RF and the rest of the bitchy, petty and disgusting parties are in regards to Harry, and the ultimate betrayal that was forced up by Harry’s family.

        But then I read @ Eudice, and it seems that her views are much more spot on, in regards to Harry having not been the actual glue but actually the one that has removed his lifelong duty to silence and position to which he wasn’t allowed to correct the lies. Harry no longer must follow the rules dictated to him, and Meghan, as they are no longer beholden to the rules placed only on THEM, no one else. Baldingham, Chaz, even Camilla has had the freedom to not only respond to lies but to speak freely. And that is also true of McMumbles who had the power to rewrite articles that were once unflattering.

        I think that the Royal family is sinking, as if they have on cement feet, and they are all climbing over each other to save themselves, except PedoAndy who has his mothers royal protection and her unlimited funds.

    • aftershocks says:

      @Eurydice said:
      “… if Harry were still there, the Queen would still be in her 90′s, Charles would still be shady, Andy still a pedo, Wills still unprepared, lazy, incandescent and wildly jealous, and Harry still 6th in line. He couldn’t possibly stabilize the monarchy no matter how popular he is/was with the people… Harry wasn’t the glue — the glue was the fiction that the royal family was an actual family…”

      Interesting comments @Eurydice, @JT, and @Both Sides Now. I think you are all hitting on some truths. I would add though that Harry was seen as very important to the monarchy, especially as those in the know behind-the-scenes realize that William is extremely problematic. On the flip side, it is the fiction of Harry being a dumb, likeable cut-up, and a wild child, which allowed the royals to hide behind his kind, ‘everyman’ popularity. While secretly, the royals have always known that it was Harry’s charisma, intelligence, and leadership skills the monarchy needed to help prop-up William on the down low.

      That’s the main reason why the royal firm forced Harry to retire from the military, so he could back-up lazy Wills, and be sent on solo royal tours to Commonwealth countries. Harry’s charm and his down-to-earth persona was hugely effective in persuading some countries to remain tied to Great Britain, with the Queen as their head-of-state.

      In addition, continuing @JT’s analogy, I believe that while Harry was not necessarily the ‘glue’ holding the monarchy together, it was Harry’s strong presence and personality the royals and the tabloid media greatly needed to keep the fictions afloat and held fast together. I contend that while Harry was not the glue, he made the glue stick. And ever since he wisely left to protect his family, the fictions are becoming unstuck. Everything is unraveling because Meghan’s unacceptable presence uncovered and deeply revealed the systemic racism endemic within the firm and within British society.

      Harry & Meghan are fated to be together. Their love is too strong to be broken, as the Salty Bitters thought they would be able to achieve through the smear campaign, with the constant barrage of unfounded media attacks, emotional harassment, and gaslighting. Thank God M&H escaped the gilded cage, and found their peaceful, nurturing haven in Montecito.

  24. notasugarhere says:

    Given the excerpts, it reads like William dictated this to Bower. Everything is the fault of Charles and Harry, nothing at all is the fault of William, his racism, his wife’s jealousy and abuse of her sister in law, William’s repeated cheating and threats to a free press, William trying to steal charity funds raised by Meghan, William and Kate horning in on Harry’s existing work with mental health five years ago and claiming it as their own, Kate trying to claim SmartWord, William trying to trademark Harry’s already existing mental health ap with the military, etc. etc. etc.

    • Shawna says:

      Wait, I must have missed that about Kate and SmartWorks. Yikes.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ LOL, @Shawna. After the SmartWorks project debut in conjunction with the Sept. 2019 British Vogue co-editorship issue release, there was a hilarious mocking reaction on Twitter to an article by one of the carnival clowns, whose name I don’t recall offhand. The rota rat stupidly claimed that Kate somehow had something, something to do with the SmartWorks project because one of the fashion brands who volunteered to provide clothing for the capsule collection, was Jigsaw.

        Kate swanned around at Jigsaw for less than a year in the mid-2000s, cosplaying the role of ‘accessories buyer,’ while biding time in her stalking of Wills. I believe TOB famously broke up with Kate while she was at Jigsaw playing at working. LOL!

        The first link below is to an article describing the SmartWorks capsule collection launch. A video of the wonderful 7-minute speech by Meg is included on the site. She spoke eloquently without notes about women empowering each other through purposeful intentions and creative ideas that bring us together with a sense of community. Meghan explained with passion and sincerity that even when we may never directly meet someone in need, a purposeful charitable act we commit, can make a huge impact on someone else’s life, with reverberating effects. That’s #CompassionInAction.

        ^^ I like how one of the women from SmartWorks is quoted saying that she wishes more women were as wonderful and generous as Meghan (hint* hint* hint*) LOL! And in her speech Meg talks about the importance of women supporting and lifting each other up. We all know that kind of compassionate goal is a foreign concept to you know who.

        The second link is to a tabloid article that tries to connect Kate to the SmartWorks project, via her past brief cosplaying role at Jigsaw. A number of articles in mags like People and Town and Country also wrote in a cluelessly lighthearted vein about Kate somehow having ‘a connection’ to Meg’s project.

        There was also an article by the rota clown whose name I can’t remember, which went much further in trying to claim that Kate was somehow responsible for Meg’s idea for the project!!!

    • Jais says:

      At this point, any book about Meghan or Harry will probably have a negative slant. They are not speaking or leaking to authors and I imagine their allies and friends are not either. So that means the majority of the book sources are coming from the firm and thus there will be a negative slant. Unless there are some other type of sources idk?

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ There was one book I’m aware of that took a positive approach to writing about Meghan. It was entitled, Meghan Misunderstood, by Sean Smith. It’s a worthwhile read. Smith did research as best he could, and he apparently spoke to some of Meg’s former teachers and childhood friends, etc.

        Smith’s book is largely positive and sympathetic, while Andrew Morton’s Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, tries to be neutral for the most part, but contains some critical innuendo. Although Morton’s approach is exploitative in his rush to get published in the lead-up to the royal wedding, his book is not all bad. The description of Meghan’s early years by Morton is pretty good. He did a lot of research in L.A., and his book includes a number of very interesting photographs not available on the Internet (which Morton probably got permission to use from some of Meg’s teachers, estranged family members, and former acquaintances).

        The problem with Morton’s book is that he was obviously reaching and trying to fill-in gaps in his knowledge in the second half of the book when he discusses Meg’s adult life and her relationship with Trevor (who did not speak to him). Some of Trevor’s friends did speak to Morton, but it’s unreliable secondhand info.

        Still, both of these books are worth checking out amidst all the hateful crap that’s out there.

  25. HeatherC says:

    What’s that continuing BS of Archie being “her [Meghan’s] unborn [at the time] child?” More othering because how dare a biracial American do royal better than the royals?

    If the “irrelevant” 6th in line can cause destabilization simply by getting off the public dole and living his best life, then the monarchy deserves to fail.

  26. Alexandria says:

    It’s all self-inflicted nonsense. #AbolishTheMonarchy

  27. Asking for a friend says:

    How many centuries of English monarchy has been destroyed by a couple, who aren’t even close to inheriting the throne, leaving the institution? Wow. Must have been on shaky ground to begin with.

  28. truthSF says:

    Dude went after H&M, Charles and the Queen. Yet he is silent or positive regarding Baldilocks.🤔 I see who he’s repping for!!🧐

  29. Esmerelda says:

    Also, it’s a bit too late to blame it all on Harry, when it’s clear they don’t have the support of the aristocracy for the last two generations: the last aristo bride they could entice to marry in was Diana, and she was way too young, and they sealed the deal super fast, before she could really think about it. And you bet that all the aristos took note of how they treated her. It’s why Edward has a middle class wife, Zara had to marry that vile thing, Eug and Bea did a bit better, but no aristos, no one would touch William except Gary Goldsmith’s niece, the turnip toffs closed ranks around *Rose* (and not the ffq) – it’s why the BBC is trying to loosen its leash: they don’t have the support of the upper classes any longer. For the last two generations. The country is following… Does Harry have a time machine, to have influenced things even before he was born? Such powers.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Head’s up, it is almost 2022. Aristocrats are human beings, as flawed and basic as everyone else. Just like royalty, they are nothing special and nothing to aspire to 1) be or 2) marry.

      That ‘vile thing’? No one forced Zara to marry Mike. She was never going to marry an artistocrat because it isn’t her personal style. Before Mike it was her gossip-inducing relationship with a professional jockey, rampant with allegations of screaming abusive fights between pair. Her showing off her tongue piercing for paps and saying her boyfriend liked it for fellatio.

      Eugenie married a third cousin who may or may not be cheating on her. Beatrice married a cheater who refused to marry his biracial baby mama and make his non-white son his heir. I wouldn’t say they’ve married ‘better’, but automatically marrying an inbred aristocrat or foreign royal wouldn’t be a ‘better’ choice. If we’re going by say, the current Duke of Westminster, he’s a racist slum lord with very shady finances. Wow, what a catch!

      • Esmerelda says:

        After Mike’s comments on “punching Harry” I can’t think of him as nothing but vile.
        And the aristos are absolutely human beings, but they still own a lot of the land the BRF nominally rules… and they still wouldn’t ally themselves (even in self interest) with the Queen’s offspring. Those aristos would have seen them up close when the general public couldn’t, and yet the BRF was too much even for racist slumlords of noble birth. That’s significant, IMHO.
        The BRF is at “Maison de Bang Bang” levels, socially. This cannot be blamed on Harry, as they’re scrambling to do.

      • notasugarhere says:

        You’re still insisting that artistocrats are something *anyone with a brain* would want to marry, when that isn’t the case. Many of them are racist, vile, Little Englanders, and Brexiteers. Socially, the aristos support Rose and William’s affair.

      • Esmerelda says:

        Not anyone with a brain, but anyone who values the UK class system and its inqualities: I’m not saying that you or I would fall for His Grace The Racist Slumlord, but a lot of racist, classist people, including those in the BRF, would. And sadly this classist system still carries with it extreme privileges – but those privileged people are not sharing their status (which they have, even if it’s a sad, vile status quo) with the BRF anymore.
        Think of it as racist slumlord rats abandoning the sinking BRF ship, if that is more clear.
        I didn’t mean to imply the aristos are great, sorry if it came across that way.

      • notasugarhere says:

        That still implies that aristocrats are prizes worth winning or that any royal would be begging at the gates to marry an aristo. It is only people like the Wisteria Sisters who’d think that way.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ @notasugarhere, I don’t think Eugenie and Beatrice are overly problematic. Yes, they have clueless, classless, money-grubbing parents. But by all accounts and evidence, their parents loved and nurtured them, even if it may be due to their parents seeing them as extensions of their own egos. 😉

        While Eug and Bea are both likely somewhat snobby and entitled, having grown up royal, they are described as genuinely nice girls. Bea was picked on a lot by the tabloids, even more than her sister was. Still both landed in apparently happy marriages. As we know, Eugenie was close to Harry growing up, and she is still friendly with both Harry and Meghan. Eug publicly supported Meg’s 40 x 40 giving back project, even though it might have put Eug in the dog house with the royal firm.

        It may be unfair to categorize Bea’s husband, Edo, as a cheater. From all evidence, Edo seems quite supportive and in love with Bea, even if their union gives off vibes of being arranged. If you are speaking about Edo’s former girlfriend, Dara Huang, whatever that relationship was about and why it didn’t work is debatable, but also none of our business.

        By all evidence, Edo is a responsible, loving father to his out-of-wedlock son with Huang, who is named after Edo’s stepfather. While Edo is not strictly aristocratic, he has some family ties to nobility via his mother. Of course, Edo’s father is descended from Italian nobility, not recognized by the British aristocracy.

        It’s news to me that Eugenie & Jack are third cousins. I read that W&K are 11th cousins. And even M&H have ancient ancestral connections via the sperm donor’s British heritage. LOL!

        I don’t think it is fair to tag Eugenie’s husband, Jack, as a cheater simply because of the intrusive papped photos on the yacht this past summer. Jack was doing promotional work for his employer. Also, the papped photos and tabloid articles suspiciously appeared after reports that Eugenie & Bea are supportive of Prince Harry, and have nothing critical to say about him writing his memoir.

        There has been some speculation that Beatrice and Eugenie were strongly recruited to show up at the Kate-glorified Christmas Carol concert recently. But for public appearances sake, I would imagine both girls do what they have to do p.r.-wise amidst the toxic Windsor environment, especially since neither have any power. And their father is in a sh*tload of trouble.

    • Amy Bee says:

      Beatrice’s husband comes from an aristo family, on his mother’s side.

      • Tessa says:

        He is not categorized as an aristo. It’s like Cressida Bonas whose mother was of aristo descent but her father is a commoner. She was not an aristo in the true sense of the word.

      • aftershocks says:

        ^^ LOL! Cressida Bonas has always been considered an aristo via her mother, despite whoever her father is. But I get what you mean. The snobbery is off the charts re these categorizations!

        Cressida is definitely the type the firm would have been okay with Harry marrying. It was Kate who likely wouldn’t have been happy about Cressida marrying in, because Cressida’s aristo half-sister, Isabella Calthorpe (now married to Brian Branson), is someone Will was once infatuated with. He dropped Kate to run after Calthorpe, who had no interest in Will and turned him down flat.

        I don’t even think Harry and Cressida were that seriously interested in each other. They struck me as more ‘hanging buddies’ conveniently biding their time together. Cressida is a friend of Eugenie’s, which is how Harry met Cressida.

  30. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    HARRY comes across as “intensely envious” of WILLIAM’S “happiness and popularity”?????????
    Help me out here. What am I missing?

  31. Gina says:

    Harry and Meghan destabilized Monarchy, for sure.
    Just by showing to the public what the true Royal Couple might be. Remember “good King Harry”? He really was and is. So is Meghan, who would have been 100 times better Queen than Keen.
    They allowed for people to make comparison just by existing, and this comparison was and still is destabilizing for this outdated institution.

  32. Beloved says:

    The irrelevant sixth in line destabilized the monarchy? Not the sex pest, or the adulterer, or the clowns that run the institution by selling information to the gutter press. Did Margaret’s escapades destabilize the monarchy?

    What a bout others royal houses? Did Madeline living in Florida destabilize the royal family?

    • Eurydice says:

      The real culprit is the 21st Century, but it’s hard to blame the passage of time or the invention of technology.

      • Shawna says:

        Nice! The Windsors’ popularity was all tied up in the immediate needs and consequences of two world wars. Now that the generations who think that wartime good behavior deserves perpetual admiration and support are mostly gone, the emperor is increasingly seen to have no clothes on now.

    • Couch potato says:

      Since you mention other royal houses. Princess Martha Louise of Norway has done her own weird and “unroyal” things for decades now, yet the norwegian monarchy is solid. The danish prince Joachim works in France now, following some tension between him and his brothet the CP and/or their wifes, if the rumors are correct. Yet, the danish monarchy are solid. The other royal houses have their ups and downs, but the british royal family is in a league of its owen. They are a live soap opera funded by tax payers, just like the BBC.

      • notasugarhere says:

        The Norwegian monarchy has had to slap ML down at least twice in the last three years. It isn’t like she learned her lessons once and then straightened out and flew right.

        The Danish situation is odd to me. I feel like it had more to do with the heir to the heir coming of age. Needed to get Joachim and Marie out of the picture, because soon the taxpayers will be funding the heir to the heir and his life.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        The issues with Joachim only started after he sold his estate and, hence, no longer had an actual job. He was never meant to be a full-time working royal since an estate was secured for him when he was 11 (which is unfair in the sense that he got locked into a future profession that he may not have wanted). Joachim is a lot like his father – and he whined publicly when he got justly criticized for not doing his due diligence regarding his apanage when he moved to France. He came across as super entitled – and that does not endear him to the Danish public. That he also did it in the scummiest of the Danish tabloids doesn’t really help him either.

        Joachim needed something to do after he sold his estate and left his primary job – and there isn’t that much a demand for many royals in a very small country. My guess is that he is clinging to the public money he receives and he’s afraid that there’ll be a public demand to cut him off if he doesn’t do much work for the DRF (there has been a number of articles about how little he does compared to how much money he gets from the public). There’s certainly whispers about him being displeased that his children are going to get public money and people with contacts have said that he doesn’t want to renounce his apanage because that’ll force him to live of his (now) considerable private fortune.

        Regarding the financial situation: Joachim receiving an apanage is an anomaly (and despite his whining, he’ll never renounce it, add to that that he and his wife do less royal “work” than Kate!). Prince Christian is part of his father’s household and he’ll only receive an apanage himself when he becomes Crown Prince when Frederik becomes King. The financing of the Danish royals are far more transparent than the weird mess that is the BRF monies. The monarch gets a sum where a certain percentage is earmarked to the consort – as does the heir with a percentage earmarked for the heir’s consort. Prince Christian won’t get any public money directly when he comes of age, not unless Daisy kicks the bucket before he’s 18.

      • notasugarhere says:

        ArtHistorian, I always appreciate it when you give the boots on the ground perspective. The whole thing was just odd, but so was Alexandra getting appanage for years as her divorce settlement. Makes we wonder who is advising Margrethe sometimes.

  33. SnarcasmQueen says:

    Selfless?? That woman is a martyr to herself and to the legacy of her bitter mother, that’s all. If she’d been a decent mother or a functional human being, she wouldn’t have raised such a pack of utter shits, nor would she have spent her entire reign believing the worst thing that happened to the lot of them was the loss of a weak, Nazi sympathizing king who would have ruined them all a lot faster with his codependency.

  34. Jay says:

    So what the CB homepage is telling me today is that the royal family’s PR team are being outplayed by freaking Pelaton.

    Seriously, this family thinks it’s a good look to shout from the rooftops that their entire organization is so weak and fragile that the sixth in line being pushed out somehow collapsed the entire thousand year old institution.

    Also, Edward Young’s name has come up a couple times now in recent stories about things being mismanaged with the royals – not usually a good sign, hmm?

  35. Rapunzel says:

    This whole thing is a masterclass in Trumpian level projection.

    William’s traits are being projected on Harry.
    He’s jealous. He’s spoilt by being surrounded by obsequious yes men.

    I almost think that this whole thing is so obviously William instead of Harry that it’s intentional.

    • Gubbinal says:

      I have thought for a while that Prince Harry is the Mary Trump of his clan (Mary Trump, Donald’s niece) who wrote about the rampant narcissism and stupidity of her uncle and his family.

  36. Diana says:

    The Monarchy’s no. 1 problem is the Queen and her refusal to step down, and her son Charles. They are all too old, I hate to ba ageist but ideally this role requires some glamour, and H & M delivered on that. Boo me if you like but they need at least Kate and Chucky in that role. Most people don’t really care about Elizabeth at this point.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      This is why I think William is trying to stage a coup and jump the line by throwing Charles under the bus. He doesn’t want to be 65 when he wears that crown.

    • Couch potato says:

      No, the queen is the most popular of them. Her abdicating would cause more problems and less support for the RF. Non of the others are popular, but Willnot still has some supporters who sees him as the young blond son of Diana. While Chuck had tampon-gate.

      The real problem is their lack of connection to the people, their unability to understand the changes in society during the last decades, the lack of empathy etc, not age. While other monarchies has evolved with their nations, the british RF are still living in the Victorian era and with SM, it becomes more and more clear to the people how out of touch and arrogant they are. Other aging monarchs like in Denmark, Norway and Sweden may be set in their ways when it comes to ceratin aspects, but they are far more modern in other ways, and so are their heirs.

    • notasugarhere says:

      I don’t see that as the problem. The problem is the bloated BRF system with a dozen working royals, everybody getting multiple huge homes, and lack of accountability as to work loads and achievement.

      Harry did the right thing, getting out and helping everyone see that. If the BRF was wise, which they aren’t? They’d announce that only the eldest W&K child will be a working royal. The other two will stop using titles, won’t receive more titles later, and will make their own way in the world. Other royal families have said as much about their young heirs – only the main one is getting funded.

  37. Murphy says:

    Yeah, the guy 6th from the top is responsible for this >rolls eyes<

  38. SnarcasmQueen says:

    Also, the spare has traditionally been a problem. They tend to be lay about bitter betties that either drain the royal purse with their shenanigans or spend their time plotting rebellion or causing unrest.

    Now the spare has also traditionally gone into the military and made a nice career of that but the royals ruined that for Harry, didn’t they?

    How dare he make an independent life for himself once his brother had secured the succession?

    • aftershocks says:

      ^^ Yeah, but historically quite often the second sons and spares ended up becoming the heirs, notably King Henry VIII (after his older brother Arthur died from an illness); King George V (after his older, mentally slow and sexually promiscuous brother, the Duke of Clarence, died per official reports, of pneumonia); King George VI (after King Edward VIII abdicated), etc.

      Harry definitely wanted to make a career in the military, and the royal firm forced/ gaslighted his retirement.

  39. ChattyCath says:

    The monarchy will never fall. Look at the absurd aristocracy in Europe. ‘ruler of Bourbon Two Sicilies ‘ came to mind. The place doesn’t even exist now but people are still impressed by a title. The Mayerling Affair weakened but wasn’t the proximal agent of destruction of the Aust Hungarian empire. And Harry has ‘done’ hardly anything.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Greece’s monarch fell in the last 100 years. Belgium’s is in trouble now. All current European monarchies are treading on thin ice.

      • Tigerlily says:

        @NOTA is it former king Albert’s illegitimate daughter situation that’s causing issues in Belgium or is there more to it? Just curious as once he was forced to acknowledge her they seemed to go overboard giving her title etc.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      And where are the Kings of Italy, Greece and Austria? Didn’t the plebeians kick their thieving selves to the curb. the fall will happen, maybe not in our lifetime, but it’s coming.

  40. Couch potato says:

    It reads like a drunken mans rambling, putting together words and phrases that makes no sense. What the h… is unqualified sacrifice? Mention a problem and then blame Meghan & Harry by dragging in something completely different. Not to mention the poor queens secretary who failed to invite the BBC for tea to stop the documentary, and everything else he’s suppose to have fixed.

    It’s like a combination of orders from different houses.
    CH – tell the peasants Chuck is a good and conserned father, who’s stopped doing shady things. Also write a hit pice on the “dear boy” and his wife. The s$;&/$ spoke the truth, and made Chuck look like fool. Also, blame Young for something, so we can use him as a scapegoat and get rid of him. Must find a new job for Fawcett after all.

    KP – write a hit pice on Meghan and Harry. Also write a flattering story about Willnot. Tell the peasants FFK is so happy and succesfull. yes, we know it’s a lie, but we’re so tired of changing his diapers and he shits them on purpose without constant prais and worship. Also write that Harry’s envious of him. Yes, we know it’s the opposite, but Willnot and Cannot have a joint engagement in two days. We need him to look less miserable to sell the happy family lie to aging white rasicts. It’s the only supporters the RF have left. You know very well no young people are fooled by them.

  41. Gigi says:

    If all it takes to destabilize this monarchy is for the 6th in line to the throne to bow out, then the institution is in even deeper trouble that it appears.

  42. Lululu says:

    Bullshit. The monarchy was never going to be stable during this transition. It becomes clearer with each passing of the baton that monarchy is an outdated concept that has little value except as entertainment for the masses. Do the British want to keep paying for this hella expensive reality show? Although I’ll concede, you can’t make this shit up.

    Harry and Meghan might have saved the monarchy, their projects were relevant, well-executed for the most part, and had a refreshing “boots on the ground” feel, whereas all of the rest of the royal family’s projects continue to give the distinct impression that they just showed up to break a champagne bottle on the hull.

    The next couple of years are going to be very interesting. I’m stocking up on popcorn.

    • Jais says:

      Lol. Yes, the monarchy is just a “hella expensive reality show.” Well said and unfortunately not everyone wants to be in it but are born into it and then shamed for leaving it.

  43. Songs (Or it didnt happen) says:

    Coulda had a bad bitch’s full time committal.
    Helped you with your PR, just a little.

  44. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    I can’t believe he thinks Harry’s move to protect his family and earn his own living, is WORSE (in Bower’s eyes) than Andrew’s rape and trafficking of girls. That says A LOT about Bower himself, and the people who read his garbage.

    • RoyalBlue says:

      He lives in an alternate universe, where bullying by the press is permitted, protecting your mental health is wrong, leaving the family is a sign of disloyalty, helping your wife is terrible etc. Bad is good, and good is bad.

  45. lanne says:

    Well, they certainly aren’t giving Harry any reason to second-guess himself. With each new piece of drivel by the ratchets, Harry and Meghan can affirm for themselves they were right to leave. What in heaven’s name is there to go back to?

    “Hey, Sussexes, come back so that we can destroy your happiness, abuse your children, and belittle everything that you do! Come back so that you can beg for scraps from your brother cain’s table, instead of having your own money. Come back to live in some broke-down servants quarters because that’s all you and your too-dark children are good for! Come back and do nothing so that you don’t overshadow your Do nothing brother and his equally useless wife!”

    Is that a bargain ANYONE would take? Harry and Meghan are saying, “Nah, we’re good. You do you and we’ll do us.”

    The royals, apparently, are a cesspool of grift, mediocity, and misery. Let them keep themselves to themselves. They can remain lying in the bed they shat in.

  46. L4Frimaire says:

    This long rant, full of factual inaccuracies and complete ignorance of British law, is basically a self-own by the royals. They are trying so so very hard to hang on to Harry and Meghan as their scapegoats. This is farcical.

  47. Lex says:

    Lmaoo a prior king abdicated but yeah the spare moving to a new country is blasphemy and ruinous to the entire monarchy…

  48. Jaded says:

    The monarchy destabilized the monarchy irreparably.

    There, fixed it for you.

    I’ll show myself out.

  49. lala43 says:

    Apparently, the sixth in line is more important than Prince Charles and Prince William, who are the actual heirs. The lack of confidence in the remaining working royal family members by royal aides is funny and pathetic.

  50. phlyfiremama says:

    Oh, this article is GLORIOUS?! 😂😂🤣🤣

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      It is, isn’t it? This article is pretty much negating any of the articles over the last two years about Kate being the monarchy’s rock, crown jewel, greatest asset, peacemaker, stablilizing force and other positive attributes written about her. Or, Will being a statesman, leader, modernizer, popular(LOL) member of the monarchy.

      This article supports how much Will & Co. effed things up with the Duke & Duchess of Sussex. Harry was called out of the army because of W & K’s ineptitude and bad press. He quit the army because his grandmother/Commander in Chief needed him because W & K were not doing the job. And, W & K still cannot be given acclaim based on earned merits.

      Even with Harry’s mistakes before he met Meghan, Harry was 2nd in popularity-behind the Queen. Harry met Meghan and their popularity soared. Then KP/W&K/Knauf f*cked things up due to jealousy & racism.

      But, sure Bower, blame it on Harry. No matter how hard you or any rota/BM try, it’s obvious to the global public that Harry is a worker that moved on from his previous job successfully.

      • Marivic says:

        ITA. What happened to Kate “the rock of the monarchy ?“ What are the two future kings doing to stabilize it ? Why does Harry get all the blame now?

  51. Michele says:

    Bower has his head up the ‘royals’ collective asses. It’s all Prince Phillip’s fault for dying. Like Lizzie wasn’t running things. Prince Harry’s memoirs will be about his lived experiences. That is why they are scared but I believe it won’t be as bad as people thinks. Bower’s book about Meghan is just a hit piece.

  52. blunt talker says:

    Tom Bowers is not a journalist-he is a shitgibbon for royalty-Mr. Bowers should stop vomiting at the mouth and the royals sort themselves-The angst here is that Harry has shown being royal can cause mental issues, unhappy marriages, lying and cheating taxpayers, backstabbing other family members in the back, be in the sack with tabloid journalism to hurt other family members based on rank, selling titles to the highest donors, forcing family members to never explain or complain, being racist and classiest to anyone who don’t tow the line or bow down,and forcing family members to keep everything inside by not complaining or explaining. God bless Harry and Meghan for refusing to stay in this hellhole of vipers.

  53. Deeanna says:

    Facts gleaned from reading old newspaper accounts on

    1.) The four year old Prince Charles, supervised at his mother’s Coronation by his grandmother Queen Mother Elizabeth, eventually had to be removed from the service because he would not quit sucking his thumb.

    2.) Charles’ nickname was “Chunkie”. Yes, not Chuckie but Chunkie.

    3.) The Queen was gone a LOT. Without children. To Malta numerous times to live with Prince Phillip while he was in the Navy for three month stretches. (Before she was queen) On Royal Tours after she became Queen, one of which lasted almost six months (On the Britannia) when Charles was about 6 and Anne about 4. Grandma was left in charge of the children, which means nannies were in charge of the children.

    It is no wonder her kids are all screwed up.

  54. PrincessK says:

    Harry and Meghan were driven out of the Royal Family as a result of intense jealousy and a very well organised racist Brexit falange who could not bear to see a very visible black woman in the royal family . End of story.

  55. jwoolman says:

    The monarchy must not be very stable if it’s stability is threatened by the exit of the spare (born and raised as a spare and now so far down on the list of potential kings and queens that today he wouldn’t need to get the Queen’s permission to marry).

    It all seems so silly from this side of the pond. The British monarchy doesn’t even have political power. They just do ceremonial things. If they all vanished tomorrow, everything would go on without them. Other rich people could be patrons of charities, just like everywhere else. They are just rich people who dress oddly periodically.

  56. Eke says:

    Tom Boyer after reading through all these comments some people have made nice comments about H&M. Kate has been given soft landing and a favourable environment to operate. Take a look at the recent xmas Carol on the was more of a fashion parade than Carol the ladies were there with their husbands they know what they are doing supporting kate. When meghan married into the Royal like Harry said they were ready to serve they gained popularity than W&K. William became jealous that meghan was outshining kate he then developed tactics to bully meghan out of the RF of course harry had to go with his wife. They never like megan because she was African American. William’s hasn’t confidence and kate will be smiling with all her 32 teeth showing depicting lack of confidence too as public people you.dont smile without control. Am happy H&M are pulling their weight where they are and God will continue to guard and guide them. H&M are a sour e of joy any time and any where you see. Harry on the other hand is his mother was.treated. William’s wants to be king so he can smile with them and Camilla who caused the divorce of your parents.

  57. Marivic says:

    “The duchess’s successful assertion of her right to privacy over a letter to her father surprised many lawyers.“ Why? The court’s decision of a summary judgement in favor of Meghan is a reflection that she had an unarguably strong claim. Only the lawyers who side with the RF and the rota clowns will forever fake and pretend they don’t understand this very crystal clear decision of the judges of the law.

    “The sadness is that Harry and Meghan prosper financially by playing their royal cards. So far, Britain’s judges and the BBC have aided their operation, regardless of their disloyalty. “ This speaks for itself. Bitter Tom Bower is nuts. Desperate Brit.

    Can he not just keep writing about William and his wife? They need his kiss-ass embiggening especially to attract and convince the many young British people to sympathize and like the Cambridges more than they do the Sussexes. Because right now the Sussexes are winning the hearts and minds of the many young people. This is where the RF and the rota clowns’ big problem lies.