The Windsors ‘look mean-spirited & petty’ for ignoring the Invictus veterans

The British royal family has not had anything to do with the Invictus Games in years. During the games in The Hague last year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex supported all of the veterans and met with all the delegations while the Windsors seethed and the Tory government pretended none of it was happening. The same is happening around the Dusseldorf games currently. Instead of putting aside personal beefs and merely showing support for veterans – most of whom were injured and traumatized in service to their country- the Windsors have not only made a big show of ignoring the games and the veterans, the Windsors have also sought to “torpedo” coverage of the Sussexes and the games, as if they’re jealous of the attention the Sussexes receive and the veterans receive. It’s all a ghastly and grotesque look, and now people are starting to talk about it… in the Telegraph? And the Daily Mail??

Team UK has noticed that the Windsors are ignoring them: It has not gone unnoticed at the Merkur Spiel-Arena, where there have been empty seats at events, that despite the worthiness of the cause, some supportive voices are missing. There is frustration among some of the British athletes that their endeavours are not recognised by the public figures who are so quick to send good wishes to those competing in other international sporting events, among them senior members of the Royal family. One official with the UK team admitted that although Invictus was getting bigger every year, it was felt there could be more support back home, particularly when there had been a notable focus on sport among the Royal family in the past week. A team insider said: “The athletes find it bizarre but don’t want to get caught up in the royal crossfire.”

William & Kate’s integral involvement? The Prince and Princess were integrally involved in the early success of the Invictus Games, with their Royal Foundation – then shared with the Duke – pumping significant injections of cash into the event. At the time, a courtier was quoted as saying: “Prince William and Catherine always supported Harry’s efforts to establish Invictus. They are delighted that it has been a success.”

The Windsors’ strategy towards Invictus: A UK media strategist, who did not want to be identified, told The Telegraph that the palace approach towards the Sussexes could be summed up as “ignore and distract”. He added: “It’s ironic Buckingham Palace has had more to say about the Highland Games than the Invictus Games, despite the honorary military roles they hold. In doing so, the palace ends up looking mean-spirited and petty. The ill will against Harry should not be held against the Invictus competitors.”

A member of Team Britain: Ben McBean, a double amputee who inspired the Duke to launch the event, said they should have put their differences aside. The former Royal Marine, who lost an arm and a leg in Afghanistan, said he saw “both sides” of the rift between the brothers. But he added: “Saying that, they should have just given the lads a shout-out. It’s like when we went to Afghanistan, no one supported the war, but they supported the troops. It’s the same thing.”

Someone wants Harry to give an Earthshot shoutout, lol: Palace sources insist members of the Royal family never involve themselves in each other’s professional endeavours. They would not expect the Duke to put his head above the parapet to voice support for the finalists of his brother’s Earthshot Prize, for example, and have left Invictus to the Duke for many years now.

Everyone loves Harry: Team Sussex gathers together each evening for a debrief and to unwind. Much of the work is done behind the scenes. On Saturday, the Duke joined Team UK for breakfast at the British consulate. “Just a super sound bloke, thanking us for all the work we’re doing with the competitors,” explained the team’s head coach, George Bates. “We love him here,” said British athlete Rich Waldrom, 47. “You’ll never get a bad word out of any of us for Harry. Look what he’s built. Look what he’s created for us all.” The Duke also meets hundreds of competitors away from the public gaze and holds meetings with officials about everything from future participation of other nations to funding.

[From The Telegraph]

“The palace ends up looking mean-spirited and petty” – what if I told you that the palace actually IS mean-spirited and petty? What if I told you that Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace have been planning their petty, mean-spirited, jealous, seething counterprogramming for months, that the only thing getting William and Kate off their asses is their desperate attempts to pull focus from Invictus? What if I told you that the thin-skinned, pathetic Windsors don’t respect veterans or the military, that the Windsors believe that they alone are “serving” their country? Like, even if you can make an argument that the Windsors were too busy to host a reception for Invictus veterans ahead of the games, there’s literally no excuse for failing to send a few tweets or Instagram posts supporting Team Britain. Considering the Windsor brand is “too lazy to show up for national competitions,” maybe this was to be expected.

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  1. The Windsor’s are playing stupid games and now they are winning stupid prizes. They are making their people who have served their country and them see them in a whole new light and that light is shining on the vindictiveness and petty people that they are. Keep up the good work Windsors you are taking down the monarchy bit by bit.

    • Lizzie says:

      Maybe their stupid prize should be stripping them of their honorary military titles. All of them. How dare they show up at military parades yet fail to wish injured veterans well.

      • Lizzie says:

        They had the option of a tweet or something on day 1 wishing Harry and Maghan good luck in their new lives. That might have changed everything. They could have tweeting good luck with Netflix or Spotify, instead they seethed and remained silent. Hey could have tweeted congrats on your new home in Montecito,looking forward to seeing I, but they seethed and remained silent. They could have tweeted they were heartbroken to hear of the miscarriage, but the seethed and remained silent. They could have tweeted love for new baby Lili, but they seethed and remained silent. Petty is the nicest name I would call them.

    • PunkPrincessPhD says:

      @Susan Collins

      Maybe Team Windsor thought it was the Vindictive Games, and decided to engage accordingly 😆

    • BeanieBean says:

      I knew we’d get some sort of excuse along the lines of, ‘we can’t say anything because Invictus is Harry’s; it just isn’t done’. But it could be. Using their example of Earthsh*t–which is in NO way equivalent to Invictus, but they tried, bless their hearts–if any of the other royals cared enough about the environment they absolutely could congratulate the winners, although it would likely be along the lines of ‘so proud of William, his program, and the Earth’s*t winners’. Zero reason they can’t or shouldn’t support the veterans at Invictus. Shame on them. Have they all forgotten the Queen did a promo with Harry for the Games? If QEII did it, so could they.

    • phlyfiremama says:

      They do seem to be incapable of NOT shooting themselves in the feet, don’t they!?

    • Kathleen Williams says:

      The Windsors are fighting a one-sided war against the Sussexes and the Sussexes are winning. The rest of the world can clearly see their sadistic vindictiveness and are wondering if they can treat sick an wounded veterans this way, what did they do to Meghan and Harry?

    • Eleanor says:

      They are petty and mean spirited so this is their normal behavior.

  2. Tins says:

    I laughed when I saw the daily mail headline last night. They do look mean spirited and petty and I hope more people call them out this. The invictus games has been amazing and Harry and Megan are shining globally. And it’s also clear (at least globally as I don’t see British media for the most part) the focus is on the games. Like no one outside of the UK cares that Kate slapped a wig in her head and waved her jazz hands ata prison.

    • Chloe says:

      See for me personally, I an extremely glad that those people are keeping silent about Invictus. I don’t want them anywhere near harry’s baby nor do i want them to receive credit for anything Invictus related.

      And for once i agree with a palace source. The environment is also important to Harry but i can’t see him give williams vanity project a shout out nor do I want him to.

      • Layla says:

        @chloe Exactly!!! Remember Prince Keen Other Brother’s “I LeT yOu hAve vEtEranNnNsSsSSs!!!!” Rant?

      • ML says:

        Chloe, You are right! Harry’s family has a tendency to co-opt his popularity at his cost for their gain. H&M are enough royal representation.

      • Wannabefarmer says:

        There is no equivalency here though. This is about showing support for the injured vets, people who went to war in THEIR name. Their behaviour is deplorable. And as I said before, they will never live this down, anymore than they will their treatment of H&M. They need people to join the army, young people will see this and think twice.

        On another but related noted. I saw a video yesterday of some UK journalist interviewing some chinese diplomat and he asked about UK and china being competitors. (Imagine the question being arrogantly asked and that man clearly took offence b/c you know china has been feeling its oats of late). It was embarrassing, that man basically called UK a ‘liddle’ country; he listed all the things china was leading in, AI, EV, every technology the rest of the world needs to run their world and asked ‘is UK doing any of that’. So basically they should sit down and shut up, pat on the head conclusion. Then there was an article about the crumbling schools in the UK. Then there was another video of some Brit politician calling out sunak about some major multi-national trade agreement that Britain was not a part of and asked him where is Britain and where are the promises of brexit. sunak never once lifted his head to look at this man. I could only think, if the fish rots from the head, the windsors/gov are the head and they are showing their rot. Britain is in decline and the media are distracting the people with silly diatribes about H&M.

    • Anita says:

      Same here!

    • MaryContrary says:

      I would also add that almost no one in the UK cares about what she’s doing (not doing) either. I think we get the impression based on the British tabloids that they’re representing how British people feel-and that just isn’t true.

  3. Emma says:

    The bit that made me hysterical was the suggestion in the Daily Mail that C-Rex, Willnot, and Cannot would surely have helped fill the empty seats.

    Bitch, please.

    Setting aside the message to veterans (which is horrific from their Colonels in Chief), you see empty seats at all kinds of sporting events. This is just another sly attempt to suggest Invictus isn’t a success.

    • Julie says:

      Personally, I don’t believe that any of the UK veterans complained about the seats been empty. Whining is not part of the Invictus program. Every pictures, videos and performance we see of them show that they are really happy to be there and are having lots of fun.

    • Saucy&Sassy says:

      Emma, I wondered if this comment was because there wasn’t more information given to the public in the UK, so people either didn’t know about it. I wonder if more people would have been there for the UK team if it had been known.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Shoot, there were empty seats at Beyonce’s LA concert! It means nothing!

  4. hangonamin says:

    LOL. bc going would be supporting harry and his project, and 1) no way they would do it 2) would harry even want their shady a** fake supporting the troops. speaking of, did any public figures (aka government officials) outside of the RF/Meg/Harry show up to the Invictus games? if no, that seems like a problematic message too…

    • MsIam says:

      The US sent a delegation. Other countries did too. The German President is speaking at the closing ceremony and the Defence Minister spoke at the opening ceremony. So lots of “public figures”. Also the Nigerian defence minister was there too. Those are just the ones I know about. Invictus is legit.

      • Becks1 says:

        Lots of government figures are at Invictus. The US sent the NASA administrator and the secretary of the Navy along with other special assistants etc from the executive branch. The Nigerian defense minister attended. I think there was a senator from Kenya (who wants to send a team) that was sitting with Harry at an event. etc.

      • PunkPrincessPhD says:

        Canada as well, as the hosts of the next Games. Official accounts and ministry websites have also been promoting Team Canada and partner organizations like Soldier On.

      • windyriver says:

        At least the UK Minister of Defence Dr. Andrew Munson is there, and the MOD is enthusiastically reporting on the games on their Facebook page, which I didn’t know until someone here pointed it out the other day. The UK team is a big presence at Invictus – they had 26 people in the rowing competitions, for example – and doing well. It’s beyond pathetic that they’re not being recognized and celebrated at home because the Head of the Armed Forces (KC3) has issues with his son.

    • Wannabefarmer says:

      I had the same question a couple of days ago and someone here said that the ‘defense minister (or whatever the correct UK title is) was repping the government at the games.

    • hangonamin says:

      ok then if there are actually public figures from the UK there and not the dusty monarchy, i feel better. would rather have ppl that’s actually served in the armed forces there rather than the monarchs who do nothing.

  5. equality says:

    So W&K are getting credit because PH used funds from a foundation that he was part of at the time and helping to raise funds for? At least they aren’t still trying to claim that the money for Endeavour that they finally let go of was them supporting IG.

    • SussexWatcher says:

      Yeah, that part was pure lies. And I’d frame it as taking credit rather than getting credit. You know that talking point came straight from the incandescent one’s office. They’ve always tried to take credit for Harry’s projects and ideas, including Heads Together. I’m as convinced that was Keen’s idea about as much as I am that all the hair on her head is real.

    • Chloe says:

      It’s also a bold lie. The funds to start up Invictus came from the Endeavor Fund. Which is an organization completely independent from the Royal foundation. Harry details in Spare how William threw a hissy fit about it.

      • Anna says:

        @Chloe, I was going to say. Didn’t Harry say in Spare that William said “they’d never approve” of Harry creating Invictus? Still laughing that Harry hit him with “they already said yes”, oh to be a fly on the wall at KP knowing they can’t do anything to take IG away from him.

      • Becks1 says:

        Yes, Harry went behind William’s back to get approval. The first IG was done “through” the royal foundation but the funding came from Endeavor, also established by Harry. So harry did get approval through the royal foundation board for IG and did so without asking William.

        The derangers harp on the fact that a million pounds was transferred to IG after Harry left from the royal foundation, but IIRC that money came from Endeavor (which Harry also took with him I think), so it “looked” like W&K were giving IG a million but the money was never theirs to begin with, it was just a paperwork issue of making sure the money stayed with IG.

    • notasugarhere says:

      This needs to be magnified on SM and comment sections everywhere Derangers are ‘winning’ this argument and convincing people that IG is only successful because W&K ‘started it’ and ‘funded it’. And that it should be ‘returned to W&K’ to be successful.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        How are derangers ‘winning’ on a false premise? The Endeavour Fund was solely started by Harry. That’s well documented. It fell under the Royal Foundation umbrella because that’s how they operated things. The Endeavour Fund was separate from money donated to the Royal Foundation as a whole. pg. 223 of SPARE. (when William was whining about funds and how Harry didn’t run eveerything by him first-william is such a low class, insecure nutball).

        What evidence exists that the WanK’s were an ‘integral’ part of the IG’s or that they actually supported Harry’s project? Not much. They went to the first one. Yippee Ki Yay! Such ‘integral’ part.

        On another note, I’m loling that the IG’s aren’t successful (per derangers) and yet, they want to attribute the IG’s success to the Wank’s. AnD tHaT’s WhY the Wank’s ShOuLd be credited.

  6. Flowerlake says:

    They are being draaaaagged on Twitter for it and not just by the Squaddies.

    Especially since they hand themselves undeserved medals while not even serving and ignoring the veterans who got disabled when they did.

    Also, notables from other countries are happily supporting.

    Even Ukraine, who are fighting for their lives right now, see how important this is.

  7. Brit says:

    Yes they’re trash for this but this also has undertones of the “Harry should make up with his family to get support for his causes” nonsense. People have to remember that there is also some of the press who are purposefully pushing this because they want drama or resolution. The buyers remorse has been heavy with some or the toxic folk want conflict because they see that Harry and Meghan are moving on and want to link their projects to the royals still.

    • Lark says:

      No thanks. A low-effort insincere social media post would be just that. A big spectacle reception at the palace would be an unsubtle attempt to colonize the event, while furthering tabloid frenzy narratives. Abeg, keep the Windsors away from this serious program.

    • Well Wisher says:

      Spot on..

  8. Tessa says:

    They are mean spirited and petty. I hope at a future invict us the Spencer’s attend.

    • Tessa says:

      The last thing these games need are images of the keens with their unpleasant expressions at Harry and Meghan and so called peacemaker Kate trying to walk with harry

      • SURE says:

        Personally I never expected any of the Windsors to go to the IG. Of course it would have been nice had KFC bothered to send a letter of encouragement to the UK competitors.

  9. Steph says:

    Did the UK send any kind of delegation at all?

    • Jaded says:

      I believe just the Defense Minister. However, the fact remains that KFC is the sovereign head of the British military and as such should, at the very least, indicate his heartfelt congratulations to the English teams publicly. For the King and his knobhead princeling son to ignore them but continue to sashay around wearing dozens of totally unearned medals is really galling. They’re behaving like jealous, spiteful toddlers.

  10. SussexWatcher says:

    It’s absolutely disgusting. I mentioned it in a post the other day that they look like utter fools dressed up in their fake medals and unearned uniforms…and then can’t be bothered to show any support whatsoever to the actual veteran athletes. And it was the middle of their summer vacations so they could have absolutely thrown together a last minute reception to honor the competitors or to send them off. The royal family is utter trash and their advisors are a bunch of fools. But 🤷🏽‍♀️ we knew this already!

    And that’s a great point made by the article that the Leftover Royals have made a recent point to support several other sporting events…but can’t be bothered to even send a good luck message on social media. I guess Pegs is too busy pruning rose bushes and Buttons McCopycater is working on her next Meghan lookbook.

    I hope this calling them out messaging gets louder and louder. This is just another in a long list of reasons they deserve to be named and shamed.

  11. Dee(2) says:

    I hope that veteran that ” can see both brothers sides “, can also see which brother is there to actually support him. They look petty because they are being petty. It’s incredibly childish to basically treat the entire world, including countries, political leaders, athletes, clothing brands, musicians, and anyone else who dares to be within sniffing distance of Harry and Meghan as the ” enemy”. This is what they have overtly and covertly been doing for 5 years, so hopefully these people realize there is nothing or no one that they will put their childishness aside for. They couldn’t even do it for their damn mother/grandmother.

    • SussexWatcher says:

      Yeah that both sides comment was really disappointing.

      • Wannabefarmer says:

        Yeah. Rubbed the wrong way for sure. There are three sides to every story sure, but as far as I’m concerned, there is wrong and a right. H&M are in the right.

    • Tessa says:

      Williams side was that harry needed to be there to support him and harry should not marry Meghan. Williams side involved bullying his brother.

    • lanne says:

      It’s okay to me–it’s important to remember that all civic awards go through the royal family. So anyone who wants to be recognized/knighted/etc someday doesn’t want to risk the ire of the royal family. Because the royals are that petty and personal, and they have a stranglehold on the civic recognition in the country.

      • equality says:

        Or anyone who just simply wants to lead a life without being harassed by the UK media.

      • Dee(2) says:

        I get that, and unless he plans to just up sticks to another country I’m sure that there’s a line to be towed. The thing is, is civic recognition from a group of people like that really worth anything? I would just not say anything at all rather than trying to rationalize behavior that deserves to be called out.

  12. Amy Bee says:

    I remember when William had launched Earthshot royal insiders said that they hoped Harry would help promote it in the US. It’s not surprising that the Royal Family ignores the Invictus Games they showed they didn’t really care about the military and were petty when they refused to lay Harry’s wreath at Remembrance day.

    • Tessa says:

      William is trying to get to be popular in the USA and the desperation shows. He is using earthshot as a means to an end imo. Harry is under no obligation to support William

      • Inge says:

        why though? I always wonder why, since the US very publicly fired them centuries ago, and there are lots of Commonwealth countries grumbling about the monarchy that he can focus on instead.

      • Eurydice says:

        The US isn’t on another planet. The way to be popular in the US is to be popular in other countries on Earth, too. You can’t just show up and say “love me,” you have to have done something lovable first.

      • Saucy&Sassy says:

        Inge, I think there are two reasons that Wont wants to be popular in the US. Harry is popular and Wont can’t stand that. The other reason is that the Windsors’ want American money. That’s it.

      • booboocita says:

        American media is larger, richer, and has a wider reach than just about any other country’s media, including the UK. If you want to be a big global sensation, you have to get the attention of US TV networks and press entities. The UK has the BBC and Reuters, but neither of them can match, say, NBC. I’m sure that Willy has a tantrum every time Harry speaks to Gayle King.

    • windyriver says:

      A wreath, as it happens, made by disabled veterans at a facility that is part of the Royal British Legion, who prepared the UK team for these 2023 games. Pictured in the press sitting in its box somewhere in the countryside, instead of being laid where it was intended. Well, at least the RF is consistent.

      • AC says:

        Yes agree, US media and entertainment is very far reaching. I was at the corner of the world in the beautiful Cook Islands in the South Pacific in 2019 and there’s still news about home as well as older CW/WB shows on tv. When Trump was first voted in 2016, even when we were in Fiji everyone was asking me WHY. I’m like I didn’t vote for him.
        No matter what anyone says, the US still has A Lot of influence and curiosity in the world whether people hates it or loves it. The BRF though can be condescending but they know the US influence- the reason why many are so bitter as the UK empire has been falling apart.

  13. Laura D says:

    The BRF are being called out left right and centre on X (formerly known as Twitter) for their silence over the IGs. A de-ranger (who I didn’t realise at the time) followed up my tweet on their silence with an article showing how the BRF already supported the veterans. On closer inspection I found that the article (for a £10 million charity fund-raiser) was from 2019. When I in all innocence pointed out the date of the article and asked if they managed to reach the target the poster? I was told to find out for myself!

    As has been said many times on this board the BRF love to dress up and play soldiers but, when it comes to doing something concrete to help veterans they offer very little. The little they do is very rarely followed up.

  14. Jayne says:

    Curious, too, that these headlines come out as some social media chatter has pointed out that several high-ranking Rota photogs. and at least one editor of The Sun have been spotted in Germany.

    • MrsCope says:

      The Sun editor looks like a stalker, ugh. These folks.

    • notasugarhere says:

      Including Kate’s personal photographer for her Mafia Widow photos – Chris Jackson.

      • Debbie says:

        I don’t know whether C.J. is the one working for Getty but that agency has been sending out really ridiculous pictures of Meghan. One of the pictures had her legs looking like they were melting, and the bones were warped when she wore the short pants. Some of these people/photographers are seriously deranged.

  15. JT says:

    I think any royal involvement would mean taking credit for Harry’s success, which they’re already trying to in this article claiming the the Keens were integral to the games inception. Sure Jan. Funny how they can’t replicate their so called help for their own Earth bs and Early years nonsense. I don’t think Harry needs them to do anything for him but the British government/ military should be sending a delegation like most countries did. I don’t believe I saw anything from the UK. The press just wants the royals to be able to get some of that Sussex shine for themselves. The RF never get the kind of press that H&M get if someone hasn’t died, had a baby, or get married. Who’s to say Harry even wants them there or needs any acknowledgment from them? He’s doing just fine without their performative posts or attention seeking antics.

  16. Becks1 says:

    They ARE mean spirited and petty. Charles is the commander in Chief. All of them hold numerous honorary positions, parade around with a bunch of unearned medals, and they can’t reach out to the people who actually served, who were actually injured, to wish them good luck in an event designed to help them heal, physically and mentally?

    How is that NOT mean spirited and petty?

    And the article brings up a good point about the contrast with other international sporting events. They can wish other teams good luck in those events, but they can’t bring themselves to tweet good luck to the IG competitors? Of course that’s going to get noticed.

    One of the (many) ways the Windsors shot themselves in the foot was with that stupid line about how “not everyone is called to a life of service” or whatever. Harry is showing them what true public service actually is, and the Windsors look like they are stuck in the 1950s.

    • MrsCope says:

      It was an absurd line. H+M are taking a sledgehammer to their talking points.

    • SURE says:

      They also look like they’re stuck doing photo ops in order to maintain their tax payer funded lifestyle.

    • Jais says:

      Yeah, I definitely don’t think the Windsors should actually go to the IG but I do think they should send out a message of support. Just we’re proud of our vets and good luck. Something simple, they don’t even have to mention Harry. But it’s on them that they continue to convey their true nature. It is an insult to the IG vets though.

      • windyriver says:

        “…they don’t even have to mention Harry.”

        That’s right. TQ was the patron of the RBL for her entire reign, and as of last year, the RBL is in charge of preparing the UK Invictus team. Charles didn’t take over that patronage, but could have made a statement of support in memory of TQ, mentioning her history with RBL, and issued it on the anniversary of her death, the day before the games started. Two birds, one stone, no mention of Harry. Dumb dumb dumb.

        And I prefer Charles’ other title, Head of the Armed Forces, because it says exactly what he’s in command of, so we know who he’s failing by his inaction.

    • Jojo says:

      I say just sit back and let them carry on showing the world who they are.

      “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

      Napoleon Bonaparte

  17. The royal family put a trademark on mean-spirited and petty

  18. MrsCope says:

    But also, why is it not your practice to acknowledge each other’s professional endeavors?! “We just never do it” is not a reason to never do something. Shouldn’t you be stronger together? Shouldn’t you show a united front so that you remain visible and united in fighting for your relevance? Again, you can send a “thinking of you” note to North Korea, but not to Team UK?

    • MsIam says:

      They are all jealous and try and one up each other. Diana found out the hard way how that family behaves when someone (other than the monarch, I guess) stands out. It’s truly a toxic stew.

    • Gabby says:

      Yes, @MrsCope, that North Korea thing needs to be put in red, underlined and shouted from the rooftops. What a stupid, stupid king.

    • Jais says:

      This is such a good question. Why can’t they just support each other? Bc they’re jealous insecure little people.

    • Christine says:

      So well said, Mrs Cope!

    • Lauren says:

      This is actually one of the first cracks I noticed in the BRF’s image prior to Harry and Meghan

  19. Brassy Rebel says:

    “Ignore and distract.” I’m not surprised that a media strategist summed up the palace strategy that way. I am sort of surprised that The Telegraph printed it because that’s their strategy too most of the time.

  20. ShazBot says:

    Of course the media is blowing this out of proportion – there is no need for anyone to attend the games. Literally just a message of support for the veterans competing for team UK, that’s it.
    Harry spared them last year by saying that the Queen had sent messages of support to the veterans with him. Sure she did.
    This year, it’s a notable gap.

    • Gabby says:

      The brit media just wants the better access to IG and H&M they imagine they would have if the BRF showed support and got involved. They are disguising it as concern for the team.

  21. Maxine Branch says:

    Regarding the empty seats, these dumb ass folks do not realize that there are several events happening simultaneously, as well as many activities going on throughout the day for veterans and families. As if the Wales attendance would help fill up these venues. Get out of here with that mess.

    • MsIam says:

      Now you know everyone would be dying to get an up close look at Keen’s wig and see her Jazz Hands performance! People would come from miles around to see that.

  22. Digital Unicorn says:

    LOLZ all day – see that they are trying to push WandK into the IG story saying that it was all down to them. This is not the first time the Wails have tried to take the credit for the games – we get these stories every time the games happen. Harry made it clear it was all him in Spare – he didn’t even tell his brother until he got approval.

    But what do we expect from these 2 – they have LOOOOOOONG history to taking credit for Harry’s (and others) work. Behaviour that goes all the way back to Uni.

    Given that during the games the Wails have made a point of being seen in public and STILL people are more interested in the Sussex’s. Peak ‘What about meeeeeeee’ from these 2.

  23. Over it says:

    The Windsors are indeed brand petty . We can just rename them the petties .

  24. TeamMeg says:

    Yeah, agree 100%, and said as much in yesterday’s comments. The Waleses and Windsors are playing this all wrong. Perhaps the Keens and monarchs will learn from their mistakes and change. Not holding my breath, mind you. Anything is possible, though.

    • Mary Pester says:

      Not only are they petty and spiteful, they ARE out and out manipulative BULLIES. Throwing strops because Harry and Megan don’t need THEM to be successful, and they need to get facts RIGHT before they go to print
      Wank and Keen gave fk all to invictus. Harry and William JOIINTLY set up the Endeavour fund. When Harry started up invictus he USED HIS HALF of the funds avaliable to do so. Billy bully did his usual strop and it went to the charity commission to be investigated. They said sorry Billy it’s fine for Harry to use HIS HALF!!!! NOW, I wonder what happened to the rest of the fund?? And let’s look at all the regiments they are patrons of and Charlie is supposed to be the commander in cheif!!, they can all go suck their chocolate medals

      • notasugarhere says:

        Mary Pester, I think it was Meghan haters who called in the investigation. And fell flat on their faces publicly when the Commission reported that everything Harry did was above board and legal. Shame the derangers cannot be fined for wasting govt resources with their hate campaign.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        @MaryPester, just a correction. The Endeavour Funds was Harry’s baby alone. It wasn’t a joint venture with his brother. In June of 2020 it was announced that the Endeavour Funds were being joined/immersed with the Invictus Games. William had no stake in the Endeavour Funds. William & his wife had nothing to do with the founding of the Invictus Games. NOTHING.

        I’m not recalling an investigation with the transfer of funds from Endeavour funds to the IG. just malarkey from the BM/Maureen Eden saying the WanK’s donated when they didn’t. Shocking.

        Do recall this bullshite.

  25. The Old Chick says:

    The britshit media tell us every single day the Windsors are lazy, grifting, petty, lying so and so’s. I mean where’s the question. They are vain glorious. They’re disgusting tax payer funded lazy incompetents.

    At a party recently someone said they felt our (au) system of gov was safer because of the RF. I said well if you take into accounts there friendships with a lot of dodgy countries, we know they hide money (proven) but close financial relations with people/countries who are actual enemies of Britain. I find it an astonishing claim. And chuckles middle eastern money connections. It’s obvious people are clueless.

  26. MSTJ says:

    Harry was clear in Spare, William did not support his plan to start Invictus Games. I do not expect any different mindset from William a decade on. Harry’s brother and father attended first invictus games in London because it was soon after the Olympics and there was a huge global spotlight still on England IMO. The spotlight was what they were there for IMO. I think the late Queen was very proud of what Harry achieved with the IG and supported him and the veterans. There are clips of him telling her at the palace about his Endeavor trip to Antartica with one of the veterans that was being honored when she was greeting the veteran. She also did the video with him to challenge Michelle and Barack Obama “Bring it” video.

    The toxic royal mafia family/institution led by King Charles (or Camilla?🤷‍♀️) does not get involved with any charity unless it benefits them. Their charitable service is done to maintain their relevance to Britain and to continue to justify the taxpayer funding they receive. They are performative. Harry like his mother is genuine about his service to people who need to be uplifted and loved. His work with those he helps is not performative.

    The veterans do not deserve to be in the middle of a one sided feud that the royal family has with the Sussexes where the family is leaking to their tabloid propaganda arm to snub and malign the Sussexes and their initiatives. IG continues to be a success without that family’s involvement/acknowledgment. Harry has a good team at the Foundation that supports and executes his vision. The charity that prepared and got the British team to IG and the MOD seems to have done a great job this year and should be commended. IMO chatter about the royal family is unnecessary and highly distracting of everyone else’s efforts and achievements for IG23. ✅

    While the mainstream British media is not acknowledging or highlighting the veterans, I see positive stories at the local media level which I think is better than tabloid coverage.

  27. s808 says:

    KC should send a message of support but other than that idc if they nothing to do with the games. This is Harry’s project and Harry’s alone. Any show of support would not be sincere anyway.

  28. Eurydice says:

    Nobody is asking for the RF to support Harry. They’re asking to acknowledge the service of veterans. It’s the same with environmental issues, we can all be concerned about the environment without having to love William.

  29. Iz_Q says:

    Well the narrative I just saw on Twitter is that well it is H and M fault there isn’t royal support because they’re so toxic. Alluding there are no A list people or celebs there either. And how it is obvious all royals are being told to stay clear of the Sussexes. Idiots. Oh and how they feel so bad for the vets that the Sussexes are preventing them getting royal support. Whatever.

    And the whole interest in a list celebs is obviously laying the groundwork to say next week what a statesman William is. Smdh.

    The spin is making me dizzy.

  30. sparrow says:

    This petty nonsense is why the “fab four” could never have worked; at a fundamental level there’s huge W&K jealousy of M’s spark and her ability to embolden H, as well as an ignorance (denial) of their own lack of charisma and competence. What W&K don’t seem to understand is that H&M’s kind of approach is modern and therefore beyond them. When Kate came into the royal famly she was meant to be a middle class breath of fresh air but she instead spent years learning how to be like the queen, just as she had spent years learning how to copy upper middle class people. The fact that W is happy within the BRF’s confines, when his brother was not, shows just how prepared he is to functon at its ceremonial level. This mixture of traditional and modern monarchy could have been fabulous, but W&K seem/ed totally oblivious to their weaknesses; they aren’t H&M and, however much they want to be, they never will be. They should have dropped the envy; stayed in lane; excelled in that lane; and supported the strengths of a balancing couple within the 4. if they had H&M’s freshness they would have shown it years ago. No use belly aching now and pretending they jointly own invictus, or could do it the same or better.

  31. QuiteContrary says:

    The audacity of mentioning Earthsh*t in the same context as the Invictus Games!

    I was struck by this part of the article: “‘We love him here,’ said British athlete Rich Waldrom, 47. ‘You’ll never get a bad word out of any of us for Harry. Look what he’s built. Look what he’s created for us all.’
    “The Duke also meets hundreds of competitors away from the public gaze and holds meetings with officials about everything from future participation of other nations to funding.”

    It’s making it clear how much actual work Harry does for the IG. Willy is far too lazy and self-centered to throw himself so fully into a cause. Harry brims with empathy and passion. Willy is an empty, broken vessel.

  32. Chelsea says:

    I was very hesitant to engage with this story from Victoria Ward when i saw some talking about it on Twitter and now that i see these excerpts i see that i was right. Victoria herself posted many videos with packed stadiums over the last few days so she knows damn well that that little line about “empty seats” is a disgusting misrepresentation of what this IG atmosphere has been like and pathetic concern trolling just like the rest of this article.

    Also: the part about the Wails helping fund Invictus is a lie and she knows it. The funding for Invictus that came from the Royal Foundation came from the Endeavour Fund which Harry created. Even the Royal Foundation’s website says this. William and Kate barely worked in the lead up to the first Games as they weren’t “working royals” and Kate was pregnant which is why she wasnt even at the games. And after Charles, William, and the Tindalls appearances at the London games the only public support from them for Invictus was the Queen’s great video with Harry for the US games in 16. They had nothing to do with the Toronto or Australia games in 17 or 18 so the idea that their lack of support for the British team is solely about a royal feud(ie Harry’s fault) is BS. None of these people have done much of anything in support for WIS veterans before or after Harry left; what’s different this time is that their sad failed attempts to try and divert attention from Invictus has exposed their pettiness and made people question why these people with all these honorary military titles don’t do more to support their WIS veterans. (Spoiler alert: the reason is because they dont care)

    • Jais says:

      Okay, that’s a really good point. The fact that the RF family didn’t really even support IG since the first games. So that’s pre-feud, pre-sussexit, pre-Oprah, pre-spare. It’s not about the rift, or the “toxic Sussexes.” Although Meghan did enter the scene during IG Toronto so that could have something do with it. They were green with envy and freaked out from the start. Do they send any kind of best wishes? Not sure how big they were on SM back then.

  33. Brincalhona says:

    And minister is a lower rank than the secretary so given similar importance as the women’s world cup final was by the dept for culture, media and sport. The new secretary of state for defence has enough trouble remembering their own name or the difference between navy and air force that I doubt they could have found their way to germany.

    • Daisy says:

      I know agree
      They do not give a jot.
      It’s so disgraceful they been given honorary titles from military as have nor served like Our Harry.
      Harry had been treated very badly by The once Kate Middleton ..
      This childish woman is so up herself copying everything Diana did.
      On podcast think she tried to say she had ran barefoot in parents race.
      Again copying Diana
      It’s so sickening she cannot do anything authentic herself

  34. AO says:

    This wig is awful. Kate needs to let it go. You should see the pictures from today. It’s raggedy.

    • Absolutely .. The wig is soo 70s and is ridiculous length Daisy says:

      Soo agree with you they soo petty childish mean spirited towards Harry
      That PO Wales doesn’t even speak properly…elocution so gone wrong.
      Cannot understand a word she speaks as so false..
      She comes across as spoilt jumped up and has forgot where she came from

    • Blackapinay says:

      Yeah, I can’t unsee the wig. I’m sure it’s been brought up before, but her reliance on wigs/wiglets & the perennially bandaged fingers is definitely confirming my thoughts on an eating disorder. She can’t possibly be injured on a trampoline all the damn time

  35. slippers4life says:

    Bahahaha at the attempt at making an equivalency between Invictis and Earthshot. Wonder who thought of, “Harry, not a working balcony waver so doesn’t deserve safety on UK soil, doesn’t say good luck to scientists being awarded a small trickle of some money while W and K party with celebrities so why should William, literally the “working” balcony waving Ravec poster child Prince of Wales, send well wishes to British soldiers who were badly injured for the sake of crown and country who are competing for their country? Same energy, you guys, okay?” And thought, “this is ‘S Tier’ PR!”

  36. ales says:

    Jealousy is an ugly thing. The BRF are destroying themselves, Diana and Harry dragged the BRF into the 21st century with their humanity, their humbleness and their determination to help others. Harry and Meghan compliment each beautifully and do their best to help others with charm, friendliness and with intent to make a good difference. They welcome others and treat everyone with respect. Cannot imagine Khate running up to people to say hello, hugging and being friendly, she is far too superior for the unwashed peasants to come too close. She barely speaks to anyone, has her mouth open like a maniac laughing, those claw hands are alarming andshe is relentlessly scanning for camera lens. She finds brown people to pose with, but all their close acssociates are bleached white. If W and K were involved with Invictus it would have failed very quickly. K alone would have alienated most people with her aloof behavior and refusal to engage in any type of friendliness. W wrecked his own future bring her into the BRF, definitely not any type of asset for such a public role, her grifter family dragged all of them down. even further.

    • Daisy says:

      I totally agree with your comments on Waitys aloofness and basically she is such a snob..
      Harry &Meghan have humanity and kindness which Willam and Waity have none of these attributes.
      I also agree with her grifter family who are bankrupts and owe a lot of money to small businesses… this never gets any media..however if it was Meghan it would be in press all the time. So unfair..

  37. tamsin says:

    Charles is technically CIC and should certainly send words of support as well as the appropriate Secretary and the Prime Minister. Other than that, I don’t think anyone outside the UK thinks anyone other than Harry is patron and the driving force behind Invictus. Any of the Windsors attending would be a logistical head ache for the organizers and a distraction as they would expect to be treated as visiting royalty. Windsors, Stay away from the Games I say. Send words of support like any decent head of state. They need not mention Harry at all or even acknowledge his function at the Games.

  38. blunt talker says:

    I wish the search engine Yahoo would not put so many articles about the royal family everyday activities in their own country on American media-there are more serious things going in the entire world than Camilla’s salute to an archer-articles about the flood in Libya and the earthquake in Morcocco have far more importance than what the royal family is doing in their own country-theUk media should cover this for the UK people-If they travel overseas for an event by all means put it on all media forums-we have enough things going on in our country that needs to be covered.

  39. AC says:

    They are so pathetic. They only care about themselves. And people are paying taxes for these people ?

  40. MollyFlanders says:

    I’m not an expert (so if someone with a better knowledge would like to chime in, maybe that would be better) but all I can think of is that this isn’t the case of a Head of State who refuses to acknowledge the Wounded Veterans of their Country: this is a KINGDOM. Every soldier goes to war “in the name of the King”. In order to serve their Country, soldiers serve the Crown. How can this King, in whose name those soldiers served and were wounded, ignore them as in “it’s nothing that concerns me”? I’m appalled and this is beyond despicable.
    Such a King should be dethroned asap.