Prince Harry and Buckingham Palace: The Push to the Edge
Amidst growing tension within the senior royal family members in late 2019, the strained relationships between Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, and other members of the royal family were reaching a breaking point. The situation was exacerbated by a Buckingham Palace video featuring Prince George, released just months before the couple announced their exit from their royal roles. According to a royal commentator, this video, along with other perceived snubs, pushed Prince Harry “to the edge,” ultimately leading to their dramatic decision.
The Buckingham Palace Video
The video in question depicted Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Prince George, and then-Prince Charles together as George stirred the ingredients for Christmas pudding. While seemingly charming, royal commentator Daniela Elser pointedly notes the absence of Harry and Meghan from the video, despite their initial inclusion. This omission, coupled with other instances, signaled a lack of value placed on Prince Harry by the royal family.
According to Christopher Andersen’s book Brothers And Wives, the blame for this exclusion was directed at Queen Elizabeth, who reportedly removed Harry and Meghan’s photograph from its place of honor. The culmination of these events, including the release of a formal portrait of the royal line of succession, prompted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to make their momentous decision.
Prince Harry’s Value to the Royal Family
Daniela Elser contends that the treatment of Prince Harry, as evidenced by the various slights and omissions, highlights the lack of value placed on him within the royal family. These actions, she argues, were a representation of a larger trend of disregard for the couple’s well-being. Despite Harry’s feelings, pride, and rightful expectations, the focused snubs left him and Meghan feeling undervalued and unappreciated within their own family.
Responsibility of Buckingham Palace
Elser raises the crucial question of whether Buckingham Palace’s handling of the situation influenced the eventual outcome. She argues that a more sensitive and empathetic approach could have altered the course of events, potentially preventing the seismic shift within the royal family. However, the lack of a “feelings-forward” approach ultimately led to Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back from their royal duties in March 2020.
Despite the tumultuous events, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have since relocated to Montecito, California, with their children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, forging a new path separate from the royal family.