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Ken Wharfe: Prince William ‘often played second fiddle’ to ‘popular’ Harry

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Ken Wharfe was a royal protection officer back in the days of “the war of the Wales.” He was especially close to Princess Diana, and he spent years protecting her, Harry and William. He retired from protection services long ago and he’s now a writer. Some times, he’ll chime in on the comings and goings of the Windsors, and he’s definitely profited from his association with Diana. That being said, he’s not really a regular royal commentator. I suspect that he would love that work – it’s an easy gig – but he has no poker face and he tends to tell the truth about the Windsors.

Back in 2015, Wharfe said that Prince William “was always a sly little boy, and now he’s become arrogant and spoilt. I hear from people who work for William that he can be very difficult.” Again, that was 2015. Wharfe also said, in the same breath, “I liked Harry better and I feel sorry for him because he was never really able to engage in his military career. But I think he’s the answer to the family’s longevity, and I bet if there was a vote on who should accede to the throne; the people would go for Harry.” Wharfe has also said repeatedly that the Windsors need to downsize and that they’re becoming increasingly irrelevant. So… that’s why Wharfe isn’t quoted all that often in the British press. He tells the truth. Speaking of:

Prince William always played “second fiddle” to his brother because Harry was “very popular”, Princess Diana’s former bodyguard has claimed. In an interview with OK! Magazine, Ken Wharfe, who was Princess Diana’s protection officer between 1988 and 1993, recollected memories from when William and Harry where boys.

He said the Duke of Cambridge, 38, who is second-in-line to the throne, was “better than Harry at certain things”, but the Duke of Sussex was a “natural listener and a fun person”.

Harry, 36 and who now lives in the US with his wife Meghan Markle and their two-year-old son Archie and newborn daughter Lilibet, wasn’t “embarrassed or shy”.

William, however, was “more reserved” and due to his character, rather than because he knew he could one day be king, the author of Guarding Diana said.

“William was helpful to his little brother to an extent, but if he saw him getting more attention, he didn’t like it,” Mr Wharfe said. “I think William often played second fiddle to his brother, simply because Harry was very popular and that was very difficult for him.”

[From The Daily Mirror]

It makes me think about how much of our character is already formed even in childhood. William was sly, jealous and lacking in Harry’s natural charisma. So instead of developing his own interests and personality, William seethed throughout his life, watching his younger brother win people over just be being himself. The now-adult brothers were always heading towards what eventually unfolded: Harry marries someone with an equal amount of charisma and they are hailed as the bright young things, the saviors of the monarchy, a new, bold era. And jealous William couldn’t have that. He couldn’t play second fiddle to his younger brother yet again.

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Tominey: Duchess Kate might not attend the Diana-statue unveiling either

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I’ve actually been surprised by how few stories we’re getting this week about the stupid “statue unveiling” on July 1st. That date marks Princess Diana’s 60th birthday, and Prince Harry and Prince William are scheduled to unveil a statue of Diana in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace. For months, there’s been so much energy around “will Harry show up” and “Harry better show up, so William can rage at him” and “but will Meghan be there.” I tend to think that as the date draws closer, people on Salty White Folk Isle are actually in the dark about whether Harry will actually come. He must not be answering their emails, lol. He’s on parental leave! Anyway, everyone’s favorite royal commentator Camilla Tominey has many thoughts about many things involving the statue unveiling and how the courtiers will treat Harry from now on. Some highlights:

Duchess Kate might skip the unveiling: Royal expert Camilla Tominey said: “We’ve never really been told that family is going to be included in this thing, we know this is the reunion for the brothers on what would have been Diana’s 60th birthday on July 1. Never any suggestions that the Cambridges would attend along with Prince William and equally, that Meghan and the children would attend with Harry. So I think we may just see them cut solo figures without their families around them. All eyes will be on the brothers of course, because everyone’s hoping there may be some kind of reconciliation at what is going to be a hugely poignant and significant moment for them, remembering their late mother.”

The Sussexes “revealed” their conversations with the Queen? The Sussexes have continued to speak out via spokespeople and friends about their ongoing conversations with the Queen and the wider Royal Family, a move which has frustrated Palace aides, one royal expert has claimed. Addressing the rift in the Telegraph royal newsletter, expert and editor Camilla Tominey wrote: “While there is no doubt that Buckingham Palace is growing increasingly frustrated by Harry and Meghan repeatedly revealing their private conversations with the 95-year-old monarch, it is unlikely we will suddenly see the press office reacting to each and every royal story rather than continuing with their tried and tested ‘rise above’ approach.”

The palace won’t abandon “never complain, never explain”: Ms Tominey shot down speculation the Queen may abandon her traditional “never complain, never explain” approach to public relations in order to counter some of the Sussexes briefings to the press. She added: “And HM, who has never given a full interview, is no closer to doing ‘an Oprah’, either. Yet there are limits to the great-grandmother’s patience, not least when the Sussexes’ spokespeople – both official and unofficial – continue to seek to speak on her behalf from across the pond (and on Twitter).”

The Queen’s aides are frustrated: Ms Tominey argued aides’ frustration with Meghan and Harry lies in the fact those speaking out on their and the Queen’s behalf “have no real idea what the Queen is thinking. Not only do these people have no real idea what the Queen is thinking on any given day, they are also in no position to guess, largely being thousands of miles away across the Atlantic with little knowledge of the inner workings of the royal household.”

[From The Daily Express]

Tominey is basically trying to emphasize two things. One, contrary to Mail on Sunday reporting, Buckingham Palace isn’t going to get drawn into a briefing war against the Sussexes and BP will not abandon their highly selective “never complain, never explain” strategy. Which I don’t believe. Two, that the Queen’s aides are really, really mad when the Queen does something that they don’t know about, like talk to her grandson. Palace aides want to emphasize that there is no “Harry chatting with his grandmother.” There is only the Queen, and all conversations with the Queen are with the Queen, not a grandmother. So much of what Harry has said this year leads me to believe that he separates his grandmother from the monarchy though, and I don’t think he’s going to stop.

As for whether Kate will attend the statue unveiling… I just don’t see how she could avoid it, or why she would want to avoid it. She made Prince Philip’s funeral all about herself and how she was the keenest peacemaker linchpin ever. Don’t you think she wants to do that again? Is that why she’s not coming? Is William like “you should stay home, I don’t want to read fifty million stories about how you saved the monarchy”? I think that’s what it is – William doesn’t want Kate to steal his thunder anymore.

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For the love of God, Duchess Meghan is not attending the Diana-statue unveiling

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When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed Lilibet Diana, many of us were surprised by how soon she came. When Meghan said she was due “in the summer,” I guess we all just agreed that it would be more like mid-June or late June? But no, Lili was born on June 4th. Since Lili Montecito came nearly a full month before Prince Harry is due back in the UK for the fakakta statue-unveiling on July 1st, there were rumors that Meghan would make the journey with Harry? It sounds like a royal-commentator’s fever dream, the idea of a weeks-postpartum Meghan bringing Archie and Lili to Kensington Palace to watch Harry and William unveil a statue of Diana. It’s also very stupid and it’s not going to happen.

A source close to the Sussexes has dismissed reports Meghan Markle was planning to travel to London for the unveiling of the new Princess Diana statue. Radar Online published a report claiming the Duchess of Sussex, 39, wanted to fly to the UK to support her husband at the family event on July 1. It quoted a source who said Meghan wanted to be by Harry’s side as he faced his family for the first time since the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral and subsequent interviews in which he accused the Queen of passing on ‘genetic pain’.

The claim has since been dismissed, with a source close to Harry and Meghan telling the Daily Mirror: ‘Meghan is not going to travel. She has just had a baby and Harry will travel alone.’

ITV Royal Producer Lizzie Robinson also tweeted: ‘Meghan will not fly to the UK to join Harry for the unveiling of a statue of his late mother Princess Diana on July 1st, a source confirmed after a US website claimed she would be attending.’

Prince Harry and Prince William will reunite to unveil the statue in their mother’s honour on July 1, what would have been her 60th birthday. The statue is set to be placed and unveiled in the princess’ favourite spot on Kensington Palace’s grounds, in the Sunken Gardens.

[From The Daily Mail]

This is what it’s come to, British outlets looking to Radar Online (a site people haven’t used as a source of legitimate gossip in a decade) to start sh-t, just so they can get Harry & Meghan’s people to officially deny it. Of course Meghan isn’t coming. She was never coming to the unveiling. But don’t worry, in Meghan’s absence, the Cambridges are going to be so over-the-top, it will make your head spin. We will be getting WEEKS of stories about how Kate is the linchpin of the monarchy because she stared longingly at Harry and tried to flirt with him.

The Duchess of Sussex will not fly to the UK to join Harry for the unveiling of a statue of his late mother, sources confirm, after a US website claimed she would join him. She’s just had a baby, they point out

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Duchess Kate is the keen ‘intermediary’ between the Sussexes & the Windsors

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We’re still waiting (waitying) to see if the Duchess of Cambridge will actually “launch” her “ambitious” and “hugely significant” Early Years update this week. Once we heard that news over the weekend, I genuinely thought we would get some new pie charts by Tuesday. But no. It looks like it’s going to take Kensington Palace a few more days/weeks/months to put together something for Kate to put her name on. In the meantime, did you even realize that Kate has her keen hands full with all of the peacemaking and linchpinning? You might even call her the Button Closure of the monarchy. This is felt keenly by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who are exiled so far away in a dreadful little place called Montecito. Harry and Meghan are so out of the loop, the only way they can communicate is through Our Lady of Buttons.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are keeping his family up-to-date on their newborn daughter, Lilibet. ET has learned that the couple, who welcomed baby Lili earlier this month, shared a photograph of baby Lili over text with family members shortly after her birth. The pic, ET has learned, was shared on the royal family’s What’s App group where extended family members often stay in touch. The Sussexes also share a 2-year-old son, Archie.

The news comes shortly after Lili’s aunt, Kate Middleton, expressed excitement over the newborn’s arrival. “I wish her all the very best. I can’t wait to meet her,” Kate, who’s married to Prince William, said. “We haven’t met her yet. I hope that will be soon.”

ET has learned that it’s been Kate who’s been serving as an “intermediary helping to smooth relationships between Harry and the royal family,” following Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey which aired in March. A source notes that Kate, with whom Harry has always been exceptionally close with, realizes the importance of maintaining William and Harry’s brotherly bond. The source also says that Kate is doing whatever is necessary to be a “peacemaker” between Harry and other hurt relatives, adding that Harry “texted with Kate after Lili’s birth.”

Royal expert Katie Nicholl previously told ET that the royals hope “that this little baby is going to be a rift healer.”

“This family division has really gone on for a long time now, well over a year,” Nicholl said. “It has been many, many months since [Prince] Charles and Queen [Elizabeth II] and the Cambridges have seen Archie in the flesh. We know that there has been some really quite deep problems between Harry and William, difficulties between Harry and his father and I think that it is everyone’s hope that this little baby will be a peace offering in many ways and that she will hope to bring this divided family back together.”

[From ET]

“It is everyone’s hope that this little baby will be a peace offering…” WTF. The way they continue to act like the future of the British monarchy is on Lilibet Diana’s baby shoulders is really frightening. Babies are not peace offerings. Babies are babies. And if Charles and William can’t stop being terrible long enough to meet their granddaughter and niece respectively, then there’s no hope for anyone. As for the idea that Harry and Meghan posted a photo of Lili in the family WhatsApp… interesting. That’s an interesting gambit by Harry & Meghan. It feels like they’re waiting to see if someone in the family leaks the photo to the press. As for the idea that Harry texted Kate… that’s a talking point coming out of Kensington Palace for some reason. I don’t know if it’s true, but I know Kate has been telling people that.

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Are Prince Harry & Meghan looking to hire Nicole Scherzinger’s manager?

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex absolutely have their eye on building an empire. It’s already started, especially with the Spotify and Netflix deals. But they’re going to expand beyond that – Meghan wrote her children’s book, The Bench, and will likely write even more. She’s invested in Clevr Blends, an oat latte business. Harry is the Chief Impact Officer for BetterUp, and I would imagine he’s got more offers in the pipeline. I know Meghan and Harry have already made some big hires for their growing empire, but the Sun now claims that M&H are looking to hire a full-time consultant known for working with celebrities like… Nicole Scherzinger. Hm.

Harry and Meghan are hoping to cream off even more megabucks deals — by hiring the business guru behind Nicole Scherzinger’s yoghurt ads. The couple are trying to sign up the Pussycat Dolls singer’s adviser Ollie Ayling, 30, as a full-time consultant.

He was instrumental in winning Nicole lucrative endorsements, including tie-ins with Müller Corner yoghurts and Perfectil vitamins, helping her amass a £10million fortune. Mr Ayling has worked with Nicole, 42, for almost seven years as her manager, but has had talks with Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, in California.

The Sussexes have already signed a £112million deal with Netflix and a £30million deal with Spotify for their podcast. But despite Buckingham Palace fears of the couple cashing in on their royal status, they are pressing on with plans for more deals in the US and worldwide.

A source said: “Harry and Meghan are rapidly expanding their business empire and want the best in the business to help. Ollie Ayling has been key in guiding Nicole’s career, making her money and keeping her relevant, so he was deemed a perfect fit. The Sussexes are already way more famous than the Pussycat Dolls. Now they want a fortune bigger than Nicole’s.”

As well as endorsement contracts, Ollie looked after Nicole as she landed roles in Disney films Moana and Ralph Breaks the Internet.

[From The Sun]

We’re talking about this because I wanted to point out how stupid and small-minded the British press really is. They’re trying to compare Harry and Meghan to a Pussycat Doll who is best known to British audiences for being a reality-show judge. They want to pretend that H&M are in desperate need of cash and that they’re willing to do off-brand advertising to get cash. And that’s not the way any of this works. But I’m sure someone’s buying it. Anyway, it sounds like Ollie Ayling is the one in desperate need of big-name clients. Harry and Meghan are on parental leave, so this is going to be the kind of fake news we’re getting this summer.

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The Sussexes are ‘trying their utmost’ to keep the peace with the Queen

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While the Windsors made news over the past three days because of the G7 Summit, it felt like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were trying to Sussexit out of the week-long newscycle about Lilibet Diana’s name. Dusty Saltine Island spent all of last week throwing a steady succession of hissy fits about the name, but the statements from the Sussexes ended last Wednesday. They said their piece: they informed the Queen about Lili’s name before the birth announcement two Sundays ago. I have to think Harry and Meghan are just throwing up their hands about how the Saltines freak out about everything at this point. I hope they’re just enjoying their babies and not paying attention to the drama anymore.

A few days ago, Us Weekly’s sources claimed that Meghan and Harry are actually trying to keep things civil with the Windsors, which I believe. As CB and I discussed in this week’s Gossip with Celebitchy podcast, it’s not like Harry and Meghan can predict which thing, which statement will lead to hundreds of negative articles at this point. A source told Us Weekly: “It’s no secret that the last year Harry and Meghan have been at war with the royals. All is not forgiven, but after all the backlash regarding their interviews — which by the way, the pair have no regrets about — they’re trying their utmost to maintain a good relationship with the queen in order to keep the peace.” I have a theory about this! I think H&M are trying to keep the peace with Liz. I also think the courtiers are actively trying to drive a wedge between H&M and the rest of the family. Clownshow vibez.

As for whether we’ll ever get a photo of Lilibet Diana, some people have suggested that they might post a photo on the Archewell site for Father’s Day this coming weekend. Another option might be selling the first photo and donating the proceeds to charity. That’s what royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams believes will happen. He told the Express: “I think it very likely that Harry and Meghan will release a photo or photos of Lili to the world’s press in a way which will benefit one or more of the charitable causes they espouse. Their weeks of leave is certain to exclude certain charitable activities if they see a chance to promote causes they support.” Yeah, I actually agree. They did that “Christmas card” painting to benefit Meghan’s patronage, and I could totally see them doing something similar in a few weeks or months.

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The Mail: Buckingham Palace will now actively brief against the Sussexes

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This now week-long hysteria about a baby’s name has been absolutely bonkers. As CB pointed out in our new Gossip with Celebitchy podcast, it’s really rude and ridiculous to keep making this into *such* a big deal. You can dislike what someone names their baby and keep it to yourself, like normal, polite people do. If you’re the ageing matriarch of a toxic family, you can let it be known that you would have preferred if your grandson didn’t give your family nickname to his child without turning it into a weeks-long psychodrama. My God. How difficult would it have been for Buckingham Palace to just issue a diplomatic statement on the name and leave it at that? Isn’t that what the Queen is f–king known for? Diplomacy? But no. Instead, we have senior palace courtiers briefing against A BABY. Briefing against a grandson who adores his granny, a grandson who just welcomed his longed-for second child. So, here we are. Buckingham Palace is letting it be known that they will actively brief against the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from here on out. Some highlights from this Mail on Sunday report:

No more Montecito mistruths: The Queen will no longer remain silent when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex allow ‘mistruths’ about the Royal Family to circulate in the public domain, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. In a dramatic departure from her longstanding ‘never complain, never explain’ policy, Her Majesty has instructed courtiers to correct any statements which misrepresent her private conversations or those of other senior Royals.

The Queen is over the edge on the Sussexes: The extraordinary move demonstrates the Queen’s exasperation at the relentless briefings that allies of the couple have been giving to the media and follows the bitter dispute over Harry and Meghan’s choice of name for their new daughter. An insider said the latest bruising episode had sent the Queen ‘over the edge’.

Did Harry seek permission? A Royal insider described the conversation between Harry and his grandmother as ‘a telling, not an asking’ – confirming a BBC report last week which said the Sussexes had not asked the Queen if she had any objection to their choice of name. Harry and Meghan reacted furiously, instructing their lawyers to contest the BBC story, which they described as ‘false and defamatory’. Sources say the Queen’s more robust response to the tsunami of media briefings from allies of the Sussexes will go beyond the Lilibet story. ‘This is about whether or not what is being reported is an accurate version of what actually happened,’ said the insider.

Harry texted Kate? The Mail on Sunday understands that Harry also sent a text message to Kate, cementing her role as a bridge between him and his brother that appeared to be forged at Prince Philip’s funeral in April.

Harry didn’t video-call the Queen, according to sources? There was further irritation at the Palace when friends of Harry and Meghan suggested to US journalists that the Queen had been introduced to Lilibet over a video call. The insider last night denied that, stating, ‘No video call has taken place’, adding: ‘Friends of the Sussexes appear to have given misleading briefings to journalists about what the Queen had said and that took the whole thing over the edge. The Palace couldn’t deny the story that this was a mistruth.’

[From The Daily Mail]

I’m left with two feelings which might be contradictory. One feeling: the Queen cannot be trusted, and she’s now an unreliable narrator not just to Harry, but to her own aides, because it absolutely feels like so much of this is rooted in Liz saying one thing to Harry and another thing to her staff. The second feeling: so much of this is about internal palace game-of-thrones sh-t between Clarence House and Buckingham Palace and who gets to control the information and how consumed they are by the Sussexes. Anyway, I believe the Queen and Harry did FaceTime or something and I also believe Harry said something like “We’re calling her Lilibet, if that’s okay with you” and she was like “oh, how sweet.” And the fact that the courtiers keep changing their stories and throwing this huge tantrum in the media makes *them* look like utter clowns.

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