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It’s so rude of Prince Harry to invite the Queen to his daughter’s christening!

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British people love their “punishments.” We’ve seen the thick vindictive streak running through British society, the Windsors and their royal press. The Windsors are all petty back-stabbers and utter clowns. They’ve threatened the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with everything under the sun, believing in vain that Harry would eventually come back to them and they could exact a series of punitive measures to ensure that no one ever left the clown cult. Now that Prince Harry is hot, successful, free, happy, rich, woke and f–king over salty white people bullsh-t, the Windsors are struggling to come up with suitable imaginary punishments. We already heard that Queen Elizabeth might disinvite Harry and Meghan from next year’s Platinum Jubilee. But surely there’s something closer on the horizon? Remember, sources insisted that Harry told his family that he wanted little Lilibet Diana christened in the UK this fall. Well now he won’t be able to do that! Or something:

Prince Harry is putting the Queen in a ‘difficult position’ by expecting her to attend his daughter Lilibet’s christening, a royal biographer has claimed. According to royal insiders, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s daughter Lilibet Diana could follow in the footsteps of older brother Archie and be christened in St George’s Chapel in Windsor – with the Queen present.

A source previously told the Daily Mail that Harry said the couple are ‘happy to wait until circumstances allow’ while in the UK to unveil a statue of Princess Diana. But Angela Levin has described Harry’s expectation that his grandmother will attend as unreasonable, given she has missed christenings of other royal children in recent years.

‘That puts her in a very difficult position because she can’t say that she is not free for years,’ she told TalkRadio TV. ‘She didn’t go to Louis’, the third child of Prince William and Kate. So it’s not a spiteful thing.’

The monarch did not attend the christening of Harry and Meghan’s son Archie, two, in 2019, reportedly because she had prior commitments. According to Levin, the Queen sometimes isn’t present at such events because ‘they’re not close enough to the Crown’.

[From The Daily Mail]

Ah, so Levin isn’t saying that Harry and Meghan wouldn’t be allowed to christen Lilibet in the UK, she’s just saying that Harry has put his grandmother in a terrible position where the Queen would obviously refuse to come to the christening? Lord almighty, this is what it’s come to! “How dare you rudely invite your grandmother to her great-grandchild’s christening, don’t you know that she’s running out of excuses for why she hates people of color?” That’s it in a nutshell! And yes, the Queen blanked on Louis’s christening. And Archie’s. I don’t know, she might actually want to go to Lili’s?

Before we learned about Harry’s memoir, other royal commentators were trying to make Lilibet Diana’s christening into a hype-event because of Meghan, obviously. Russell Myers told some British outlet that the christening “will be definitely awkward. Meghan isn’t flavour of the month with the family. Certainly, the family have always said they will be much-loved members of the family. However, we’re still talking about the fallout of the Oprah Winfrey interview, Emmy or no Emmy nomination. The tensions are still running very, very high within the family, indeed.” Lolz, tensions were already so high in the family because their nerves were still shattered by the Oprah interview and the Emmy nomination! And if Meghan isn’t the “flavor of the month,” who is? Sophie?

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Will Queen Elizabeth ‘disinvite’ the Sussexes from the Platinum Jubilee next year?

From left, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry Duke of Sussex, Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Katherine Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF 100th anniversary flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, Tuesday 10th J

In June, Buckingham Palace began making and announcing plans for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, which will be in June 2022. There will basically be a four-day holiday in the UK, full of parades, fly-overs, regattas, balcony-waves and parties. Buckingham Palace emphasized that the Queen would invite the entire Sussex family to the Jubilee celebrations because it was a family event (and likely the Queen’s last major Jubilee). Sources close to Harry and Meghan allegedly said they would definitely consider coming for the Jubilee, which started another round of angst and idiocy from the British media about how terrible it will be if the Sussexes show up, and whether they would be allowed on the balcony, etc. Now that Harry is writing his memoir, apparently someone thinks that the Queen will disinvite the Sussexes:

Prince Harry’s tell-all book is likely to see him sidelined for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bash. The Duke’s memoir — due out shortly after the party — is threatening to widen the family rift and put the royal celebration in turmoil. Royal sources say it will make it “impossible” for him and Meghan to attend.

The Duke, 36, surprised dad Charles, 72, and his brother William, 39, by revealing he was writing a book about his life. Royal insiders fear it will go further than his Oprah interview, in which Harry, 36, and Meghan, 39, branded an unnamed family member as a “racist”.

Palace sources said: “Everyone now thinks it is inconceivable that he and Meghan can be part of the Platinum Jubilee. Bringing it out in 2022 when the Queen is celebrating will dampen the party.”

Royal author Penny Junor said: “The family must be despairing, this is a man who they all love and he seems to be doing his best to embarrass and damage his family. I think it’s a bit early to be writing a proper memoir. I imagine it is self justification and it’s exploring himself, and finding himself, but it’s going to be, I suspect, at other people’s expense.”

[From The Sun]

Junor is the second person I’ve seen make the “Harry is too young to write his memoir” argument (the first was Richard Kay). It feels like a talking point coming from Charles’ camp, right? And it’s a stupid talking point – clearly, given the Windsors’ absolute panic, Harry has enough to talk about in a memoir. As for the Sussexes being disinvited… it’s curious that no one is saying specifically that the Queen WILL disinvite them. It’s more like a vague threat being made by Charles’ camp and by the British press.

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Prince Harry’s memoir ‘is the stuff of nightmares for the palace’

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I’m still sorting through the royal press’s reactions to the news about Prince Harry’s memoir. I’m a little bit surprised that there wasn’t an immediate series of briefings from Clarence House and Kensington Palace, but maybe that’s because the news really did surprise them. According to the Daily Beast, British outlets covering Prince Charles at an official event last night were the ones to break the news to Charles’ staff. The reaction from one of Charles’ aides was “oh gosh!” and “It was clear aides had no idea the book was being written or even being announced.” Harry’s spokesperson also briefed certain outlets that Harry had “very recently” spoken to his family about the memoir, but no one knows who, where or when. Clearly, Charles really didn’t know. I suspect the Queen did. Here are some highlights from the Daily Beast’s coverage:

Within the royal family, the news that Harry is to publish a memoir is likely to be greeted with appalled resignation. (Buckingham Palace did not return a Daily Beast request for comment.)

Family members accept that they have no sway over the increasingly lurid headlines that Harry and Meghan seem intent on generating as they spill the intimate and private details of their lives, but that doesn’t mean they like it. But this is the way things are now, and it seems certain this new tome will contain juicy insights into royal life; as Duncan Larcombe, the former royal correspondent at the Sun who wrote a biography of Harry, told the Daily Beast: “The truth is, to keep selling, he has to talk about the royals, because no one will be paying vast sums of money for Harry’s theories on the nature of compassion. There has never been a royal memoir, and this is the stuff of nightmares for the palace.”

Although he has as yet never directly indicted his father for his role in the Diana funeral choreography, one big question is whether he will now let rip on Papa. What will he say about brother Prince William, their relationship, what was said about Meghan and how it was said, and the state of their relationship now? What will he say about royal parenting, and the institution itself? What will he say about Meghan, their marriage, relationship, and their exit from their senior royal roles and new life?

It seemed pretty clear on his Oprah interview that Harry holds his father in very low regard: he had a faintly disgusted look when he told Oprah: “I feel really let down, because he’s been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like…I will always love him, but there is a lot of hurt that’s happened. I will continue to make it one of my priorities to try to heal that relationship.”

There are any number of revelations that Harry could make that would completely dominate the news agenda—the identity of the royal racist springs to mind—and the palace are likely to be hugely concerned that advance leaks from the book, due to be published in the fall, could significantly overshadow the queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations, which will reach their zenith with a four day bank holiday in the U.K. in early June next year.

[From The Daily Beast]

“But what about the Platinum Jubilee!” FFS. Does anyone honestly want to sit here in July 2021 and worry about the state of the poor Queen’s 2022 Platinum Jubilee celebrations? How much can anyone really panic about any of this? And I’m sure it will all be a dreadful nightmare for the Windsors, but might I interest anyone in the wall-to-wall British media coverage of, say, Harry’s return to the UK for Philip’s funeral and the state unveiling? The media isn’t mad that Harry will overshadow the poor old Queen, they’re worried that Harry will torpedo all of the dumbf–k storylines they were going to promote around the Sussexes for the next year.

The easy solution for the British media would be to simply be less hysterical about the Sussexes every g–damn day. That would be a solution for the Windsors too – take a step back. Take a break from obsessing over Harry and Meghan. Go one full month without briefing against them or attacking them. And then go from there.

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Prince Philip wouldn’t want the Queen to ‘sit around mourning like Queen Victoria’

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Here are some photos of Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. She attended the multi-day event on two consecutive days, July 2nd and 3rd. Because Liz loves horses and she loves horse events. Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex and, um, Penny Brabourne were also at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Liz was probably happy to see Philip’s special friend, one would assume. She honestly looked thrilled to spend two days doing horse stuff. Which has led to a new round of commentary about why the Queen doesn’t seem to be devastated by grief for her late husband. It seems that much like the Countess of Wessex’s rationale for going on a Grief Tour, the Queen believes that moving on and having fun is “what Philip would have wanted.”

The Queen is moving on: Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, Phil Dampier, who has written about the royal family for 35 years, explained that although the Queen was ‘devastated’ by Prince Philip’s death in April, she has been determined to carry on with public duties because he would want her to ‘live life to the full’. He added that the easing of lockdown restrictions has given the Queen ‘new energy’ and she is carrying out her duties with renewed ‘enthusiasm’.

What Philip would have wanted: ‘Some might think it is strange that she is so happy so soon after Prince Philip’s death, but I think there is a simple explanation,’ Mr Dampier explained. “I’m sure she was devastated by his passing – after all they were married for 73 years. But I’m sure that he told her to enjoy what was left of her own life. He would not want her to sit around mourning him like Queen Victoria did for Albert, and I bet he would want her to carry on living life to the full. Ironically they spent a lot more time together at the end because of lockdown. His death wasn’t unexpected and he had a long and fulfilled life. Like him the Queen is very practical and pragmatic, and she knows he would support her getting out and about.’

Liz loves the goss: ‘It’s been fantastic to see the Queen is such good form in recent weeks. She seems happy and relaxed and it’s a joy to see her smiling face. I think she is just delighted to be out of lockdown like the rest of us, and getting out and about doing the things she loves. She has her social life and you could see how happy she was to be at the Windsor Horse Show, one of her favourite events of the year, four days running. She meets up with old friends and loves to catch up on gossip, as well as spend time with her own family.’

Liz is being supported: ‘We have seen how other members of the family are now supporting her, with Prince William and Princess Anne on recent visits in Scotland. And we can expect to see more of Edward and Sophie as well as Charles and Camilla with the Queen. She will never abdicate, but slowly the others are taking up the slack.’

She’s never alone: ‘In private she is never lonely, with her two favourite servants, dresser Angela Kelly and page Paul Whybrew always on hand,’ he explained. ‘They are so close to her they even sometimes sit watching TV with her for company. Being released from lockdown seems to have given the Queen new energy, and at 95 she has a truly remarkable zest and enthusiasm, making every day a new adventure.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Personally, I don’t judge the Queen for getting out there and doing events and horsey things after her husband passed away. It probably IS what Philip would have wanted and keeping busy probably makes her feel better. What does surprise me is that she genuinely seems happier now that Philip’s gone. I guess I’m also surprised that she still has so much on her plate. Charles has so clearly set up a soft regency and he’s assuming so much control behind-the-scenes. But Liz is the one people want to see, and she’s “being seen” all over the place.

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Why did Prince William get the last-minute invite to Scotland with the Queen?

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Does anyone else think it’s somewhat interesting that Queen Elizabeth asked Prince William to travel to Scotland with her this week? It felt like a last-minute decision to include William on this visit too. Liz is in Scotland for the week and she’s visiting Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling. William was/is with her during her events on Monday and Tuesday, then he’ll go back to London and Princess Anne will be by her mother’s side for the rest of the week. It’s clear that everyone (courtiers, family) is wary of the Queen traveling “alone,” so the idea that she’s got backup in the form of Anne and William isn’t surprising. But I think William was invited specifically to get him out of town for a few days so he and Harry didn’t end up in some kind of brawl. Plus, the Windsors are just desperate to “keep” Scotland and stop Scottish independence. What better way than with personal visits from the Future Future Mad King and the 95-year-old Queen, I guess.

Prince William is supporting his grandmother Queen Elizabeth on a day of outings in Scotland. The prince joined the Queen, 95, who is undertaking a week of royal duties in Scotland for the first time since the death of Prince Philip, her husband of 73 years, in April.

William, 39, and the Queen started Monday at an iconic soda maker’s factory in Cumbernauld, near Glasgow. A. G. Barr create the famous Scottish soda Irn Bru, which is said to contain 32 different ingredients in its secret recipe.

The Queen officially opened the new facility, and she and William – who is titled the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland – were given a rundown on the history of the company and met employees to learn about the 140-year-old company’s place in local community life. Before jointly signing the visitor’s book, they were shown some of the company’s other brands, including Rubicon fruit and juice drinks and Strathmore Still Spring Water.

The Queen is said by the palace to be “celebrating Scottish community, innovation and history” during the week in which she will be in the capital, Edinburgh, and visit Glasgow and Stirling from Monday through Thursday.

She will stay at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, her official residence in Scotland. Usually she hosts a garden party during Holyrood Week or Royal Week, but that has been ruled out because of the coronavirus pandemic. In line with government guidelines, the Queen did not travel to Scotland for Royal Week in 2020 or host large-scale events, such as investitures, normally hosted at the Palace. While William is with her on Monday, her daughter, Princess Anne, will be by the Queen’s side on Wednesday and Thursday, the palace said.

[From People]

The Buckingham Palace social media posted several photos of the Queen visiting Scotland over the years, and trying to emphasize Scotland’s importance to her personally, and to all British people. Which… I mean, they said that the royals were going to do a charm offensive, so I get that. They’re all going to show up and wear tartan and pretend to like bagpipes. But at this point, it kind of sucks that the Queen is the one who has to hold this sh-t together because no one else in her family is capable of it. That’s also why William is along for the ride – he was duller than dull when he was in Scotland last month. His 95-year-old grandmother is capable of outshining him.

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The Sussexes might not be allowed ‘on the balcony’ during next year’s Jubilee

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Queen Elizabeth was seen driving (!) a car around the Windsor Castle estate on Friday, and the Daily Mirror claimed that she was driving herself over to Frogmore Cottage to visit Prince Harry. The timing of it makes sense – he seemed to arrive at Heathrow mid-morning on Friday, and he was taken directly to Windsor, where he will be in some kind of loosey-goosey quarantine for five days. Technically, I don’t think he could “leave” Frogmore, so it makes sense that the Queen would have to go to him if they wanted to talk face-to-face. You can really tell that the royal reporters don’t know how to spin it either – the idea that the Queen went over to Frogmore Cottage within a few hours of Harry’s arrival doesn’t scream “she’s terribly mad at him.” It actually looks like she wanted to have a nice visit with her favorite grandson.

One spin which is being attempted? That the Queen is very concerned about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s attendance at her Platinum Jubilee celebrations next year. We heard, weeks ago, that the Queen absolutely wanted Harry, Meghan and their children to be invited, and I accurately predicted that this would be the next big thing that the Royal Rota and the courtiers would try to hold over M&H’s heads. “The Sussexes attendance at the Jubilee is under threat because of blahtey blah. The courtiers can’t help themselves – they’re already throwing out scenarios where Harry & Meghan are invited but then not allowed “on the balcony.” Jesus these people.

The Queen has extended an olive branch to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex by inviting them to join the Royal Family in London next summer for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The Mail on Sunday understands that Harry and Meghan plan to attend Trooping the Colour, the Queen’s official birthday parade, which will form part of the jubilee festivities over four days next June.

But questions remain whether the couple will appear on the Palace balcony beside the Queen and other senior Royals for the traditional RAF flypast. Previous jubilee celebrations have involved two balcony appearances, but it is understood that Royal aides may seek to limit numbers taking part to working Royals only – which would mean excluding Harry and Meghan.

A source with knowledge of the jubilee plans said: ‘The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been invited and I’m sure the Queen is very much looking forward to seeing them there. The balcony moment will be decided much nearer the time but there’s a limit to how many family members should be on it, and I would have thought that working Royals who contribute to the family would be higher on the list than the Sussexes.’

[From The Daily Mail]

For what it’s worth, Omid Scobie said about a week and a half ago that Meghan does have plans to attend – tentative plans, surely – next year’s Jubilee, and that Harry and Meghan really are talking about bringing the kids. All of this is truly eleven months away. Surely we don’t need any of these stories now, right? Anyway, it would be both stupid and hilarious if the entire Sussex family does come for the Jubilee celebrations and the courtiers cut them out of all of the events. Everything over there is such a clownshow, I actually suspect that’s what will happen. Meghan and Harry should be aware of that too, that as soon as they do arrive, these a–holes will be doing the most to publicly “snub” them repeatedly.

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Whoops, Buckingham Palace isn’t in the market for a diversity tsar after all

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Back in March, Buckingham Palace made a big, splashy announcement: they were absolutely, 100% in the market for a shiny new “diversity tsar.” This childish and panicked PR had nothing to do with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex calling out the institution for being cruel, racist and lacking in diversity, of course. No no no. The plans for a diversity tsar had been underway before H&M’s interview, thank you very much. In the months that followed that announcement, we heard next to nothing about this big “diversity tsar” hire, but we did hear that the Queen had ensured that “coloured immigrants and foreigners” had been banned from office work in royal palaces for decades, and we just heard this week that BP staff is only 8.5% ethnic minority (and no one knows how few of those people of color work in office staff positions). So, clearly, the need for a diversity tsar is growing more desperate by the day, yes? Welp, I guess not.

It was just three months ago that Buckingham Palace confirmed it was considering to appoint a diversity chief to review policies across all royal households. But despite lower-than-average employment diversity statistics shared in a new financial report, the palace has now shelved plans for the role, though it hasn’t ruled out the idea entirely.

The news was confirmed alongside the release of the 2020–21 Sovereign Grant Report, which, for the first time, openly disclosed the proportion of ethnic minority employees working at the palace—8.5 percent. Clarence House, the household of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, came in at a slightly lower 8 percent, with officials admitting that there is “more work to do” on the issue of diversity. Kensington Palace, the home of Prince William and Duchess Kate, declined to share a number, although it is believed to be far lower than the others, according to a source.

“Her Majesty and the royal family have promoted and embraced the diversity of our nation and that of the Commonwealth, and we recognize that our own workforce needs to reflect the communities we serve,” a palace source tells BAZAAR.com. “We recognize we are not where we would like to be and that despite all our efforts to target recruitment, train managers, and build an inclusive workplace, the results have not been what we would like.”

However, despite no current plans to hire a diversity chief, a palace source explains that the institution is striving to create a more diverse workforce and hasn’t ruled out the role entirely. “We are committed to improving this, hence we have started to publish diversity statistics to ensure we are open and transparent about our efforts to improve,” the source says. “We fully expect to be held accountable regarding our progress.”

[From Harper’s Bazaar]

In the end, maybe the “diversity tsar” was the friends we made along the way. Who would have thought that the big rollout of “plans to hire a diversity tsar” was just some clownish, short-sighted PR in the wake of the Sussexes’ interview? Oh, right, it was as obvious as can be. There was never any intention to hire someone tasked with diversifying palace staff, to be clear. The only intention was to make the big announcement to look like they were “doing something” and they “understood” that maybe Harry & Meghan had a point about how racist they were. But of course none of the white men who work for Liz and Charles actually want to *do* anything about any of it.

Also: “Kensington Palace, the home of Prince William and Duchess Kate, declined to share a number, although it is believed to be far lower than the others, according to a source.” Far lower like zero, would be my guess.

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