We’ve discussed excerpts from Robert Hardman’s latest book, Queen of our time, The previous week. Hardman’s book doesn’t seem to have any big tea, though I’m constantly looking forward to seeing the sourcing of all these new royal books. As such, it is clear that Tina Brown has a source between Kensington Palace and Clarence House, and they are both leaking out like crazy. Hardman, however, seems to have focused more on the origins of his Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s aides. Hardman even acknowledged that the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from the UK was due to institutional failure at every level, not just that. “Harry is bad, the Queen and her allies are perfect.” Well, Hardman recently gave the Daily Beast an interview to promote his book, and a few of these quotes are noteworthy.
Whether the Queen was angry at the sudden departure of Harry and Meghan: “Anger is not his style. Of course he was terribly disappointed and saddened by it. But she also likes Harry very much, she loves Harry and there was a lot of dialogue. Everywhere his position was that at the institutional level you can’t stay half and half outside. It just doesn’t work. You can’t have someone royal just for half a year and not a half year. No matter how much he loved Harry, it wouldn’t happen. She still rings to him and they chat and he is very good at zoom and he likes to talk to her.
The queen hated their sussexroyal.com site: “There is no personal break from a grandmother to a grandson. But when it comes to issues like having a website called sussexroyal.com, which has not been cleared up with official agencies, it has nothing more to do. These are just hard and fast rules. Harry and Meghan like to present it as a palace installation vs. poor Harry and Meghan, but you can see this thing, it’s not hard to find. So they hit a fairly strong institutional brick wall. The Queen could only make one exception and allow them to set up a semi-royal website when they were not royal. If he does, other people will do the same. They later stated in a statement that they would abide by the “royal word” of the British monarchy. They were effectively dismissing the organization. That doesn’t go down well, obviously. But he is very forgiving. “
Whether the Queen broke up for not meeting Lilibet: “She has a tendency to extrapolate and draw, which we assume she feels ‘must’, for example, without seeing her granddaughter. But he has seen so much, and passed so much that he will not stay awake at night if he wants to see Lilliput. All I have to do is stand back and look at his whole life, not just the whole kingdom. Only when you appreciate the influence and power that we have shaped the Queen today. Just reading his father’s war diary — I was given access to all of them for the first time — you can see what the whole family is going through. I’m sure she’d love to meet Lilliput — but she’s more likely to take that view, ‘I’m lucky to see my other grandchildren.’ He is an enthusiastic person. “
[From The Daily Beast]
Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either, Looks like BT aint for me either. The whole “The queen must meet her great-grandson” The issue is mostly British media trying to give Harry a criminal trip. It was a national psychological blackmail attempt to somehow convince Harry that he had a “need” to bring his children to the UK. Not so much for the Queen, but for the media, so they can write about it and keep photos.
For complaints about Hardman’s sussexroyal.com site and all that … man, what a mess. I actually realized (until today) when the royal establishment was so upset about the website. But in the long run, I also understand why Harry and Meghan went so far and why they tried to explain their vision for their half, half life. And finally, I think the royal body (especially Charles) regrets that they couldn’t make a deal to keep Harry and Meghan at bay. There was a chance to make a deal and the Windsors ruined the bag and decided to stick their heads against a wall for two years, shouting about the “website”.
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