America awoke to a new game of thrones this morning when Prince Harry sketched out an unlikely role for himself as the Protector of the Mighty Queen, her Defender of Nature.
From over 5,000 miles away, he was suddenly at the helm? How does it work?
Everyone knew the person the Queen needed to protect the most was Harry himself, the man who alone did the most damage to the British monarchy since Oliver Cromwell.
This includes indirectly criticizing her as a bad mother, smearing her family as racist and suing her Government over security concerns.
Yet here he was, as good as a sour cream pie, a grinning killer in a polo shirt, convincing millions of viewers on US television of his vital role by Her Majesty’s side, which is news to everyone at Blighty.
Shameless of all! Just gasping for air.
The prince appeared in a special interview on NBC’s breakfast show with his host Hoda Kotb, who had flown to The Hague to meet him at the Invcitus Games.
Prince Harry (pictured with the Queen and Meghan in 2018) speaks in an interview, during the Invictus Games, about his ‘special relationship’ with the Queen
The Duke of Sussex (pictured on stage during the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games) has been in the Netherlands as an international sporting event ambassador for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women
Prince Harry talks to American interviewer Hoda Kotb (pictured) about his life in America, fatherhood and the Royal family
The two of them sat on folding chairs on the archery’s bottom, with three targets visible behind them. Should we read something about this interesting location choice? Maybe we should just imagine pictures of Charles, Camilla and William on the bullseye. Or is it too triggering?
Of course, Kotb has a lot of light questions packed into its question box. Do you feel yourself at peace? What’s Wednesday like for you? What do you love about being a father? Has Archie got your naughty thing? Harry answered enthusiastically, waving his hand to emphasize his point — and the blanker the points, the bigger his arm gesture.
It’s a new communication development for Prince, who occasionally spouts New Age nonsense in such a way that he looks as if he’s setting up a jet or presiding over an invisible absurd orchestra.
‘Cheating is something that keeps you alive,’ he said at one point, which is not only emotional but also the kind of thing only someone would normally listen to without interruption or criticism.
The most awkward moment came when Kotb asked if he missed Prince Charles and Prince William. Harry’s face went blank like a sponge as he explained that his focus ‘currently’ would be on the Invictus Games and later on his own children.
“They’re two little guys, you know,” he added, amiably explaining what kids were to the NBC audience, some of whom might not have been convinced.
Prince Harry says that sometimes he feels ‘very peaceful’ but other times he worries too much about the world to be happy
Pause there for a moment. The fact that Prince Harry can’t find it in his heart to just say yes, he misses his brother and father, is definitely an indication of the truly toxic state of their relationship. And for someone who claims to find ‘healing in helping others’, he certainly knows how to hurt.
Obviously, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex just had the pleasure of speaking to this US celebrity host, whose collective attitudes — particularly towards Harry — don’t seem far from pagan.
First Oprah, then Ellen and now Hoda, who once said interviewing Beyoncé was a celebrity highlight of her career. On this occasion no Meghan was present to hold Harry’s hand and egg in his bubbling groan omelette, which was a shame. But her absence added frisson excitement to the proceedings, as there was always the chance she might rush off stage left over £17,000 and say something sinister about Kate’s Easter decorations or her choice of tights.
But in this 12-minute slot, which aired on Wednesday morning between items about Bridgerton’s success in the US and local mask mandates, there was only time for Harry. And he didn’t waste a second, the soles of his desert boots pressing hard against the fabled toe pumps as he raised his status within the Royal Family to the realm of myth.
Because she revealed that she wasn’t only the Queen’s Protector, she was also a Palace Villain and Royal Trustee.
‘We have a very special relationship, we talk about things she can’t talk about with anyone else,’ she said of her meeting in Windsor with her grandmother.
Prince Harry claims a ‘special relationship’ with his grandmother, saying he can talk to her about topics no one else can
What can the Queen talk about with Harry that she can’t talk to anyone else? I have racked my brain. Save the chickens? Naked billiards? Did he bring some crystals from Montecito’s New Age Shop and try to realign the royal chakra?
Maybe she told him to do the weird thing he does every time he arrives in London, to help him deal with his grief over the loss of Prince Philip.
Or by claiming this special relationship, perhaps he was simply getting revenge on his older brother as long as he was kicked out of the regular kingcraft sessions William had with the Queen when they were growing up.
We’re back on Game of Thrones. Look at the ancient wars and wounds between reserves and heirs. Winter is coming, and something in their bond of brotherhood seems to have been broken for good.
There are usually light sermons on mental health issues. ‘All I know is there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for everyone,’ said Harry. This is clearly not true, but perhaps it is something a man with a financial stake in a company selling mental health packages should believe.
His own mental state? She reveals that she sometimes feels ‘very peaceful’ but she worries too much about the world to be happy—like all millennials, even the rich and royal, she can never help but fall victim.
‘My mantra is now daily – and it’s dangerous because I need to make sure I don’t experience burnout – but it tries to make the world a better place for my kids, otherwise what’s the point of bringing kids into this world? ‘ he groaned.
His salvage complex thrives on virulence, but should anyone listen to a man who can’t even make the world a better place for his own father—and father-in-law?
Prince Harry didn’t say in the interview if he missed his dad and brother
Of course he played his ace, Diana’s. Americans are still not satisfied with Princess Diana, and being her son has given Harry a kind of heroic status. He spreads this with the skills of the slick California PR guy he is today.
Yes, there is a photo of Grandma Diana in the house, he said. And in response to a question, he told Kotb and NBC that he felt he had been watching him ‘for the past two years’.
Somehow she doesn’t seem to mind questions about her feelings about her dead mother—because it’s not an invasion of privacy when it’s a marketing opportunity, is it?
Once again, Prince Harry managed to wrest defeat from the jaws of victory. The response in the UK to the interview has overshadowed all the good work he’s done this week with the Invictus game — however, the truth is becoming all too clear.
Prince Harry doesn’t care what people in England think. He didn’t care that the Palace was shocked at his last words, that the royal aides were dumbfounded, that the British broadcaster was angry, that the British newspapers wrote about his misplaced arrogance and arrogance, that his brother and father should be crushed by his words.
It’s all just rhubarb, rhubarb on his way to glory in America. His fortune and future now depend on what the Americans think of him, not what the British in his hometown scorn.
He’s focused on promoting himself on TV coast-to-coast, on deals and producing content for Netflix and others that have monetary value, while convincing himself he’s doing good at the same time.
That is why he continues to manipulate his relationship with the Queen and the Royal Family, using it as a golden emollient to lubricate his way up the celebrity ladder. He gave everything he had — because that was all he had. And Americans lick it.