In yet another extraordinary development, the queen personally announced today that she has come to terms with Harry and Meghan to enable them to withdraw from royal duties. Alas, those terms are not quite as stern as I recommended.
Foremost, the queen stressed that Harry and Meghan shall remain beloved members of her family. Indeed, her eagerness to gloss over strains was such that her statement included perhaps the biggest contradiction since Prince Charles announced his engagement to Diana. Because, in a vain attempt to assure skeptical Britons, he insisted he was in love with her, but then famously added … “whatever in love means.”
In this case, the queen noted that she was “particularly proud of how Meghan has so quickly become one of the family.” Except that, if this were the case, Meghan would not be running off to North America … and taking the firm’s most marketable asset with her.
In any event, Her Majesty left it to Buckingham Palace to announce the details, which the BBC reported in the main as follows:
Prince Harry and Meghan will no longer use their HRH titles and will not receive public funds for royal duties, Buckingham Palace has announced. …
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex intend to repay £2.4m of taxpayer money for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their UK family home.
So let it be written, so let it be done!
That said, the way the queen is bidding farewell to Harry smacks of the way the father in “The Parable of the Prodigal Son” welcomed back his younger son. Therefore, this quote from that parable (of the father speaking to his older son) might help you understand the queen’s thinking … and William’s dutiful silence.
You are ever with me, and all that I have is yours, but thy younger brother was lost and now he is found.
(Luke 15:32 NIV)
But I doubt King William will be so welcoming if Harry returns decades from now — as the prodigal brother. Naturally, the way the queen’s father, George VI, ostracized his brother, Edward VIII, comes to mind. And I, for one, would not blame William one bit.
Meghan and Harry…