Unsurprisingly, Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral takes this week’s People Magazine cover. Unsurprisingly, the bulk of the story is about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their strained relationships with the new Prince and Princess of Wales and the new king. While People Magazine wants to walk that fine line – as always – of being a sympathetic outlet to ALL royals, I’m disappointed that they seemed to take such a pro-Windsor approach here. It feels like Meghan and Harry weren’t briefing about the family though, even though the family was eager to brief about and against Meghan and Harry. Some highlights from People’s cover story:
No hugs at the funeral: “When families have a falling-out, you long for them to hug one another,” royal biographer Penny Junor tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “It broke my heart.”
It’s been a triggering visit for Prince Harry: Harry’s estrangement from his father and older brother over leaving royal life in 2020 with his wife, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, was never fully out of mind. “This week has brought a lot of emotions to the surface and has been a kind of triggering of past grief for Harry,” says a friend.
The tired Windsors: Of the grief that played over the faces of each family member, Samantha Cohen, the Queen’s former assistant private secretary, says, “They looked tired. Now it’s real, and the real mourning starts. The reality of life without the Queen starts now.”
Charles & William cutting out Harry from the start: Arriving after the Queen’s death, Harry stayed at Balmoral with his uncles and aunts while Charles and William left for a private dinner. “Everyone was hurting,” says another close source.
Olive branches: Olive branches were extended to the California couple, who relocated to the U.S. under a cloud of accusations and hurt feelings to raise their young children, Archie, 3, and Lilibet, 1.
The outing outside of Windsor Castle: William invited his brother and sister-in-law — by text, says a close insider — to join him and wife Kate Middleton, the new Princess of Wales, in greeting crowds outside Windsor Castle. But there was no real togetherness on that outing and no progress toward reconciliation, says the insider: “It was awkward. Both couples found it hard. They were in a stoic spirit of just getting through it for the Queen.”
Charles wants Harry & William to mend fences: Those close to King Charles and Queen Camilla hope, for the sake of his new reign, if not salvaging ties, that William and Harry will now follow their grandmother’s lead. “You’d think that all members of the family would unite and support the King, especially,” says a source close to King Charles. “Perhaps some wounds can be healed in the process.” It would likely have been Elizabeth’s dying wish. Adds the close source: “She knew that conflicts were a part of life, and she didn’t hold grudges. Most of all, she wanted to see her family happy.”
[From People Magazine]
Excuse me? “Who relocated to the U.S. under a cloud of accusations and hurt feelings to raise their young children…” So vague, this cloud of accusations! So minimizing to describe what Harry and Meghan are STILL going through as “hurt feelings” too. The only part of this which doesn’t sound like a massive manipulation by the Windsors is the part about how triggering this was for Harry. You could see that in so many moments, this ginger prince walking behind the coffin of another woman he adored, the second maternal figure in his life. He was just a boy when he tried to process his mother’s death. Now, as a man, he has the tools and resources to process his grandmother’s death in a different way. A healthier way, away from his terrible f–king family.
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