King Charles ready to follow Queen Margrethe’s lead and not grant HRH status to Prince Harry’s children
You might not think there’s an obvious link between Denmark and Prince Harry’s recent explosive revelations – Netflix must be miffed he saved them all for his book – but you’d be wrong.
The British media are hailing Queen Margrethe II as a trailblazer for the way she stripped away the HRH titles of all four children of her son Prince Joachim, salaciously hoping that new monarch Charles III will more or less do the same to his own son, Prince Harry.
The US media are also drawing parallels. “Think of Joachim as Prince Harry, Prince Frederik as Prince William, and Queen Margarethe as King Charles, and everything feels like deja vu,” purred American magazine People.
Margrethe’s decision a warning, claims UK media
Margrethe’s decision is a key talking point this week in Britain. A headline in the Daily Express on Wednesday read: “Danish Queen’s title removal serves as warning for Harry amid fears over memoir.”
King Charles was reportedly waiting until after the release of Harry’s docuseries and memoir ‘Spare’ – which was due to be released on January 10, but was released in Spain under the title ‘En La Sombra’ (in the shadow) after a cock-up that nobody can explain – to make a decision on whether to grant HRH titles to Harry’s children, Archie and Lillibet.
Previously, they were not granted, as it was reasoned they were the sitting monarch’s great-grandchildren, not grandchildren.
Charles watching Danish developments “with interest”
Charlotte Griffiths, a royal expert who works for the Mail on Sunday, concurs there is “a lot riding on” Harry’s book. “Reportedly, Charles is waiting until the book comes out before he decides whether he gives Archie and Lilibet a title,” she told Palace Confidential.
A royal expert in Denmark, BT correspondent Jacob Heinel Jensen, compared the release of Harry’s book to Prince Joachim’s appearance on television shortly after his mother’s decision was confirmed.
“When Prince Joachim went rogue on TV saying how upset he was, how his children are suffering: the parallels between him and Harry are there for all to see,” he told British newspaper The Daily Mail. “King Charles would have been watching what is happening in Denmark with great interest.”
Up to the neck in revelations
The revelations of the Netflix show ‘Harry & Meghan’ were tame compared to those in Harry’s book, which British tabloids have been frantically translating into Spanish over the last 24 hours.
Among the numerous revelations, Harry reveals that his brother Prince William physically attacked him in his own home, that William and his wife Catherine find Nazi costumes funny, that he and William pleaded with Charles not to marry Camilla, that he first tried cocaine aged 17, and that he lost his virginity to an older woman who “really liked horses” in a field near a busy pub.
Meanwhile, former British army personnel have questioned whether Harry was wise to reveal he killed 25 members of the Taliban whilst on duty in Afghanistan, as it might further jeopardise his future security.