Leaving St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday after a religious service of thanksgiving marking the 70th year of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth’s reign, Great Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle were booed by onlookers.
Queen Elizabeth did not attend the service after making three appearances on Thursday. She reportedly watched the service on television.
“The idea of Prince Harry getting booed by the British public would have been unthinkable three or four years ago,” Piers Morgan commented.
At the service, the archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, noted the queen’s love of horse racing, thanking her for “staying the course” and adding that the “race of life” resembled a long-distance course rather than a sprint, The New York Times reported.
“Your Majesty, we are sorry that you are not here with us this morning, but we are so glad that you are still in the saddle,” he stated. “We are glad that there is still more to come.”
Prince Harry attended the funeral of his grandfather Prince Phillip in April 2021 but did not attend the memorial service in March 2022. His attorney, Shaheed Fatima QC, told a procedural hearing that Harry did not feel safe in the UK, Town & Country reported.
That prompted royal biographer Angela Levin to rip Harry, as the Daily Mail reported:
Levin has slammed the Duke as a ‘child stamping his feet’ over the decision and said the move was tantamount to ‘blackmail,’ warning the Duke could use dropping out of major events at the last minute as leverage to secure personal protective security in the UK.
Levin warned that although Harry ‘has snubbed the Duke of Edinburgh but really he is snubbing the Queen’ who is still ‘grieving the loss of her husband of 73 years’ – and was only given 15 minutes advance notice of Harry’s announcement on Friday evening.
“It’s all about ‘me, me, me’ rather than going out of his way for his grandmother and showing her he cares. He’s behaving like a child stamping his feet,” Levin snapped.
In May 2021, Harry harshly criticized his father, Prince Charles, as well as the rest of the royal family in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
“My father used to say to me when I was younger … ‘Well, it was like that for me, so it’s going to be like that for you,’” Prince Harry said, according to Page Six. “That doesn’t make sense — just because you suffered, that doesn’t mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact quite the opposite. If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences that you had, you can make it right for your kids.”
“Isn’t this all about breaking the cycle?” he asked. “Isn’t this all about making sure that history doesn’t repeat itself?”