Prince Harry's "Truce-Breaking" Visit Escalates War with Royal Family
Harry upstaged his brother William in a major way, sources says.
On the year anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's death, her son, King Charles released a statement from Balmoral Castle in Scotland."In marking the first anniversary of Her late Majesty's death and my Accession, we recall with great affection her long life, devoted service and all she meant to so many of us," he said. "I am deeply grateful, too, for the love and support that has been shown to my wife and myself during this year as we do our utmost to be of service to you all." He and his wife, Queen Camilla, also attended a memorial service at the Queen's church in Scotland, while Prince William and Kate attended a commemorative service at St. David's Cathedral in Wales. However, Prince Harry managed to upstage them all.
Instead of attending a memorial or church service, Prince Harry showed up at his grandmother's grave unannounced.
The prince was photographed emerging from St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, where the late queen is buried, moments prior to William and Kate arriving at a service in her memory.
The Daily Beast reached out to a spokesperson for the king, who declined to comment, "but palace sources sought to transmit a sense of insouciance, saying that members of the royal family had 'found ways to pay tribute at the chapel privately and individually' and implying the king had no issue with this," the publication reports.
"Privately, of course, palace planners are likely to be rolling their eyes at what seems like a calculated attempt by Harry to upset the careful choreography of the day's events," they write.
"These saw the king issue a statement and audio message praising his mother on the stroke of midnight and then attend a church service Friday morning at Balmoral in Scotland, where he and Camilla greeted members of the local community."
They speculate that his older brother might be more upset about the impromptu visit. "William, however, is unlikely to be so relaxed or to miss the significance of his brother's actions," they write.
Later on Thursday evening, Harry attended the WellChild Awards in London, making a speech about his beloved grandmother. "As you know, I was unable to attend the awards last year as my grandmother passed away."
"As you also probably know, she would have been the first person to insist I still come to be with you all instead of going to her, and that's precisely why I know, exactly one year on, she is looking down on all of us tonight, happy we are together, continuing to spotlight such an incredible community," he added.
Body language expert Judi James told the Mirror that Harry seemed very lonely during his visit to the grave. "In his very informal shirt that is undone at the neck, Harry's body language appears almost furtive as he walks quickly out of the Windsor Castle chapel," she said. "He [creates] the message that he has made a very solitary, personal and low-key visit to pay his respects to his grandmother on the anniversary of her death."
James added that Harry's "rather lonely, isolated-looking appearance was in contrast to the more formal double act of William and Kate and perhaps emphasized the sad fact that Harry is unable to share his grief and paying of respects with the rest of his family."