How devastating for Prince Charles to learn, from a podcast beamed to the world, that Harry left the UK to break the cycle of ‘genetic pain and suffering’ bequeathed to him by his supposedly dysfunctional father and grandparents.
Harry suggests he suffered so much at the hands of his family that he does not want to inflict similar anguish upon his own children.
The only way to do this has been to escape the torture of royal life, rush off to LA to make multi-million deals and denounce his father from afar.
What Harry seems to ignore, though, is that back in boring Blighty Charles loves his son dearly and always has.
He did everything he could to care for Harry after Diana’s death; he helped fund Harry’s extravagant lifestyle; he walked Meghan Markle down the aisle for their wedding in her father’s absence. And was always trying to be the dad Harry needed.
Prince Harry with Diana, Princess Of Wales, Prince Charles And Prince William at the V-Day 50th anniversary parade
With his podcast, Harry has trashed all that paternal love in the most public and humiliating way. Yet what cuts most is that he criticises his father while exonerating his mother.
I am an unashamed fan of Diana, and was furious on her behalf when Charles betrayed her with Camilla. But even I accept Diana was no saint.
We lost count of the number of her lovers, many of them married — James Hewitt, James Gilbert, Oliver Hoare and Will Carling to name but a few.
And while she was pursued by the paparazzi so loathed by Harry, she also relentlessly and calculatingly courted the media. We were all informed — certainly I was as a newspaper editor — as to when and where she would be so we could take a snap portraying ‘poor abandoned Diana’.
And since Harry is criticising his royal grandparents, let’s not forget that Diana Spencer was born into the most broken of aristocratic families.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana with Prince William and Prince Harry in the gardens of Highgrove House
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speaking with Oprah Winfrey during their CBS interview
Her mother Frances was dubbed ‘the bolter’, after she scandalously left Earl Spencer for the wallpaper heir, Peter Shand Kydd. Custody of the children was granted to their father.
Nine-year-old Diana and her older brother Charles were shuffled between her parents and she later recalled the effect on her was ‘devastating’.
School holidays were grim, she remembered: ‘Two weeks Mummy and two weeks Daddy . . . and the trauma of going from one house to another, and each parent trying to make it up with material things rather than the tactile stuff we craved, but never got.’
Which is why I can’t understand why Harry so cruelly has his father and his family in his sights, but not his equally flawed mother and hers.
The fact is Harry had two unfaithful parents who sadly did not love each other. He is determined not to repeat mistakes and be the perfect dad.
But life is so much more complicated than he seems to think — and the tragedy is that, by rejecting his past, he is making his future so much more difficult. Of course, we’re bound to hear lots more about it on Netflix.
Former EU Brexit bureaucrat Michel Barnier, now standing for election in France, wants all non-EU immigration blocked for five years to deal with their endemic problem of illegal migrants.
Why not just keep on doing what they’ve done for years, put them on a boat to Britain?
Double standards in any language
Dua Lipa humbly reminded us all that NHS workers, not her, were the real heroes
As Dua Lipa accepted her Best British Female Solo Artist award at the Brits, she humbly reminded us all that NHS workers, not her, were the real heroes — even if she had done her bit in the first lockdown by releasing an edited clip of her hit Break My Heart to repeat the message to ‘stay at home’ and urge fans to ‘flatten the curve’ to save lives.
Alas, Lipa didn’t stay at home. In January, she travelled from the Covid-rife U.S. to Mexico to work.
Her name means ‘love’ in her father’s homeland Albania.
Here it might just mean hypocrisy.
Am I the only one baffled by the eye-wateringly PC Brit awards — and not just because, as I’m ashamed to admit, I’d hardly heard of most of the nearly all-female winners?
‘We’ve seen white male dominance, misogyny and sexism . . . we’re proud of how we’ve stuck together,’ cried Little Mix, accepting the Best British Group award.
Former member Jesy Nelson seems to have a different view of this singing sisterhood, saying that being part of the Mix left her so depressed she had to leave.
My royal connection
The Queen (front row, far left) revealed she still treasures the life-saving badge (pinned to her cossie) she earned aged 14, after swimming lessons in a gentlemen’s club
In a video call with the Royal Lifesaving Society, the Queen revealed she still treasures the life-saving badge (pinned to her cossie) she earned aged 14, after swimming lessons in a gentlemen’s club.
She’s not the only one, although perhaps my Aussie life-saving training was a little different — being chucked off a jetty into deep water with a sodden towel tied around my ankles to test if I had the strength to float.
And if on duty in the ocean, I was told to declare to any drowning person that I was a qualified life-saver and, if they resisted my rescue attempts, whack them hard in the face before returning with their limp body to shore using my perfect side-stroke.
Listen to your body, Paloma
Singer Paloma Faith is anguished returning to work 11 weeks after her second child was born.
‘I remember this feeling well from my first, guilt mixed with concern they won’t be looked after properly . . . it always feels too soon.’
Her resilience is astonishing, postpartum depression after the birth of her first child, six rounds of IVF to have this baby, and perhaps she’s right, perhaps her new mum body is telling her something, that it is too soon — and there’s no shame in that.
When I met then PM David Cameron with my mum in 2011, he tried to convince her he was saving Britain and insisted her daughter should stop writing unkind things about him.
He attempted the same snake charmer act this week, claiming his dubious involvement with Greensill Capital was never about personal gain, which could have made him millions, but saving the country. Didn’t wash with my mum back then nor, sadly for Dave, the rest of the public now.
- So now we know where our trade unions’ priorites lie! Unite leadership candidate Howard Beckett makes a grotesque racist comment about Priti Patel, saying she should be deported (even though she was born in Britain) — and social media is suddenly awash with complaints from union members that he has been treated unfairly after rightly being suspended by Labour.
- Meanwhile, RMT union rep Laurence Coles, who is non-binary, complains that a guard on the London North Eastern Railway issues a cheery ‘Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys’, saying the announcement ‘doesn’t apply’ to them — and the train company ludicrously issues a grovelling apology. Madness — although I do understand where Laurence is coming from: no one’s called me a lady in years.
Treasure old pals, Adele
Adele has suffered plenty of loss recently.
She has lost her estranged father Mark who died from cancer this week — a man she appeared to relish publicly denouncing, and with whom, sadly, she was never reconciled.
She’s also divorced her husband, Simon Konecki, and is now making a new life in her £8.5 million LA home, apparently letting go of old friends because ‘they know the old her’.
She’s also lost 7st and looks fab for it, which may be jolly good in La La Land.
But I wonder how long it will be before she’s trying to reconnect with those old friends, saying, in the words of her song: ‘Hello from the other side (of the world). . . to tell you I’m sorry for everything I’ve done.’
Ahead of her new movie Those Who Wish Me Dead — in which she stars as a ‘smokejumper’ who extinguishes blazes by parachuting from a helicopter — Angelina Jolie says playing a ‘broken woman’ was ‘very healing’ while she continues her divorce battle with Brad Pitt.
The role of Hannah made her feel strong, like a survivor. Hope she survives the reviews — she’s been roasted by the critics who concluded this turkey is so feeble it wouldn’t make a Thanksgiving dinner.
So JUST weeks after Bill and Melinda Gates announced their amicable divorce, his golfing buddies reveal he told them ages ago his 27-year marriage had been ‘loveless’ for a long time. Why can’t men — even multi-billionaires — keep their locker room talk in the locker room, where it belongs?
Talented scriptwriter Nick Hornby, author of Fever Pitch and High Fidelity, admits he’s daunted penning a 16-part TV dramatisation of The Rolling Stones’ rise to fame from 1963 to 1974, with Mick Jagger collaborating.
And so he should be — 116 episodes wouldn’t even be enough to fit in Mick’s gazillion lovers.