Harry Behaves 'like a Child Stamping His Feet' as Queen's Health Has Worsened, Reports Say
Queen Elizabeth II's health is concerning as she wasn't in good enough health to attend the Commonwealth Day service. While palace officials work on a way for the monarch to attend Prince Philip's service, Prince Harry reportedly behaves "like a child."
Queen Elizabeth II's health continues to be of great concern after she was absent at Monday's Commonwealth Service. The monarch said her life would always be devoted to service in a message to mark the occasion.
The 95-year-old shared in this year of her Platinum Jubilee; she would renew a promise she made when she first ascended the British throne.
(L) Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry making a funny face while presented with an Invictus Games baby grow for his newborn son Archie at Sportcampus Zuiderpark on May 9, 2019, in The Hague, Netherlands. (R) Queen Elizabeth II attending the funeral of Patricia Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma at St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge on June 27, 2017, in London, England. / Source: Getty Images
"In this year of my Platinum Jubilee, it has given me pleasure to renew the promise I made in 1947 that my life will always be devoted in service," said the Queen of England. Meanwhile, plans for the service of her late spouse Prince Philip, who passed away in April last year, are currently underway.
The thanksgiving ceremony for the royal patriarch has already been limited to 50 minutes. In addition, Buckingham Palace can deploy a side door to save the monarch time from walking too much if she would attend.
Queen Elizabeth II welcoming the new Governor General of Canada, Mary Simon and her spouse Mr Whit Fraser for tea in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle on March 15, 2022, in Windsor, England. / Source: Getty Images
QUEEN RENEWED HER VOW OF SERVICE FROM HOME
Despite being forced to miss the annual Commonwealth Ceremony, the Royal Family's matriarch renewed her vow to serve as long as she shall live.
The Queen stayed home and watched the ceremony on TV as her son Prince Charles stood in for her at Westminster Abbey. Those in attendance included the Duchess of Cambridge, Boris Johnson, and David Williams.
Sources close to the monarch revealed that she regrets pulling out from the event, while aides insisted it was because of concerns over her comfort on the trip from Windsor Castle rather than any illness.
Though she could not be present, Her Majesty sent a written message referring to her first-ever recorded speech on her 21st birthday in 1947, vowing to dedicate her entire life to service.
On March 11, 2022, the Queen, who has suffered a series of health issues since October, announced she would not attend the ceremony and mentioned her son, the Prince of Wales, would represent her at the service.
Meanwhile, she received 15 minutes notice that her grandson would not be attending his grandfather's memorial service. A royal expert likened The Duke of Sussex's behavior to a child's.
According to royal author Angela Levin, the Prince "is behaving like a child stamping his feet" after claiming that it would be unsafe for him to attend the ceremony.
Queen Elizabeth II speaking with grandson Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex outside St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 18, 2019 in Windsor, England. / Source: Getty Images
Senior aides revealed that the Queen learned about the snub a quarter of an hour before his statement regarding Prince Philip's service was issued, which read:
"The Duke will not be returning to the UK in late March but hopes to visit his grandmother as soon as possible."
ELIZABETH'S HEALTH WARNINGS
A palace source told Express over the weekend that the Queen was increasingly frail and had not been able to walk her corgis for six months since spending a night in hospital.
Her Majesty has owned more than 30 corgis in her lifetime and is said to have taken comfort in them since the passing of her beloved husband.
The insider disclosed, "She is not well enough. They are an enormous source of solace, so it is a real shame." The Queen "usually turns to her beloved corgis in time of crisis and stress" and took them out for walks "almost every day after Philip fell ill and then died last year."
Queen Elizabeth joined by one of her dogs, a Dorgi called Candy in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle on February 4, 2022 in Windsor, England. / Source: Getty Images
But a senior royal source assured that "dogs remain very much part of Windsor life." However, the monarch's health has limited the time she takes them out for their daily walk since she was hospitalized for preliminary tests in October 2021.
It was the Queen's first overnight stay in hospital in eight years. The following month, she had to drop out of the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph after spraining her back. The royal matriarch also tested positive for COVID-19 on February 20, 2022.
Irrespective of the ill-health setbacks, the monarch has "ruled out using a wheelchair" and "still hopes" to attend Prince Philip's memorial, which will take place on March 29. Senior royal aides have accepted how old age has caught up with the royal.
An insider revealed to the Daily Mail that the head of state refuses to allow old age to get to her but that physically, she is not as strong as she previously was:
"The Queen is still as alert, able, and interested as ever but, physically, she isn't as strong as she once was, which is entirely understandable for a woman of her age."
In the meantime, Prince Charles, Princess Royal, and Prince William have been holding the fort for the monarch, said a royal source, adding they might continue to do so.
HARRY'S BEHAVIOR & REASONS TO NOT ATTEND GRANDPA'S MEMORIAL SERVICE
Meanwhile, Prince Harry's snub from the upcoming service for the Queen's husband of 73 years comes amid a High Court row over his security.
Experts revealed the Duke of Sussex would have received adequate protection at the ceremony in Westminster Abbey and during his stay at Windsor.
"He has snubbed the Duke of Edinburgh, but he is really snubbing the Queen," said his biographer, Levin. She explained the royal matriarch is still grieving the loss of her spouse and that the 37-year-old's no-show was a form of blackmail to get his way:
"He has got this all wrong. If he comes over for a royal event, he gets police protection. What they won't do, if he goes out with his friends, he gets security. He'll probably use this same excuse to try to get out of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations."
Levin said the Duke of Sussex is merely being selfish instead of showering his loving grandmother with support, adding that he is being childish:
"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."
The prince's refusal to return to his home country for the ceremony suggests that the Queen's chances of seeing her great-granddaughter, Lilibet, are slim. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle welcomed their second child on June 4, 2021.
QUEEN'S REACTIONS TO HARRY'S INTERVIEWS
The royal rift has been ongoing since the couple gave their explosive tell-all interview with media mogul Oprah Winfrey in March 2021. Her Majesty issued a statement responding to the pair's allegations against the Royal Family in which they revealed they were mistreated:
"The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan."
The monarch's statement addressed the accusations made by Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, regarding the subject of race concerning their son Archie. The Queen said the issues raised by the couple, particularly of race, were of concern.
She added while there might be different versions of what occurred, the allegations were noted with severity and would be addressed by the family in private:
"Harry, Meghan, and Archie will always be much-loved family members."
Her grandson reportedly tarnished the Royal Family's image once again during his May 2021 appearance on Dax Shepard's "Armchair Expert Podcast."
The Duke described his upbringing in the Royal Family as "a mix between 'The Truman Show' and living in a zoo." He added his main issue was being born into royalty and automatically inheriting the risk that came with being royal:
"The biggest issue for me was that being born into it, you inherit the risk. You inherit every element of it without a choice. And because of the way the UK media are, they feel ownership over you."
Following that cringe-worthy interview, multiple sources revealed to Us Weekly that the Queen was appalled and hurt by the prince's statement, which came just months after the tell-all interview that shook the Royal Family:
"The Queen was unimpressed with Harry's latest interview and found it hurtful. It hasn't done their relationship any favors."
The insider added it only did more damage to the ongoing rift and has not eased the healing process. Prince William and Princes Charles were reportedly livid about what Prince Harry said.
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