King Charles Sparks Emotional Response from Prince Harry with Military Honor for William

King Charles III appoints Prince William as colonel-in-chief of the Army Air Corps, sparking an emotional response from Prince Harry, who feels snubbed. Prince Harry, founder of the Invictus Games, returns to London for the event's 10th anniversary, but is absent from a royal family gathering.

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King Charles Sparks Emotional Response from Prince Harry with Military Honor for William

King Charles Sparks Emotional Response from Prince Harry with Military Honor for William

King Charles III has conferred the prestigious military title of colonel-in-chief of the Army Air Corps on Prince William, sparking an emotional response from Prince Harry, who feels snubbed by the decision. The announcement was made on Tuesday, coinciding with Prince Harry's return to London for the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style event he founded in 2014 for wounded and injured military personnel.

According to royal expert Tom Quinn, Prince Harry was "said to have been in tears" upon learning of the news, feeling marginalized and underrated. Quinn believes the timing of the announcement was intended to have "maximum impact" on Prince Harry, describing it as a "real kick in the teeth" for the Duke of Sussex.

Why this matters: This development highlights the ongoing tensions within the British royal family, particularly between Prince Charles and Prince Harry, which could have implications for the monarchy's public image and relationships with its members. The move also underscores the challenges of navigating family dynamics and personal relationships within the constraints of royal protocol and tradition.

The Army Air Corps holds particular significance for Prince Harry, who personally served with the regiment in Afghanistan during his second tour of duty in 2014. Both Prince William and Prince Harry were trained military pilots, but this title was especially meaningful for Harry as the spare son.

On Wednesday, no members of the royal family attended an event for the Invictus Games, opting instead to attend a massive garden party hosted by King Charles III at Buckingham Palace. Palace insiders claim that while the King wanted to meet with Prince Harry, the intense media frenzy surrounding their relationship made it impossible.

Quinn suggests that the royal family is sending a clear message to Prince Harry, implying that when you "betray the family," you lose both the things you hated and loved as a working royal. "Harry cannot fail to get the message," Quinn states. "His last few ties to his old life are being cut and he is being set adrift, permanently."

Prince Harry stepped down as a senior royal in 2020 and has been estranged from his father and brother since then. He currently resides in Montecito, California, with his wife Meghan Markle and their two children. Despite the royal family's absence, Prince Harry celebrated the Invictus Games anniversary at St. Paul's Cathedral, where he was greeted with chants of "We love you Harry" from the supportive crowd.

Key Takeaways

  • King Charles III appoints Prince William as colonel-in-chief of the Army Air Corps.
  • Prince Harry feels snubbed and emotional about the decision, having served with the regiment in Afghanistan.
  • The announcement coincides with Prince Harry's return to London for the Invictus Games anniversary.
  • The move highlights ongoing tensions within the British royal family, particularly between Prince Charles and Prince Harry.
  • Prince Harry is seen as being "set adrift" from his royal life, with the family cutting ties and sending a clear message.