While the media extolled the distinguished life of Prince Phillip and focused on the stalwart but grieving Queen, Prince Harry is said to have known at the time that just a month later, he would “betray” the Royal Family, according to Mr Bower. A subtle tell, misinterpreted by the media, points to the Duke of Sussex’s thoughts.
As the Queen got ready to publicly face one of the saddest moments of her life she allegedly said “Thank goodness Meghan is not coming” according to a trusted aide, writes Mr Bower.
However, Prince Harry’s presence at the funeral procession remained a problem. Prince Harry, having stepped down as a working Royal, could not wear a uniform. The men of the Firm are said to have worn morning suits to minimise his embarrassment.
Many watched, including the media, for signs of rapprochement between Prince Harry and his brother, Prince William. A sideways glance towards the Duke of Cambridge was interpreted as a sign of his unease.
However, the true reason for the Prince’s nervousness was overlooked, according to Mr Bower.
He wrote: “During that short procession many watched whether Harry signalled any regret towards his family. Some interpreted his sideways glance towards William as the outsider’s unease. No one grasped the truth about Harry’s nervousness.
“In four weeks’ time his Apple TV series about mental health would be broadcast. Transmission had been delayed until after the funeral.”
As the media analysed the Royals in their time of grief, 94-year-old Queen Elizabeth’s grief was concealed behind her black mask.
Prince’s Charles and William were visibly upset or at the very least tense. However, according to Mr Bower, only Prince Harry’s demeanour defied “accurate reporting”.
Mr Bower says that as the Duke of Sussex left the chapel, tapping the order of service against his thigh, he looked “clearly impatient” and claims the Prince wanted to return to California “as fast as possible”.
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Mr Bower said the show was a “broadside” to the Firm and that the rift between the Windsors and Prince Harry “was widening”.
An excerpt from his book reads: “In it Harry denounced William, whom he had previously praised as the only person he ‘could trust’, and dishonoured Charles, whom he had previously thanked for being so ‘kind’, for causing a cycle of ‘genetic pain’.
“He had even criticised the Queen, despite saying she was ‘hugely admired’. All were cast as villains responsible for his ‘cycles of suffering’ and ‘unresolved anger’.”
Mr Bower argues the real reason Prince Harry seemed so impatient at his grandfather’s funeral, was that he knew during the service his comments about the family would be aired a little less than a month later.