Case Of The Disappearing Frame Highlights Prince Harry And Meghan's Tabloid Troubles



What was perhaps a simple case of redecoration illustrates the turbo-charged level of interest over any information that may shed light on relations within Britain's ruling family amid rumours of a rift within the House of Windsor.

The silver-framed photo of the young couple was visible when Boris Johnson travelled to the Palace to be anointed prime minister by Queen Elizabeth on July 24. It was perched at the front of a table near the fireplace, proudly displayed to dignitaries and friends alike.

But on Tuesday this week, when the Queen met High Commissioner for Grenada Lakisha Grant, the photo had vanished.

The frame's disappearance came during a busy week for the royals and their watchers.

In an explosive and honest interview, Harry gave credence to long-standing rumours of a rift with his brother William.

He and Meghan also revealed the emotional toll of incessant media coverage by the country's tabloid newspapers, two of which Harry said he will sue.

While some have cast doubt over the health of Harry and Meghan's marriage, a man with experience dealing with another of the monarchy's famous public-facing relationships thinks the young couple will last.

According to Princess Diana's longtime butler, Harry and Meghan are well placed to ride out the media storm and avoid the pitfalls that tore apart Charles and Diana, because they love each other.

Paul Burrell, a longtime royal servant who became Princess Diana's personal assistant and confidante, has watched as Harry has pushed back against media intrusion and sought to protect his American-born wife.

"They (Charles and Diana) didn't have what Harry and Meghan have," Burrell said on Wednesday. "They didn't have love. And they (Harry and Meghan) love each other. It's quite obvious when you see them together."

Prince Harry said the media's treatment of his wife Meghan reminds him of his mother Princess Diana.

Harry's parents, Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Diana, divorced in 1996 after 15 years of largely unhappy marriage. His mother was killed in a 1997 road accident while being chased by paparazzi.

Burrell, 61, has become a frequent commentator on Diana and the royal family since leaving the palace after Diana's death, and was in New York promoting a documentary at a contentious time for Prince Harry.

Harry, 35, said in the ITV interview that he would "not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mum."

Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton have enjoyed a smoother ride from the tabloids because their future is largely predetermined, Burrell said.

Prince William, 37, is second in line after Prince Charles, 70, to the throne of Queen Elizabeth, 93. Harry is sixth in line, behind William's children.

The two brothers are often called "the heir and the spare," which Harry hates, Burrell said, and Harry also admitted to ITV that some distance had grown between them.

"Harry said that (he and William) are on different paths. I know what he means by that. William and Kate have a map in front of them. They're headed for monarchy," Burrell said, adding that the Queen and Charles have left Harry to find his way.

"There's no guidance. There's no support. There's no rulebook," Burrell said.

To escape the glare, Harry and Meghan are considering buying a home in California, British media reported.

"I hope we don't lose Harry and Meghan (to California) because they are a tremendous asset to the royal family, and to Britain," Burrell said.


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