It’s been a busy week for the British royal family! Prince Harry announced that he’s writing a tell-all memoir, and according to palace insiders, the House of Windsor is shook. However, the Queen finally deigned to let baby Lilibet into the line of succession this week, so perhaps it’s not all bad blood between the Sussexes and the rest of the RF. William and Harry’s cousin on the Spencer side of the fam got married last weekend, too!
Harry’s Book Deal Leaves Royal Family in Fear
First there was Finding Freedom. Then there was the infamous Oprah interview. And now Harry is penning a memoir that promises to reveal even more about his experiences growing up in the royal family. According to multiple reports from folks in the know, Harry’s decision to continue spilling royal tea isn’t going over well with his brother or father.
The Sunday Times spoke to a palace insider, who insists that Harry could do major damage with his latest mic drop. Charles has been “genuinely been so upset” by Harry’s criticisms of him, the paper claims. “He just doesn’t recognize any of the examples or narrative.” Friends of William and Harry say William “despairs” of Harry, “but the shock factor is wearing off.”
In other words, the royals have finally accepted that Harry has gone rogue. The question now is whether Harry will continue to widen the rift between the Sussexes and the Windsors.
Lilibet Takes Her Place in the Succession–Why Did It Take So Long?
Seven whole weeks after her birth, Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor has finally been added to the official line of succession. That marks a major departure from the treatment of royal infants, who are typically added to the succession list within two weeks. That includes Princess Eugenie’s son August made it onto the list without a delay. So did Lucas Tindall, Zara Tindall’s third child.
So what’s different about Lilibet? She’s now the eighth in line to the throne, in between Prince Archie and the Duke of York. Yes, Lilibet outranks Prince Andrew. As Chris Ship pointed out on the Royal Rota podcast, it wasn’t hard to add Lilibet to the official list:
“You have got to ask what has taken them so long. All they have got to do is hit the paragraph button and put in a different number. They must have done it before. They did it for Archie. Clearly they did it for Louis when he was born. And they have done it for some of the other children like August that have been born as well.”
Lady Kitty Spencer Gets Married in Lavish Italian Ceremony
Lady Kitty Spencer (30) is Harry and William’s cousin on the non-royal but still aristocratic side of the family. Her father, Charles the Earl Spencer, is Princess Diana’s brother. While the Wales boys are known to be close with their York cousins–that’s Beatrice and Eugenie–it’s not clear if they have close ties with the Spencers. They certainly didn’t make an appearance at Lady Kitty’s wedding. And neither did the bride’s father!
This weekend, Lady Kitty married a South African millionaire named Michael Lewis and wore a succession of custom Dolce & Gabanna gowns for the over-the-top ceremony. Lewis (62) is five years older than Lady Kitty’s father. While we don’t know that he skipped his daughter’s wedding because of family tensions, it’s worth noting that her brother, Viscount Althorp, was the one to walk her down the aisle. The model and socialite also failed to display the Spencer Tiara, which is usually the star of the show when a woman in her family gets hitched. Diana wore it, so why didn’t Lady Kitty?