The British Royal Family’s controversial tendencies
The British royal family has always been up in the news with raging controversies every day and as more and more dark truths about the British monarchy uncover, it comes as no surprise that authors have jumped at the opportunity to record the family’s tempestuous past, present and future. Numerous books and shows are dedicated to various aspects of the British royal family and it appears that documenting all the juicy details of the happenings in the Buckingham palace is always a win-win because it never fails to be a tabloid fodder. A recent new such release by British journalist, Andrew Morton, who has written a number of books about the British monarchy including biographies on notable royal figures like Princess Diana, Prince William and Kate Middleton sheds some ‘shady’ light on the Duke of Sussex painting a not so nice picture of him.
Prince Harry and Prince William in the news for alleged feuds over money
An issue you reckon the elite royals would never have to encounter is money but the book definitely suggests otherwise. The royal biographer claims that both William and Harry were funded by their father’s Duchy of Cornwell estate but often Harry’s ambitions did not match Prince Charles’ budget and his older brother as the future king was consistently prioritized. Another book ‘Finding Freedom’ by authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand explains how “there were times in the past when Harry wanted to take on bigger projects and do more work, but he couldn’t get the money to support it, William was always the priority. A lot of their quarrels have been over budgets.” This led to the Duke of Sussex becoming quite frustrated and angry, further inciting the animosity with brother Prince William. Andrew further went on to remark about how it’s long overdue that Harry and Meghan came to accept that “in the royal hierarchy, no matter how popular, inspiring or relevant they were to the outside world, they were low down on the royal totem pole”. Despite his unhappiness, Morton added, “that was the way it was and that was the way it was always going to be”.
What Harry has to say about the royal family?
In 2019, The royal children had a funding budget of 5.7 million pounds which dropped to 4.5 million pounds in 2020 to 21 of which a significant amount was given to Harry. In March, however, the scandalous interview of the royal couple with Oprah Winfrey interestingly revealed that the royal family had cut Harry off financially and he had to rely on what Princess Diana left him in the first quarter of 2020. He added “and without that, we would not have been able to do this, so touching back on what my mother would think of this, I think she saw it coming. I certainly felt her presence throughout this whole process.” When discussing about possible setbacks of their marriage that he had noticed before, he added that the royal family were resisting to provide any funding for Meghan implying that she should continue acting because there wasn’t enough money that would allow them to pay for her.
Is it the first time a royal faces difficulty over the pecking order?
In her book, Morton describes a similar situation with queen Elizabeth’s II’s sister, Princess Margaret and her husband Lord Snowdon who were “as the faces of the Swinging Sixties, the most glamorous, popular and photographed royals of the age.” But as Morton articulates “they were far down the pecking order” and had to learn the integral royalty stipulation that “funding does not relate to popularity but position.” With all the backlash after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s split from the royals including speculation of fallout and feuds with Prince William and Kate Middleton, this news will unsurprisingly cause a massive resurge of tensions. Looks like the royal family isn’t spared of the family drama over money after all.