Opinion was divided over Prince Harry’s mercy dash from LA to be by his father’s side after news broke of the King’s cancer.
He was seen by some as a loving son desperate to be with his stricken Pa. Others viewed it differently. Royal biographer Ingrid Seward said he used the visit as a ‘PR opportunity’.
Whatever the case, one can’t escape the fact that he was in the UK for just 26 hours and saw his father for only 30 minutes before going straight back to LA on a scheduled flight.
Since he then took a plane to Las Vegas to present an award at an NFL ceremony, he clearly never had any intention of hanging around.
And yet during his whistle-stop visit, those close to Harry let it be known the oh-so busy prince would have ‘gladly accepted a meeting’ with his estranged brother William.
A source close to William said there would be no meeting with Harry when he arrived, full stop
What unbelievable gall! Is he really so self-centred, so blind to reality, that he thinks he can waltz back into the country and magnanimously declare he’s ready to meet William? After all he’s done, vilifying the Royal Family for his Netflix millions?
How could William ever forgive Harry after his horrendously unkind portrayal of Kate in his memoir Spare or following the description of her as a cold Stepford wife by the Sussexes’ unofficial biographer Omid Scobie.
As a loving husband, William would rather die in a ditch before meeting any man, brother or not, who had so traduced his wife.
And why would the Prince of Wales, caring for Kate after her abdominal surgery and juggling fatherly duties as well as extra royal ones, break bread with the brother whose petulant departure from our shores led to such an increase in his workload?
Then there’s the sheer emotional toll of King Charles’s serious illness, so much of which falls on William’s shoulders in his brother’s absence.
A 30-minute meeting before flying out again shows Harry couldn’t care less about that.
William was unequivocal when Harry arrived here this week. A source close to him said there would be no meeting, full stop. I’m not surprised and doubt there ever will be.
I don’t believe William should ever forgive his shameless fly-in, fly-out brother Harry. Hell should freeze over before he does.
Brit’s low blow for J-Lo
Britney Spears posts a picture of her and Ben Affleck from 1999 tweeting: ‘Did I fail to mention I made out with Ben that night, I honestly forgot, damn that’s crazy.’
Not sure what’s more upsetting for his wife J-Lo, the salacious details derailing the control-freak publicity for the upcoming album all about Ben — or that Britney’s tryst with him was so utterly unmemorable.
Jennifer Lopez faced salacious details about husband Ben Affleck and Britney Spears
Barry Keoghan now says the moment in the gratuitously unpleasant movie Saltburn where he simulates sex on the fresh grave of the best friend he’s just murdered, made him feel ‘nauseous’. Could this be the same Keoghan who told Variety magazine last year that the scene was entirely his idea, because as an actor he wanted ‘to see where I could take it . . . I wanted to let my body lead the way’.
Saltburn actor Barry Keoghan said the infamous grave scene made him feel ‘nauseous’
The tooth about dentists
The £200million plan to end the shortage of NHS dentists overlooks the root of the problem. Tooth decay begins in childhood and 600 kids a week go to hospital to have them pulled out, while one in ten hasn’t been taught to use a toothbrush.
It’s not a rotting NHS that’s to blame, but parents feeding their kids junk food and fizzy drinks.
One in ten children have not been taught to use a toothbrush
Wildlife charities bewilderingly claim our countryside is racist, colonial and unwelcoming to non-whites. Not sure how we rectify that. Are we supposed to create a Nigerian rainforest in the North York Moors, or an Afghan desert in Dorset?
After the Parkrun trans row, where men identifying as women were breaking records all over the place, organisers decided the solution is not to ban biological men from competing against women, but to scrap records. All part of their ‘inclusivity’ agenda where, sadly, no one wins.
Just two days after Keir Starmer boasted of Labour’s £28 billion green commitment he ditches it, losing the battle with shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves. He should watch out for that cuckoo. Wasn’t it Boris’s Chancellor Rishi Sunak who ultimately betrayed him and forced Bojo out?
Keir Starmer has ditched Labour’s £28billion green pledge
Having hit the Tory 2019 manifesto promise to build 300,000 homes a year just once, Housing Secretary Michael Gove blames a property shortage on high inflation and high demand due to migration. A bit rich given both occurred on the Tories’ watch.
Ed’s botox beauties
Departing British Vogue editor Edward Enninful gathered 40 of his favourite cover girls for his final edition, including Kate Moss, Oprah Winfrey, Linda Evangelista, Jane Fonda and Victoria Beckham, all looking fabulously ageless.
Crikey, if they dropped a Botox-demolishing bomb on the lot of them there’d be nothing left but their hair extensions.
British Vogue’s March 2024 cover including Kate Moss, Oprah Winfrey, Linda Evangelista, Jane Fonda and Victoria Beckham
Trolls shouldn’t roast chef Gregg
Shame on online haters who attacked MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace for being a negligent father because he fits a session at the gym into his hectic daily work schedule.
Wallace’s son Sid is four, non-verbal, autistic and still in nappies, yet the TV chef does everything he can to spend time with him.
How many of his pathetic trolls could, or even would, change a four-year-old’s nappy?
MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace faced online abuse over his parenting
Mount Everest sherpa Mingma G says climbers have turned his beloved mountain into an ‘open toilet’, leaving three tons of human waste. He says it stinks and is insisting mountaineers carry their own bags for deposits, with inspections to ensure they take the problem away with them. If only we had a Mingma at Hampstead Heath to police dog owners, we might be relieved of all the disgusting doggy bags that litter this glorious green space.
Just why isn’t James Happy?
Happy Valley star James Norton is reportedly ‘heartbroken’ over the collapse of his six-year relationship with his fiancée, distinguished actress Imogen Poots.
They ‘grew apart’, we’re told. Call me a cynic, but that’s usually shorthand for: ‘I’ve grown apart from you, but closer to someone else.’
Maybe him, maybe her, but few long-term relationships end from pure fatigue.
Happy Valley star James Norton has split with actress Imogen Poots after six years
Unsurprising that Princess Anne was wearing one of the late Queen’s coats — a chic purple check — as royal-watchers spotted. Any daughter knows we cherish the bits of Mum’s wardrobe we keep after they’re gone. I still wear every one of the ten Hermes scarves I gave my mother over the years. And I swear, even after five years, they still smell of her scent.
Princess Anne, right, wearing the late Queen’s chic purple check coat
The working-age benefits bill has grown by 30 per cent to £100 billion since Covid, with many citing their mental health for their inability to do a job. I wonder how many claimants are just too lazy to get out of bed. Shame on them, given that £100 billion is more than half the entire NHS budget of £181 billion.
Prosecutors quizzing Joe Biden about secret documents apparently secreted at his home concluded he was ‘a well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory’ who couldn’t even recall when his son died. He went to give a TV interview to refute claims he was unfit for office then confused Egypt with Mexico. And to think this man’s shaking finger is on the nuclear button!
US President Joe Biden, 81, was judged by prosecutors to be ‘a well-meaning elderly man with a poor memory’