Queen Elizabeth snubs Prince Harry and praises Princes Charles and William for honoring Prince Philip’s climate work
Queen Elizabeth apparently snubbed her grandson Prince Harry in a message sent to a religious conference.
On Wednesday, the reigning British monarch sent a message to the 15th Lambeth Conference, known as a gathering of Anglican bishops held at Lambeth Palace in London, where they pray and reflect on world affairs. This year’s theme, “God’s Church for God’s World – Walk, Listen and Witness Together,” was to explore how they can meet “the needs of a 21st century world.”
In her message, the 96-year-old noted that climate change “threatens the lives and livelihoods of many people and communities, especially the poorest and least able to adapt and adjust”.
“I was interested to learn that the focus of your program at Lambeth Palace today is reflection and dialogue on the subject of the environment, a cause close to my late husband’s heart, and pursued by the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge,” the Queen said, referring to Prince Philip, as well as Prince Charles and Prince William.
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“Throughout my life the message and teachings of Christ have been my guide and in them I find hope,” she shared. “I pray from the bottom of my heart that you will continue to be sustained by your faith in times of trial and encouraged by hope in times of despair.”
“I send you all my very best wishes for a successful conference and God bless you in your ministry and your service in his world,” Elizabeth concluded her message without mentioning Harry.
On July 18, Harry gave a speech at the United Nations in New York in honor of Nelson Mandela Day. During his address to the General Assembly, the 37-year-old said the world was at “a pivotal moment” as it dealt with crises such as the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and the war in Ukraine, among others. He described how climate change was “taking havoc” on our planet and urged world leaders to act now and “save humanity”.
“We have an obligation to give as much – if not more – than we take,” he said. “Let’s seek out what we have in common, empower all to claim our democracies, and harness the light of Mandela’s memory to illuminate the way forward.”
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It’s not the first time that Elizabeth has highlighted her family’s passion for the environment without mentioning Harry. In November 2021, the Queen recorded a message for the COP26 summit in Scotland where she said that “I am very proud of the leading role my husband has played in encouraging people to protect our fragile planet, is perpetuated through work”. of our eldest son Charles and his eldest son William.”
“I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Elizabeth added.
Then, in December, during her annual Christmas speech, Elizabeth said she was “proud beyond words” that Philip’s environmental advocacy had been “supported and amplified by our eldest son Charles and his son elder William – admirably supported by Camilla and Catherine”.
It is likely the Queen omitted Harry from her statements because the Prince and his wife, Meghan Markle, stepped down as senior members of the Royal Family in 2020. The couple, who no longer work in the Royal Family, now resides in California with their two children.
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In April this year, Harry told Hoda Kotb during the Invictus Games in the Netherlands that he had visited his grandmother privately at Windsor Castle.
“Being with her was awesome,” he told the “Today” host. “It was so nice to see her. She’s in great shape. She always has a great sense of humor around me, and I just make sure she’s, you know, protected and has the good people around her.”
“We have a really special relationship,” Harry said. “We talk about things she can’t talk about with anyone else.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex last saw the Queen personally in June for the Platinum Jubilee, which marked the monarch’s 70 years on the throne. During their visit, the Queen met her great-grandchildren Archie and Lilibet, who is named after her.
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Over the years, Harry has spoken out about climate change, as have his family members. In January, Charles praised the work of his two sons in an article for Newsweek’s climate change issue.
“As a father, I am proud that my sons have recognized this threat,” the 73-year-old wrote. “More recently, my eldest son, William, launched the prestigious Earthshot Prize to inspire change and help fix our planet over the next ten years by identifying and investing in technologies that can make a difference.”
“And my youngest son, Harry, has passionately highlighted the impact of climate change, particularly as it relates to Africa, and committed his charity to being net zero,” Charles wrote.