Here’s a brief update on the world of the royals from the past week.
Prince Philip remains hospitalized
He is expected to remain in hospital for rest and observation until the beginning of next week. It was just announced (in the last hour at the time of me writing this) that Prince Charles has gone to the King Edward VII Hospital in London to visit Philip.
Chris Ship, ITV News Royal Editor, apparently asked Buckingham Palace why Charles would have made the journey from Highgrove House in Gloucestershire to the hospital at which Philip is being treated, in London. He was told that no further updates on Prince Philip’s health are being given.
Unless we see arrivals from the rest of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s children, and/or Queen Elizabeth herself, I think things are relatively okay. I will let you know if there are any updates.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank announced the name of their baby
And Eugenie wore a hatband! Princess Eugenie took to Instagram to formally introduce August Philip Hawke Brooksbank to the world. Nobody was betting on Baby Brooksbank’s name being August, especially since he was born in February! But the names are nods to Eugenie and Jack’s great x5 grandfathers, August and Hawke, as well as Eugenie’s grandfather, Prince Philip. It’s very sweet of her to include Philip as a middle name for Baby August, especially when Philip is currently 99 and in hospital. I’m sure there will be lots of celebrating if Baby August and Prince Philip can get together on or before Philip’s 100th birthday in June.
Also, it bears repeating that the baby is incredibly cute. Welcome to the world, August.
The Royal Family marked Prince Andrews’s birthday and the replies were what you’d expect
Because Prince Andrew is a probable criminal and incredibly toxic in terms of public relations, the people managing the official BRF Twitter account probably should have stayed silent on Andrew’s birthday yesterday. It appears that they knew it would be terrible optics to actually wish Andrew a happy birthday, so instead they tried to mark it as a date of historical significance.
Here are some examples of the replies and quote tweets to this post from the BRF:
“The Queen’s embarrassing pride and joy…may his victims receive justice”;
“Happy Birthday Prince Andrew, I hope you go to jail very soon”;
“Disappointed in this post”;
“Read the room, guys…read the room”;
and various uses of the word nonce (a slang term for pedophile), including: “And thus a nonce was born”, “The bloke is literally a nonce”, “Celebrating a nonce”, and “Prince Andrew is a sweaty nonce”.
The Royal Family deciding to acknowledge Andrew in ANY way, shape, or form…it’s not right. To a lot of people, the above tweet is a succinct summary of why Harry and Meghan were right to leave the royal family.
Harry and Meghan’s private patronages wanted us to know that they’re great patrons
Harry and Meghan’s official exit from senior, working membership of the British Royal Family was announced this week. That is way too much to get into in a weekly roundup, so if you’d like more information on it, please go to my separate post on it, which can be found here.
Harry and Meghan have been allowed to keep their patronages to these organizations because the patronages below aren’t associated with their positions in the royal family and were not bestowed by the Queen.
There has been speculation on whether Harry and Meghan asked for these statements to be released. I have no idea.
Harry and Meghan’s royal patronages said farewell to them as patrons
The English Rugby League and Queen’s Commonwealth Trust both released statements on their social media accounts thanking Harry and Meghan for their support and for all of the good times.
Will and Kate were quiet
It’s half term break for British schools, which means that Will and Kate took most of the week off from royal duties to hang out with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who both had a week off from online learning, in addition to Prince Louis.
That’s it for now. Thanks for reading. Support here, stay safe, and wear a mask.