Neither Prince Harry nor Andrew will be honored with the Jubilee medals like other veterans. Why are they being punished equally?
It's a fact that little by little the Crown is breaking all ties possible with Prince Harry and Prince Andrew. First, they were stripped from their status as active members of the Royal Family (whether voluntarily or not), and as time passes, more and more titles and statuses are being taken away from both. With the Platinum Jubilee right around the corner, the preparations to celebrate the seven decades of Queen Elizabeth's rule are also focused on what to do with the stranded princes.
It's been recently announced that neither of them will be receiving the honorable Queen's Platinum Jubilee medals that are awarded to military veterans, which both are. Not only that, there are rumors that the Crown is also thinking about stripping both royals from the status of Counsellors of State. Now, the question is, why are both treated and punished the same way. I mean, one of them just wanted a more private life while the other is being accused of committing a terrible crime.
So, what's this Counsellor of State business? Traditionally, this is a spot taken by the family of the monarch that allows them to perform some of the monarch's state duties in case she's out of the country or indisposed. According to tradition, the spouse of the monarch, alongside the next four people in the line of succession over 21 years old, are to take this spot. Since William's kin are still children, those spots go to Harry and Andrew. With them out of the equation, the natural course would be that Camilla and Kate should take those spots, or if they want to follow the succession line, then Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, though they have jobs of their own outside the Royal Family, or Princess Anne if they push it further.
Either way, this move would be understandable, at the end of the day, Harry decided to step out of his royal obligations, and this is definitely a huge one. As for Andrew, it's obvious that until he demonstrates he's innocent (if he ever does), he shouldn't be holding such an important political role or privilege. Where the distinction should be made is in how the Crown treats both Princes, and the alleged Jubilee Medal is a great example of this.
Again, not giving Andrew that distinction is a sign that the Crown is taking his case very seriously and won't be helping him anymore to just hide inside a palace. Although, this is more an act of self-preservation than rather doing what's right regarding this pressing issue. But why deny Harry that honor when he served in the Royal Army? I mean, is the Crown really that obstinate and vengeful towards Harry, who simply wanted to step out from the pressure and constant harassment that comes with being a royal? It seems they are. Not only are they planning to shun him from all these, but close sources also claim that the family is even hoping he doesn't show up at Prince Philip's official memorial later this year.
All in all, it seems unfair that they're putting on the same box a man accused of abuse and one who decided to put his family first. Both might be causing a public stir and dragging the Royal Family with it, but the causes are quite different, and the Crown should be more vocal in making those distinctions clear.
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