Weaponising one’s children in any intra-family conflict is unseemly and cruel.
To do so when the victim is your 95-year-old grandmother who has spent her entire life devoted to public service is a despicable new low.
And, make no mistake, that is exactly what the prissy and petulant Duke of Woke is doing, with his massive strop and ill-advised legal challenge over the UK government’s decision to refuse him police protection when in Britain because he’s no longer a working royal – by choice, remember.
But like most virtue signalling, woketopian multi-millionaires, their woolly words are never followed up by good deeds.
If Harry doesn’t get the security he wants, he is likely to attend her Platinum Jubilee celebrations alone, leaving Archie and Lilibet back in California with Meghan
Harry is the polar opposite of his exceptional grandmother, who, throughout her reign, has kept her public pronouncements to a minimum and allowed herself to be judged by her actions.
I believe the couple’s latest legal outburst amounts to nothing short of emotional blackmail.
Because Harry is making it clear that if he doesn’t get his way, he will not bring his family to the UK, including seven-month daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, who they named after Her Majesty (another woke gesture, for which they didn’t bother to ask her permission) but has never met the Queen.
In her twilight years, Harry knows all too well his grandmother cannot travel, so there is zero chance of her making a trip to their £11 million Montecito mansion, of which the Sussexes are reportedly already growing tired (of course they are).
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If Harry doesn’t get the security he wants, he is likely to attend her Platinum Jubilee celebrations alone, leaving Archie and Lilibet (sorry, the name still makes me cringe) back in California with Meghan.
It makes me angry when I think of how much the Queen has had put up with from this pair over the course of 12 months where she has so bravely grappled with the loss of her rock Prince Philip and had to deal with the ignominy brought on the monarchy by her shamed son Prince Andrew.
And by God she has tried to remain cordial, managing to maintain her cool when Harry used her private Christmas present for Archie (a waffle maker) as a publicity stunt in an interview with James Corden and when Meghan made a host of unfounded and untrue claims about her family to Oprah Winfrey on international television. ‘Recollections may vary’, the Queen responded diplomatically to keep the peace.
But Harry has not repaid his grandmother in kind, with his almost obsessive bid to challenge the Royal Family at every turn.
That said, nothing comes close to threatening to withdraw access to his family altogether unless he gets his way.
The problem for Harry is that, as ever, he has picked the wrong target.
The Queen simply cannot and will not interfere in security decisions made by the British government, no matter how much she might personally want to see Harry.
She knows that would not be appropriate or politically palatable.
The Queen simply cannot and will not interfere in security decisions made by the British government, no matter how much she might personally want to see Harry
And, as has been widely discussed over the past 24 hours, the precedent that would be set by offering Harry Met police officers every time he visited is unfathomable.
The Duke of Sussex is seeking a judicial review against the refusal by the Home Office, but a government spokesman has said: ‘The UK protective security system is rigorous and proportionate.’
The Home Office position is right; the rich and privileged cannot simply buy access to the British police.
The Met has had severe resourcing issues over the last decade that means they often can’t even investigate crimes committed against members of the public
The government would be turning the Met into literal guns for hire.
There would be nothing to stop other high profile British celebrities from all walks of life – be it Richard Branson, Harry Styles or Nigel Farage – demanding similar protection.
It’s not as if the police are going to ignore any genuine security threats made against the Sussexes, but they will be treated just as all threats are.
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One exasperated royal insider told the Daily Mail today: ‘They can’t just pick and choose which bits they think should apply to them. The Met does not just have a pool of specially trained officers on tap for whenever they decide to just pop over the Atlantic.’
In Harry’s fantasy world, however, he has a right for the police to protect him from pesky paparazzi photographers, who he seems to irrationally equate with criminals.
His mum Princess Diana’s former protection officer Ken Wharfe has said that on his most recent trip to the UK the biggest threat appeared to come from the media.
Writing in today’s Daily Mail, Wharfe revealed: ‘The only security issue during his most recent visit to the country, as far as I am aware, came after a charity function when paparazzi photographers tried to get pictures of the Duke.’
While that might be very annoying for Harry, it’s certainly no justification for police protection. In fact, photographers have a right to take pictures of public figures as long as they are following the law and strict media codes developed in Britain in recent years.
Harry faces far more bother from the truly wild paps working for websites like TMZ in his new home of California, which is exactly why he probably pays privately for security thanks to the tens of millions he is now raking in from Netflix, Spotify, BetterUp, Ethic and whatever other company is prepared to pay them shedloads for, it seems, doing hardly anything.
Just like Beyonce, Eminem or Taylor Swift, as very rich celebrities, there is an expectation that they use a tiny proportion of their massive fortune to help keep themselves feeling safe with a private security team. That team will, of course, liaise with authorities on any specific threats when the police would get involved.
But, for me, Harry’s embarrassingly entitled strop over his loss of police protection proves he is now regretting his decision to cut all royal ties, even if he’s far too stubborn to ever admit it.
For me, Harry’s embarrassingly entitled strop over his loss of police protection proves he is now regretting his decision to cut all royal ties, even if he’s far too stubborn to ever admit it
Over the period of two miserable years following their marriage, Meghan convinced Harry they could go it alone and there was another life for him, a life that involved great opportunities in Tinseltown and even greater wealth.
Predictably, even with those riches, Harry cannot accept that the trappings of royalty, which he always claimed to hate, have now slipped through his fingers.
When I first revealed Megxit, Harry was smarting over small fry issues, like the fact his family hadn’t been included as a picture on the Queen’s table during her Christmas address.
He was convinced the mere threat of him skulking off was going to see royal courtiers – and his father and grandmother– give in to their ludicrous half in/half out proposal, so Harry could have his royal cake and eat it too: Access to official events, a state-funded mansion on the grounds of Windsor Castle, an office with staff at Buckingham Palace, and, of course, state security all around the globe as an internationally protected person.
These were the sorts of issues senior courtiers and his relatives tried to warn the petulant Sussexes about on a constant basis as they plotted their plans in Canada over Christmas in 2019 with a bunch of Hollywood yes people who didn’t know a thing about the workings of the monarchy. But the royal staff were batted away branded as being men in grey suits trying to make their life difficult.
Harry has created a fantasy world in his head of what the UK is like, no doubt egged on by Meghan, who appears to want to make her husband as embittered towards his own family and own country as possible.
But the more his outlandish behaviour continues and the more pain he puts the poor Queen through, the more the British public feel like saying: Stay in California and don’t bother coming back.