Prince Charles praised the ‘incomparable’ D-Day veterans on the 77th anniversary of the Normandy landings with just a single photo of his mother, eldest son and eldest grandchild behind him.
The Prince of Wales, 72, has been seen throughout the pandemic on video calls from his offices at Highgrove or Birkhall with an array of family photos behind him, including several of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their son Archie.
But it marks the second time in two weeks that the royal has opted to stand in front of the same sideboard which features a single framed image of him with the Queen, Prince William and young George, seven – the line of succession to the throne.
The same photograph was seen in the background on 18 May, when Charles gave a video message about the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year with the single photo amid growing concerns about Prince Harry‘s brutal criticism of his upbringing and his ‘pot-shots’ at the Royal Family from LA.
Prince Charles (pictured), 72, praised the ‘incomparable’ D-Day veterans on the 77th anniversary of the Normandy landings with just a single photo of his mother, eldest son and eldest grandchild behind him
It comes after Prince Harry recently spoke out during a series on mental health for Apple TV+ with his friend Oprah Winfrey and suggested his father, Prince Charles, had allowed his children to ‘suffer’ when it came to the media because of his own negative experience.
He also accused the monarchy and the media of attempting to ‘smear’ his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, in the run-up to the couple’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March.
In the documentary, Harry describes how Meghan shared her darkest thoughts with him, including ‘the practicalities’ of how she had considered ending her life.
He said: ‘I felt completely helpless. I thought my family would help – but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence or total neglect.’
During lockdown Charles has chosen other backgrounds at this home, often packed with ten or more family portraits, including of the Sussexes and their son Archie – but not in his latest video
The Prince of Wales, who is the Patron of the Normandy Memorial Trust, expressed his admiration and gratitude to the veterans who were attending the ceremony remotely via satellite
Prince Harry also blasted Prince Charles’ parenting as he poured his heart out to a US mental health podcast and said he moved to California with his family to ‘break the cycle’ of ‘pain’ he suffered as a member of the Royal Family.
The Duke admitted he wanted to quit The Firm in his ‘early 20s’ due to ‘what it did to my mum’ and said Meghan Markle encouraged him to have therapy and had herself now concluded: ‘You don’t need to be a princess’.
His extraordinary attack on the Royal Family came as he appeared on Dax Shepard’s ‘Armchair Expert’ podcast in another big Hollywood moment.
It comes after Prince Harry spoke out during a series on mental health for Apple TV+ (pictured) with his friend Oprah Winfrey and suggested his father, Prince Charles, had allowed his children to ‘suffer’ when it came to the media because of his own negative experience
Harry, who is expecting a daughter with Meghan this summer, suggested Charles had ‘suffered’ because of his upbringing by the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Prince of Wales had ‘treated me the way he was treated’, calling it ‘genetic pain’.
During the wide-ranging interview lasting 90 minutes, Harry – who appears to have developed an American twang to his British accent since leaving the UK – said: ‘I don’t think we should be pointing the finger or blaming anybody, but certainly when it comes to parenting, if I’ve experienced some form of pain or suffering because of the pain or suffering that perhaps my father or my parents had suffered, I’m going to make sure I break that cycle so that I don’t pass it on, basically.
‘It’s a lot of genetic pain and suffering that gets passed on anyway so we as parents should be doing the most we can to try and say ‘you know what, that happened to me, I’m going to make sure that doesn’t happen to you’.’
The Prince of Wales’ full speech
‘Ladies and Gentlemen, as Patron of the Normandy Memorial Trust, it gives me the greatest possible pride to be able to open officially this remarkable Memorial on the Seventy-Seventh Anniversary of D-Day.
As you can perhaps imagine, I had so hoped to have been in Ver-sur-Mer with you all today. However, whilst we are forced to meet virtually, I was much encouraged to hear that some of you have been able to gather to witness the proceedings at the National Memorial Arboretum today.
If I may, I particularly wanted to address my first remarks directly to those whose presence today, either in person or online, really matters the most.
I know just how much our incomparable Veterans had hoped to be in Normandy today to see “their” Memorial for themselves.
Despite having to watch via satellite link, this in no way obscures the enormous regard, and admiration, in which we hold our Veterans or diminishes our debt of gratitude to the more than 22,000 men and women whose names are now permanently inscribed in stone in this place of honour above Gold Beach.
As I said when I first became aware of the plans for this long overdue British memorial, it has for many years been a concern to me that the memory of these remarkable individuals should be preserved for future generations as an example of personal courage and sacrifice, for the benefit of the wider national and, indeed, international community.
Je voudrais aussi ici saluer le sacrifice des civils normands, des français, qui subirent les lourdes conséquences d’une bataille historique sur leurs terres. Ce Mémorial Britannique leur rend hommage, et rappelle le souvenir des milliers de civils victimes des combats de cet été mille neuf cent quarante-quatre.
It has been a great source of satisfaction for me to see how the plans for the memorial have developed over the years. Indeed, I had the pleasure of discussing those plans with President Macron when he visited London last Summer and I know how much this British Memorial, and the French Memorial which stands alongside it, mean to him and the French nation.
The British and French flags will fly alongside each other above the memorial, a reminder of the enduring and important ties between our two countries.
I would very much like to take the opportunity to thank all those at the Normandy Memorial Trust who have worked so hard to turn this memorial into a reality and all those who have either taken part in the memorial’s construction or who have contributed, alongside the British government, to fund this most significant of landmarks.
Furthermore, whilst I very much look forward to the day we can all visit this wonderful Memorial in person, I would also like to thank The Royal British Legion, in this their Centenary year, for their kindness in making available the facilities at the National Memorial Arboretum so that our Veterans may gather and be part of this virtual opening on the Seventy-Seventh Anniversary of D-Day.
I can only hope that this serves to commemorate all those whose lives were lost during the events of June 1944 and between D-Day and the liberation of Paris at the end of August 1944. May God bless our Veterans, the families and all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice as a result of the operations around D-Day and during the Battle of Normandy.
Ladies and Gentlemen, as the wonders of modern technology can only do so much, and I can’t quite reach from London, may I ask the British Ambassador to France, Lord Llewellyn, to open formally the British Normandy Memorial on my behalf?’