PRINCE WILLIAM and Kate joined Prince Charles and Camilla yesterday in a rare joint engagement – but what they chose to do together might have struck a chord with Prince Harry.
The royals visited the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Stanford Hall near Loughborough this week, where they met military personnel recovering from injuries suffered in battle, as well as the medical staff working there. They were dubbed the “new fab four” in a heartbreaking throwback to when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen out with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It was arguably the most visible display yet of the royal split since Meghan Markle and Harry stepped down as senior royals and moved to Canada.
However, it was the nature of this engagement that represents a heartbreaking nod to Harry.
The Duke of Sussex was in the Army for ten years, rising to the rank of Captain and undertaking two tours of Afghanistan in that time.
It is believed that Harry was at his happiest when serving in the military, reportedly telling a fellow soldier: “I’ve got the best of both worlds.
“I get to do all this. I can fly helicopters. I can shine a spotlight on the work I want to do.”
William and Kate’s outing yesterday was a heartbreaking not to Harry (Image: GETTY)
Charles, Camilla, William and Kate (Image: GETTY)
The Duke also did a lot of work in support of his fellow servicemen, promoting support for wounded soldiers as they adapt to life post-injury.
He set up the Invictus Games in 2014, a Paralympic-style sporting event for injured soldiers, which is arguably his most successful project to date.
After the inaugural Invictus Games in London in 2014, there was one in Florida, USA in 2016, Toronto, Canada in 2017, Sydney, Australia in 2018 and there is due to be on in the Netherlands in May this year.
The sports include wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing.
Harry at the first Invictus Games (Image: GETTY)
These include Captain General of Marines, Honorary Air Commandant Royal Air Force Honington, and Commodore-in-Chief of Small Ships and Diving.
These would have been a huge loss to the prince, who cared deeply about his work with the military.
It also means he will be barred from wearing his military uniform at official engagements like Trooping the Colour and Remembrance Sunday.
Retired service personnel can wear their medals, but not their uniforms at official engagements once they have left the military.
Prince Harry on tour (Image: GETTY)
Prince Harry saluting (Image: GETTY)
Lord West of Spithead, the former First Sea Lord, told the Telegraph: “The next time [Harry] is at a military event, he should be in civilian clothes because he is no longer involved with any military units.
“It is very unfortunate. It is very sad to be losing him from the military.”
Yesterday, as Harry’s brother, sister-in-law, father and step-mother visited a military rehabilitation centre, it likely hit Harry hard what he has given up to lead a more private life with his wife.
For the prince, it is all or nothing, meaning he has had to give up aspects of his life and the job he loved in order to try and lose the parts he did not like so much.
In a hugely symbolic gesture, the outing was the first that Kate, William, Charles and Camilla have done as a foursome since 2011.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wore matching navy outfits, with Kate donning a navy military-style jacket from Alexander McQueen.
It was part of a wider string of engagements that the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were undertaking in the Leicester area yesterday.
The “new fab four” yesterday (Image: GETTY)
After their visit to Stanford Hall, Charles and Camilla went to the Leicester Market, where they met stallholders and members of the Shama Women’s Centre charity.
The Duchess then visited Leicester General Hospital to take part in the Royal Voluntary Service’s Big Trolley Push, while Charles visited the Soane Britain Workshop in Thurmaston, Britain’s rattan workshop.
Later, they had a tour of the Cambridge Satchel Company factory in Syston meeting staff and viewing each stage of the production line.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK