PLATELL'S PEOPLE: Harry's pain

PLATELL'S PEOPLE: Harry's pain

December 16, 2022

PLATELL’S PEOPLE: Setting aside the slurs against our late Queen and calling his father a liar… Harry’s most devastating attack was against his own brother and his war of words will lead to the worst pain any sibling can suffer

Set aside for a moment that Prince Harry portrays his grandmother, our late Queen, as a doddery old woman sitting quietly, incapable of coherent thought.

And that he branded his father Prince Charles a bare-faced liar. For me, his most devastating attack was against his brother William.

None of us can fully understand what unimaginable pain the young princes endured when their mother Princess Diana died.

For years their grief seemed to draw the brothers closer. They were united in their sorrow, their love for their mother and the comfort that whatever life threw at them, they had each other’s backs.

Set aside for a moment that Prince Harry portrays his grandmother, our late Queen, as a doddery old woman sitting quietly, incapable of coherent thought

And that he branded his father Prince Charles a bare-faced liar. For me, his most devastating attack was against his brother William.

How could Harry so publicly shatter for ever those brotherly bonds after what they’ve been through, accusing William of shouting and screaming at him, claiming he married for protocol not love, saying he betrayed and abandoned him and Meghan?

How could Harry so publicly shatter for ever those brotherly bonds after what they’ve been through, accusing William of shouting and screaming at him, claiming he married for protocol not love, saying he betrayed and abandoned him and Meghan?

All to line the Sussexes’ pockets with 30 pieces of Netflix silver.

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Shouting at your brother is not a cardinal sin. I’m ashamed to admit I’ve shouted at my younger brother more times than I care to remember — but then we do what most families do. We withdraw, we fume, then most importantly we forgive each other.

If you don’t do that, you’re in trouble. Since my big brother Michael died nearly three decades ago, I’ve found that losing a brother is like losing a limb. It hurts for ever.

You spend the rest of your life feeling something’s missing — and it is: the shared experiences (even when recollections may vary), the banter, the stupid stories oft repeated, the family jokes. They are irreplaceable.

And that’s why I fear so much for Harry as he so cruelly cuts off William. Nothing, not even a loving wife or gorgeous children, can replace that unique connection between siblings.

And it’s not a competition. It is so wrong of him to imply he had to choose between his new family with Meghan and the Royal Family.

Were Diana alive today, she would surely be mortified. Every parent’s greatest desire is for their children to get along — even if new families are complicated, and sisters-in-law don’t necessarily see eye to eye.

My advice to Harry is that brothers are for ever, they are worth cherishing. Losing one is the saddest thing anyone could possibly experience.

The latest wellness fad is a Doncaster farm offering the chance to hug cows for £50. ‘It creates those feel-good endorphins, the warmth of the body and the hair,’ enthuses farmer Kate McNeil. Given that seven out of ten men are overweight and most are hairy, save cash and just hug your hubby. 

Sistah under the spotlight

The charity Sistah Space, run by Ngozi Fulani, is now under investigation by the Charity Commission after almost 200 Twitter posts, from people claiming they worked with the charity, cast doubts over the use of some donations.

Whether true or not, such scrutiny only happened after Fulani’s very public naming of Lady Susan Hussey as a supposed racist.

A perfect example of the law of unintended consequences.

Ted’s feline sorry for poor Kato

After reading about Britain’s saddest cat Kato — whose fur is falling out, who has an eye ulcer, can’t miaow and has been rehomed three times — my moggie Ted implored me to ask cat lovers to come to the rescue. Kato has found a home with Federica Pasari but now needs help with vet fees.

Ted, who also suffered cruelty as a kitten, asks us to donate money to help Kato and suggests just the cost of one sachet of Felix Doubly Delicious could make a difference.

After reading about Britain’s saddest cat Kato — whose fur is falling out, who has an eye ulcer, can’t miaow and has been rehomed three times — my moggie Ted implored me to ask cat lovers to come to the rescue. Kato has found a home with Federica Pasari but now needs help with vet fees

If ever there were a glass-half-full kind of girl it’s Liz Hurley who, despite being a bit unlucky in love, says she’s on great terms with exes Hugh Grant and Arun Nayar. And she would be, too, with her other two famous loves if former fiancé Shane Warne and Steve Bing, the father of her son, were still alive.

Don’t try this at home

Wearing little more than a sliver of fabric covering her lady parts, Elle ‘The Body’ Macpherson, millionaire businesswoman and mum-of-two, says the secret of her enduring beauty at 58 is the power of her mind.

She gets up at dawn, smiles, hydrates with water and lime, meditates for half an hour, then yoga, smiles again, a plunge in the pool before putting her bare feet on the earth ‘to ground her’.

Perhaps we shouldn’t follow her advice — if we tried it in our sub-zero temperatures, the soles of our feet would be stuck to the ice.

Wearing little more than a sliver of fabric covering her lady parts, Elle ‘The Body’ Macpherson, millionaire businesswoman and mum-of-two, says the secret of her enduring beauty at 58 is the power of her mind

J.K. Rowling defies those who cancelled her over her views on trans issues by pouring her own money into a women-only sexual abuse centre in Edinburgh.

What’s not to admire about a woman who has so much to lose reputationally by so stoutly defending what so many of us believe, that a woman’s sex is defined at birth?

And great to learn that every time she gets attacked by the trans lobby, sales of her books soar.

Why is it that when we know he broke the law by hiding assets after being declared bankrupt, and that he deserved his prison sentence, so many of us are secretly happy to see Boris Becker a free man? 

Perhaps it’s because we can’t forget the tousle-haired 17-year-old, the youngest-ever Wimbledon winner lifting the trophy, or his Grand Slams. 

For all his faults, we gloss over the shame of his court case (and that tryst in the broom cupboard) and remember the joy he brought to Centre Court.

I’ve got the Avatar blues

It may be the most financially successful movie ever, but I am among the handful of people who hated the original Avatar.

Now, in the sequel, those weirdy blue people called Na’vi have gone from woeful tree-huggers to underwater woke folk trying to save the oceans.

What a lot of over-hyped nonsense.

BBC’S Strictly bosses didn’t get their wish that the final tonight would be a ‘non-white’ triumph for inclusivity, as somehow Helen Skelton sneaked in. Why? Because she can actually dance. And having been dumped by her husband months after giving birth to their third child, she identifies with millions of women who declare heartbreak will never define them.

Vote for Helen.

 Westminster wars

  • Boris Johnson has earned his first million since leaving office, on the lucrative lecture circuit. His speciality subject? How to win a vast majority and be kicked out of office in barely three years. Or given that his downfall was as a result of his fondness for parties, how not to eat cake? 
  • With 70,000 NHS appointments cancelled because of the nurses’ walk out, Tory MPs are demanding the Government finds a solution to their frankly appalling pay levels. Something is fundamentally wrong with the NHS when billions more are poured into it each year, yet outcomes for the sick worsen and our nurses leave in despair.

Tanya’s lotus must bloom again

Did they really kill off Tanya in the final episode of The White Lotus? Was it her body we saw floating in the sea after she hit her head on the yacht trying to escape a gangster gigolo? White Lotus without Jennifer Coolidge is like Titanic without the iceberg. Let’s hope Tanya’s like Jason Bourne who falls lifeless into the water at the end of almost every movie, but seconds later is swimming and lives to fight another day. 

After jurors took just one hour to clear Andrew Bretherton of two counts of rape, said to have happened in 2008, the judge said they had ‘come to the right verdicts’. His accuser, who keeps her anonymity, made the claims ten years later. The judge wished Bretherton and his wife, tennis star Anne Keothavong, ‘the very best’ — small comfort after his name was dragged through the mud. 

Royal Watch

A poll reveals 93 per cent of Brits want the Sussexes stripped of their royal titles and 83 per cent say they should be banned from the Coronation. They wouldn’t dare show up, would they, with a camera crew in tow?

Just when you thought it was all over, Meghan’s half-siblings Samantha and Thomas Jnr announce their own docu-series revealing all. How many celeb friends will be supporting Meg after they’ve told their truth?

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