“As Prince Harry’s recent behavior proves, composure and class, stoic fortitude, and a sense of duty are not due to bloodline or money.”
Source: How Prince Harry Turned Into Lena Dunham | The Federalist
The above statement is all too sadly true, although traditionally those belong to the Royal bloodline were expected to display all of the above (composure, class, stoic fortitude, and a sense of duty).
The greatest living exemplar of this is Her Majesty herself, Queen Elizabeth II, forged in the crucible of World War Two, who – while still Princess Elizabeth, on the occasion of her 21st birthday, in 1947 – promised,
“I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service, and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong,”
and who has spent the rest of her life living up to that promise.
Alas, as the linked article by Sumantra Maitra points out,
“Unfortunately, Harry has too much of Princess Diana in him, from compulsively breaking orthodoxy and tradition, to extreme and fatalistic narcissism. As Emma Freire recently wrote, with him it is all noblesse, with zero oblige. Meghan can be forgiven, as she’s American, and not used to royal protocols. But Harry was born and brought up in that discipline. There’s no excuse.”
Don’t get me wrong, I have great respect for Prince Harry’s physical courage, as demonstrated by his military service, which by all accounts was exemplary. Fighting in Afghanistan, he earned the respect of the U.S. Marines, which is no small accomplishment for anyone.
But that does not make this article’s assessment any less accurate. Courage under fire does not always or necessarily translate to wisdom in civilian life. To quote Maitra again,
“The reason for Harry and Meghan’s departure is pure liberal-individualist narcissism. And both are equally responsible for that. Due to its symbolic and apolitical nature, British aristocracy are not supposed to publicly espouse political opinions, much less actively lecture people about mental health, toxic masculinity, or climate change. They are supposed to go to war, open hospitals, and silently take part in charitable causes. Duty, stoicism, propriety, and patriotism are supposed to be the four cornerstones of nobility.”
However, this has not occurred where the Sussexes are concerned. As noted above, Meghan is an American actress, and can be afforded a certain amount of slack. Prince Harry should know better. Prince Harry does know better; he just chooses not to act accordingly:
“You can either be a Hollywood hypocrite, or an aloof, true-blue aristocrat above daily politics. You cannot simultaneously enjoy the perks of both… Aristocratic life brings its own burden, of class, polish, fortitude, and propriety. Not every Tom, Dick, or Harry can chin up, keep calm, and carry on. If you behave like a petulant celebrity, you’ll be treated with as much respect as a petulant celebrity deserves.”
To quote in full the line with which this opened,
“this incident reinforces that composure and class, stoic fortitude, and a sense of duty and propriety are not due to either bloodline or money. Some people possess them, and most do not.”
Sadly, it seems that HRH Harry, Duke of Sussex, does not. And The Anglophilic Anglican is more than a little disappointed – not shocked, not even really surprised, as the signs were there, but disappointed – to see this made so publicly and dramatically clear.