I’m sure you were told this laddie

The Duke of Sussex has told friends he “cannot believe” what has happened in recent months and that he misses the Army, The Telegraph has learned.

Prince Harry has confided in pals that he “misses the camaraderie” of life in the Armed Forces, where he was affectionately known as ‘Captain Wales’, having been stripped of his military appointments following the Sussexes’ split from the Royal Family on March 31.

Choices, such a bugger, eh?

But you do get to pay for a house in Malibu so that’s a consolation, eh?

40 thoughts on “I’m sure you were told this laddie”

  1. Having inveighed for stable marriages –life now presents the other side of the coin–marrying badly and living to regret it.

    She has gained –up from being a Hollydud nobody ever heard of–and he has enabled this by throwing away every thing worthwhile he had. Like some chump desperately chucking everything out of a balloon basket to avoid it going in the sea.

    He now has kids–so should he continue the nightmare? Which will entail her dragging them up as little leftist pukes with the moral fibre of jellyfish and an quite possibly a variety of induced paraphillias. Cher’s kids spring to mind.

    Even the horrors of British public school generally produce mostly discreet freaks.

    He should come back to the UK on a family visit and then keep the kids and have her bundled on to a flight back home. Then ask the Establishment to close ranks–or lots of juicy scandal will emerge.

    He won’t tho–she’ll keep the kids and he will return and finish out his life as a male Princess Margaret–a booze-fuelled wreck.

  2. The Meissen Bison

    The “Telling Friends” stage is the next sign of disorder and ructions. His friends talk to the Telegraph, her friends talk to People. Soon his friends will be talking about her to the Telegraph and so on until Frogmore Cottage has a single occupant once again.

  3. His only real chance for happiness is, I’m afraid, to go full Hollywood. Buy in utterly to the vegan yoghurt knitting, lesbian green activism, virtue hectoring whilst high on self-love, black lives rule, fuck you sunshine I’m alright, narcissistic life-as-a-reality show wankfest. He’s made his bed with the succubus and locked himself in by dropping a sprog. Only option now is to go with it.

  4. We all miss our friends, the camaraderie. But that’s what you sign up, one of the sacrifices you make when you get married.

  5. He’s suffered a triple-blow. Leaving the army means losing all your routine and a lot of your old friends; getting married means not spending time with your single friends, and having kids means mostly spending time with other parents.

    In this respect, he’s no worse than any other ex-army newlywed with a toddler. (Most army types marry at a much younger age, which helps avoid most of the above.)

  6. Bloke in North Dorset

    He’s suffered a triple-blow. Leaving the army means losing all your routine and a lot of your old friends; getting married means not spending time with your single friends, and having kids means mostly spending time with other parents.

    In this respect, he’s no worse than any other ex-army newlywed with a toddler. (Most army types marry at a much younger age, which helps avoid most of the above.)

    Speaking as someone who had to manage young soldiers with families, has friends who left the Army then had families and having had my family just before leaving I can vouch for that.

    Although the key is young men and their willingness to accept domestication, no matter what the circumstance. I could have added having been the captain of a local cricket club (2nd XI) and seen many a promising cricketer forced to give up once children came along (and a few as soon as they go married). See also golf or any other sport that takes a long time or requires after game socialising such as rugby.

  7. Andrew M,

    “He’s suffered a triple-blow. Leaving the army means losing all your routine and a lot of your old friends; getting married means not spending time with your single friends, and having kids means mostly spending time with other parents.”

    Quadruple blow as he’s thousands of miles from his family, 8 hours of timezone away.

    I think the bloke is pretty dim. She’s an attractive woman, but he was banging lingerie models that were younger than him who probably would have been happy having a house in Gloucestershire and doing the odd army/farming/charity event. Not saying his relationship with the press would have been perfect, but people liked him before this. People really liked what he did with Invictus.

    Why in the fuck would you marry a TV actress when you hate the press? They love attention. They aren’t going to quietly disappear into a shack in the Cairngorms.

  8. The story I heard from someone who claimed to know: she resented the enjoyment he got from spending time with his blokey mates in the pub – probably old Army and school friends.

    She hated it – not the centre of attention. Move from UK was to put a stop to it.

    I suspect his life in LA as a Hollywood Husband (with no mates, surrounded by superficial showbiz people) will be dull. There’s only so long you can lounge by the pool in Malibu.

  9. @ Bernie G You poor feller. When I signed up, it was made very clear that camaraderie would continue, but perhaps not quite on the previous scale.

  10. “See also golf or any other sport that takes a long time or requires after game socialising such as rugby.”

    Or as one of my mates at our rugby club explained to his soon to be wife. “I was playing rugby long before I met you and if we end up getting divorced, I’ll still be playing rugby”.

    She accepted this and 20 years later they are still happily married, have 4 kids and he still occasionally plays rugby.

  11. He’s cocked it right up I’m afraid. Married a wrong’un and as is so often the case with wrong-uns, she sprogged sharpish in order to keep hold of him. Can’t see a good way out for him.

  12. @BoM4

    It wasn’t just why “marry a TV actress when you hate the press” that got me, but why try building an entire new lifestyle that is centred (including both for “income” and “life-meaning” purposes) around the pursuit of publicity, when you hate the organs and demands of publicity?

  13. I think it was TE Lawrence who was said always to be backing into the limelight. I don’t know if this prince and his missus can engineer it that way, but I can see how it might be done – in answer to the point about needing press attention at the same time as despising it.

  14. I could have added having been the captain of a local cricket club (2nd XI) and seen many a promising cricketer forced to give up once children came along (and a few as soon as they go married)

    Yes, these teams tend to be a mix of some fairly young (14-17, how many depends on how big the club is), lots 45+ and barely a handful 25-40. Striking that those who are in this latter age range and DO play often have the wives there at the game watching, possibly with youngsters in tow.

  15. @BinND… Both work and interests revolved around outdoor activities in the Scottish Highlands, leading parties of students hill walking, rock climbing, orienteering, canoeing, etc. Skiing in the winter. Took Mrs G. on honeymoon to Lake District and Snowdonia. It wasn’t her sort of thing – and consequently ended my life as an outdoor pursuits instructor.

  16. m’Lud – Lady Di’s approach to the media also involved running with the hare and hunting with the hounds and it didn’t work out well for her either.

    And is it telling that it was the telegraph? It’s within the bounds of possibility that the Telegraph “learned” because Harry’s chums spoke to the Telegraph and that it should be that title rather than the Mail or the Sun might dispose one to believe that they did so at Harry’s behest.

  17. The story I heard from someone who claimed to know: she resented the enjoyment he got from spending time with his blokey mates in the pub – probably old Army and school friends.

    She hated it – not the centre of attention. Move from UK was to put a stop to it.

    Very plausible when considered alongside that video clip going around recently with him doing the “and what is it you do?” routine at some event, and her, feeling not the centre of attention, walking in front of him mid-sentence and speaking to the same group of people.

  18. Bloke in North Dorset

    The story I heard from someone who claimed to know: she resented the enjoyment he got from spending time with his blokey mates in the pub – probably old Army and school friends.

    She hated it – not the centre of attention. Move from UK was to put a stop to it.

    There was a video going round of them on an official engagement where he’s stood chatting to some people and obviously enjoying himself, might have been some old military mates, and she steps straight in between them and takes over the conversation. It couldn’t have been clearer what that meant, no way was he having a good time if she wasn’t the centre of attention.

    If memory serves that was just as it all started to go wrong because she got rebuked by Philip or someone else for breach of protocol, but that might have been another occasion.

    I’m happy to say that Mrs BiND accepted that before we got married my social life tended to revolve around sports, outdoor pursuits and pubs. Just over 36 years later it still does and she’s rarely complained. When I had to gave up cricket she was the one who suggested I take up golf again.

    The one time she did complain and put her foot down was after I’d done the London marathon when she said I couldn’t do another one until our son was off our hands because that really did impinge on all our lives, but she never complained when I was training and putting those hours first.

  19. Perhaps the EX Captain General of the Royal Marines should have thought about things when he shunned the annual royal marines concert at deal which is an annual memorial concert for 11 dead Marines killed by the IRA in 1989, so that he could tout for work for Mrs chicken legs at the Lion King premier. I doubt many marines or ex marines were impressed.

  20. Bernie G: To paraphrase a film quote “You should have killed her back in Philly”.

    Doubtless she has good qualities but ….

  21. Dennis, A Wog Or Not A Wog... That Is The Question

    Just saw that Meghan Markle is going to be a celebrity judge on a cable show that features cooking/baking contests. Evidently that’s the best her agent could do… which means it’s all downhill from here.

    He’ll be divorced and back in England within a year of the Queen kicking it.

  22. He’s a qualified chopper pilot. If he really wants to do something useful I don’t doubt that he could find the employment.

  23. Mr B, given the nature of Lawrence’s demise, then laydeedee’s in like manner, you almost have to wonder at the Fates with their knitting needles.

    My view was they could make this work by setting up one of those so-called ‘non-profits’, on the model of the Clinton Foundation, you know, getting people to fund your lifestyle by selling feelgoodz, or on the model of the mediaeval monasteries. So they’d buy a shack or, even better, rent one. Harry would do shop for groceries. In bare feet. I feel that’d have been a brilliant move. Torn jeans, bare feet.

    In between times, they’re handing out soup in downtown kitchens. The wonga would absolutely flood in.

    OTOH, I may be in Underpants Gnomes territory. After all, the Clintons at least had access to sell and the monasteries, beer.

  24. Dennis, He Of The Gently Sloping Forehead

    Dennis, have you got a link for that?

    Nope. I just saw it this morning and wasn’t paying much attention until her face popped up. Don’t know the channel or the name of the show. If I can get it I’ll let you know.

  25. Dennis, He Who Is Not Easily Amused

    Evidently she was a celebrity judge on “Chopped Junior” back in 2018, but I don’t think that’s what I saw this morning. Never know, though. ‘Merican cable is all about re-running shit until you can’t stand it anymore.

  26. Merican cable is all about re-running shit until you can’t stand it anymore.

    Hundreds of channels and nothing I want to watch. You can be assured that MASH is always playing on one of them.

  27. There are too few commercial chopper pilot jobs to provide work for all the qualified ex-military who want to continue flying. But I’m sure being an (ex-)HRH could bring some work his way.

  28. Dennis, Just Dennis

    TD –

    MASH, The Simpson’s, Spongebob Squarepants, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, all Harry Potter movies, all Lord of the Rings movies, and whatever has just been remade by Hollywood.

  29. “MASH, The Simpson’s, Spongebob Squarepants, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, all Harry Potter movies, all Lord of the Rings movies, and whatever has just been remade by Hollywood.”

    You forgot Friends……when the nuclear Armageddon has consumed us all there will still be some TV station on autopilot broadcasting episodes of Friends on a never ending loop.

  30. Snigger

    “Meghan Markle’s defeat at the High Court today has been branded a ‘disaster’ and a ‘humiliation’ by leading lawyers after she lost the first round of her legal battle with the Mail on Sunday.

    Large parts of her case against Associated Newspapers were dismissed as ‘irrelevant’, ‘inadequate’ and ‘impermissibly vague’ by a top judge this afternoon including her claims of a malicious media ‘agenda’ against her.

    Mr Justice Warby has also ‘struck out’ her allegations that journalists had acted dishonestly and had caused the rift between her and her estranged father Thomas by ‘digging up dirt’ to portray Meghan in a ‘negative light’….”

    ‘Megan denies colluding with her friends who leaked letter details’ – how did they know about it then?

    I hope she’s stupid and stubborn enough to continue case

    @moqifen

    I doubt many marines or ex marines were impressed” – they publicly vented their fury and wanted Harry sacked

    @Chris Miller

    Not much demand outside military for fast jet pilots either, but they can downgrade to commercial slow jets

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