Prince Harry Was Blocked by a Giant Feather in Princess Anne's Hat During the Coronation
Welp, just as expected, Prince Harry's appearance at King Charles' coronation was thoroughly scrutinized. And if you thought the drama surrounding Harry's seat assignment at the coronation would be limited to things like where the actual seat was and exactly how far away it placed him from Prince William and Kate Middleton, you would be so, so very wrong.
As it turns out, the award for "Most Controversial Thing About Prince Harry's Coronation Seat Assignment" goes to a giant red feather, which may or may not have been strategically placed (or at least strategically aligned with some of the cameras documenting the big event).
The giant red feather in question belonged to Harry's aunt, Princess Anne, who was seated in front of him at the coronation and was decked out in a military uniform (including a hat adorned with an impressively enormous red feather). The combination of the feather's impressive size and Anne's position directly in front of Harry meant that, from some angles at least, said feather perfectly blocked out Harry's face from view, like so:
FWIW, Princess Anne was among the few royals Harry was spotted chatting up at the coronation and didn't seem to have any problems with her nephew. She actually paused to talk to Harry for a moment before the ceremony and it was one of the sweeter moments Harry had with a relative during the event:
It's also important to point out that, as Page Six reports, Princess Anne's coronation ensemble choice was far from random; she wore a military uniform for the event (something that set her apart, fashion-wise, from other women in the audience) because of her official role as the Gold-Stick-in-Waiting (aka the person responsible for King Charles' personal safety at the coronation).
Not that the very rooted-in-tradition reason for the ensemble stopped royal Twitter from pointing out how perfectly the red feather obscured Harry's face and/or speculating that the whole situation was a very intentional snub intended to minimize Harry's visibility at the coronation. Because, just to be clear, people (on both sides of the royal feud, FWIW, although with particular glee from people who don't seem to be fans of Harry's) did *lots* of that.
Princess Anne wins prize for “best strategic use of an accessory” 😂
Thank you ma’am, you LEGEND! #Coronation #PrinceHarry#Archie
— ** (@_______0______) May 6, 2023
Prince Harry's view at the #coronation of his father, King Charles III, was partially disrupted by his aunt Princess Anne's large feather hat.https://t.co/S3P2z6YpTh pic.twitter.com/aHv09NMZop
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) May 6, 2023
King Charles: If only there was some way we could obscure Harry from public view
Princess Anne: Leave it to me #princeharry #princessanne #thefeather #feathergate #KingCharles #CoronationDay #GodSaveTheKing pic.twitter.com/M34NrnuuDb
— Laura (@lauranumber123) May 6, 2023
Prince Harry is blocked by the feather on Princess Anne’s hat. #Coronation pic.twitter.com/Hg49j2MKWs
— James Spiro (@JamesSpiro) May 6, 2023
Did they deliberately put Prince Harry behind Princess Anne’s massive hat? 😂 #Coronation pic.twitter.com/B18WxYh6HZ
— Elle Jay Gee (@ellejaygee1985) May 6, 2023
Several commentators compared the red feather to the large candle that blocked Meghan Markle from view from some angles during the Queen's funeral last fall.
Oh, dear! Last time, #PrinceHarry was obscured by a huge candle 🕯 This time, by Princess Anne's hat. #Coronation pic.twitter.com/x3dGILZquk
— Richard Eden (@richardaeden) May 6, 2023
And just in case you're like "huh? Meghan Markle? Queen's Funeral? Candle? What are you talking about?" here's a little visual refresher:
That candle protecting Meghan from prying eyes who wanna judge everything she does👌
— TV Fanatic👑⚜️ (@TvKhaleesi) September 19, 2022
Hooray for that brilliantly strategically placed candle #meghan #QueenElizabethIIMemorial pic.twitter.com/6g6hZ8VYJG
— RMNTabbs (@RmnTabbs) September 19, 2022
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