When a prince or princess does a broadcast from their home, it’s often exciting for people as they get a chance to peek inside a royal household. As fans watched Prince Charles’ broadcast about a new hospital in London, they saw something very shocking. In a specific picture frame sitting on a shelf in the background was a little confused by a lot of royal watchers.
Launching A New Hospital
The reason for Charles’ broadcast was to open the first of the temporary hospitals set up for the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHS Nightingale Hospital London. He was the first in his family to do so through video link. He was filming from Birkhall, his countryside residence in Scotland. It is on the Balmoral estate, and Birkhall is used as a summer home by the Prince and Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla. It is also where when Charles tested positive for COVID-19, the couple lived.
A Moving Speech
“If I may say so, I was enormously touched to have been asked to open the Nightingale Hospital… It is without doubt a spectacular and almost unbelievable feat of work in every sense – from its speed of construction in just nine days, as we’ve heard, to its size and the skills of those who have created it.” Said Charles as he delivered a moving speech from Birkhall, in which he addressed those who were involved with the creation of the hospital.
Achieving The Unthinkable
“[It is] an example, if any one was needed, of how the impossible could be made possible and how we could achieve the unthinkable through human will and ingenuity. The creation of this hospital is above all the result of an extraordinary collaboration and partnership between NHS managers, the military and all those involved to create a center on a scale that has never been seen before in the United Kingdom.” The Prince added to his words.
A Very Big Thank You
“On behalf of the nation, I want to say a very big thank you to the planners, the builders, the Armed Forces, the generous companies and organizations [that] have donated equipment and services and all the support staff who have made this possible.” His speech was all about thanking all those who helped to set up and run the new hospital.
Thanking Hospital Workers
Of course, the prince thanked the people who were running the hospital. He also made sure to express his appreciation to the staff for all their efforts to support the service. “We are in an immense debt of gratitude to the doctors, the nurses, the technicians, the staff currently working in the health service and those coming out of retirement and the voluntary workers who will be working within it.” Said the prince.
“Selfless Care And Devoted Service”
“The name of this hospital could not have been more aptly chosen. Florence Nightingale, the lady with the lamp, brought hope and healing to thousands in their darkest hour… It is symbolic of the selfless care and devoted service taking place in innumerable settings with countless individuals throughout the United Kingdom.” The prince added, referring to the origin of the hopsital’s name.
Revealing The Plaque
Finally, the prince finished his speech by saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, as the wonders of modern technology can only do so much and I can’t quite reach, perhaps I could invite Nightingale’s head of nursing Natalie Gray on my behalf to unveil the plaque to declare NHS Nightingale Hospital open.” The plaque was finally shown and it was greeted with a warm applause. It really was a momentous event, and one that’s probably going to be remembered.
Charles’ words were mostly positively received. One viewer took to Twitter to write their reply to the address of the prince. “Listening to his speech, [he] came across as king in waiting. I sincerely hope this isn’t for many years, but when that day arrives, we will have a most worldly, wise, experienced, qualified king in our midst, and we should be grateful for this in years to come,” said the Twitter user.
A Rare Chance
Aside from the Prince’s speech however, the broadcast had another noteworthy aspect. Charles’ video also gave people a rare opportunity to see Birkhall’s interior. Birkhall is among the most private properties belonging to the British royal family, for those who do not know. As a matter of fact, the home (dating back to the 18th Century) has only been seen before in a BBC documentary in 2018 titled Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70.
A Look Inside
When the documentary cameras finally entered Birkhall, they gave the audience the opportunity to see the royal dwelling’s interior decor. There was a lot to see but viewers noticed the many photographs on display in particular. They were the prince and his family photos. There was one snap that appears to have been taken during the baptism ceremony of Prince Louis. Moments like that are special, of course, so pictures are taken.
Passed Down In The Family
There are however, a few other details about Birkhall that are known. The property belonged to Queen Victoria first. Since then the estate has been transferred to the royal family of Britain. She used to go to Birkhall with her sister, Margaret, during the Queen’s childhood to relax. Then until her death, it became the Queen Mother’s residence. Her grandchild, Charles, inherited the Scottish estate after her death.
Despite the fact that Birkhall’s inner workings are mostly kept under wraps, in an interview with Country Life magazine in 2013, Charles still talked about its gardens. “It is such a special place – particularly because it was made by my grandmother. It is a childhood garden, and all I’ve done, really, is enhance it a bit.” Said the prince about the garden.
The prince also agreed to be a guest editor of that edition of Country Life, apart from giving an interview. He added, “My gardening style is to try to work with the spirit of the place and to have enough time to walk round and round until a vision of how it should be comes to me. Sometimes, I see it in a dream.” The present custodian is clearly fond of the location.
The room where Charles gave his speech for the launch of the Nightingale Hospital is actually his Birkhall office, which is rarely seen, so the background was naturally scanned by keen-eyed royal watchers. They wanted to see what was inside the room and which photos were worthy of being included in the room by the Duke of Cornwall. It turns out in Charles’ office, there are several pictures and some of them could be seen on the shelves behind his desk.
A Photo From The Broadcast
A photo of Charles was subsequently released by Clarence House while he was recording his speech. The image gave a good view of his office as well. In this particular snap, there was one detail that individuals who had only seen the video would not have seen. It seems that Charles used a book that he himself had written titled “Harmony: A New Way of Looking at the World” to make sure his tablet stays in place.
A Closer Look
What’s more, the post from Clarence House gives the curious a chance to look at the photographs behind Charles more closely. One shows the Queen, the mother of Charles, as a baby back in the 1920s. Another snap depicts the prince and his sister, Anne (according to reports she is the sibling he likes most when they were children). That photo was taken back in the mid-1950s during a holiday in Malta, with the prince and princess wearing clothes that were adorably coordinated.
During more public occasions, other snaps which were on the shelves are of the royal family. A photo of Charles and his children, William and Harry, for instance, sporting military garb at a Royal Air Force commemorative event. You can see this image sitting on Charles’ piano. Just after the Duke of Cornwall’s marriage ceremony in 2005, there was a snap taken somewhere else, set aside from other frames.
A Photo Of Prince Harry
Some viewers may have been quite relieved to see Prince Harry in the background, as his decision to move away from his family allegedly caused dissent within the ranks. Harry and his wife, Meghan, famously revealed at the beginning of 2020 that they would be retiring from their royal duties. The couple said that as they raise their son, Archie, they will split their time between the United Kingdom and North America.
Charles was, unfortunately, allegedly livid about the development. In January 2020, according to an anonymous insider, the UK publication The Sun reported that Harry’s announcement made his father and Harry’s brother William, “incandescent with rage.” “Allegedly, Charles and William also think they were “stabbed in the back.” Apparently, with any of his relatives, Harry had not discussed any details of the move. Even though no confirmation of any of this has been given, the reports are not that implausible.
That said, it seems the situation has been resolved after the family discussed the matters. A statement by the queen was released on January 13,. It read, “My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family.”
Remaining Part Of The Royal Family
“Of course everybody, Prince Charles included, would rather that Harry and Meghan had remained as part of the royal family. Charles, in particular, felt that the work and causes Harry and Meghan were embarking on could be really served by remaining within the royal household.” An anonymous source told The Sun. It makes sense, since Harry and Meghan certainly have resources that can help the royal family.
A Loving Father
it seems like the father and son are finally doing well as the insider continued. “But like any loving father, now Harry has made his decision Charles is keen to support him.” The source added, “Since Harry came back, he has seen his father, and they have discussed what Harry wants to do in the future. Harry hugely respects his father’s opinion and has welcomed the advice he has given him.”
The Whole Family
Harry was not the only one represented by his father’s office on the wall. His wife, Meghan, and Archie’s son were also there. Another photo shows the whole family together at the baptism of Louis, son of William. This was before the birth of Archie, and Meghan could stand beside her husband. There was one more snap of Charles on top of the piano. He was with his youngest grandchild this time.
Other Interesting Items
The Clarence House post also shows other interesting items, such as quite a few costly-looking ornaments, that are inside the prince’s office. There were also flowers from the garden and a photo of Zara Tindall, the niece of Charles, riding her horse. Something quite strange, however was alongside these things. It captured the attention of many people who happened to see Clarence House’s post, as a matter of fact.
A Mysterious Image
There was a mysterious image which appeared right behind Prince Charles during the video broadcast. It seemed to be placed in a frame as some kind of monochrome silhouette. It is quite possible, however that somebody has been cut out of the picture. Perhaps this was simply an artistic declaration. Regardless, Twitter immediately got on the case. And needless to say, there soon followed jokes. Many users of Twitter know that jokes are quite common on the platform.
Writer Richard Littler decided to tweet the mysterious frame with a close-up image. He then simply captioned it with “What the…” Then, people began responding to the post. Many shared Photoshopped memes where in the empty space something amusing was replaced. There were pictures of actor Tom Baker and Tiger King star Joe Exotic, for instance, pasted into the void. Even royalties have not been spared. Also placed in space was an unflattering photo of Prince Philip.
Attempts To Crack The Mystery
There were also those, however who made attempts to resolve the mystery.One Twitter user replied to Littler. “If you look closely, there seems to be a faint pencil drawing in that frame – in this pic at least.” Perhaps it was a child’s work of art that appeared to be bad on camera. Then the simplest explanation for the image was given by another user: “Did Charles forget to put a picture in the frame?”
“Secret Twin Brother”
“Prince Charles currently giving a speech,” a social media user wrote. Then, they added the question: “Empty photo frame in the background? Is this for the lost siblings within the ranks?” It is possible that this is a reference to the “secret twin brother” of Charles, a jokey plot point used in the British satirical sitcom The Windsors on Channel 4. Obviously, somebody followed the funny show.
The Conspiracy Theory
Another person, on the other hand, joked that the empty frame depicts “just one of the vampire ancestors.” There is actually a conspiracy theory for those who didn’t know that Prince Charles is a vampire. Vlad the Impaler, who was the real-life nightmarish figure that served as the basis for Dracula, is apparently related to him. Charles also happily promoted Transylvania in the past as a place that individuals should visit.
Weirder And Weirder
The jokes on Twitter continued to get weirder and weirder. There was one individual who said,“What many people don’t realize is HRH Prince Charles is trapped inside a picture frame for 70 percent of his life and is only released under the orders of the Queen.” Then, another joked, “Something climbed out of that photo and is in the world now. It’s out there. Be afraid. Be very afraid.” Some people have too much time on their hands.
A Recurring Response
One of the most common answers was that the photo could have been cropped out of Harry or Meghan. However, judging by the other contents in the room, that appears unlikely to be the case. However not long before the broadcast, there had been one royal occasion where the Sussexes were notably absent. This is probably the reason why so many people think the couple may have been edited out.
Like years before the Queen delivered her 2019 Christmas Day speech to the nation. And like the later broadcast of Charles, the Queen was also filmed surrounded by family photos. Noticeably, however, in any of these images, Harry, Meghan or Archie were not. Some people may jump to conclusions about the state of Sussex’s relationship with the monarch, but except for the members of the royal family, no one really knows the truth.
Previous Christmas Address
There are people who have noticed that during the Christmas address in 2018, photos of Harry and Meghan were visible on a table, but there were no such snapshots for the speech in 2019. This led to some onlookers concluding that this was some kind of snub. Arguments actually broke out online, with some individuals claiming the Queen sent some kind of coded message about a feud.
Never So Underhand
When she was interviewed by the Daily Mirror, royal expert Ingrid Seward weighed in on the issue in December 2019. She claimed on that occasion that the photos arranged for the Queen’s broadcast seemed to appear to “represent the idea of a slimmed-down monarchy. All the media problems with Harry and Meghan must have worried [the Queen].” Regardless, she said the Queen “would never be so underhand as to deliberately omit their picture.”
Baby Archie In The Queen’s Speech
To be fair, the monarch included in her Christmas message a reference to baby Archie. “Two hundred years on from the birth of my great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, Prince Philip and I have been delighted to welcome our eighth great-grandchild into our family. Of course, at the heart of the Christmas story lies the birth of a child: a seemingly small and insignificant step overlooked by many in Bethlehem.” The Queen said.
The Missing Photos
However after Harry and Meghan announced that they intended to retire as senior royals, the issue of the missing photos came up again. On Twitter, one fan wrote, “Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were missing from the Queen’s 2019 Christmas speech. Some said it was because… only heirs were [on] display. Now we understand clearly why.” It seems that people are still uncertain about what exactly is going on.
Anonymous sources also spoke to the media and claimed that the lack of any of the broadcast photographs of the Sussexes had caused some conflict in the royal family. The couple were feeling ostracized, according to an insider who spoke to The Times. It was also said by the unnamed source that Harry and Meghan had “taken the same message from the fact that there were no images among the framed photographs on the Queen’s desk when she delivered her Christmas Day message.”
Regular Friendly Contact
Of course, things appear to be okay now. Last May 2020, Royal observer Katie Nicholl told Entertainment Tonight that the Sussexes had “settled into their [new] lives” in L.A. and were in regular friendly contact, with William in particular. Again, there was no confirmation of any royal’s supposed struggle over this, so we’re not sure if this really happened. What’s more, the problem of missing snaps has not been addressed by anyone from the royal family, so everything about this should be taken with a grain of salt.
“Told you so…”
So maybe the Queen wasn’t sending out any coded message with photos of Harry and Meghan being omitted. Presumably, the strange blank image that Charles keeps in his office has nothing to do with it. Nevertheless, if the prince turns out to be a vampire, many people will probably say, “Told you so…” And for some reason, we’re still talking about this strange joke/theory.
Even if you’re an avid fan of the royal family, there’s still something about Harry that you might not know. Although the life of the Duke of Sussex appears to have been examined in the media quite thoroughly, there is a specific jewelry item he wears that has been relatively overlooked. Touchingly, as some sort of tribute to his late mother, Princess Diana, Harry sports the item.
It’s safe to say that Harry is an unbelievably rich man. As a British royal family member, he has access to many things that a lot of regular people could only dream of. Nevertheless, not because it is costly, but because of its sentimental value, one of Harry’s most important possessions is valuable. Harry has been carrying the item for almost 20 years now, and he’s probably never going to give it up. While it’s a piece of jewelry that some might find simple, it’s priceless for Harry.
Harry and William’s upbringing was somewhat unusual for royal children. If you didn’t know, their mother, Princess Diana, seemingly swooped in to change the rules for them. Princes and princesses have traditionally been raised within strict confines, but Diana refused to follow that path. For one, with her kids being the primary priority, she made sure to organize her royal schedule. This means she was able to spend a lot of time with her children.
A Good Upbringing
Diana took Harry and William on trips, chose their school, and even allowed them to eat at McDonald’s. Perhaps the most important thing she did was make sure that she encouraged a sense of responsibility in her children and raised them without feeling entitled. They visited a homeless shelter with their mother when Harry and William were young. Also, she expected her kids to be kind to everyone they met there.
Diana’s work appears to have paid off. As her children grew into adulthood, it became apparent that the priorities of William and Harry in life included charitable efforts. One of Harry’s efforts has been focused on fighting against HIV and AIDS, which is supported by his mother when she was alive. In 2006, Harry was working with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to set up Sentebale, a charity that helps children with HIV.
Raising Money For Charity
Furthermore, both of Diana’s children raised money for charity and used their marriages to do so. For instance, he asked well-wishers to donate money to specific charities when Prince William and Kate Middleton got married in 2011, rather than buying their wedding gifts. Not all individuals, like William and Harry, who have the power and resources, would choose to use what they have to help others in need.
As a matter of fact, for the donations, Prince William and Kate selected a broad range of charities. Among them were organizations that use activities and sports, such as Dance United and PeacePlayers International, to educate children. Others were charities for the environment, such as Earthwatch and the London Zoological Society, and various projects that help people facing grief. If only more individuals choose to help others with such influence.
Then in 2018, Harry tied the knot with former actress Meghan Markle. In William’s footsteps, he followed. The ceremony attracted global interest, of course, and again instead of gifts, the bride and groom asked for donations. Perhaps Harry and Meghan were inspired by William and Kate, as their choices included charities related to sports, the environment, and grief. It looks like the sons of Princess Diana have grown up to be good individuals who care about others.
Thankfully, both royal weddings were tremendous successes in many ways. Millions of people tuned in to the TV events and a lot of money was raised for various charities. What happens after the wedding ceremony, however, is more significant. As for William and Kate, three lovely children have gone on to welcome them: two boys, Prince George (third in line to the throne of Britain) and Prince Louis, and a girl, Princess Charlotte.
Meanwhile, just a couple of months after their May 2018 wedding, Harry and Meghan announced their first pregnancy. The couple broke the news they were expecting in October of the same year as they were heading off for a tour to New Zealand and Australia. The baby’s due date was Spring 2019, which revealed social media accounts for Kensington Palace. On May 6th, 2019, baby Archie was welcomed into the world by the couple.
Their Mother’s Passing
Someone important was missing in all of these important events in the lives of brothers William and Harry. Princess Diana passed away on August 31, 1997, leaving her two young sons behind. She was in a car crash in Paris, and sadly, her life was claimed by the crash. While people worldwide were shocked by the news, we do not doubt that her two sons were most affected by her passing.