Princes William and Harry have joined forces in a rare show of unity for charity in remembrance of their late friend Henry van Straubenzee – just as the Sussexes released their new Netflix trailer.
A joint letter, written for a Christmas carol concert for the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund at St Luke’s Church in Chelsea on December 1, included the names of the two brothers.
He then paid tribute to ‘Henners’, using ‘we’ and ‘we’ as the Royals presented a unified voice. It is understood that this is the first time in at least a year that they have released a statement together.
Coincidentally, it fell on the same day that Harry and Meghan released the first trailer for their Netflix documentary, which has been called in some quarters a “declaration of war”.
The tribute letter suggested a sense of unity between the disagreeing brothers as they came together in a message for a special family close to their hearts.
The letter of tribute to William and Harry’s late friend Henry van Straubenzee – jointly signed by the two brothers – was a rare show of unity released on the same day as Harry and Meghan’s explosive new Netflix trailer.
The promotional trailer, posted online on the second day of the Prince and Princess of Wales’ high profile visit to the US, has dispelled any hopes the Sussexes will declare a ceasefire in their acrimonious battle with the Royal family.
It included voiceovers of Harry saying ‘no one sees what happens behind closed doors’ alongside a picture of Meghan apparently sobbing.
But the letter of tribute suggested a sense of unity between the brothers as they came together in a message for a special family close to their hearts.
The royal brothers are patrons of the charity – which was set up by Henry’s parents, Alex and Claire – and have participated with their wives Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle in the festive event in previous years.
The letter was written by William and Harry for a carol concert for the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea on December 1.
Henry died instantly when a car he was a passenger in hit a tree outside Ludgrove Preparatory School in Berkshire, where he and the princes were once pupils.
A family friend of the two princes
Prince Harry once described Henry as a “Polzeath surfing legend and a ladies’ man with whom we have shared so many special memories”.
He died instantly when a car he was a passenger in hit a tree outside Ludgrove Preparatory School in Berkshire, where he and the princes were once pupils.
Henry was a classmate of Prince Harry, while his older brother Thomas was a friend of the Duke of Cambridge. The foursome were said to be inseparable as they grew up.
Harry and William remain close friends with the two surviving van Straubenzee brothers, both attending the wedding of Thomas van Straubenzee, 38, in 2013
The families have been friends for decades, with their uncle, William van Straubenzee, a close friend of their mother, Princess Diana.
Younger brother Charlie, 32, is very close to Prince Harry and is godfather to his son Archie, one.
The heartfelt letter read: “We think everyone here tonight will agree that what Claire and Alex have accomplished since 2009 with the Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund is nothing short of extraordinary.”
The charity supports schools and helps to construct, restore and improve buildings, enabling children to have better and better equipped classrooms and facilities such as toilets.
‘As you gather under this roof tonight, the charity supports 51 preschools, primary and secondary schools in rural Uganda, where 1,700 projects have been completed and more than 35,000 children, each year, benefit from an education that they otherwise would not have, the letter says.
“Where there used to be old, dilapidated and unsafe school buildings, there are now schools that have their own water supply, appropriate safe buildings to learn in and essential sanitation facilities that support a healthy learning environment. .
“So it is with a mixture of great pride and sadness that tonight we share with you Claire and Alex’s plan to embark on a phased closure of the charity.
“Henry’s legacy will live on through the incredible achievements of his mother and father over the years. For those of us who knew Henners, we will always miss his mischievous charm and hilarious sense of humor.
“But everyone here tonight, his family and many friends, can come together and remember him twenty years after his death by being here at St Luke’s Church to celebrate his life and his legacy at this Christmas time. .”
Harry and Meghan’s new Netflix documentary is seen as a ‘declaration of war’ by the Royal Family, sources say
Royal insiders reacted with horror and a growing sense of anger to the Harry and Meghan Netflix trailer which was posted on social media ahead of the documentary airing on Netflix next week as part of the multi-party deal. million dollars from the Sussexes with the streaming giant.
Henry’s brothers, Thomas and Charlie, remain close to the two royal brothers and are godparents to William’s daughter, Princess Charlotte, and Harry’s son, Archie.
William and Harry’s co-signed letter was carried in the Order of Service at Thursday’s carol service attended by close friends – including Princess Kate’s sister and brother, Pippa and James, and their wives.
The letter continued, “Claire and Alex tell us their work is not done yet!”
“As long as funds allow, they will continue to monitor their schools, ensuring that children in south-eastern Uganda receive this vital education, providing them with the opportunity to escape poverty as they grow up and hopefully to that of their own children in the future.’
He concluded: “Thank you for all of your continued support in making this possible, and for the undying support of the van family that we all love and adore.
As well as including dozens of supposedly private photos from their family album, footage shows a photo focusing on William and Kate looking pinched at the 2019 Commonwealth Service in London, with the Sussexes sitting obediently behind them .
The Netflix series refers to the couple only by their first names – “Harry & Meghan”. The trailer for the documentary was released on the same day as William and Harry’s joint heartfelt letter for charity
“Have another pleasant evening and a very merry Christmas.” The letter was completed by a joint signature signed by the two princes.
However, the ongoing war between the brothers continues as the new Netflix documentary of Harry and Meghan – supposed to be released on December 8 – suggested a “declaration of war” and included a sinister photograph of Kate Middleton.
The minute-long Netflix teaser strongly suggests that the Sussexes will face head-on the rumors about their tumultuous relationship with the royals.
In a deliberately tantalizing remark to an off-screen producer, Meghan says in the clip: “When the stakes are this high, doesn’t it make more sense to hear our story from us?”
Royal insiders reacted in horror to the trailer while pundits said it was “deliberately timed” to pull out of William and Kate’s US tour.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said the timing of the trailer’s release “diverts attention” from the Cambridges’ trip to Boston.