King Charles has risked infuriating his son Prince Harry by granting a top honour to a man Harry appeared to criticise in his autobiography, “Spare.”
The man in question is Sir Edward Young, who served as the Prince of Wales’s private secretary from 2018 to 2022. In his book, Harry described Young as a “senior advisor” who was “very controlling” and “liked to make himself seem indispensable.” He also compared Young to a “bee” that “stings you if you get too close.”
Young is now set to be appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO), one of the highest honours in the British honours system. The award is given to people who have served the royal family with “distinguished personal service.”
The decision to honour Young has been met with mixed reactions. Some people believe that it is a justified recognition of his service to the royal family, while others believe that it is a snub to Harry.
A royal source told the Daily Mail that the decision to honour Young was “made independently of Prince Harry” and that “the Prince of Wales is very grateful for Sir Edward’s service.”
However, it is likely that Harry will be angered by the decision. He has been critical of the royal family in recent years, and he may see the honouring of Young as a sign that his father is not taking his concerns seriously.
It remains to be seen how Harry will react to the news. However, it is clear that the decision to honour Young has the potential to further strain relations between the father and son.