Wow. I’m glad that The Opium War was won so things are kind of looking up. I have an idea to give George Cumberland more money. Just slash about 75% of the annuity of George Cambridge.
The situation at present grieves me more than I can possibly express. My affection for you, and for my aunt, has always been extended – I think you will agree – to your children whom I have always regarded as closely as I do my own sister. In the years past, I have sought to put that affection at the forefront in all matters concerning your son out of a sense of loyalty and indeed gratitude for the unique role you have played in my reign and as a token of the high esteem in which I have always held you as a senior and beloved member of my family. The late Queen and I owe to you both, dear Uncle, a most enormous debt and since the death of my darling Sunny, you have sought to comfort and counsel, an expression of sympathy and love for which I shall forever be grateful. But I must tell you that in recent days I have, with the deepest reluctance, been forced to lay aside those sentiments for the actions of your son have caused the greatest possible distress to me. I am compelled to act in this not as your nephew but as your Sovereign and as Head of the family, which is both my duty and my right by the Grace of God. What I say to you hereafter, I say in that spirit and I trust that both you, and my aunt, and your family, will respect this for I know you are aware of the heavy burden laid upon me by virtue of the Crown which I must always elevate before all else.
It is therefore with the deepest regret that I must inform you that I have had prepared an Order-in-Council which shall deprive your son of the style and rank of a Royal Highness and of a Prince of my United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. In doing so, I seek only to prevent the nobility of such rank being tarnished by his actions. I concede that he shall one day succeed you as Duke of Cambridge this being his birth right and the course being not open to me to deny him that station. But I shall not, and cannot, extend to him any longer the privilege of royalty which is in my gift and my gift alone. I must also inform you that from the moment of his marriage, he shall cease to hold any post in my service, no duties on my behalf shall be proffered to him and all military appointments or honours granted in my name shall forthwith be withdrawn. He shall no longer be welcomed at my court, neither shall I extend to him a residence or annuity. This grieves me deeply, but I am advised that there is no other course for me to pursue given what has transpired and in recognition of the strong public feeling that is likely to engulf us in the coming days.
But I must reaffirm to you, dear Uncle, that my affection for you, for my darling aunt, and for the Princesses Augusta and Mary Adelaide, remains in no way diminished by this. I do not seek to apply these conditions beyond the sole member of your family who has brought shame and disgrace to us and I pledge to you that you shall always find a loving and sincere welcome at my court and in my presence. Let what has been done be forgotten and never discussed between us for I should grieve the loss of that bond of trust and love which has existed between us for so very long.
Your affectionate nephew,
Honestly, marrying a low born Catholic wasn't exactly gonna be a cakewalk at the best of times.As things stand, we shall have to wait and see what becomes of Prince George of Cambridge but I think this leaves no doubt as to whether the King stands. I specifically added in Sir James Graham's point of view that had Prince George waited a while, the King might not have been so drastic in his response. But we know he has a short temper and we also know that he values family loyalty above almost everything else. And naturally, he's still in a very delicate state following the loss of his wife.
Absolutely! Franziska only really needed to be divorced to complete the trifecta of unsuitability as a royal bride and as you say, what a time to pull such a stunt! So it really couldn't end any other way. But as things stand of course, the ball is very much in Prince George's court. He knows what the outcome will be if he pushes ahead with this. We shall see what he does with that. Thank you for reading!Honestly, marrying a low born Catholic wasn't exactly gonna be a cakewalk at the best of times.
George being well, George, pretty much ensured that was not gonna happen. Between his misdeeds in the past and picking probably the worse possible time to try this? Yeah, this ended about as well as it could've ended.
I hope he does push ahead with it, actually. If he does, and the world doesn't fall in, we might not have a Princess Margaret/Peter Townsend or a Charles and Diana analogue in this universe, which can only be a good thing... As much as I admire the Royal Family, they handled those couples appallingly. Margaret should have married Townsend and Charles Camilla from day one...Absolutely! Franziska only really needed to be divorced to complete the trifecta of unsuitability as a royal bride and as you say, what a time to pull such a stunt! So it really couldn't end any other way. But as things stand of course, the ball is very much in Prince George's court. He knows what the outcome will be if he pushes ahead with this. We shall see what he does with that. Thank you for reading!