Does anyone care about a solo Prince Harry? What about a solo Prince William? I’m genuinely asking because we may not see Kate for a while and both Harry and Will have solo events coming up this month, but usually a solo Harry or William post doesn’t get as much traffic (unless that solo William post includes Jecca Craig). Because of that, I may have skipped this post about Harry’s Sentebale dinner, but there is something interesting I want to bring up. Also, there is a funny mistake on one of the royal websites I’ll talk about later in the post.
Prince Harry celebrated the 10th anniversary of his charity, Sentebale, last night with a dinner party at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Sentebale is the charity Harry founded with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to aid AIDS orphans and disadvantaged children in Lesotho, Africa. Here is their website and twitter page if you’re interested.
The Dorchester Hotel is part of the Dorchester Collection which owns 10 properties around the world. The Dorchester Collection is owned by the Brunei Investment Agency. Recently, there has been a boycott of all things Dorchester because the sultanate of Brunei recently increased the punishment for homosexuality from a 10-year prison sentence to death by stoning. This boycott has the backing of people like Richard Branson, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jay Leno. Some people were wondering why Sentebale and the sponsors picked the Dorchester to host the event given this boycott. I want to give them the benefit of the doubt and say maybe they didn’t know about the boycott when they picked it, but then again Harry has shown he doesn’t give a sh-t about vacationing in human-rights-violating countries as long as the trip is free, so why would he give a sh-t about a boycott of a hotel?
Speaking of boycotts of countries with a ton of human rights violations, the Maldives is on this list—and included in the Telegraph article. You know, the Maldives where Waity and Billy took a week-long pre-tour vacation without baby George. I usually don’t use those names to describe the Cambridges, but I just can’t with their names when they associate with a country that sentences a 15-year-old rape victim to 100 lashes for “premarital sex”. Disgusting.
Back to the Sentebale dinner, Joss Stone performed. Joss is an ambassador for Sentebale. She’s has been in with the Princes for years. She even got to go to the wedding in 2011. I can’t imagine she is actually good friends with either of them, seeing as she is rarely seen hanging out with them, but sure, they’re friends. It’s kind of like how David Beckham went to the wedding because he’s such good friends with Will, except he’s not and they’ve probably only met a handful of times.
Other interesting attendees: Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn—Princess Anne’s son, and Harry’s cousin. Also: Jecca Craig. Yes, that Jecca Craig. That Jecca Craig who kind of has terrible posture. What’s up with Will and his affinity for girls with bad posture?
By the way, I want to bring up Prince Harry’s speech-giving skills. I pick on Kate all the time (well not all the time since she rarely gives a speech, but every time she gives a speech) for the head-bobbing and whatnot; I’ve since picked on Will for his terrible head-bobbing while giving speeches; now it’s Harry’s turn. The last time Harry gave a speech, it appeared as if he had his speech memorized and didn’t even need cue cards or anything, a bunch of people were congratulating Harry on this, but I pointed out that he had teleprompters to the sides of the podium that he was reading off of and that if he didn’t have those he would have been looking down. Well, guess what, I was totally right. Because this time Harry didn’t have teleprompters, he had cue cards (or a piece of paper, doesn’t matter) and was constantly bobbing his head up and down looking at his notes. He pretty much just read off the paper and barely looked at the crowd. Gah, why can’t the royals bother to memorize a speech!?!? It’s not even like this speech was super long, it was only a few sentences going by the transcript in the articles. No wonder Kate doesn’t give a crap about preparing for her speeches, neither William nor Harry do either. She’s just following their lead. Set a better example for your girl, Will, come on!
Here’s that funny mistake I mentioned earlier. I was looking at the dukeandduchessofcambridge.org website, trying to find information about future events for the Royal Holy Trinity, when I happened upon an error. On the Focus page, the first section is about Prince George, and the blurb before the “read more” link says, “Prince George was born on 23rd October 2013”. Yeah, George was born on July 22. He was christened on October 23. Whoever designs their site mixed up the dates in that one spot—his correct birth date is shown in other sections. It’s kind of hilarious. It’s just so stupid that they would get that wrong. I tweeted a photo to Clarence House and sent in a comment through their Contact Us box, but as of the time of posting I have not received a reply and the mistake is still up. Go here (http://www.dukeandduchessofcambridge.org/focus-0) if you want to check it out for yourselves.
Links: Getty Images pictures. Mirror. Express. Daily Mail. Hello mag. Telegraph about the boycott.