Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams believes Prince Harry could be planning a birthday initiative linked to Afghanistan and the refugee crisis but says he must be cautious with political tensions rising
Prince Harry has been urged to tread carefully if he decides to issue a surprise birthday announcement next week.
The Duke of Sussex turns 37 on September 15, and speculation is growing that he will mark the day with a message.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams suspects Harry could be planning a birthday initiative linked to Afghanistan and the refugee crisis.
But he warned the Prince that he’ll have to watch what he says with political tensions rising following the Taliban’s return to power.
The royal commentator feels he will follow his wife’s lead and make an announcement related to the charities he supports.
Meghan Markle caused a stir when she used her 40th birthday to launch an initiative to help women get back into the workplace.
Speaking to OK! Magazine, he told Harry to be cautious if he is to approach the subject on Wednesday.
“The Sussexes like to announce charity initiatives on their birthdays,” he stated.
“We saw it last year when Harry announced funding for CAMFED, a charity helping support African girls in education, so it’s possible he will do something similar this year.
“Of course, you can never predict what Harry is going to say and do, but Harry has already put out a statement supporting military veterans in the wake of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
“It’s a big crisis and it would be a reasonable assumption that any birthday initiative might be linked to Afghanistan and the refugee crisis.
“But he would have to be careful not to say anything critical of President Biden.
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“Harry and Meghan seem to see their future in the US and Harry will have to watch what he says about US domestic matters, especially as it’s been speculated that Meghan is eyeing up a future in politics.”
Harry may also choose to support his other favoured charities, which include Sentebale, the Children’s HIV Association, Crisis, Myna Mahila Foundation, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, StreetGames, HALO and The Wilderness Foundation UK.
“Harry is committed to his charities so I wouldn’t be surprised if he announced initiatives supporting some of them,” says the royal expert.
“There’s also his Invictus Games, which he created and turned into a wonderful event.
“But of course the one thing we’ve learned about Harry and Megan is that they’re very unpredictable.
“He and Meghan are supposed to be on a lengthy maternity and paternity leave, but that hasn’t stopped them making various statements and announcements.
“Harry might even surprise us with a picture of him and his daughter Lili, which would be lovely.”