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Prince Charles recently went on a broadcast from his home Birkhall at the Balmoral estate to inaugurate a new NHS Nightingale Hospital London. He was the first royal family member to conduct such an event through an online video link. But the internet did not pay attention to his words. Instead, they noticed something strange in the picture frames behind him and decided to have a little fun. Let’s find out more!
2020 has been a rough year for everyone, but it has taught the world that medical care and its workers are some of the most important people in the world. That’s why Prince Charles opened the NHS Nightingale Hospital in London back in April. However, during his speech, which was broadcasted online, people couldn’t help but notice something odd in the background…
The Prince of Wales gave his speech from his office at Birkhall, part of Balmoral estate, where he and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, normally stay in the summer. Everyone in attendance at the actual site of the hospital was moved by his speech. But it was also uploaded to the Royal family’s official Youtube. He also praised the fact that the structure was built in just 9 days and would primarily treat what’s happening in the world right now.
“The creation of this hospital is above all the result of an extraordinary collaboration and partnership between NHS managers, the military and all those involved to create a center on a scale that has never been seen before in the United Kingdom,” explained Prince Charles, remarking the importance of medical personnel and first responders.
The Prince of Wales also took time to thank the people who had worked on building the structure during these difficult times. From construction workers to organizations that generously donated their time and equipment so that this treatment center would be possible. He was grateful to have been invited to its opening despite not being able to do it physically.
He also saved the best for last, as the most important people to thank that day would be the medical workers. Doctors, nurses, technicians, and all kinds of staff are risking their lives around the world so that everyone can safely go back home. The prince also acknowledged the professionals that came out of retirement to help out. But aside from his speech, some people focused on something else…
Naturally, the facility was named NHS Nightingale due to an important historical legend. Florence Nightingale was the founder of modern nursing and became famous during the Crimean war for treating wounded soldiers. “It is symbolic of the selfless care and devoted service taking place in innumerable settings with countless individuals throughout the United Kingdom,” Charles continued.
Although the situation this year has been terrible for most, the world is currently at its most modern times in terms of medicine and technology. Unfortunately, Prince Charles could not attend the event and asked the head of nursing at the new facility, Natalie Gray, to reveal the plaque that symbolizes the inauguration of NHS Nightingale Hospital. Everyone applauded.
Those that focused on his speech were warmed by Prince Charles’ words, especially knowing that he had also suffered from the situation. One Twitter user commented, “As a former Guardsman and now a key NHS worker, one of many thousands in saving lives and fighting [this]. Thank you for the kind words, Your Royal Highness. Tweets keep us smiling.” Viewers also got a look at something unexpected…
There was also something else to note in regard to his speech. Prince Charles was live from Birkhall, which has always been a rare sight for followers of the royal family. It’s a property that they don’t normally show the world and goes back to the 1700s. It was best seen on ‘Prince, Son, and Heir: Charles at 70’ from 2018.
The BBC produced the documentary to celebrate Prince Charles’ birthday and gave a tour around the inside of Birkhall. Everyone that saw the show noted all the portraits of family members on the wall. A recent one had been taken during Prince Louis’ baptism. Do you know the history of Birkhall?
Queen Victoria originally owned Birkhall and since then, it has been passed down through generations of the royal family. Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, Margaret, would also summer there. It would become the Queen Mother’s house. She gave the place to her first grandchild, the Princes of Wales. While it’s still mostly a mystery, Prince Charles has opened about it before…
He talked about Birkhall with Country Life magazine in 2013. However, he only discussed the gardens of the place, as they were special to him because they had been designed by the Queen Mother. “It is a childhood garden, and all I’ve done, really, is enhance it a bit,” he added. It’s probably the perfect place for a country lifestyle, which all British royals love.
The prince also contributed to that edition of the magazine as a “guest editor”. He talked about his love of gardening as well as his particular style. His philosophy is essentially to walk around the place and let a vision of what it should look like to come to him. Prince Charles also said, “Sometimes, I see it in a dream.” But his office at Birkhall was way more important…
While Prince Charles was giving his speech for the inauguration, people were watching the background. Just like Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles broadcasts with several pictures of the family nearby. There were several frames for members of the family, and people were really interested to see who was included.
Later on, Clarence House’s official Instagram uploaded another version of Prince Charles in his office. People laughed at the fact that the royal used a box and some books to prop his laptop. It was a glimpse at a more humble side of the family because they could certainly afford something fancy. You can see that one of the books is Prince Charles’ own, ‘Harmony: A New Way of Looking at the World’.
Additionally, the image allows a different view of the portraits in the background. One included Queen Elizabeth II when she was a child in the 20s. Another was Prince Charles and Princess Anne when they were kids during a trip to Malta in the 50s. Prince Charles seems to have always favored Anne as his favorite sibling.
Naturally, Prince Charles has always been a dedicated father and added a picture of himself, Prince William, and Prince Harry during a Royal Air Force event. That one can be seen at the top of the piano. Another picture frame included his wedding to Camilla Parker-Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall. Fans were particularly glad that Prince Harry was featured…
If as most people know, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, decided to leave the royal family earlier this 2020. It wasn’t entirely a shock, but it still rocked the family. The couple also moved to Los Angeles, but they will live between the U.S. and the U.K. throughout Archie’s life. The portrait seems to have quelled the rumors that the family was fighting with Harry regarding the decision.
According to The Sun, both Prince Charles and Prince William were insanely mad about Harry’s decision. An “insider” claimed that they felt Harry had betrayed them because he had not discussed every single matter with them before announcing it publicly. However, over the next months, the stories changed…
While the information from insiders was never proven, things calmed down quickly. Queen Elizabeth II even released a statement in January talking about supporting the couple’s decision. “Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family,” it read.
Rumors about a possible feud between father and son continued to circulate for a while. A source from The Sun said, “Charles, in particular, felt that the work and causes Harry and Meghan were embarking on could be really served by remaining within the royal household.” Followers of the royal family, however, could understand the decision because of the scrutiny Meghan Markle had received since the wedding.
Therefore, it’s not surprising that Prince Charles also decided to support his son. Before leaving semi-permanently to the United States, Harry met with his father. They want to include the family in their future plans and continue to listen to Prince Charles’ wisdom through life. So, no bridges were burned at all.
That’s why it’s not surprising that Meghan Markle and Archie were also featured in Prince Charles’ portraits. One picture from Louis’ baptism included the entire family, although Archie had not been born yet. But the youngest of the clan can be seen in a separate frame being held by his grandfather. What else was included?
People also noted several other things in the background of the office, including some fancy decorations and flowers from the garden of Birkhall. Prince Charles also decided to include a picture of Zara Tindall, Princess Anne’s daughter, riding a horse. However, the most interesting portrait was among them, and it made the internet extremely curious…
On the piano behind Prince Charles sit what appears to be an empty frame. At least, it looks like the silhouette of a portrait as if a picture had been censored. It could also be the image that usually comes with the frame when you buy it. Could to be some kind of art? Well, Twitter immediately took notice and started discussing what it could be.
One particular thread on Twitter went wild with the picture. Writer Richard Littler was the first to tweet a closer look at the empty frame. He also wrote the caption, “What the…” Naturally, most of the replies to his post wondered what was going on. However, a lot of them also started having a bit of fun with the frame. They photoshopped some interesting things on it!
Several users tried to come up with ideas on this mystery. One person asked if it could possibly be a pencil drawing, which could explain why it simply doesn’t look right on camera. Another Twitter user wondered if Prince Charles, or his staff, had forgotten to add something to that frame. Maybe it was part of the plan, but they missed it.
One particular user wrote, “Empty photo frame in the background? Is this for the lost siblings within the ranks?” That’s a reference to a popular British sitcom called ‘The Windsors’, where Prince Charles has an evil twin brother. But no matter the mystery, people had a lot of fun in that thread adding all kinds of theories as well as photoshopping.
Another Twitter user mentioned that it could have been one of Charles’ “vampire ancestors”. That’s a reference to a conspiracy theory that says that the Prince of Wales is a vampire. It also states that he is related to Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Dracula. Charles even knows about this theory and wants to visit Transylvania as a joke.
The jokes just continued as the original tweet by Richard Littler gained thousands of comments. Another person said, “What many people don’t realize is HRH Prince Charles is trapped inside a picture frame for 70 percent of his life and is only released under the orders of the Queen.” Hey, it’s 2020, anything could happen!
A lot of people thought that Prince Harry and/or Meghan had been censored from that portrait. However, taking a look at the other pictures on the piano, that’s not a plausible scenario. Meanwhile, their absence has actually been noted in a similar way just a few months before they announced their departure from royal life.
Something was missing during Queen Elizabeth II’s Christmas speech in 2019. While addressing the commonwealth as she does every year around the holidays, she was surrounded by photographs of the family, but sadly, viewers noticed the absence of Prince Harry, Meghan, and their son, Archie. Was this on purpose?
The Queen is always seen with pictures of the family during most of her addresses, and in 2018, Prince Harry as well as Meghan Markle had a place along with the other picture frames. Therefore, when noticed their absence in 2019, they got concerned about a possible rift within them. Tons of gossip spread online regarding this situation.
According to royal expert Ingrid Seward, the Queen did it on purpose, but it’s not what everyone thinks. She believes that the portraits placed in 2019 represented the direct line to the throne. Seward also talked about all the media attention that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had gone through, and how it must concern his grandmother.
Despite the absence of pictures, Queen Elizabeth II talked about Archie during her speech. At least, it was a reference to him. “Two hundred years on from the birth of my great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, Prince Philip and I have been delighted to welcome our eighth great-grandchild into our family,” she said.
Unfortunately, when the Sussexes announced that they would be leaving royal life, people pointed out the Queen’s Christmas speech. Some folks said that they could finally explain why Prince Harry and Meghan had been missing, although others still believe that it was just to show the direct heirs.
But the damage was done. Once again, rumors of a feud within the family, especially between Princes William and Harry, surfaced. An insider alleged that the couple had felt horrible after seeing that they had not been included among the Queen’s pictures. But is there any truth to these rumors?
Despite all the rumors, everything seems to have gone well for Prince Harry and Meghan. Additionally, the royal family is focusing on helping as much as possible during 2020. Hopefully, there will be no more speculation regarding the Sussexes. Additionally, the royal observer Katie Nicholl said that Harry talked to William all the time.
After all these months, it just seems like the Queen wasn’t sending any message. At least, there was no malice behind their absence in 2019. People are waiting for 2020’s Christmas message to see what happens. Furthermore, Prince Charles didn’t intend anything either. It was most likely an oversight from the staff.
While on the subject of the British royal family, everyone is excited about the new season of ‘The Crown’, which will finally show Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ relationship. But what does the royal family think of the Netflix show? Well, Princess Eugenie apparently loves it. "I did watch a couple of episodes of The Crown. It is filmed beautifully. The music is wonderful, the story is beautiful," she explained.
Meanwhile, it seems that the Queen didn’t like how Prince Philip was portrayed in several scenes of the first two seasons. Some people take what happens on the show as fact when that’s not necessarily true. ‘The Crown’ tries to be historically correct, but they need to add some extra drama and flair to make the story interesting.
Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Elizabeth II in Season 3 and the upcoming Season 4, actually talked to Prince William. The actress confirmed that the Duke of Cambridge doesn’t watch the show at all. It might just be awkward for them to watch something based on the family’s life. No one can blame him.
According to Katie Nicholl, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle actually enjoy watching the Netflix hit. In her book ‘Harry: Life, Loss, and Love’, she says that the couple loves making homemade food and sitting down with Netflix on. They might watch the new season from their home in Los Angeles this coming November 15.
Ben Elliot, the Duchess of Cornwall’s nephew, revealed that Camilla also watches ‘The Crown’. However, he also said that she was probably not going to like what’s coming in the next few seasons. On the other hand, no one has confirmed or denied if the Prince of Wales watches the show. Considering that Season 4 will show his relationships, it’s safe to say that he might not enjoy it.
Sometimes, the internet has too much fun photoshopping the weirdest things. But as long as it’s innocent, it’s fine. Let us know what you thought about Prince Charles’ weird empty frame. If you liked this article, share it with your friends that keep up with the British royal family. See you next time!