Sure, it’s nice to think of the royals, specifically William and Harry, through a 21st-century lens of philanthropy and celebrity. We watched them grow up, get married, and generally turn into nice human beings (…we hope).
However, they are royals descended from a sovereign ruler. Let’s not forget that in order to be top dog in previous generations, you had to marry cousins, kill siblings, and survive various external threats; sometimes all at the same time. This context is important to remember for this next part: Prince Harry recently told a child that his favorite Disney movie is The Lion King.
You know, that movie about an uncle killing his brother and marrying his sister-in-law to take the throne while running off the true heir. Just that little movie.
Is it innocuous? Maybe. Is there more to it than meets the eye? Oh, most definitely.
As has been previously covered, Harry is clearly trying to find his way in the world. Newly married, with an unnamed treasure-seeking dog, Harry is charming and self-assured, but what if it’s all a façade?
Indulge me, and entertain just for a moment that everything above isn’t enough for Harry. What if he wants more? He comes from a long line of royals who got what they wanted by any means necessary.
If you’re thinking I’m insinuating that Prince Harry wants the throne at all costs and would betray his brother to get it, you’re absolutely right, but your thinking is all wrong. The key is here: The Lion King musical is launching its Grand Rapids, Michigan debut in 2019.
He’s tried getting married. He’s tried looking for buried treasure. You know what else he’s tried? Singing…and he likes it.
So what do you do with a passion for musical theatre and a love of The Lion King? You find out where it’s going to be touring next, and you start getting your ducks in a row. First, you make a very public appearance at one of the most popular musicals in the world, and you sing. Second, you let your love of The Lion King be known. Third, you wait for the call to come to you, and privately wage war with your elder brother, who will be King one day. The throne Harry really wants is a role in The Lion King. He’ll leave tradition to his older brother, and instead pursue his fortune in front of the footlights. Surely his bride, Meghan Markle, an American actress herself, supports his passion. I imagine she’s even been giving him acting tips.
After all, in the same linked article, Prince William indicated that his son George, the third in line to the throne, also very much likes The Lion King. What if William indicating that The Lion King was his son’s (a mere toddler) favorite movie was a subtle jab at Harry’s secret passion for musical theater. A message if you will: toe the line or else. He clearly wants him to stop trying to pursue his dream to be in the touring cast of The Lion King. The last thing he needs is a brother taking away the spotlight from him, and his inevitable ascension to the throne. It would stand that Harry’s recent declaration of love for the 1994 animated film is a public rebellion against William, and a signal to the world that he’s ready to pursue his real passion—musical theatre. Tradition be damned.
Time will only tell, but I suspect he’ll make his debut at the 2-week engagement in Grand Rapids, Michigan, sometime in 2019.
No word on what he’ll do with his treasure-hunting dog, but everyone needs a hobby.
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