In a comment piece for News.com.au, she wrote: “If this was not galling, not ignominious, debasing enough – Harry, the son of the King, having to share a pew with Alexandra, who is three and a half rugby teams worth of spots away from the crown and Jack, a former tequila ambassador – then prepare yourself because they will all be seated for the ceremony in the … deep breaths here chaps … third row. Three. Trois. Not the first, not even the second, but the third.”
Referring to the popularity reached by Harry’s retelling of his frostbitten penis in his memoir Spare, Ms Elser added: “This is a new level of embarrassment for a Duke whose willy has ended up on newspaper front pages. Twice.”
In the two previous major services attended by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after they stepped down as senior royals, Harry and Meghan sat in second row, alongside other non-working members of the Firm.
Despite the importance of the event for the Sussex family, no official royal channel mentioned the birthday of the boy on Saturday. Last year it was reported the official Royal Family channel would not mark the birthdays of non-working royals, but the Prince and Princess of Wales still shared a message for the then three-year-old on their Twitter account.
No picture or message was released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex either, likely not to steal the limelight from the King and Queen and the historic Coronation.