Prince Harry had declined an invitation to dinner at Balmoral Castle in Scotland with his father King Charles III and brother Prince William on September 8 – the day Queen Elizabeth II died, The Sun reported.
The Duke of Sussex insisted his wife Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, was also invited to the dinner, but Britain’s new monarch is said to have called his younger son to say it wasn’t “appropriate”.
Charles’ move made Harry “angry” and also caused him to miss an RAF flight to Scotland he was supposed to take with William and their uncles Prince Andrew and Edward. The Duke of Sussex was asked to make his own travel arrangements and eventually landed in Aberdeen at 6.35pm without the Duchess by his side – minutes after the Queen’s death was announced to the world.
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Harry was driven to Balmoral more than an hour later and then he declined an invitation to dinner with Charles, Camilla and William at Birkhall, the Sun report added.
Harry chose instead to mourn at Balmoral with his uncles Andrew and Edward and Sophie (Edward’s wife).
“It was a massive snub. And he left Balmoral at the earliest opportunity to catch the first commercial flight back to London,” The Sun reported, citing a source.
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Harry was one of the first people to leave Balmoral Castle after the Queen died earlier this month. He was driven to the British Airways jet at 8am on September 9, leaving at 9.45am for London’s Heathrow Airport. Later, Harry was reunited with his wife at Frogmore Cottage, Windsor.
Despite that snub, William asked Harry and Meghan to go with him and his wife Kate Middleton to see flowers and interact with the public at Windsor Castle on September 10.
Charles also allowed his younger son to wear a military uniform for a vigil with seven of the late Queen’s other grandchildren while she was at Westminster Hall. This was a one-off permit for the Duke of Sussex, as he was not allowed to wear the uniform in the procession that brought his grandmother’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster.
Unlike his father, brother, aunt Princess Anne and uncle Prince Edward, Harry did not wear a uniform during the Queen’s funeral on September 19 either.
Harry and Meghan left London for their home in California, United States, just 24 hours after the Queen was buried during a private funeral ceremony at St. George’s Chapel. The relationship between the Sussexes and the royal family has been strained since the couple’s bombshell interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show in March this year. They stepped down as working royals in 2020 and moved to the United States.