Harry snubbed dinner invite with Charles, William at Balmoral Castle. Here’s why | World News

Prince Harry had declined an invitation to dine 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 that his wife Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, also be invited to dinner, but Britain’s new monarch reportedly phoned his youngest son to say it would not be “appropriate”.

Charles’ decision infuriated Harry and also caused him to miss an RAF flight to Scotland he was to take with William and their uncles Prince Andrew and Edward. The Duke of Sussex was asked to make his own travel arrangements and he finally landed in Aberdeen without the Duchess by his side at 6.35pm – 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 that was when he snubbed the invitation to dine with Charles, Camilla and William, at Birkhall, The Sun report added.

Harry instead chose to grieve with his uncles Andrew and Edward, and Sophie (Edward’s wife) at Balmoral.

“It was a huge snub. And he got out of Balmoral at the first opportunity to catch the first commercial flight to London,” The Sun quoted a source as reporting.

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Harry was one of the first people to leave Balmoral Castle following the Queen’s death earlier this month. He was taken to the British Airways jet as early as 8am on September 9, which left for London Heathrow Airport at 9.45am. Harry was later reunited with his wife at Frogmore Cottage, Windsor.

Despite this snub, William asked Harry and Meghan to walk with him and his wife Kate Middleton to view flowers and interact with the public at Windsor Castle on September 10.

In addition, Charles allowed his youngest son to wear a military uniform for a wake with seven other grandchildren of the late Queen during her state in Westminster Hall. This was a one-time clearance for the Duke of Sussex as he was not permitted to wear uniform during the procession where his grandmother’s coffin was carried from Buckingham Palace to Westminster.

Harry also did not wear uniform at the Queen’s funeral on September 19, unlike his father, brother, aunt Princess Anne and uncle Prince Edward.

Harry and Meghan left London and flew to their home in California, USA, just 24 hours after the Queen was laid to rest at St George’s Chapel in a private burial ceremony. The relationship between the Sussexes and the Royal Family has been strained since the couple’s explosive interview on the Oprah Winfrey Show in March this year. They stepped down as senior royals in 2020 and moved to the United States.


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