Prince Harry desperately tried to say goodbye to his grandmother’s bedside, only to read an online report and learn that she had died.
Tension and pain were marked on Harry’s face as he was driven to Balmoral, the Queen’s Scottish residence. passed away in September. 8.
A Buckingham Palace insider told Page Six that Harry was called to Scotland in the morning by his father, the new King Charles III. However, another palace source confirmed that none of the royal family or courtiers actually called Harry to inform them of the monarch’s death.
As the royal family mourns the late queen, Harry and wife Meghan Markle have spent more time with relatives since stepping down from their royal roles in January 2020.
Harry and Markle reportedly returned to their home She was scheduled to reunite with her 3-year-old Archie and Lilibet children in Montecito, Calif. on Wednesday. One insider told her Page Six: Just doing the right thing and wanting the right thing for everyone. ”
Asked if Harry and his brother Prince William really fixed the fence, a source at the palace confirmed the two spoke at family dinners and gatherings.
A friend of the Sussexes, Gail King, who was in London to cover the funeral, said: told “CBS Morning” This week: “There was an effort on both sides to get this right….”
Despite these “efforts” there was no real reconciliation, King added: “Large families always experience drama, they always experience turmoil. Hmm — will they attract or will they pull apart? ”
In the Shadows of the Prince’s Planned Memoirs—and News that it will be postponed to 2023 — still hanging in the family, but another well-placed royal source denied recent reports Markle had Asked for a “one-on-one” chat with Charles Called it a “complete lie” before Sussex went home.
The Queen’s passing has led to attempts by the family to break the ice between Harry and his family, especially Charles and William.
The death was announced at 6:30 pm local time, minutes before Harry landed at Aberdeen Airport from London. I boarded a private plane on my own After being excluded from carrying his brothers, uncles Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, and Edward’s wife Sophie Wessex. I was there.
Harry, 38, arrived at Balmoral just before 8pm to meet the others, including his stepmother Camilla (now Queen). he would have been expected to bowper protocol.
It was the first time Harry was in a room with his entire family since Harry and Markle left royal life in March 2020 and moved to the United States.
The couple hit the headlines in September, as soon as news broke that Harry was flying alone to his grandmother’s house on the 8th. declined after learning she was home with her children who had just started their first day at a new school.
After much criticism on news sites and populist social media about Harry being left out of the family’s flight to and from Balmoral, they seemed to be making an effort to include him.
Prince Charles has made a valiant attempt to publicly calm tensions ahead of decades of planning pomp and ceremonies leading up to the Queen’s state funeral on Monday.
In his first formal address to the world as King, Prince Charles announced today that Prince William and Lady Kate have become the new Prince and Princess of Wales, adding: Express your love for Harry and Meghan If they continue to build a life abroad. ”
On Saturday, September 10th, William sent Harry a last-minute text message inviting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to join him and Kate in visiting the mourners near Windsor Castle. When the group once known as the Fab Four first came together At the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey since March 2020. Insiders understood this to be William’s bid for a settlement.
But protocol got in the way.
Despite serving twice in Afghanistan, Harry was prohibited from wearing military uniform. Parade escorting the Queen’s coffin From Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey, Wednesday 1st September. 14. Why?When he resigned from his family, he had been stripped of his military titles.
His uncle, Prince Andrew, was stripped of his duties and title in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal, but was likewise not allowed to wear his clothes.
It was then announced that Andrew would be allowed to wear the uniform for a 15-minute all-nighter on Friday, September 15th. On the 23rd, the family stood by the coffin as members of the public paid their respects.
Once again, public criticism arose. What about Harry? and again, The royal family seems to have responded.: Harry can wear him to his grandson’s wake on Saturday, September 20th. twenty four.
But a few things spoiled the display of goodwill.
For one thing, Saturday afternoon, Harry and Meghan Invitations to official receptions with world leaders have been withdrawnWhy was it excluded from Sunday’s event at Buckingham Palace? It was exclusively for working royalty.
And all night, Harry’s army The “ER” on the uniform was stripped off — for Elizabeth Regina, Latin for “Queen,” — a shoulder insignia.
“I thought it was Charlie. If you’re going to let Prince Andrew carry the ER on his shoulder, why not let Harry carry the ER?” said of the palace.
“I don’t understand Harry’s behavior over the years, but this was his grandmother. [and] He served his country with great courage.
“But to remove the ER and send him without his own grandmother’s initials, I just thought, don’t be disrespectful and, really, don’t refuel. [Harry’s] Innate victim consciousness! ”
Ahead of Monday’s state funeral, it became clear again that neither Harry nor Andrew would be allowed to wear uniforms to the ceremony.
At the time, a royal official told Page Six that Harry, who had served in the British Army for 10 years, was “grieved” but would do whatever his grandmother planned.
The prince appeared in a morning suit with a medal pinned to his chest. I took a seat in the second row As heir to the throne, Prince William sat front and center with Middleton and two of their three children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Asked about the seating arrangement, a senior palace aide told Page Six that it was ordered by the grandchildren’s ages but “has never divided the family.” This wasn’t exactly true, as the year-old James, Viscount Severn, didn’t sit with his parents, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
“Of course, Harry was right behind the King,” the aide added, noting that the Sussexes were also front row at a later, more intimate ceremony in Windsor.
For now, we can see a thaw in the air as the family moves forward without the queen, but the scars are still there – on both sides – a royal family source said.
“I honestly think [Harry’s upcoming] Books are a big problem. This is up to the royal family, and I don’t know if they can move on without knowing its contents.
CNN royal correspondent Max Foster said after Prince Philip’s funeral last year: they don’t control it.that’s all [William and Harry] can be summarized. I spoke with a close friend of theirs and they said it was her two faults now. ”