Status: 27/09/2023, 15:58 p.m.
By: Susanne Kröber
Chance for reconciliation missed: Prince Harry did not accept King Charles' invitation to Balmoral. (Photomontage) © IMAGO/ZUMA Wire/Parsons Media
Prince Harry was not allowed to spend the night at Windsor Castle, and he refused an invitation from his father to Balmoral. Does he now need a new point of contact in his old homeland?
London – Where to go with Prince Harry (39)? King Charles III (74) is likely to ask himself this question. Although Harry still lives in California with Meghan Markle (42) and children Archie (4) and Lilibet (2), the royal dropout keeps appointments in Great Britain, such as most recently on the occasion of the WellChild Awards, which were presented in London on September 7 – on the eve of the first anniversary of the death of Queen Elizabeth II (96, † 2022).
"Golden opportunity missed": Prince Harry rebuffed King Charles
For a long time, it had been puzzling how the British royal family would spend the first anniversary of the Queen's death. While Prince William (41) and Kate Middleton (41) were in Wales, according to media reports, King Charles commemorated his mother at Balmoral in the place where she took her last breath in 2022. As The Sun now reports, Charles is said to have shown Prince Harry with an extraordinary gesture that he is ready for reconciliation after last year's quarrels. Prince Harry's reckoning with the Royal Family in the form of the Netflix documentary "Harry & Meghan" and his memoir "Spare" has ensured that there is currently no chance of reconciliation in the brother drama between Prince William and Prince Harry.
King Charles seems to be more lenient towards his youngest, which is why he is said to have invited Harry to Balmoral in Scotland on the anniversary of the Queen's death, according to The Sun. But Prince Harry thankfully declined, saying that the schedule was simply too tight, as the Invictus Games were already starting in Düsseldorf the next day. "For Harry, this was a golden opportunity that he missed. He should have gone through it and visited her," Ingrid Seward, 75, a writer and editor-in-chief of Majesty magazine, told The Sun. Instead, Harry scurried alone to St George's Chapel on September 8 for a short devotion, where Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest.
If the King invited one to Balmoral, most people would cancel all their travel plans. He [Prince Harry] could have easily reorganized things a bit.
Ingrid Seward, according to The Sun
Once again, there could be no personal discussion between King Charles and Prince Harry. He had actually wanted to spend the night at Windsor Castle, but also received a rebuff and had to switch to a hotel. The reason? Harry's request came at too short notice. "Harry must have known that not only the King, but the entire court was going to Balmoral for the summer, and that this was the only place he could go," said Ingrid Seward. The abandoned palaces would not be opened especially for Prince Harry. So if the Sussexes want to spend the night at Windsor Castle in the future, they would have to register much earlier.
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Or maybe King Charles will have to get his youngest son a home in the UK again. After Meghan and Harry's expulsion from Frogmore Cottage, the Sussexes no longer have a place to stay in Harry's old home. In addition to Queen Camilla (76), Prince William, Princess Anne (73), Prince Edward (59), Prince Andrew (63) and Princess Beatrice (35), Prince Harry is still one of the seven counsellors of state who can represent the King in an emergency if he is abroad or ill. And according to the law, they must have a home in the UK.
A dilemma for King Charles, who fears "that removing Harry as a councillor of state would be seen as an act of hostility," an insider reveals, according to the Sunday Times. Speculation that an apartment in Kensington Palace, where Prince William and Princess Kate also have a home and a private office, is an option, has already been denied by Buckingham Palace, according to the Daily Mail. Just like Prince Andrew, it is believed that it will not come to the situation where Harry has to represent King Charles. Sources used:thesun.co.uk, thetimes.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk