When he was informed by his father, King Charles III, that his wife Meghan Markle was not invited to join the now-king, his wife, and his brother William on the day Queen Elizabeth II died, Prince Harry apparently snubbed his father by refusing to come by himself, according to a report from The Sun.
Harry had reportedly insisted on his wife accompanying him to Balmoral, but his father, King Charles, told it him that would be inappropriate.
“It was a massive snub,” a source told The Sun of Harry coming too late for the dinner.
Harry, also known as the Duke of Sussex, was staying at Frogmore Cottage, Windsor, when Charles informed him that Markle was not welcome with the small group of family, allegedly precipitating an argument. That argument reportedly delayed Harry long enough that he missed his flight with Prince William and their uncles Andrew and William to Scotland, thus missing a chance to say goodbye to his grandmother.
Another source has disputed The Sun’s story, telling the New York Post that it was other traveling difficulties that prevented Harry from making it to the queen’s bedside and that the dinner “snub” did not happen.
According to The Sun though, Harry caught a later flight, but snubbed the dinner with his father, Queen Consort Camilla and Prince William, instead eating with the Duke of York and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
Prince Harry, who stated with Meghan Markle in 2020 they were relinquishing their roles as senior working royals, was banned from saluting Queen Elizabeth’s funeral procession to Westminster Abbey on Monday .
Reports have indicated that the rift between the royal family and Harry and Meghan ruptured when the couple refused to come to England for a memorial service for Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband and Harry’s grandfather. Harry claimed their absence resulted from an argument over security.
The British Home Office had made clear that Harry and Meghan were not permitted to fund their own security, prompting Harry’s team to issue a statement saying, “While his role within the Institution has changed, his profile as a member of the royal family has not. Nor has the threat to him and his family.”
The statement added of the security the British were prepared to offer, “That security cannot replicate the necessary police protection needed whilst in the UK. In absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return home.”
Harry did attend Prince Philip’s funeral later, but Robert Lacey, who served as a consultant for Netflix’s “The Crown,” wrote of the reunion between Harry and William, “They started quarreling again.”
A friend of both men told Lacey, “There they were, at each other’s throats as fiercely as ever. The rage and anger between those two has grown so incredibly deep. Too many harsh and wounding things have been said.”