found out about his grandmother the death via a news app, not a phone call from his family, sources have claimed. Whilereportedly tried to get in contact with his son, the source claims that Harry received the heartbreaking news online before he heard it from his father.
This was due to issues with getting through to the Duke, they said. A spokesman for the now-King has insisted the announcement of the Queen’s death “was not made until all family members had been informed”.
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But Royal sources claimed that this was not the case.
The source claimed that no one from the Royal family, or any courtiers, actually called Harry to tell him of the Queen’s death. As a result, the Duke found out from news reports later in the day.
Information coming from palace sources appears to be contradictory, with one reassuring the Telegraph: “The official announcement was delayed until after everybody had been told.”
The same source added, however, “Part of the issue was getting hold of the Duke of Sussex.”
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Photographs of him arriving by car show a haunted face, as he returned to the home where he learned of the death of his mother, having just learned of the death of his grandmother.
Harry found out from news alert Queen had died as Duke’s private jet landed in Scotland
There are also multiple conflicting reports surrounding whether Harry “snubbed” a dinner invitation with King Charles and While one source claimed the Prince did so, a different source insisted to the Telegraph: “No invitation to dinner was made.”
Another added: “This is all less co-ordinated and more chaotic than people might think. It was a hard and upsetting day for everyone.”
Harry ate instead with his uncles and aunt in the main castle, having been able to pay his final respects to the Queen. By 8am the next day, without seeing his father or brother, the Duke of Sussex packed his bags and left for Aberdeen airport alone.
Prince Harry paying respects to his grandmother at her funeral
The Prince and the Queen were reportedly very close
Harry and Markle reportedly returned to their home in Montecito, Calif., on Wednesday after the funeral to be reunited with their children, three-year-old Archie and Lilibet, one. Palace sources have suggested they did socialise at family dinners and gatherings during their time in the UK.
Gayle King, a friend of the Sussexes who was in London to cover the funeral, told “CBS Mornings” this week: “There have been efforts on both sides … to sort of make this right.”
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Adding that there had been no real rapprochement despite these “efforts,” King added: “Big families always go through drama, always go through turmoil. It remains to be seen — are they going to be drawn closer together or are they going to be drawn apart? I have no inside information on that, but I will tell you this: It was good to see Harry standing with his family.”
Writing for the New Zealand Herald, Royal commentator Daniela Elser claimed that the events surrounding the Queen’s funeral have, rather than giving hope for a future reconciliation between the Sussexes and the Firm, done quite the opposite.
Ms Elser highlighted the claim that Harry used to regularly call the Queen after his move to America – a link back to his family that now no longer exists.
The journalist wrote: “Have the unexpected and deeply emotional events of the last 12 days redrawn the personal map here? Has the family’s sadness and loss catalysed any smidgen of movement when it came to the Great Sussex-Windsor Divide?
“Sadly, for any optimists out there, the events of this week have put grim paid to that.”
She added: “With the Palace having lumped Harry and Meghan in the second row during Monday’s service at Westminster Abbey and with no indication that Harry might shelve his memoir, no one seems willing to give an inch.”