Prince Harry Faces Royal Snub During UK Visit

Prince Harry returned to London for the Invictus Games, but did not meet with his father, King Charles III, due to the King's busy schedule. The King's refusal to meet with Prince Harry or support his event has been seen as a clear indication of the ongoing rift between them.

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Prince Harry Faces Royal Snub During UK Visit

Prince Harry Faces Royal Snub During UK Visit

Prince Harry's recent visit to the UK has been overshadowed by a perceived snub from his father, King Charles III, and the rest of the royal family. The Duke of Sussex returned to London to attend a celebration marking the 10th anniversary of the Invictus Games, a charity he founded in 2014. However, despite being just two miles apart, the prince did not meet with his father during the trip.

Why this matters: The rift between Prince Harry and the royal family has significant implications for the monarchy's reputation and public perception. The ongoing feud also raises questions about the role of the royal family in modern society and their ability to adapt to changing times.

A spokesperson for Prince Harry cited the King's busy schedule as the reason for not meeting, stating,"In response to the many inquiries and continued speculation on whether or not the Duke will meet with his father while in the UK this week, it unfortunately will not be possible due to His Majesty's full programme... The Duke of course is understanding of his father's diary of commitments and various other priorities and hopes to see him soon. "However, royal expert Tom Quinn believes the statement hides"a huge amount of awkwardness, anger, and bitterness"between Harry and his father.

The perceived snub has been described as a clear indication of the depth of the divide between Prince Harry and the royal family. Royal commentator Michael Cole stated, "It is quite a snub. For the King to not see his younger son Prince Harry, although the two men will be only two miles apart tomorrow afternoon, gives an indication of the depth of the divide." Cole added, "The Prodigal Son is not welcome, not for the present anyway. In royal terms, this is big medicine. Prince Harry is bound to see it for what it is, the clearest possible indication of the hurt that has been caused."

The rift between Prince Harry and the royal family has been ongoing since he and his wife, Meghan Markle, stepped down as senior royals and moved to the United States in 2020. The couple has made explosive claims about the royal family in interviews and documentaries, including a dramatic interview with Oprah Winfrey and Netflix documentaries. Prince Harry's memoir, Spare, released in January, also included criticisms of his father, brother, and Queen Camilla.

The royal snub comes as King Charles prepares to pass on the role of Colonel in Chief of the Army Air Corps to Prince William on Monday, further solidifying Prince Harry's exclusion from royal duties. The meet will take place at the Army Aviation Centre in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, marking another blow to Prince Harry following his father's decision not to meet with him during his UK visit.

Prince Harry's visit to the UK, which was seen as an opportunity for reconciliation, has instead highlighted the ongoing royal feud. As one of Harry's old Army friends stated, "The Invictus Games is just about the only thing that would have got him back in the country, and even then it was touch and go. That's how strongly he feels about even being in the same country as his total, family. It's total estrangement." The King's refusal to meet with Prince Harry or support his Invictus event sends a clear message that the Duke of Sussex is not welcome to conduct official quasi-royal events in the UK.