Prince Harry was offered the chance to stay at Balmoral with King Charles on the anniversary of the Queen’s death, but said his busy itinerary made it impossible.
The Duke of Sussex, 39, was given the opportunity to reunite with his father for the evening of September 7 in a gesture from the king.
Harry had requested security, royal accommodation and overnight security because he was attending a WellChild charity party in Chelsea, west London.
But he was told none of the royal properties in Windsor or the capital were available to him.
A senior official reportedly stressed that most of the staff were at Balmoral with King Charles and Queen Camilla and would be welcome there.
Had he left, it would have meant the trio would have been reunited for the first time since Queen Elizabeth’s funeral and reunited on the first anniversary of her death.
The Duke of Sussex, 39, was given the opportunity to reunite with his father for the evening of September 7 in a gesture from the king. They are pictured here in 2018.
Harry was pictured holding a short vigil at the Queen’s resting place, St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, to mark the anniversary of her death.
The Duke and Duchess were spotted backstage shortly after arriving chatting to Kevin Costner and VIP guests at an event yesterday.
But The sun reports that Harry – who was pictured last night with Meghan rubbing shoulders with Kevin Costner – turned down the opportunity.
Instead, he stayed down south in a mysterious location and marked the occasion alone.
He was photographed holding a short vigil at the Queen’s resting place, located in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
In Scotland, King Charles and Camilla held private prayers at Crathie Kirk.
Later that day, Harry left the UK to travel to Dusseldorf for the Invictus Games, where he was also joined by Meghan.
Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty Magazine, said: “For Harry it was a golden opportunity missed.
Flowers were laid by the Prince and Princess of Wales during a service at St Davids Cathedral, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, west Wales, to commemorate the life of the late Queen, marking the first anniversary of his death.
Harry and Meghan were introduced on stage as special guests and Meghan presented Kevin with an honorary award.
“He should have braved the ordeal and gone to see them.
“If the king invites you to Balmoral, most people would cancel all their travel plans.
“He could have easily rearranged things slightly to give himself time.
“Any attempt at rapprochement must be made on the king’s terms. I’m glad he’s showing a little courage and offering this olive branch.
“But Harry must have known that not only the king but the entire royal court was decamping to Balmoral for the summer and that was the only place he could go.
“I don’t know if Harry realized how hurt his father was, especially about the things he said about Camilla.
“But of course Charles will always welcome him because he is a forgiving man and he is his son.
“But it has to be on his terms and Harry has to apologize, not the other way around.”
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, delivers a speech at the Invictus Games closing ceremony
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Invictus Games closing ceremony
“If he wants security and a place to stay, palaces that are covered in dust and carefully cleaned when the royals are not in residence during the summer will not be open to Harry.”
Buckingham Palace and representatives of the King and Queen declined to comment. Meghan and Harry’s representative was also contacted, but did not respond to a request for comment.
Yesterday, Harry and Meghan made a surprise appearance on “One805 Live!” » by Kevin Costner. charity event for first responders.
The event took place at the Hollywood star’s $26 million polo field in Santa Barbara.
They were joined by their good friends Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres as they took the next step into Hollywood royalty.
The fundraising event — where “last chance” tables cost $12,000 — took place at Kevin Costner’s oceanfront estate in Summerland and included A-list guests including the parents of Katy Perry.
Harry wore black while Meghan opted for a sophisticated and chic look, in a monochrome jacket with her hair pulled back clean-girl style.
Upon arrival, the Duke and Duchess – who have just returned from a PDA appearance at the Invictus Games in Germany – were spotted backstage chatting with Costner, his VIP guests and senior police officials and firefighters.
Speaking at the event, Costner said: “Good afternoon everyone, my friends who have no manners often ask me… ‘Kev, how much does this place cost, what is it?’ is it worth?’ I can only tell you that a day like today is worth every penny.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made a surprise appearance on “One805 Live!” » by Kevin Costner. event, held at its $26 million polo field, a charity event held to raise funds for local first responders
The couple were joined by their good friend Oprah – the talk show host who conducted the royal couple’s infamous and explosive interview in 2021.
Pictured: Kevin Costner and Harry. Harry and Meghan were introduced on stage as special guests and Meghan presented Kevin with an honorary award.
Duchess beams at Prince Harry as they are introduced as special guests
“We can celebrate people you may never meet, those who are the first to rush,” he added. “It’s a place where I’ve been very lucky in my life and I try not to put a wall around it.”
Harry and Meghan were introduced on stage as special guests and Meghan presented Kevin with an honorary award – before taking a mini royal-style walk to greet the other attendees.
Meghan beamed on camera throughout the event, while Harry was occasionally caught staring into the distance.
After their moment on stage, the couple headed to the VIP area where they were stopped by pop singer Katy Perry’s mother and father and posed for a selfie.
Another influential participant, Oprah Winfrey, gave a lecture on stage.
The talk show host – who conducted the royal couple’s infamous and explosive interview in 2021 – featured a man named Sam Dudley and his service dog Rhonda in a video that was reposted to One805’s Instagram Stories .
“Sam, on top of all the amazing things One805 does, they have a counseling service where they counsel over 700 responders and this year alone they have prevented 24 suicides,” she said. “And Sam knows only too well how profitable one805 consulting services are.”
As the evening progressed, Harry revealed his dance moves while Meghan engaged in conversation with the other attendees.
The couple also strolled around the event to greet other distinguished guests and pose for photos.