Relations between Prince Harry and his father are clearly worse than ever, says Richard Eden, editor of the Daily Mail Diary.
So Prince Charles can hardly be blamed for not wanting his youngest son to take part in his 75th birthday celebrations on Tuesday.
The Palace announced that relatives would meet in the evening after a day spent promoting the King’s campaign to prevent food waste.
However, it seems that neither the Duke nor the Duchess of Sussex will be among the guests.
A united family, with Harry and Meghan on stage for a celebration of King Charles’ 70th birthday in 2018
The Sussexes had delayed their honeymoon so they could attend Prince Charles’ 70th birthday celebration at Buckingham Palace.
“The presence of Harry and Meghan at any family gathering would now feel more like a funeral than a celebration,” writes Eden, in the latest edition of her Palace Confidential newsletter.
Things were much different in 2018 when, as Eden points out, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle delayed their honeymoon as a sign of respect.
The move allowed them to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in honor of the then Prince of Wales’s 70th birthday and the charities and patronage to which he had devoted his adult life.
“Their delay was seen as a gesture of thanks from Meghan to her new father-in-law, who accompanied her to the altar at St George’s Chapel, in the absence of her own father, Thomas Markle,” Eden wrote.
“When King Charles turns 75 next Tuesday, however, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be 5,000 miles away in California, and his milestone birthday has already been the subject of a public row.
“This week, a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan made a point of denying a line buried in a Sunday Times article that he had been invited to a party to celebrate his father’s birthday and had rejected it. invitation.
Photographed on the balcony after Trooping the Color in 2018. Charles and his youngest son Harry were close
A troubled Harry attends the state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
“The couple have had “no contact” from Buckingham Palace regarding an invitation, their spokesperson insisted.
What is clear is that relations between the king and his youngest son are worse than ever.
“Harry doesn’t feel the need to try to reconcile with his father, while the king doesn’t want to be with him on his birthday.
“Honestly, who can blame him? Harry and Meghan’s presence at any family gathering would now make it feel more like a funeral than a celebration.
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