Harry passed up a “golden opportunity” to meet his family during his brief visit to the UK to attend the WellChild charity gala in London, according to a Royal expert.
According to reports, Prince Harry turned down his father’s invitation to spend the anniversary of the Queen’s death at Balmoral Castle.
The rejection came after he formally requested royal accommodation and security for a one-night layover earlier this month to attend the awards.
However, a senior assistant informed him that none of the family’s London residences or Windsor Castle were available because the majority of personnel were in the Highlands.
Instead, Harry was told he could join the family at Balmoral, where Charles and Queen Camilla were spending the summer – an offer he apparently declined.
According to reports, Prince Harry said that his scheduling made a trip to Balmoral Castle impossible.
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, told The Sun: “For Harry, this was a golden opportunity missed.” He should have braved it out and gone to see them. If the King invites you to Balmoral, then most people would cancel all of their travel plans.”
The royal expert said the King was offering an “olive branch” and the Prince could have “easily rearranged” his itinerary.
She added: “Harry must have known that not only the King but the whole of the Royal Court decamp to Balmoral for the summer and that was the only place he could go.”
Ms. Seward also believes that because King Charles is a forgiving man, he will always accept Prince Harry, but only on his terms.
Charles, 74, and Camilla, 76, attended a private prayer and reflection at Crathie Kirk on the anniversary of the Queen’s death. Meanwhile, Prince William and Princess Kate attended a memorial service for the Queen at St Davids Cathedral in Pembrokeshire.
As the royals gathered to honor the adored late Queen, Prince Harry stood alone at Windsor Castle to pay his respects on the first anniversary of her death.
Harry went alone to the UK for the third time this year, while Meghan Markle stayed in California with the couple’s two children, Archie, four, and Lilibet, two.
After spending 24 hours in England, Harry traveled to Germany for the Invictus Games, where he was joined a few days later by Meghan, who was making her first major public appearance this year.
While hosting the Games, the pair also celebrated Harry’s 39th birthday in Dusseldorf.