While the children and grandchildren of Elizabeth II were gathered at his bedside, on September 8 in his residence at Balmoral in Scotland, Prince Harry was missing.
In the privacy of her home in Balmoral, Scotland, the queen breathed her last, surrounded by her family, Thursday, September 8. Among his relatives, his son Charles III, new King of the United Kingdom, Andrew, Edward of Wessex, and Prince William, his grandson, were present. His brother, Prince Harry, however, was missing.
Indeed, while the flags flew at half-mast above Buckingham Palace to announce the death of the sovereign, the Prince of Wales was still in the air. The latter only landed at Aberdeen airport, the closest to Balmoral, only about fifteen minutes after the official announcement of the Queen’s death. In the photos published in the British press, we can see his face closed and sad. He joined the members of his family, already present on the spot, shortly before 8 p.m.
So, delay or missed act? According to royal expert Katie Nicholl, this is not Prince Harry’s first attempt, missing several opportunities to say goodbye to his grandmother since his platinum jubilee last June. This is also the last time they saw each other, in the presence of his wife, Meghan Markle and their 1-year-old daughter, Lilibet.
According to information from Sun, the Duke of Sussex reportedly received a call from his father, Charles III, informing him that Meghan Markle “would not be welcome” at Balmoral as the family gathered in privacy to experience the Queen’s last moments. If these statements fuel the already tense relationship between the Sussexes and the rest of the royal family, it should be remembered that William also appeared at the Queen’s bedside without his wife, Kate Middleton, who remained in Windsor for the first day of school for their three children.
The day after the death of his grandfather, the second son of King Charles III was seen in the early morning at Aberdeen airport. He is believed to be the first member of the royal family to leave Balmoral.